JOSEPH VALENTINE KNIPFING, JR. #1> Passed away peacefully on January 30, 2006, after a long battle with heart disease. He was 75. Born in Westbury, New York, on August 4, 1930 to Joseph and Helen Knipfing, Sr., Joe wa s a native of Long Island, New York where he was owner of an insurance business for over 30 years. He was a member of the Holy Name Society at Westbury Ministry, Young Republican Club, the Independent Insurance Agent, and member of Agents Insurance Council for several insurance companies. He was a past-President of St. James Chamber of Commerce. He recently resided in Encino, California. Joe loved spending time with his family, traveling, spending time on the computer, watching the Mets and Notre Dame, and playing golf. He is survived by his wife, Janet of 45 years; children, Gary, Kevin (Steffiana) and Leslie; granddaughter, Sienna-Marie all of California; brothers, George (Gloria) and Vincent; and numerous relatives. Joe will be deeply missed by his loving family. The family appreciates the prayers and condolences and the tremendous support everyone has provided. Especially the medical team at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Dr. P.K. Shah and Dr. Stewart Friedman. In lieu of flowers, a donation may b e made to John Moram Stem Cell Center, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, regarding his daughter Leslie, for retinitis pigmentosa research. Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 2, 2006, at Mission Hills Catholic Mortuary, 11160 Stranwood Ave., Mission Hills, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., and Vigil at 8:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, February 3, 2006, 10:00 a.m., at St. Cyril of Jerusalem, 4601 Firmament Ave., Encino. Directors 818-361-7387
Published in Los Angeles Daily News on Feb. 2, 2006.