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In Memory of

Marjorie Louise Kneifel

July 31, 1926 - March 26, 2015

Obituary


Marjorie L. (Rogers) Kneifel, 88, passed away March 26, 2015 at her residence. She was born July 31, 1926 in Pacific Grove, California. At age two Marjorie and her parents, Della M. and J. Dean Rogers, were living on the family ranch near Hermiston, Oregon. While Della cooked for the work crews, Dean took Margie in the buckboard with him. Margie was a "Daddy's Girl," but dearly loved her mom. 1938 found the family living in Yakima. This was a joyous year for
them as a son, Warren Douglas (Donnie), joined them. Margie had...

Marjorie L. (Rogers) Kneifel, 88, passed away March 26, 2015 at her residence. She was born July 31, 1926 in Pacific Grove, California. At age two Marjorie and her parents, Della M. and J. Dean Rogers, were living on the family ranch near Hermiston, Oregon. While Della cooked for the work crews, Dean took Margie in the buckboard with him. Margie was a "Daddy's Girl," but dearly loved her mom. 1938 found the family living in Yakima. This was a joyous year for
them as a son, Warren Douglas (Donnie), joined them. Margie had a brother, Della received the longed for second child, and Dean got his little cowboy.

Margie's most treasured gift from her parents was a piano which became a life long joy. She learned to read music and to supplement the melody with chords- playing hymns for church and popular music for family enjoyment. She also became an accomplished pinochle and bridge player. Playing was fun, but she didn't like losing! In 1944, Margie graduated from Prescott High School and began working as a bookkeeper for Barnes Wooden in Yakima- a job she held until after her marriage in 1946 to Joe L. Kneifel. Her happiest times then and later in life was being a homemaker; although, she later returned to bookkeeping, working for various places: Associated Grocers in Yakima, Our Lady of Lourdes in Pasco, Washington and for a veterinarian in Reno, Nevada.

Marge and Joe raised three children: Jody, Randy, and Ricky. Many happy times with family followed: dancing at the Eagles; vacations to Twin Lakes with
her parents; boating adventures with her Aunt Iris and Uncle Harry Rice and their children. Undeniably, their greatest joy was being grandparents. The fun started all over, now "staring" the grand kids. They maintained life long friendships. With friends and family, they fished for salmon, hunted deer and elk, and joined a camper club at the urging of Joe's sister, Lois. After retirement, for several years Marge and Joe drove their RV to Yuma, Arizona joining other
"snow birds" who had gone south for the winter. Marge became a dedicated patron of yard sales. Dad said she filled the RV only to off load at Goodwill before they returned to their home on Chinook Pass. After forty-four years of marriage, Joe passed away; Marge moved back to Yakima to care for her mother.

Margie had the gift of hospitality; she and Della enjoyed entertaining family and friends. They did crafts, sewed, read, attended church at Westminster Presbyterian, and helped in Jody's classroom. The years after Della's passing were filled with travel to Hawaii and Europe, visiting out of town family and gatherings with the Wellers. She was especially proud of the educational and career pursuits of her grandchildren. As always, she treasured her beloved
poodles. When she could no longer care for a dog of her own, she spoiled the "grand-dogs."

Margie was preceded in death by her parents, husband Joe L. Kneifel, son Ricky W. Kneifel and granddaughter, Carrie L. Sliger. Remaining are two children: Jody (Richard) Weller of Selah, WA and Randy Kneifel of Spokane, WA; a brother Don (Gloria) Rogers and their children of Dana Point, CA, her Aunt Maxine Hull of Salem, Oregon, and a dear friend, Irene Keeper of Yakima. Six grandchildren: Christin (Jeft) Lindner, Mark (Ashley) Weller, David
(Melody Worley) Weller, Spencer Kneifel, Gabe (Juli) Jager, and Jessica Kneifel; four great-grandchildren and three step great grandchildren also survive her.

A celebration of Marjorie's life will be held at 11:00 A.M, May 30, 2015 at the Rainier Memorial Center in Terrace Heights. Remembrances may be made to the Union Gospel Mission or the Humane Society c/o Langevin El Paraiso Funeral Home. To share a memory of Marjorie please visit, www.lepfuneralhome.com.