Edward (Lorene) Knecht, OP
SPRINGFIELD, IL - Sister Kathryn Edward (Lorene) Knecht, OP, 91, a Springfield Dominican Sister for 66 years, died on July 7, 2015.
She was born to Edward and Kathryn Schmidt Knecht in Beason, Ill.
Sr. Kathryn Edward began a long career in teaching by instructing the primary grades in Chicago, Granite City, and Springfield. After returning to school herself, Sister started teaching high school business classes in Richmond, Mich.; Aurora; Jacksonville; and Chicago Heights. In 1997 Sister was assigned as administrative assistant to the Prioress General. She continued in that ministry until 2003. She was always one to welcome and assist anyone with whom she came in contact.
Sister was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Lawrence and Donald; and her sister, Dorothy.
She is survived by four nephews.
Visitation and Funeral Mass: A visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, July 9, 2015. A Vigil Service will be held at 4:30 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 9, 2015, with the Rev. Peter Witchousky, OP presiding. All services will be held at Sacred Heart Convent, 1237 W. Monroe St., Springfield.
Final Commendation: 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 10, 2015, at Sacred Heart Convent, followed by burial at Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Dominican Sisters Retirement Fund, 1237 W. Monroe, Springfield, IL 62704.
The Dominican Sisters and the family of Sister Kathryn Edward (Lorene) Knecht, OP are being served by Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S, 6th St., Springfield.
Please visit butlerfuneralhomes.com to offer your condolences.