May 1, 1927 - March 11, 2015


Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of Genevieve “Jenny” A. Knapp, age 87, of Holdingford, will be at 11:00 AM on Monday, March 16, 2015 at the Church of All Saints – St. Hedwig in Holdingford. Father David Grundman will officiate and burial will take place in the parish cemetery. Jenny passed away peacefully early Wednesday morning at Mother of Mercy Memory Lane. There will be a visitation from 4:00-8:00 PM on Sunday, March 15, 2015 at the Miller-Carlin Funeral Home in Holdingford and again after 10:00 AM Monday at the church. Parish prayers will be at 5:00 PM Sunday at the funeral home. Arrangements are being made with Miller-Carlin Funeral Home, Holdingford.

Jenny was born on May 1, 1927 to Peter and Rose (Mathieu) Reiter in Cold Spring. She grew up with two siblings before moving to St. Cloud to attend the business school. Jenny worked as a secretary for Landwehr Transfer for a couple of years and on June 6, 1950 she married Tillman “Jim” Knapp at St. Boniface Church in Cold Spring and together they raised six children in various MN and SD towns. Jenny was primarily a homemaker and enjoyed farming, taking care of calves, gardening, and growing flowers. She was a quiet, soft-spoken woman who enjoyed having family together for holidays. Jenny loved her children and spending time with her 14 grandchildren, watching them play and often joining in the fun. She didn’t drive but greatly enjoyed the road trips she and Jim took. In their travels, they visited 42 states and all the Canadian provinces; never having a set itinerary, always seeing what ever struck their fancy. She enjoyed playing cards and was in various card groups. Jenny was a member of St. Hedwig’s church and the Rosary Sodality.

Jenny is survived by her husband of 64 years Tillman, Albany; her children RoseMary (Greg) Philippi, St. Cloud; Jerry Knapp, St. Joe; Patty (Art) Dyer, Gold Hill, OR; Dan (Deb) Knapp, Avon; Ken (Donna) Knapp, Avon; Carol (Will) Hellmann, St. Joe; 14 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild with another on the way; and other family and friends.

She is preceded by her parents Peter and Rose, her siblings Victor (infant), Harold Reiter, Ralph (infant), and Vernette Schlangen.

Jenny’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Memory Lane and the St. Croix Hospice for their tender care.