Juene Knutel

Juene Barbara Knutel

Monday, October 14th, 2019
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Obituary of Juene Barbara Knutel
Juene Barbara Knutel, age 83, of Three Oaks, died peacefully Monday morning, October 14, 2019, with her beloved husband at her side in the Memory Care Unit of Brentwood of Niles.

She was born October 2, 1936 in Joliet, Illinois, the only child of Monte and Martha Atherton. Juene was a graduate of West Aurora High School, class of 1954. After graduation she attended Northern Illinois University where she was a member of the Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority, and graduated in June, 1958. She married Fred Knutel August 9, 1958 in Aurora, Illinois.

Juene pursued her teaching career at Galien High School beginning in September, 1958. In June, 1974 she enrolled in the University of Notre Dame and received her Masters of Business Administration degree in May, 1977, part of the first class in which Notre Dame accepted women into the Masters graduate program. She then took a teaching job at Lake Michigan College where she taught accounting for twenty-one years, retiring as Accounting Department Chair in 1998. She established the first IT computer labs at the college.

Between 1961 and 1970 Juene and Fred adopted five children from Catholic Charities. She was a member of Saint Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Three Oaks, Michigan where she was very active and taught CCD. She loved to travel and knitted and crocheted many clothing items for her beloved family members, especially her dear grandchildren. Juene loved to play golf and attend basketball and volleyball games at River Valley High School.

Juene will be deeply missed by family and friends. She is survived by her husband of sixty-one years, Fred Knutel of Three Oaks; three daughters, Janet (Brian) Attara of Chicago, Illinois, Julie (Matt) Ungarino of Metairie, Louisiana, Jennifer (Andy) Martz of Dexter, Michigan; two sons, Peter (Judy) Knutel of Knox, Indiana, Phillip (Jennifer) Knutel of Hudson, Massachusetts; and thirteen grandchildren.

Family and friends will gather Thursday, October 17, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in Pobocik Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, 106 Ash Street East, Three Oaks with a Scripture Service at 7:30 p.m.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, October 18, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in Saint Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, 28 Ash Street West, Three Oaks with visitation beginning one hour earlier at 10:00 a.m.

The family prefers contributions in memory of Juene be made to Saint Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, 28 Ash Street West, Three Oaks, Michigan 49128.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Pobocik Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, Three Oaks. Please share a memory or a message online:
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Private Condolence

Suzanne (Sheldon) Levy

Posted at 12:00am
Dear Ana, Fred and the entire Knutel family,
We were so sorry to hear that Juene had passed. Please accept our deepest sympathy, and admiration for the care you gave her for so long.
Suzanne and Alan Levy and family

Linda Martin Mangold

Posted at 12:00am
Mrs. Knutel was my TOHS business class teacher, very patient and kind to all of her students. She was always interested in what was happening in our lives and families. I recently came across my Gregg Shorthand book while going through papers at the Martin farm, the very book from which she taught me. Finding that brought back a flood of good memories of one of my favorite teachers. She will be missed! Sending our sympathies...

Tom and Barb Doepker

Posted at 12:00am
Dear Fred and all the family, our deepest condolences to all of you. May Juene Rest In Peace. Your family’s friendship has always been special to us. May God bless you. Sincerely, Tom and Barb Doepker

Stephanie Zdanis

Posted at 12:00am
Fred and family, we are so sorry to hear of Juene's passing. She was a lovely woman and I know you all have wonderful memories to keep her close to you. Our deepest sympathy to you all.

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