Anna Louise (Knipfel) Herlinger, age 88, of Vandalia, passed away at 3:55 a.m. on Monday, August 26, 2013 at the Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia, Mo.
Visitation is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, September 2, 2013 at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia. Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at the Mt. Olivet Presbyterian Church, south of Vandalia.
Officiating will be the Rev. Bob Balwanz. Interment will be in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Robert Dubbert, Jason Toalson, Kevin Knipfel, Bill Bennett, Roger Cope, and Gary Roppel. Honorary pallbearers will be Marion Hawkinson, J.C. Miller, Greg Hendricks, Terry Newland, and Bruce Johnson.
Anna Louise (Knipfel) Herlinger was born on September 4, 1924 in rural Laddonia, the daughter of Herbert Clayton and Norine Elizabeth (Clark) Knipfel.
She married John Kenneth Herlinger on March 6, 1946 in Vandalia; he preceded her in death on September 10, 2012.
Anna grew up and attended schools near Laddonia. She was a graduate of Laddonia High School in 1942.
Anna worked with her mother at the Bobby Brooks Garment Factory in Vandalia for several years. After she and Kenneth were married in 1946, they moved to their farm south of Vandalia. Anna had many chickens for her egg business and grew some of the biggest and best tasting strawberries around. She had a green thumb and enjoyed her garden, flowers, and cooking. Ann was a long-time member of the Mt. Olivet Presbyterian Church which she and Kenneth helped many others to rebuild after the devastating fire.
Survivors include one brother John and wife Mary Knipfel, of Montgomery City; two sisters-in-law, Marjorie Dubbert and Louella Knipfel, both of Laddonia; three nephews, Robert and wife Kerry Dubbert, of rural Laddonia; Jerry and wife Chris Knipfel, of Mexico; Kevin and wife Lisa Knipfel, of High Hill; six nieces, Barbara Dubbert-Berggren and husband Eric Berggren of Portland, Ore.; Charolette and husband Greg Hendricks, of Columbia; Betty and husband John Miller, of Mokane; Debbie and husband Roger Cope, of Martinsburg; Tammy Knipfel, of Laddonia; Karla and husband Mark Uthlaut, of Montgomery City; also survived by 24 great-nieces and nephews and 24 great-great-nieces and nephews and many cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Kenneth; one brother, Herbert Knipfel; one brother-in-law Victor Dubbert; three nephews Jimmy Knipfel, Mike Knipfel, and Paul Knipfel; one great-niece Tracey Seay.
Memorials are encouraged to the Mt. Olivet Presbyterian Church.