Mary Ann Knepper

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Mary Ann Knepper, nee Schmitz, 81, of Fairview Heights, IL, born July 30, 1936, in Belleville, IL, died Monday, April 23, 2018, at Mercy Rehab Center, Swansea, IL.

Mrs. Knepper worked as a bookkeeper for Wib Mager Supply Company and for Naumann Auto Parts before working alongside her husband at K & K Garage.  She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Belleville, IL.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Walter E. “Junior” Knepper, whom she married on September 16, 1956, and who died on January 20, 2015; her parents, Floyd E. and Rosella H., nee Bogner, Schmitz; and a sister, Betty L. (Alan) Obst.

Surviving are two children, Sandra L. (John) Cummins of Belleville, IL, and Steven L. (Bonnie) Knepper of Swansea, IL;
four grandchildren, Christa (Dr. Michael) Jones, Jason (Jamie) Cummins, Nick Knepper, and Mackenzie (Ryan) Maitland;
eight great-grandchildren, Emma and Alyssa Garner, Audrey, Chase, and Reed Cummins, and Brendan, Patrick and Luke Jones;
and her sister, Shirley J. (James) Obst of Belleville, IL.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or to Zion Lutheran Church.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at the funeral home with Rev. Brian Downs officiating.  Entombment will follow at Valhalla Mausoleum, Belleville, IL.


3 Comments on Mary Ann Knepper

Margaret “Toots” Schilling said : Guest Report Apr 25, 2018 at 3:17 PM

Please accept my condolences on the death of my dear friend, Mary. Mary was my childhood best friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Butch Werle said : Guest Report Apr 24, 2018 at 1:03 PM

Steve, Our deepest sympathies to you and the family. You are in our heart. Butch & Pam

  • Belleville
  • Il
Cynthia S. Welford said : Guest Report Apr 24, 2018 at 1:02 AM

You will be missed by all - we love you Aunt Mary Cindy & Jim Welford

  • Vero Beach
  • FL

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