Regina M. Knape, 92, of Defiance, passed away peacefully on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, at FairlawnHaven Nursing Home in Archbold.
She was born Jan. 11, 1922, to Henry and Emma (Gerken) Bischoff in their home, Freedom Township.
Regina married Paul R. Knape on June 20, 1943, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 20, 1979.
She was a devoted homemaker and member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. She lovingly tended her large gardens and made the best pies.
Quiet and reserved, Regina centered her life around her family, home and her church.
Regina is survived by her children, Richard Knape of Defiance, Robert (Sandy) Knape of Albuquerque, N.M., Barbara Helmke of Livonia, Mich., Margaret (James) Huston of West Unity, Mary Ann (Luther) Gautsche of Archbold, and Roger Knape of Archbold; 17 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren; and sisters, Delora Aschemeier and Pauline Rosebrock.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 36 years, Paul Knape; brothers Herman and Paul Bischoff; sisters-in-law, Helen Bischoff and Betty Bischoff; brothersin law, Ray Aschemeier and Fred Rosebrock; and son-inlaw, William Helmke.
Funeral services were Monday, Sept. 15, 11 a.m., at tethlehem Lutheran Church, Adams Ridge Road, Defiance.
Memorial donations are suggested to the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Fairlawn Haven or to the donor’s choice.
Snyder-Wesche Funeral Home, Napoleon, was entrusted with the arrangements.
Friends are invited to sign the guestbook and share a memory at www.snyderwes chefuneralhome.com.