Frances Knoepfel

Posted 2/10/21

Frances Irene Winkle Knoepfel, 80, died Feb. 9, 2021, at Regional Hospital, Terre Haute, Ind., with family by her side.

The family is hosting a memorial service 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at …

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Frances Knoepfel

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Frances Irene Winkle Knoepfel, 80, died Feb. 9, 2021, at Regional Hospital, Terre Haute, Ind., with family by her side.

The family is hosting a memorial service 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at Otterbein United Methodist Church. Visitation is from 4 to 6 p.m.  Friday, Feb. 19, at Templeton Funeral home. 

Mrs. Knoepfel was born Aug. 31, 1940, in Scotts Bluff, Neb., the daughter of Keith Lane Winkle and Irene Vera France Winkle.  She was married William Donald Knoepfel, who preceded her in death.

She is survived by her brother, Neal Winkle of Spokane, Wash.; her son, Kevin Lee Knoepfel and his wife Joanna Jane Jensen Knoepfel; her granddaughter, Jenny Irene Knoepfel Burke and her husband Christopher Michael Burke; her grandson, Hans William Knoepfel; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her son, Brian Keith Knoepfel.   

In the early years, she worked at the state capital in Olympia, Washington.  After she and her husband moved to Paris, she worked at the Illinois Cereal Mill until she started a family.  She was a great cook and was known for her cutout sugar cookies and cinnamon rolls.

Mrs. Knoepfel was known for her tatting, sock monkeys, quilting, Cabbage Patch doll clothes and crafts. She shared her talents by giving away tatted butterflies in hopes they would brighten someone’s day.  She had a fierce love of family and watching her grandchildren grow.

She always anticipated the fall event of the Newport Hillclimb to watch their 1941 Studebaker and 1926 Model T run the hill and visit with family and friends. She was a former member of the Trinity United Methodist Church and a current a member of the Otterbein United Methodist Church.

Memorial donations may be made to Otterbein United Methodist Church.

Online condolences at www.TempletonFuneralHome.com.