Dorothy Knoop


Dorothy I. Knoop, 105, of Defiance, Ohio, died on Saturday, February 8, 2014, at the CHP Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center.

She was born on April 20, 1908, on a farm near Arthur, Ohio, (Paulding County) to John and Cora (Kleinhen) Andrews. On July 3, 1931, at 11:30 p.m. at the Manse, Dorothy was married to Orville Knoop by Rev. Rex. Dorothy and Orville dated in a horse-drawn buggy, and were married until Orville's death in 1972.

Dorothy was a homemaker and she enjoyed cooking, baking cookies, crocheting and knitting. In her lifetime, she took care of new mothers and their babies, worked for a telephone company, and worked at Defiance City School's cafeteria. She was "lucky" in playing euchre with her family. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church for 80+ years. She served as a Sunday school teacher and was an active member through her life. She was also a 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Dorothy is survived by a son, Fred (Carolyn) Knoop of New Martinsville, W.Va; a daughter, Marilyn J. Smith of Defiance, Ohio; grandchildren, Jayne Knoop of Oxford, Ohio, Dave (Carla) Knoop of Paden City, W.Va., Jim (Cheryl) Knoop of Flagpond, Tenn.; stepgrandchildren, Bob (Karen) Berry of New Martinsville, W.Va., James (Diane) Smith of Punta Gorda, Fla., Kim (Tom) Honigford of Delphos, Ohio; three great-grandchildren; and four great-stepgrandchildren.

Dorothy was preceded in death by two sisters, Donelda Searles, Zylpha Shisler; four brothers, Vern, Miland, John, and Walter Andrews; daughter-in-law, Mary Dolores (Schira) Knoop; and a grandson, John Fredrick Jr.

Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, and one hour prior to the services, at the church. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 12, 2014, at the First Presbyterian Church of Defiance, Ohio, with Rev. Eric Peltz officiating. A private graveside service will be held at Riverside Cemetery.

Memorials in Dorothy's name may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, Defiance Habitat for Humanity, or CHP Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center.

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