Margaret Kniepmann

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Margaret Mary “Margie” Kniepmann, nee Messig, 98, of Belleville, IL, born April 11, 1925, in Breese, IL, died Monday, April 17, 2023, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Margaret joined the School Sisters of Notre Dame and taught grade school classrooms of 50 pupils in New Orleans. Margie left the convent to have children of her own. She worked at Southwest Bank in St. Louis and lived at Queens Daughters Hall on the Saint Louis University Campus. Margie was a strong, kind, sweet, compassionate person, she loved teaching her children about the importance of having friends, learning, sharing, and always strived to see the best in everyone. She was very active in the Saint Mary’s mother’s club, worked in the cafeteria, volunteered for church picnics and variety of other activities. She was a member of the Bluff Grange in Millstadt, IL.

Member of Saint Mary’s Catholic Church. Family and religion were central in her life. She shared her love of nature (flowers, birds, stars, and gardening) with her children, grandchildren & great-grandchildren. Her spirit of love and kindness inspired all of them and others she knew.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of over 50 years, Paul T. Kniepmann whom she married on September 30, 1950, and who died on May 2, 2001; her two sons, Joseph and James Kniepmann; her parents, Felix and Henrietta, nee Meyer, Messig, a sister Mary Ann Jannett; a brother, Francis A. (Jan) Messig; and a sister-in-law, Betty (Monroe) Duco.

She is survived by her four children, Kathy (Tom Snider) Kniepmann, Paul A. (Mary) Kniepmann, Lori (Bill) Jansen, and John R. Kniepmann;
five grandchildren, Bill (Jackie) Jansen, Karen (Jason) Holzum, Matthew (Samantha) Jansen, Michael Kniepmann, and Theresa (Fiancé Jason Hager) Kniepmann;
six great-grandchildren, Kinsley and Carter Holzum, Ava, Will, Emily and Wyatt Jansen;
and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the St. Mary’s Catholic Church or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 21, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 22, 2023, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

FuneralA Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 22, 2023, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Fr. Michael Arockiam officiating.

Burial will be held at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.



6 Comments on Margaret Kniepmann

Diane Flowers said : Guest Report Apr 23, 2023 at 6:33 PM

Kniepmann family to the children of Paul and Marge we send our sympathy to each of you. Your mom and dad were members of the Bluff Grange with our families and had many a good time and a lot of work but it was enjoyable. Your parents were special to all of us members. Our names Don and Diane Flowers and Hilma Kleinschmidt

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois
Mary K. (Voegtle) Carroll said : Guest Report Apr 21, 2023 at 6:24 PM

My sympathy to the Kniepmann family. I went to St. Mary's and was in Joe's class. I remember your mom as such a sweet and kind lady. She made this world a better place. May she rest in peace.

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
Jody Lauf said : Guest Report Apr 21, 2023 at 6:41 AM

Your mom was such a sweet person and so dedicated to St Mary’s. May wonderful memories fill your hearts today.

  • Bellevilke
  • Il
Michael Willis said : Guest Report Apr 20, 2023 at 9:10 PM

One of the dearest women ever. She and Paul invited me and a number of Kathy’s friends from WashU to come to the farm, walk the grounds and eat the fruit from the vines. I will never forget her kindness. Rest in Heaven, Margie.

  • Oakland
  • CA
Mark Forcade said : Guest Report Apr 20, 2023 at 6:37 AM

To the Kniepmann family, I was very sorry to hear of Margarets passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Always enjoyed seeing and talking with her. Please except my sympathy

  • Smithton
  • Il
Del & Mary said : Guest Report Apr 19, 2023 at 5:18 PM

Sympathy to the Jansen Family, you are all in our prayers 🌷🌷🌷RIP Margie

  • Damiansville
  • IL

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