Anthony “Tony” C. Kniefel, age 84, passed away November 13, 2018, at Birchwood Cottages, in Owatonna, surrounded by his family.
Mass of Christian Burial is set for Friday November 16, 2018 at 11:00 am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Owatonna. Friends may greet the family from 9:00 am until the time of the funeral liturgy on Friday at the church.
Tony was born on Sept 30, 1934 to parents Anton and Ethel (Heiker) Kniefel in Owatonna. He grew up on the family farm in Deerfield Township graduating from Owatonna High School. Following graduation, he married Darlene Rysavy on October 15, 1955 in Owatonna where they raised their four children.
Tony farmed crops and raised livestock for many years. After farming he was the manager of Owatonna Mutual, and ran Kniefel Insurance Agency. He served on the mutual board up until his retirement in 2018.
His memberships included, Medford/Deerfield Knights of Columbus, American Legion, Eagles, Elks, where he was a past trustee, and served as the chairman of the Medford School Board. He enjoyed hunting and attending all of his grandchildren’s sporting events.
He is survived by his children, Roxanne (Jeff) Roberts of Webster, WI., Mark (Cathy) Kniefel of Owatonna, Dawn (Jake) Ringhofer of Owatonna, John (Connie) Kniefel of Owatonna. His grandchildren, Chad (Kate) Roberts, Stephanie (Chad) Rempe, Daniel and Dean (Amber) Ringhofer, Jessica (Austin) Hultman, Samantha (Clayton) Lenk, and Ashley (Wyatt) Kniefel. His great grandchildren, Mamush and Scarlett Roberts, Sylas and Elias Rempe, Parker and Nora Ringhofer, Harper, Remi, and Lincoln Hultman, and Clara Grace Lenk.
Tony is preceded in death by his, wife, Darlene “Dolly”; parents; brothers, Clem and Rob Kniefel; sisters, Helen Schneider, Bernie Feller.
The family would like to thank the staff at Birchwood Cottages. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to Owatonna Hospice House: Patient Care Fund or Saint Mary’s REP (Dan Bauer).