CLEMENT JOHN KNIOLA
January 12, 1925 - October 10, 2021
Clement John Kniola died on October 10, 2021. He was 96 and a lifelong resident of Michigan City. He was born to John S. and Helen (Jarka) Kniola on January 12, 1925 who preceded him in death. On June 26, 1948 he married Margaret R. (Karm) Kniola who preceded him in death on November 6, 2005. He had four sisters Mary Helen Cox, Florence Ullrich, Dorothy Villa, Louise Bootcheck and one daughter, Mary Beth Kniola have also preceded him in death.
Surviving are his children, James (Jacque) of Arlington Heights, Illinois, Lawrence (Denise) of Charleston South Carolina, Thomas (Kathryn) of Ogden Dunes, Indiana and Daniel (Laurie) of Naperville, Illinois; grandchildren, Ann Kniola, David Kniola, Lauren Powell, Lindsey Rafalski, Allison Kniola, Nicholas Kniola, Matthew Kniola and Jonathan Kniola, and great grandchildren, Brooks Powell, Carter Powell, Ellington Powell and Paige Rafalski.
Clem was a veteran of World War II having served for two and a half years in the Army’s 643rd Tank Destroyer Battalion in France, Belgium, and Germany.
He was employed by Pullman-Standard as an engineer in Michigan City, Hammond and Chicago for over 30 years. He continued his career as a sales representative for Sloan Valve Company in Franklin Park, Illinois until his retirement in 1998. He was a member of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, The Skwiat Post American Legion #451, The Elks Lodge #432, and Queen of All Saints Church. He competed as a member of the Elston High School Red Devils basketball and golf teams in the early 1940’s and was a pitcher for various local fast pitch softball teams in the 1950’s. He was a avid golfer, a Chicago Cubs fan, and a fan of Notre Dame football.
Mass of Christian burial will be conducted Wednesday October 20, 2021 at 10:00 AM in Queen of All Saints Catholic Church. 606 So. Woodland Ave., Michigan City, Indiana. Visitation will be Wednesday in the Queen of all Saints Legacy Center from 9:00 AM till 10:00 AM. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery with full military honors. Arrangements are being handled by the Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, 418 Washington St., Michigan City, Indiana. (With regard to the ongoing COVID-19 concerns, we are asking all attendees to wear a protective face covering while inside the church for the entire service.)
In lieu of flowers we request that you make a donation to The Graduates of Elston High School Education Support Fund through the Unity Foundation of LaPorte County (uflc.net/Elstoned) or Queen of All Saints Church, 606 So. Woodland Ave., Michigan City, IN 46360.
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