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Melvina Lorriane Knetzer


Melvina Lorriane Knetzer, 90, of Gillespie, passed away at her residence on Monday, Sept. 5, 2022.

She was born Jan. 4, 1932, in Virden, to Melvin Robinson and Rozzella Friend Robinson.

She married Joseph Knetzer on March 19, 1948 in Carlinville.  He preceded her in death on March 1, 2017.

She was a hairdresser.

She is survived by her son, William Joseph (Agnes) Knetzer of Gillespie; daughters, Linda Lorraine (Dennis) Kahl of Bunker Hill, Tina Ann Knetzer of Pinehurst, NC; 13 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren and several great great grandchildren.

Melvina was preceded in death by her parents; spouse; daughter, JoAnn Knetzer; son, Kenneth Lee Knetzer; sisters, Mary Crouch, Virginia Mae Robinson, Margaret Crafts, Betty LeFaivre; brothers, James Robinson, Lester Robinson, Richard Robinson and Herbert Robinson.

Services were held on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022 at  Kravanya Funeral Home in Gillespie. Burial will be at New Calvary Cemetery, Carlinville.

Memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Gillespie – Benld Area Ambulance Service, Gillespie Public Library.

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Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie, is in charge of the arrangements.