Jeanette Marie Knipfer (nee Melchior) 92, passed away on Thursday, August 28, 2014. She was born August 3, 1922 in Algoma to the late Leo "Ole"and Petronella "Nell" (Biese) Melchior. She was the oldest of nine children.
Jeanette attended St. Mary's Parochial school and graduated from the Algoma High School in 1940. She went on to graduate from Milwaukee State Teacher's College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kindergarten and Elementary Teaching.
Jeanette married Frank (Page) Knipfer on September 9, 1950 in Algoma.
She was a long time member of St. Mary Rosary Society, St. Mary Parish and was very active in the church functions including singing with the church choir.
Her interests included baking cookies, playing Boggle with next door neighbors, attending plays and concerts, traveling with husband "Page" and good friends Reiny and Virginia Krause.
For many years she played clarinet and marched with the Algoma Community Band.
Jeanette and Kitty Fulwiler were instrumental in the original starting up of the Wisconsin Label Corporation.
Jeanette is survived by one daughter Kathy (Jim) Stoffel, Kewaunee; three sons Jon (Ann) Knipfer, Algoma; Robert Knipfer, Algoma; and Michael Knipfer, Sanford, FL; two grandson Eric (Leslie) Knipfer, Phoenix, AZ and Ross (Lindsay) Knipfer, Fitchburg, Wis; two great-grandchildren Paige and Ozzie Knipfer; six brothers Robert (Dorothy) Melchior, Sturgeon Bay; Richard Melchior, Kansas City, MS; Leo Melchior, Grafton; Jerome"Gordy" Melchior, Algoma; Tom (Marilyn) Melchior, Luxemburg, Ronald Melchior, Argonne; numerous nieces and nephews.
Jeanette was preceded in death by her husband Frank "Page" Knipfer, two brothers, James "Bud" Melchior and Frank Melchior, two sisters-in-law Marge Melchior and Mary Ann Melchior.
Family and friends may call at the SCHINDERLE FUNERAL HOME, Algoma from 4 - 8 p.m., Monday September 1, 2014 and after 9:00 am, Tuesday at St. Mary Catholic Church, Algoma until the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am with Rev. Anthony Birdsall officiating. Prayer service Monday at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastoral Minister Kathy Zeman.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made out to St. Mary Catholic School, 118 Church St., Algoma, WI 54201
The family want to express a special thank you to: Home Instead, Special friend and neighbor Edie (Mauer) Stiehl, Donna Zastrow, Helen Thielke and the caring staff at the Algoma Long Term Care Unit for all the kindness and care given to our mom.