Patricia Ann Knapp, 90, of Cornell, WI died on January 27, 2018
at Dove Health Care West - Palliative Care Wing, Eau Claire.  
Patricia “Pat” was born on March 3, 1927 in Hannibal, WI, the
daughter of Curtis and Lucile (Dietzman) Deuel. Pat attended
school in Hannibal and then Gilman, WI. Pat’s grandfather and
then later her dad owned the local telephone company and Pat
learned to operate the switchboard at a young age. Pat married
Virgil Knapp on June 8, 1947 at the Presbyterian parsonage in
Hannibal. Their first home was in Milledgeville, Illinois where Virgil
worked as a genetic technician for 10 years. They then moved to
the Sheldon area where they farmed for 15 years. In 1966, they
purchased the Hannibal Feed Mill, which they ran until 1986. In
her retirement years Pat spent time caring for elderly or ill family
members and friends and helping out in the church kitchen.
Pat was a member of New Hope Presbyterian Church and a long
time member of the Gilman American Legion Auxiliary Post #359.
One of Pat’s favorite past times was reading, and as a young
adult she served as the Gilman Librarian. Pat passed down the
love of learning and reading to her children.
Pat is survived by her daughter, Carlotta (Lynn) Benson of Colfax
and Beverly (Dennis) Krizan of Cottage Grove; her brother, Herb
(Alice) Deuel of Sheldon; two grandchildren and two great-
grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Virgil (1995), a son,
John (1952) and a son, Carl (1988) and her parents, Curtis Deuel
(1995) and Lucile Deuel (1998)
A memorial Service will be held at New Hope Presbyterian Church
at 11:00am on Saturday, February 3rd with Pastor Bev Thompson
officiating. A light lunch will be served immediately following the
service in the New Hope Fellowship Hall. Visitation will be one hour
prior to services at church. Plombon Funeral Service-Gilman
assisted the family with arrangements.
Words cannot express how thankful we are to the amazing nurses
and caregivers at Dove Health Care West - Palliative Care Wing.
Special thanks to Lisa and Lisa, Patty, Joann, Lauren and Abby.