Clement John Kniola died on Oct. 10, 2021. He was 96 and a lifelong resident of Michigan City.
He was born on Jan. 12, 1925, to John S. and Helen (Jarka) Kniola, who preceded him in death. On June 26, 1948, he married Margaret R. (Karm) Kniola, who preceded him in death on Nov. 6, 2005. He had four sisters, Mary Helen Cox, Florence Ullrich, Dorothy Villa and Louise Bootcheck; and one daughter, Mary Beth Kniola, who have also preceded him in death.
Surviving are his children, James (Jacque) of Arlington Heights, Illinois, Lawrence (Denise) of Charleston, South Carolina, Thomas (Kathryn) of Ogden Dunes, Indiana, and Daniel (Laurie) of Naperville, Illinois; grandchildren, Ann Kniola, David Kniola, Lauren Powell, Lindsey Rafalski, Allison Kniola, Nicholas Kniola, Matthew Kniola and Jonathan Kniola; and great-grandchildren, Brooks Powell, Carter Powell, Ellington Powell and Paige Rafalski.
Clem was a veteran of World War II, having served for two and a half years in the Army's 643rd Tank Destroyer Battalion in France, Belgium and Germany.
He was employed by Pullman-Standard as an engineer in Michigan City, Hammond and Chicago for more than 30 years. He continued his career as a sales representative for Sloan Valve Company in Franklin Park, Illinois, until his retirement in 1998. He was a member of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, The Skwiat Post American Legion 451, The Elks Lodge 432, and Queen of All Saints Church. He competed as a member of the Elston High School Red Devils basketball and golf teams in the early 1940s, and was a pitcher for various local fast pitch softball teams in the 1950s. He was an avid golfer, a Chicago Cubs fan, and a fan of Notre Dame football.
Mass of Christian burial will be conducted Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, at 10 a.m. in Queen of All Saints Catholic Church. 606 So. Woodland Ave., Michigan City, Indiana. Visitation will be Wednesday in the Queen of All Saints Legacy Center from 9 to 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery with full military honors. Arrangements are being handled by the Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, 418 Washington St., Michigan City, Indiana. (With regard to the ongoing COVID-19 concerns, we are asking all attendees to wear a protective face covering while inside the church for the entire service.)
In lieu of flowers we request that you make a donation to The Graduates of Elston High School Education Support Fund through the Unity Foundation of La Porte County (uflc.net/Elstoned) or Queen of All Saints Church, 606 So. Woodland Ave., Michigan City, IN, 46360.
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