Yoshiko Knueppel, 78



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Longtime Eagle River resident Yoshiko Knueppel died Dec. 21, 2013, in Anchorage surrounded by her family. She was 78.

Knueppel was born on Nov. 18, 1935, in Higashionna, Okinawa, and lived there until 1961 when she met and married her husband, Roger. They moved to the U.S in 1961, and lived in several cities before coming to Alaska in 1972. In 1976, Knueppel and her family built a home in Eagle River and have lived there since that time.

She earned many trophies when she was younger in bowling and later became an expert skeet-shooting marksman. She worked as a salesperson at J.C. Penney in Anchorage starting in 1974 and retired from there in 1993.

Knueppel loved to sew, garden, fish, travel, dance and cook for friends and family. Roger and Yoshi are long-term members of the international club Okinawa Kenjikai, where they have many friends.

“Yoshi was a devoted member of her church and had a strong faith knowing that … ‘all things work together for the glory of God,’” her family wrote.

“Yoshi was a loving wife, mother and grandmother,” her family wrote. “She cherished every moment with family and friends and had a wonderful sense of humor. She was kind and gentle and genuinely cared about everybody.

“She was the kind of person some of us wish we could be. She will be greatly missed!”

Knueppel is survived by her husband, Roger; son, Robert (Anne) Knueppel of Kent, Wash.; daughter, Sandra (Tim) Powell of Ferndale, Wash.; son James Knueppel of Eagle River; daughter-in-law, Carolyn Knueppel; brother and sisters, Shoie, Nobuko and Shizuko of Okinawa; and grandchildren, Robyn, Jessica, Tiana, Sonora, Gabriel and Michael.

She was predeceased by her mother Kana; father, Shoho; brother, Sotoko; and sister, Hideko.

Knueppel was laid to rest Dec. 30, 2013, at the Fort Richardson National Cemetery.

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