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Rose E. “Betty” Kneifl

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NEWCASTLE — Rose E. “Betty” Kneifl, 94, Newcastle, died April 30, 2019, at the Sunrise Health Center.

Funeral services were May 4 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Newcastle. Father Andrew Sohm and Father Rodney Kneifl con-celebrated the Mass.

Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Newcastle. Visitation was Friday, with a Rosary and Wake Service, at the Church.

Arrangements were under the direction of Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel.

Betty was born Jan. 29, 1925, in Newcastle. She was the daughter of Henry and Caroline (Richards) Day. Betty graduated from Newcastle High School and then attended Wayne State Teachers College, Wayne. She taught country school in the Newcastle area for six years. Betty married Francis “Pat” Kneifl Nov. 22, 1949, in Newcastle. Pat died Oct. 4, 2001, in Sioux City, Iowa. Betty and Pat farmed in the Newcastle area all of their lives.

Betty was a lifelong member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church and was a member of the Sacred Heart Sodality.

She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The grandchildren and great-grandchildren loved when Betty would read, play games and bake cookies for them.

Survivors include her four sons, Leland Kneifl, Newcastle; David Kneifl, Yankton, S.D.; Alan Kneifl and his wife, Carol, Newcastle; Kevin Kneifl and his wife, Marge, Lincoln; her daughter, Karen Kucera, and her husband, Mike, Lincoln; a former daughter-inlaw, Anita Kneifl; her sister, Gertrude Wiepen, and her husband, Alphonse, Coleridge; a brother-in-law, Jerome Boeckman, Wynot; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Pat; three sisters, infant sister Catherine Ann Day, Marjorie Pinkleman (Leonard) and Zeta Boeckman; and two brothers, Francis and Gerald Day.