Ruth B. Knies, 86, Celestine

Ruth KniesRuth B. Knies, 86, of Celestine, died Tuesday (July 11) at her home. She was born in Ireland August 26, 1930, to Joseph and Helena (Dupps) Jerger. She married Oscar Knies April 22, 1952, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland. He died January 15, 1999.

Ruth was a homemaker and a member of St. Isidore Parish – St. Celestine Campus and its St. Anne’s Sodality and the Celestine Community Club. She enjoyed praying the rosary, playing cards, reading, baking, and spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by two daughters, her caregiver Mary Knies and Dr. Gina Riecker and husband Bryan, all of Celestine; five sons, Duane Knies and wife Tami, Roger Knies and wife Deb, Kevin Knies and wife Sherrie, Dale Knies and wife Robin, and Kelly Knies and wife Jody, all of Celestine; 26 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one brother, Joe Jerger and wife Mary Ann, Ireland.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by five sisters, Alice Hochgesang, Joan Glendening, Helen Jerger, Mary Ann Haas, and Mildred Beckman, and three brothers, Harold, John, and Charles Jerger.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. The St. Isidore Parish St. Anne’s Sodality will pray the rosary at 1:45 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Isidore Parish or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Celestine Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

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