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Information for Marian Ida Councilman Kniefel

14 July, 1909 - 27 December, 1994

From The Idaho Press-Tribune

December, 1994
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo

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Marian Kniefel

    Marian Kniefel, 85, of Parma, died Tuesday, Dec. 27, 1994, at an Ontario, Ore., hospital.
     Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 30, 1994, at the Kirkpatrick Memorial Community Church, Parma, with the Rev. David Kegley officiating. Private burial will follow at Roswell Cemetery under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette.
    Mrs. Kniefel was born July 14, 1909, in Gayville, South Dakota, the second child of Clarence and Susanna Councilman.  She loved being raised on her father's farm.  She graduated from High School In 1928.  In September 1929 the entire family moved to Roswell, Idaho.  Not long after arriving a young banker came to call on her father.  She realized he lived only one-half mile away and he began to call on her regularly.  Soon she was dating Clarence Kniefel.
    They were married on a snowy day, January 18, 1930, at her family's home in Roswell.  They moved into their first home in Parma near the water tower.  Their two children, Robert and Mary Sue were born while living in this home.  Mary Sue passed away in 1977 while living in Weiser and her loss was continually felt.  In 1948, they built a new home and this was an exciting time for both Marian and Clarence as she took great pride in decorating this new home.
    Marian and Clarence enjoyed traveling and prior to Clarence's retirement they purchased a travel trailer and traveled over much of the United States.  In later years they greatly enjoyed spending their winter in Phoenix, Arizona, where Marian's youngest sister Susie Mae lived.  Summer highlights for the whole "clan" were enjoyed in the family cabin at Warm Lake, Idaho.
    Marian would say that her most precious treasure was her family.  She spent her entire adult life as a homemaker.  She was a supportive wife and mother always available to her children as they were growing up.  She was active in their church and the Parma PEO chapter.
    She writes, "The heart remembers everything, although the mind forgets a kiss, a smile, a melody, a dream of yesterday.  We think we have forgotten but the heart remembers all."
    Marian and Clarence celebrated their 63rd anniversary prior to Clarence's death on July 4, 1993.
    She is survived by three sisters, Susie Mae Robins of Phoenix, Elaine Dotson of Boise, and Winifred Roberts of Parma; a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Carolyn Kniefel of Payette, grandchildren and their families, Bruce, Connie, Andrea, Stephanie and Matthew Kniefel of Boise; Kathie, Dean, Robbie, Kelsie, and Todd Carlson of Swaziland, Africa; Christy, Nial, Shantel and Katelyn Bradshaw of Meridian; a son-in-law, Dr. Ronald and Peggy Gibbs of Weiser; Rebecca, Grant and Breanna Morton of Pullman, WA; Cindy and McKenzie Jones of Boise; Jeff Gibbs of Seattle; Brian Munson of Weiser; Greg, Kriston and Garrett Munson of Ontario; Mike, Leslie, Eric and Abbie Munson Boise; a sister-in-law, Florence McNeil of Portland; and many nieces and nephews.
    Memorials may be made to the Kirkpatrick Memorial Community Church or the Parma Senior Citizens, care of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, P.O. Box 730, Payette, Idaho 83661.
    Friends may call today from 3 to 7 p.m. and Friday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Kirkpatrick Memorial Community Church, Parma.

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