Lisbeth Azar Knepper

Lisbeth Azar Knepper
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Lisbeth Knepper, nee Azar, 61, fortified with the sacraments of Holy Mother Church, passed away on Sunday, December 11, 2016, surrounded by her loved ones, following a courageous six-month battle with cancer.

Liz was born June 25, 1955, in Belleville, IL.  She graduated from Althoff Catholic High School in 1973, and received her associate degree in business from Hickey College in 1977.  Liz’s intelligence, organizational abilities and creative problem-solving skills made her an extraordinary executive administrator, working in challenging legal and business environments, and ultimately running the family’s successful construction business.  In addition, she was a member of the St. Clair County Junior Service Club and sole proprietor of Aunt Liz’s Toffee.

She was the dear daughter of the late Mildred and Dr. Philip Azar.  Also preceding her in death are her two brothers, Joseph and Charles Azar; and her brother-in-law, Scott Knepper.

Lisbeth was the beloved wife of Kevin F. Knepper and loving mother of Kevin F. Knepper Jr.

Surviving in addition to her family are her siblings,

Philip L. Azar, Jr., Esq. of Chicago, IL,

Dr. Mark (Patricia) Azar of St. Louis, MO,

Dr. Alan (Caryn) Azar of O’Fallon, IL,

Rosanne (Patrick) Mathis of Belleville, IL,

Geralyn (James) Eichelberger of Waterloo, IL,

and Janice (Richard) Goodman of St. Louis, MO.

Liz’s entire life was centered on bringing joy to others, placing her family and anyone in need before herself.  She treasured her 19 nieces and nephews and 10 great-nieces and great-nephews, all of whom felt a special bond with their Aunt Liz.  She was a special friend to the Poor Clare nuns of Belleville.  Blessed are those who were lucky enough to have known and loved Liz.  We will be eternally grateful for her generous and selfless spirit, and we will always remember her as the kindest and most loving person in each of our lives.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Poor Clare Monastery, 300 N. 60th St., Belleville, IL 62223, or the de Greeff Hospice House, 10024 Kennerly Road, St. Louis, MO 63128, would be appreciated.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, December 16, 2016, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, December 17, 2016, at St. Henry Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 17, 2016, at St. Henry Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Kenneth York and Fr. Clyde Grogan concelebrating.

Burial will be at Mt. Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.

Condolences Left For Lisbeth Azar Knepper

From our family to yours,
Many happy memories. The laughter and smile particularly, so infectious, what a special gift!
A beautiful lady who will be missed by many.
Sincere condolences to all of your family.

Jeanne Berard, Holts Summit, MO, 65043

I knew Liz after Notre Dame merged with Althoff in 1972. We dated, went to the senior prom together and had some fun times in the summer of ’73 at the Vandalia home. In the fall, we both enrolled at St. Louis University and spent lots of time together.

When Liz left SLU, our relationship ended, but not our friendship.

Ironically, I saw her after many years at Renner Funeral Home in February 2015 at the wake for my brother.

I will never forget her smile and her laugh. Rest in peace, dear Liz. I know you’re catching up with your parents and your brothers.

Til we meet again,

Leonard “Spock” Agne, Seattle, Washington, 98155

Thoughts and prayers to you at this challenging time.

Our sincere condolences,
Abby and Mike Witcik

Abby Toorigian-Witcik, Collinsville , Illinois, 62234

Dear Phil and Azar family,
My sincere sympathy on the loss of your sister, Liz.
My thoughts are with all of you at this sad time.
Linda Betten Sidor

Linda Betten Sidor, Kildeer, Illinois , 60047

My thoughts and prayers are with Liz’s family . Most of my childhood memories always included her. A truly gracious and loving soul. I was thinking of her just last week. Rest In Peace Liz

Lauren Leipold, Lake St Louis, MO, 63368

Liz had to be the nicest person I ever met. She always made me feel welcomed and special. She will truly be missed.

glena howell, , ,

To all the Azars – my deepest sympathies on the loss of you sister, I remember the loss of your parents and your brothers. I ran into Lizbeth some months ago and she told me of her illness. Due to work constraints I’m not sure I can make the services tomorrow, but please now that you are in my prayers, and hope that God places his/her hands upon her. Rest in peace, my friend

Joe English, Belleville, Illinois, 62223

Sincere thoughts of sympathy for you and family, Phil. While still in Belleville, I mourned Joe and Chuck, and held your parents in very high regard. Left Althoff, 1968, so no opportunity to meet your sister. My loss! John McAteer

John McAteer, Greenville, Illinois, 62246

My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I will always have great memories of Auntie Liz visiting us in Michigan and more recently our NYC adventure. We will always remember her positive and warm spirit!

Michael Wick and family

Michael Wick, NEW YORK, New York, 10028

Kevin and family, my thoughts and prayer’s are with you. The passing of someone is always rough but friends are here. Kevin, you have always been my other brother. My heart is saddened but my support is here.

Tyler Renner, Belleville, IL, 62223

As a backyard neighbor to the Azar family I grew up with Liz and all the girls. I remember those days fondly, spending many a day in the Azar home. My deepest sympathies to the whole Azar family.

Nancy Klein (Clark), Troy, IL, 62294

Rosanne & the Azar siblings, I was so sorry to read that
you lost your beloved sister, Liz. Although years have passed us by I still have fond memories of our St. Henry days and the Azar family. I will keep you all in my prayers for solace during this very sad time.
Lynn (Moore) Bowen.

Lynn Moore Bowen, O’Fallon, IL, 62269

Dear friends: I am so sorry I missed Liz’s wake and funeral. I wasn’t aware of her death until later, or of her illness. My memories of the Azar family have always been vivid and a blessing. I talked to Liz on the phone not too many years ago. She had sent me a card of thanks after visiting Mildred.
Thanks for all and again am so sorry for my absence. Peace and good.

Rafe Middeke, New Baden, IL, 62265

Dear Azar/Knepper Family,
I am shocked and deeply saddened to read of Liz”s passing. She was a dear friend since H.S. @ Althoff as all of the Azar girls are to me. Mrs. Azar was my nursing instructor. The connection to this lovely family goes on.
Please know that Liz and all of you will be in my prayers.
Sincerely, Nancy T.

Nancy Truttmann, Smithton, Ill, 62285

Our deepest sympathy to the Knepper & Azar families on your loss of a truly sweet and generous soul. Liz touched more lives than you may ever know.

Carla & Doug Becherer, Belleville, IL, 62223

We are so very sorry to hear of Liz’s passing. She was such a beautiful person with such a warm and welcoming spirit. We are praying for peace and comfort for her family and friends during this very difficult period. Please know how much we care and how often you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Much love and prayers,
Susan and Phil Younis and family

Phil and Susan Younis, Waxhaw, NC, 28173

Dear Phil and family,
It is with deepest sympathy that I send you my thoughts in the loss of your sister Lisbeth. I do not know how to reach you but I want you know how sorry I am. Your wonderful family living next door to my Grandparents Baer brought so much happiness to all. Please know that am thinking of all of you and send my condolences.

Barbara Muehlhauser Bailey, Livermore, California , 94550

Liz was one of the nicest people in our grade school class at St. Henry’s School–all day and every day–for eight years. She made the world a better place in which to live.

Larry Galvin, Burke, Virginia, 22015


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