Thomas J. Knieper
February 11, 1942 - August 24, 2011
KNIEPER, Thomas J. “Dziadziu”
Formerly of New Lothrop, MI
Was welcomed into the loving arms of his Savior Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at Covenant Cooper surrounded by his loving family. Age 69 years. Thomas Joseph Knieper was born February 11, 1942 in Detroit to Albert & Imelda (Yaklin) Knieper. He married Therese A. Suchyta on June 26, 1971 at St. Hedwig Catholic Church in Bay City. She survives him. Tom was self employed as a hard wood floor sander, owning and operating Knieper Wood Floors, Inc. for 29 years. He retired with his wife to the Houghton Lake area. Tom was an active member at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church, where he was President of The Men’s Club. He was also a member of the K of C Councils #6584 serving as Warden and #2943 serving as Treasurer. Tom was a former member of St. Michael of Maple Grove. He volunteered at St. Vincent DePaul Society in Prudenville. In addition to his many charitable acts, he also loved organizing bus trips to casinos. Tom loved polka music, hosting many dances. He was an avid softball player and golfer. He enjoyed giving back to the community and spending time with the youth, especially his grandchildren.
In addition to his wife of 40 years, Therese, Tom is survived by his three children, Becky (Bob) Naessens, Mike Knieper, Scott Knieper; four grandchildren, Kasia, Jackson, Remington and Cameron; Mother, Imelda Knieper; eight brothers, Jerome (Pat), Edward (Dee), Brother Luke, C.SS.P., Andy (Paulie), Richard (Jackie), Ken (Nancy), Dave (Joyce) and John (Carolyn); six sisters, Margaret (Jerry) Dugal, Barbara (John) Bruckman, Marie (Jerry) Zervan, Dorothy (Larry) Wendling, Betty (Mike) Hechinger, Linda (Lynn) Miller; many in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Albert; infant brother, Phillip; one sister and her husband, Aileen (Phil) Conley; one brother and his wife, Robert (Doreen) Knieper; in-laws, Frank & Irene Suchyta; brother-in-law, Dennis Suchyta; sister-in-law, Kelly Jo Suchyta.
FUNERAL: Mass of Christian Burial will take place 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 29, 2011 at St. Michael Catholic Church of Maple Grove, 17994 Lincoln Road, New Lothrop. Rev. Fr. Randy Kelly will officiate with burial in St. Michael Catholic Cemetery.
VISITATION: Friends may call at the Deisler Funeral Home, 2233 Hemmeter, Saginaw, MI. Sunday, August 28, 2011 from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. Tom will lie in state at the church Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the time Mass. K of C will pray the Rosary Sunday at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
DONATION: In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be considered to Capuchin Soup Kitchen or St. Vincent DePaul Society of Prudenville.
Please share your thoughts with the family at the funeral home, church or thru www.DeislerFuneralHome.com or www.WMartinFuneralHome.com.
Sunday, 08/28/2011 from 2:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Deisler Funeral Home, 2233 Hemmeter Road, Saginaw
Monday, 08/29/2011 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Mass at St. Michael Catholic Church of Maple Grove.
Rosary Sunday 8/28/2011 at 7:00 p.m. by K of C Council #2943 at Deisler Funeral Home.
Funeral Monday 8/29/2011 11:00 a.m. at St. Michael of Maple Grove.
St. Michael of Maple Grove Cemetery
Chuck and Anita KeelerTheresa and family Tom was a very good man and out going person and always willing to help everybody. I will not forget all the wrestling meets he drove me to had a great time. He will bet missed very much. You are in our prayers. Love from The Keelers
Fred & Sharon QuadererTherese, Becky, Mike & Scott,
You have our deepest sympathy! Tom was a good and loving man, and he will be missed. We'll never forget all the fun times we had with him and your family.
DARLENE DOWENGod bless Tom's family, help them through this time of sorrow. Let them rejoice in the knowledge that Tom is now residing with You in glory. Amen. Tom was such a wonderful man & santa. I've missed his smiling face since his retirement. You're in my prayers, hugs, Darlene Dowen
Jerry DugalTom...we will always remember your good heart and your good laughter...you were truly a brother to me...pray for us from youir heavenly perch....jerry
Kay(Wendling-Gross)GloverTeresa & family:
Our condolences go out to you! Even though it has been years since I've last seen you, I'll remember the good times we had at the ballgames & all the picnics we had after the games. Even in school Tom was such a nice guy. He loved to "joke" around but I think that's just a Knieper trait. He is definitely in the presence of his MAKER! All our love. Kay & Jay
Kay(Wendling) GloverEd & Dee:
It is with deepest sorrow that we offer our condolences to you two & your brothers & sisters. May GOD bless your entire family while Tom rests in peace up above with the rest of those that have gone before him,He was such a fun loving guy.It brings a smile to my face to recall times of carefree laughter & joking around with Tom. It's been a couple of years since we have seen you & Dee we hope you find comfort in knowing that everyone loved & respected Tom. Our love to all the family! Kay & Jay
Dave and Margie SchwartzDear Teresa and family--We are truly saddened by the news of Tom's passing. What a wonderful and special man he was. Our prayers and thoughts are with and your family, at this most difficult time. He is now with the Dear Lord--but will be sorely missed by all. Our love goes out to you and yours. God Bless you.
Karen & Dale DrexlerWe extend our Deepest Sympathy to Therese, Becky, Mike, Scott, Grandchildren, Mother, Brothers & Sisters.
It has been a privilege to know Tom & share in his great humor & love for life. He certainly was a Blessing to many & will remain in our memories & hearts. Peace to All & May God Bless all of you with His Loving Comfort.
Shannan and Rick SuchytaTherese, Becky, Scott, and Mike:
God bless you and be with you during this difficult time. We are so sorry for your loss and are deeply saddened by the passing of your husband and father. Tom was one of a kind. Our memories of him are of nothing, but love and laughter. He was a good and faithful servant to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He was a very special man that will be greatly missed. Love, Rick and Shannan Suchyta
Harry and Nancy KnieperOur hearts are also saddened by the loss of such a wonderful man! Tom will be missed by many, but remembered for his faith, laughter and kind heart. I will miss my cancer buddy......
Our thoughts and prayers to all of you.
Rick and Jan MaxaTo the Knieper family: We send our sympathy to the entire Knieper family at this time of Tom's passing. We pray that the love and support that surrounds you brings you comfort. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
Rick and Jan
Barb & Vearn WenzlickSo much fun we had with Tom over the years. It might have been bowling or at Kof C, or high school football or wrestling.
Tom was such a great fan and good sport. Tom even let me write on his head with lipstick to cheer on the New Lothrop high school wrestling team!
Rita PickeringTheresa,Becky,Mike and Scott, My thoughts are with all of you.He will be missed dearly.
Denny and Joan AndresTo the Knieper Family, we send our prayers during this most difficult time. We were honored to attend Tom's funeral mass today, a beautiful celebration of his life and a wonderful tribute to Tom and his family. We will keep you in our hearts and prayers.
Sally (Wendling) BorsenikHello Theresa & Family:
Sympathy is being sent your way from our family. Just for the records Tom was my first date for the freshman prom. His Grandma made my corsage from the flower garden and it was beautiful. I guess I was so excited to go to the prom with Tom that I forgot my new purse. What a good man. May he rest in peace. Remember the good times.
Ann M. and Bob PriesWe were saddened to learn of Tom's death. Please accept our sincerest condolences for your loss. We knew Tom to be a kind, generous, and loving man.