John Knosalla

John Knosalla, 70, of Staples, passed away on June 21, 2017 at the Lakewood Health System hospital, Staples.

Services were held June 24 at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Staples, with Father Joe Korf officiating. 

Arrangements are by the Brenny Funeral Chapel, Staples. 

John Knosalla was born on September 8, 1946, in Moran Township to Anton “Tony” and Darlene (Modrow) Knosalla. He grew up in Staples and attended school at Sacred Heart Catholic School and graduated from Staples High School in 1964. He attended Staples Vo -Tech in machining. He was united in marriage to Catherine Ackerson on March 12, 1969, in Staples. He worked in the Cities as a machinist then returned to Staples and worked at Benson Optical. He started reloading shells for everyone in Staples, including the Police Department and DNR.John enjoyed shooting rifles and pistols, hunting, fishing, pulling pranks, cooking, taking care of others and spending time with family. 

John is survived by his wife; children, Tammy (Craig) Wentworth of Staples, Jess (Tia) Knosalla of Staples and Bobbi (Darin) Holmberg of Staples; sisters, Phyliss Foster of Staples, and Linda (Lynn Whittlif) Dukowitz of Princeton; and nine grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Cathy’s parents, Jess and Freda Ackerson; and nephew, Todd Foster.

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