Anne Marie Knuppel, age 81, passed away peacefully at home on February 27th after living with Alzheimer’s disease for 13 years. Anne was the first baby born in Queens, NY on New Year’s Day, Jan 1, 1939 to Anna and Anton Schlee. Anne held a degree in Early Childhood Education and her love of teaching led to her opening Lark Child Development Center in TX, which she owned and operated for 12 years. Anne volunteered, made blankets for veterans, and kimonos and caps for Newborns in Need. Anne’s passions were spending time with her grandchildren, teaching children at her day care center, sewing, knitting, researching her family genealogy and watching sunsets. Anne was a long time member of Christ Lutheran Church in Cape Canaveral. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Ronald Knuppel; daughter Laura Lopetz and her son Christian; son Ronald Jeffrey Knuppel, his wife MarLane and children Lauren and Matthew; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be held at Beckman-Williamson Funeral Home, 101 N. Brevard Ave in Cocoa Beach, on Saturday, March 7th at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Anne’s memory can be made to Newborns in Need at newbornsinneed.org.
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