Karen E. Kneeppel, age 76, of Ransomville, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, January 8, 2014.
Karen was born May 20, 1937 in Buffalo, the daughter of the late Horatio A. and Elizabeth "Pearl" (Printup) Jones and grew up on the Tuscarora Nation, a member of the Deer Clan. She married Lamont H. Kneeppel on April 14, 1973. Karen was ordained a Minister by the Bible Time Ministries and had served as Pastor of the Tuscarora Indian Mission from 1987 to 1998, at which time her son, Rev. Donald A. Robinson, became pastor. She was also the Eastern Region Representative for the American Baptist Indian Caucus for two terms. Previous to her Ministry, Karen had worked for the Niagara Gazette delivering papers in the1970s; had worked for Paul Baker Farms; and had been an Avon Representative for many years. She was also a member of the Tuscarora Baptist Church. She was an avid NY Yankees fan.
In addition to her husband, Lamont, she is survived by three daughters, Karla (John) Baker, Khris (John) Van-Arx and Stephanie Smith; two sons, Rev. Donald (Alexis) Robinson and Kent G. Robinson; a son-in-law, James Davis; three step-sons, Marvin (Carol) Kneeppel, Wayne (Barbara) Kneeppel and Richard (Sharon) Robinson; 21 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a daughter, Karlene Jo Davis; a daughter-in-law, Gina M. Antone; three sisters, Elma "Sammee" Patterson, Birdie L. Crogan and Marcella "Bonnie" Crogan; and three brothers, Daniel, Gordon and James Hill.
Friends may call at HARDISON FUNERAL HOME, 3648 Ransomville Road, Ransomville on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 13, at 11:00 AM at the Tuscarora Indian Mission, 5035 Walmore Rd., with the Rev. Donald Robinson officiating. Burial will follow in North Ridge Cemetery, Church Rd., Town of Cambria. Memorials may be made to the Tuscarora Indian Mission, 1906 Mt. Hope Rd., Lewiston, NY 14092.
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