Obituaries of Jerome Knittle (1924 – 2022) – Culpeper, VA
Jerome Lawrence “Jerry” Knittle died on January 21, 2022 at the age of 97. Born November 16, 1924 in Grand Rapids, MI to Lawrence Knittle and Louise Busch Knittle, Jerry was raised in Washington, D.C. and was a member of the St. John’s College Class of 1942. After serving in the military during World War II , he earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. Jerry began his career in government service working for the Federal Power Commission, which was brought into the Department of Energy as as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He retired in 1979 and often joked that he had been retired more years than he had worked!
Jerry was the proud father of Christine Knittle Willis (Edward), John Knittle (Geraldine), Joseph Knittle, James Knittle (Elizabeth), Patrick Knittle (Ingrid), Paul Knittle (Kelly) and Mariam Knittle Virag. He was the grandfather of Claire Willis, Jeremy Willis, Diana Dolan-Beulah (Mike), Amanda Knittle (Janine), Sean Knittle, Andrew Knittle, Lindsay Knittle, Sophie Knittle, Maggie Knittle, Caleb Knittle, Isaac Knittle, Meghan Knittle , Charlie Virag , Ben Virag and Abby Virag. He was the great-grandfather of Cameron Beulah and Lexi Knittle. Jerry is also survived by his only sister Jeanne Knittle Hasty, his sister-in-law Jeanne Baker Rossomondo, his brother-in-law Herb Baker and numerous nieces and nephews. Besides his lovely wife of 55 years, Dolores Baker Knittle, Jerry was predeceased by his parents, his brothers-in-law, Richard Hasty, Frank Baker & Frank Rossomondo, his sister-in-law, Jeanne Martin Baker, and his son-in-law, Dean Virag.
Jerry was a devout Catholic who sincerely believed in the right to life and the dignity of the human person. There was nothing he wouldn’t do for his family, his church, or to help another human being. He was a longtime member of St. Louis Catholic Church in Groveton, Va., where he volunteered his time in various church functions, as president of the Men’s Council, president of the Home and School League, being a reader, usher and lay minister, even selling Christmas trees. He was a 100% dedicated dad, supporting his children in their sporting activities and events, including coaching for the church’s little league. Jerry believed in Catholic education and was a supporter of St. Louis Catholic School and Bishop Ireton Catholic High School in Alexandria from their beginnings. He made sure that all of his children attended and graduated from Catholic schools. After his retirement, Jerry was active in the Mount Vernon Council of the Knights of Columbus. He learned to golf and played regularly with the local senior league. He drove for the Meals on Wheels program and volunteered for the church transportation committee.
After his wife’s death, Jerry moved to Culpeper to be near his daughters. He joined the Precious Blood Catholic Church, became a member of the John J. Cempre Council of the Knights of Columbus, and was a strong supporter of Epiphany Catholic School. Weather and health permitting, he would drive to daily Mass every morning, followed by a visit to pray at his wife’s grave. If the opportunity arose while visiting the cemetery, he wanted to introduce himself to his future neighbors. He knew the power of humor as both a calming and uplifting force. Jerry loved to golf and played several days at the Bryce Resort the week of his 97th birthday. He enjoyed dancing, icy Rolling Rock and body surfing in the ocean while at the family beach house in Nags Head, North Carolina. A member of the Scions of the 17th Airborne Division, Jerry loved his country and attended meetings with his Army buddies whenever he could. In character and in the way he lived his life, Jerry was an example of everything a person should strive to be.
The family will receive friends at Clore-English Funeral Home, 11190 James Monroe Highway, Culpeper, VA on Sunday, January 30, 2022 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Opening Prayers and Rosary Service will begin the afternoon session. A wake-up service will take place at the end of the evening session.
A Christian Burial Mass will be held Monday, January 31, 2022 at Precious Blood Catholic Church, 114 E. Edmondson Street, Culpeper, VA at 10:30 a.m. with Father Robert Cilinski officiating. Interment will follow services at Culpeper National Cemetery, Old Grounds with military honors provided by the VFW after 2524.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Epiphany Catholic School (https://www.epiphanycatholicschool.org/support-epiphany), Piedmont Hospice (https://www.hopva.org/giving/) or any charity you care about.
Fond memories of Jerry and condolences may be offered to the Knittle family by www.clore-english.com. The Knittle family entrusted these arrangements to Clore-English Funeral Home.
Published by The Culpeper StarExponent from January 29 to January 30, 2022.