Marian Elizabeth Knappmiller

Marian Elizabeth Knappmiller

Marian Elizabeth (Plimpton) Knappmiller, 93, of Platteville, died Sunday, September 15, 2013 at her home.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, September 22, 2013 at the Melby Funeral Home & Crematory, Platteville. Burial will be at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Hermitage Cemetery, Mt. Hope, Wisconsin. Friends may call from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Marian E. Knappmiller Memorial Fund. Online condolences can be made at

Marian was born on March 20, 1920 in Mt. Hope, Wisconsin, the daughter of Harry and Minnie (Alderson) Plimpton. She graduated from Mt. Hope High School in 1937. She attended “Teacher’s Training” in Fennimore, following high school, and went on to teach rural country school.

She was united in marriage to Wm Wendell Knappmiller on May 31, 1939 at her parent’s home in Mt. Hope. He preceded her in death on March 21, 2007. She worked with her husband at their farms at Fennimore, Livingston and then Platteville where they moved in 1959. She also worked at Cobb Canning Company, Dick’s Supermarket Bakery, and UW-Platteville Glenview Commons.

In her teens she enjoyed going to a Gene Autry performance. She also enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, gardening, flowers, playing the piano and organ, singing alto in the choir, and her cats. Marian was a generous and gentle woman who enjoyed taking food to neighbors and friends in their time of need, as well as, sending greeting cards to family and friends. Marian and Wendell enjoyed traveling to see family throughout the United States and many Volunteer in Mission work trips through the United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Whig United Methodist Church since 1959, where she played the organ for many years, participated in the women’s group, helped with meals and Bible School, and enjoyed attending worship until a few weeks ago. She also enjoyed the old TV shows and country music with her faithful caregiver, Betty Lord, who has been with Marian in her farm house for these past three and a half years. Marian liked to hike and cross country ski, which she learned how to do when she was in her 60’s.

Marian is survived by four children, Gilbert (Mary) Knappmiller of Parumph, NV; Marcia (James) Kendall of Burlington, WI; Mary Ann (Robert) Floerke of Platteville; and Stuart (Mary Ellen) Knappmiller of St. Paul, MN; 11 grandchildren, Kevin Knappmiller, Wendy Planck, Karen Tucker, Nancy Conley, Becky Albert, Lindy Conley, Shaun Floerke, Scott Floerke, Darcy McCallson, Sarah Hunter, and Dan Knappmiller; 22 great-grandchildren; two great-great- grandchildren; brother, H Gilbert (Elva Rene) Plimpton of Portland. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; parents-in-law, Wm and Ida Knappmiller; sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Elmer Cottingham; aunts, Cora Graf and Eva Garthwaite; and uncles, Frank and Roy Plimpton.

Marian was a beautiful lady in every way. We were truly blessed to have her with us in this world for so many years.