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Alberta Knieling

Alberta Knieling, 86, Ellis, died Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at Trego County-Lemke Memorial Hospital, WaKeeney.

She was born Aug. 7, 1927, in rural Trego County to Christ and Anna (Armbrister) Armbruster.  

She married George F. Knieling on Sept. 24, 1946, in Ellis. He preceded her in death in 1989.

She attended one year at Hays High School, received a GED in 1969 and attended Fort Hays State University for a semester in the 1980s.  

She was a cook at the Lynd School near Ellis, Ellis Lanes and the Eleventh Frame Club, worked at Travenol Laboratories and baked many wedding, anniversary, and birthday cakes for family and friends.  

She was well-known in the community for her crochet doilies, angels and Christmas ornaments, some of which were sent as far as Germany for gifts.  She also was known for her chicken and dumplings, and dill pickles.

She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Ellis; American Legion Auxiliary Unit 173, Hays, and VFW Auxiliary, Ellis.  

She was coordinator of the Heartland Share/Prairie Land Food Program in Ellis for 17 years.  

Survivors include two sons Chris, Ellis and Gene and wife, Kim, Rush Center; two daughters, Kathryn Hart, Cambridge, Ill., and Ruth Lang and husband Terry, Hays; seven grandchildren, Steve Hart, Dawn Hart, Mallory Knieling, Jarret Knieling and wife Katie, Brittany Lang, Brock Lang, and Jenna Lang; five great-grandchildren, Erika and Andrea Seabloom, Wiley Hart, Jaiden Knieling, and Payson Knieling; a brother, Gerald Armbruster and wife Leona, and a sister Doris Peterson and husband Ron.

She was preceded in death by a son, Duane; a son-in-law, Walter B. Hart Jr.; and a sister, Carol Bowman.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. John's Lutheran Church, north of Ellis; burial in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Keithley Funeral Chapel, 400 E. 17th, in Ellis and Monday 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church.  

An American Legion Auxiliary prayer service will be Sunday at 6:30 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m. in the funeral chapel.

Memorials are suggested to St. John's Lutheran Church.

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