Alvina Marie Knight was born December 19, 1922 to Joseph and Helen (Heinze) Kunze in Dazey, North Dakota. She passed away Wednesday morning, August 1, 2012 at the Rooks County Health Center in Plainville, Kansas at the age of 89.
As a young girl she attended rural schools in Dazey, North Dakota. She worked a few years as a line worker for an airplane manufacturer before she was united in marriage on December 10, 1945 to Donovan Knight at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Zurich, Kansas. They spent many years raising their seven children; David, Myron, Mary, Kenny, Donna, Patty and Gary. Alvina and Donovan had 55 wonderful years before his passing on December 14, 2000.
Alvina had a passion for baking. The family remembers her popcorn balls, fried donuts, pies and the cookies she made for the whole neighborhood. She also enjoyed embroidery and later in life a game of solitaire on the computer.
She was a member of the St. Thomas Catholic Church and Altar Society for many years.
Survivors include daughters, Mary Hoerman and husband Norman of Topeka, Donna Greer and husband Bill of Shawnee, and Patty Scott and husband Pete of Basehor; sons, David Knight and wife Patricia of Windsor, California, Myron Knight and wife Kathy of Newark, California, Kenny Knight of Kingman, and Gary Knight of Plainville; brothers, Sylvester Kunze of Clarkston, Washington, Wilfred “Sunny” Kunze of Dazey, North Dakota and Gerald Kunze of Fargo, North Dakota; sisters, Florence Pickar of Brainerd, Minnesota, Helen Geiger of Cooperstown, North Dakota, Delores Nagawski of Clarkston, Washington and Beatrice Fuchs of Pomeroy, Washington; ten grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Preceding Alvina in death were her parents, Joseph & Helen Kunze; husband, Donovan; and granddaughter, Andrea Scott.
Mass of Christian Burial is 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 4, 2012 at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Stockton, Kansas with Father Joshua Werth officiating. Burial will follow in St. Thomas Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested in lieu of flowers to the Redbud Village and may be sent in care of Smith-Moore-Overlease Funeral Home, 723 N. First, Stockton, Kansas 67669.
Alvina’s death is the final test that her mission on earth is complete and her presence strengthened the lives of family and friends. Life goes on, but her memories will be in our hearts, forever.
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