Salem – Betty, 82, died February 18 in
her home surrounded by loved ones in Salem. She was born on
December 4, 1935 in Ellis, KS. to Fred and Jennie Knieling, and
moved to Marion at a young age. In 1952 moved to Antelope then
returning to the Willamette Valley to raise her family. Together
Betty and Darrel started a construction company with Betty doing
a lot of the finish work as well as keeping books. As the
company grew she became its bookkeeper.
Betty enjoyed sewing, gardening, reading and traveling
and was an amazing quilter. Betty and Darrel lived in many
places settling on the East side of the state in their later
years. She spent many years in Burns enjoying hunting,
fishing, snowmobiling, mushroom hunting and many long drives
enjoying nature. Later they moved back to Antelope where
she spent most of her time tending her home. She moved
back to the valley after Darrel’s passing in October
2016. She spent the last 10 months of her life
happily making her house a home, working in her yard and being
near her family.
She is survived by her 3 beautiful daughters:
Susan (Dean) Swank of Burns, Cindy (Steve) Schmaltz of Salem and
Laurie (Alan) Jensen of Fort Myers, FL; brother: Jim Knieling of
Salem; sister: Alvina Baker of Fresno, CA; six grandchildren; 8
great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. Betty was
preceded in death by her husband, daughters, Linda and Kathy,
two brothers and 5 sisters.
A memorial service will be Saturday,
March 17, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Calvary Lutheran Church in Stayton.
Contributions may be made to Kindred Hospice or Calvary Lutheran
Church. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral