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12/04/12 - NNHS Newsletter - Earnest Kniesche

Earnest Bruce Kniesche
(02 Mar 1923 - 02 Dec 2012)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We have another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter this Tuesday morning.
    Earnest Kniesche,  father of Joan Kniesche Saunders and Robert Kniesche, passed away in Newport News on Sunday, December 02, 2012, at the age of 89.  Joan, one of the very prettiest members of the Class of '65, was with us at NNHS at least until the end of her freshman year.

From the Daily Press - 12/04/12:

               Earnest B. Kniesche



NEWPORT NEWS - Earnest Bruce Kniesche, born in Richmond, Va., on March 2, 1923, passed away the evening of Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012.

Earnest was a World War II veteran and was retired from the National Guard.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Lelia, Laverne, Lucille, and Janie; and his brother, Ottoway.

He is survived by his wife, Claudia H. Kniesche, with whom he celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on June 6, 2012; his children, Joan Saunders, and Robert Kniesche and his wife, Charlotte; his granddaughters, Kimberly Saunders, and Christine Saunders and her husband, Peter; his great-granddaughter, Blair Riddle and her husband, Brigham; and his great great-grandsons, Jesse, Logan, and Alexander Riddle; as well as his brother, George Kniesche; and sister-in-law, Marian Nunnally. He loved to dance, and he will be greatly missed by all.


Earnest Kniesche



A graveside service will be conducted 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, by the Rev. Scott J. Baker, at Hampton Veterans Memorial Gardens, with military honors. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, at Peninsula Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 372 Hiden Blvd., Newport News, VA 23606; or Animal Aid Society, 80 Butler Farm Road, Hampton VA 23666.

Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from December 4 to December 5, 2012.
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December 04, 2012

I am so sorry to hear of Earnest's passing. He was such a good and kind man. Earnest was always there for our family when we were young, helping with plumbing problems and being a true friend to our mama & daddy. I will always remember both him and Claudia for their kindness and the humor they brought to our home. My prayers for the entire family.

~ Barbara (Cain) Payne, Smithfield, Virginia

December 04, 2012
So sorry for your loss. He will be truly missed.

December 04, 2012
Robert and family, I am so sorry to read of the passing of Ernie. I remember him as a kind man, always with a smile on his face. Please accept my most heartfelt sympathy in this time of sorrow, and never forget all of the good times together.

~ Rick Thomasson, Newport News, Virginia
December 04, 2012
My deepest sympathy to Clyde, Joanie, Robert and the grandchildren. Ernie brought so much pleasure to my life being my friend. He was always considered a personal family member to me. I will truly miss him. God bless the family.

~ Hope Perdue, Yorktown, Virginia

December 04, 2012

Robert and family, I am sorry for your loss. Ernie was a great man and a good friend. May he now rest in peace and be with old friends and family.

December 04, 2012
Knowing what a close family you all are, I am so greatly sorrowful for your loss. "Grandpa" will be missed by many people as he was truly a joy and inspiration. My condolences and prayers to the family.

~ Tammy Owens, Newport News, Virginia

December 04, 2012

What a dear man, I felt blessed to sit behind him and his extended family at St. Stephens. Our thoughts are with all of you. Kathleen and Michael Makepeace, Patrick Springs, VA

~ Kathleen Makepeace, Patrick Springs, Virginia

December 04, 2012
Dear Bob and Charlotte, we were very sorry to hear of your loss. Jean wanted us to let you know that she is sad to hear this news as well. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

~ Sherri Yokum, Yorktown, Virginia

December 04, 2012
   Mr. Bob Kniesche and family, I am so sorry for your loss.

~ Patricia Thibodeau, Hampton, Virginia

December 04, 2012

Kniesche Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Ernie could make us laugh when we needed it, and was always ready to help.

~ Bob and Sherry Baines, Newport News
, Virginia


December 04, 2012

Bob and Charlotte,
So sorry to hear of your loss. I will always remember the terrific stories you told about your dad. You are in our thoughts and prayers as you mourn this loss.
Much love,

~ Diane & Lawrence Brown, Newport News, Virginia


December 04, 2012

Hi Joan.. I hope you remember me, too, from Briarfield days.. Recognized the name Kniesche in the paper and knew it must be your dad. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers... Dianne (Adams) Puckette

~ Dianne (Adams) Puckette, Newport News, Virginia

December 04, 2012

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

~ Carol/Tom Street, Ivor, Virginia


December 04, 2012

Bob, Charlotte and Family,

So sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. I'll always remember him fondly from when I lived in my first home in Newmarket. What a helpful, talented and fun man. He was very special, and will surely be missed.

Peace and blessings to you all.

~ Helen Anspach, Yorktown
, Virginia


December 04, 2012

Robert and Charlotte,
Joe and I were so sorry to hear of your loss.
We know how very close you were to him.
Take comfort in knowing that he knew
how much he was loved and that he is
resting with the good Lord.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you
and your family.
Sandra Bouton

~ Sandra Bouton, Williamsburg, Virginia


December 04, 2012

I'll always remember the stories you use to tell us about your dad - your trips to Doumars, or just driving together around town. I never had the pleasure of meeting your Dad but I could tell from your expression, when you spoke of him, he must of been quite a fellow. Our condolences to you, Charlotte, and the Kniesche family.

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  Our deepest sympathies are extended to the Kniesche family and their friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

Words by Walter C. Smith, 1876
Music (St. Denio) by John Roberts, 1839

Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most blessèd, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, Thy great Name we praise.

Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
Nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou rulest in might;
Thy justice, like mountains, high soaring above
Thy clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love.

To all, life Thou givest, to both great and small;
In all life Thou livest, the true life of all;
We blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,
And wither and perish—but naught changeth Thee.

Great Father of glory, pure Father of light,
Thine angels adore Thee, all veiling their sight;
But of all Thy rich graces this grace, Lord, impart
Take the veil from our faces, the vile from our heart.

All laud we would render; O help us to see
’Tis only the splendor of light hideth Thee,
And so let Thy glory, Almighty, impart,
Through Christ in His story, Thy Christ to the heart.

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