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Jean Knittel
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Jean I. Williams-Knittel, 78, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at Doctors Hospital in Modesto after a long illness.

Born Aug. 18, 1934, in Irvington, N.J., to Harry (Williams) and Claire (Roach), she graduated from Irvington High School and she later married her sweetheart Charles Knittel on May 26, 1956, in a fairytale wedding fit for a queen, in St. Leo's Church in Irvington, N.J.

She was happily married for over 56 years and took her vows very seriously. She worked at Standard Optical in Livingston, N.J., before moving to California with her family in 1981. She will be remembered as a loving mother, wife and friend who truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures of gardening, cooking and planning large functions for family and friends to enjoy, to chatting with friends and family. Holidays were always special for Jean who enjoyed doing all the preparation, planning and cooking. You knew if you attended one of her dinners you would be filled with "Love" for many days after. Everything she did, she did with love.

Survivors include her husband, Charles; her children, Charlie (Linda), Robert (Louise), Eileen (preceded in death by Mark), and Michael; and nine grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Claire, and brothers, Edward and Harry. The family is planning a private service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Jean's name to the Alzheimer's Association ,, and the Salvation Army.

The Riverbank (Calif.) News

Dec. 26, 2012