Ethel B. (Fuchs) Knipfer

Ethel B. (Fuchs) Knipfer

MADISON-Ethel B. (Fuchs) Knipfer, age 90, joined her husband, Ray, in heaven on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, surrounded by her family and her grand pets. She was in her own room, in her own home. She did it her way!

She was born on July 30, 1922, in Tomah, the daughter of William and Clara Fuchs. She was one of seven children. In Ethel’s early years, she played guitar and loved to go to dances with her sisters and friends. Ethel met Raymond Knipfer at a town hall dance in 1941. They were married on Jan. 11, 1942. Ethel raised their daughter, Joan for three years, while Ray was overseas fighting in World War II. Ethel was a meticulous homemaker and a wonderful child care provider to her grandchildren and great-grandsons. She was extremely close to her family; her family was her focus and she spoke on the phone with Joan, Kathy, and Wendy everyday just to say I love you. Ethel was a loyal fan of all the sports and activities her granddaughters and great-grandsons participated in. She could always be seen in the bleachers at Eastside Lutheran and East High sporting events cheering loudly. She was an avid Badgers and Packers fan; her favorite player was Brett Favre until he left!

Ethel is survived by her daughter, Joan Felton of Madison; granddaughters, Kathy Felton Paige of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., and Wendy Felton of Madison; great-grandsons, Zachary Paige of Tampa, Fla., and Christopher Paige of Madison and their father, Tim Paige of Middleton; sisters, Lucille Neas, Geraldine Brandau, Bernadine Anderson; brother, Lenny (Kay) Fox; sisters-in-law, Bernadine Fox , Joanne Fox, Gloria Martinez, Delores (Dick) Sommers, Ermadine (Adrian) Jenneman, Dorothy (David) Langel, and Karen Bathke; her 94 year old aunt, Verna Schulz; and many wonderful family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond; son-in-law, Dennis Felton; in-laws, Leon and Doris Felton; brothers, Ed, Norman, and Bill Fox; brothers-in-law, LaVern and Bud Knipfer; and sisters-in-law, Betty Koreck and Margaret Konsela.

Funeral services will be held at EASTSIDE EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH, 2310 Independence Lane, Madison, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, with the Rev. Glen Schmiege presiding. Burial will follow at Highland Memory Gardens. Visitation will be held at the church from 1 p.m. until the time of service on Saturday. Memorials may be made to the family for a fund to be established.

Special thanks to Joyce for her extraordinary care, compassion, and friendship, and also thank you to Louise, Kendra, and Chloe and all the Bright Star ladies for all their help.