Mae Eileen Knappenberger Schrote
June 23, 1925 ‒ June 24, 2009
“Don’t think of her as gone away,” the journey of Mae Eileen has just begun. “Think of her as living in the hearts of those she touched…for nothing is ever lost – and she was loved so much.”
With her beloved twin sister by her side, Mae Eileen Knappenberger Schrote, age 84, of Marion Waldo Rd. Marion, went to be with her Lord on the morning of Wednesday, June 24, 2009, at the James Medical Center in Columbus following an extended battle with cancer.
On June 23, 1925, Mae Eileen was born in Waldo, weighing only 2 ¼ pounds, the daughter of the late Edward and Mary (Rentschler) Knappenberger. She graduated from Waldo High School in the Class of 1943.
One Sunday evening Mae Eileen and Mary Ellen, went to church, and Mary Ellen ended up having to go home alone. Mae Eileen met her husband to be, Gerald H. Schrote, that day, and he asked to take her home. They married on June 21, 1953, at her church, St. Joseph’s Evangelical and Reformed Church. They shared forty-eight loving years together and raised their family on her father’s family farm north of Waldo. Gerald preceded her in death on March 23, 2002.
From 1952 to 1956, Mae Eileen worked as a teller at the National City Bank.
With a golden heart, Mae Eileen mostly loved being a homemaker and always being there for her husband and five children. She was her children’s, grandchildren’s, and great-grandchildren’s biggest fan, and she totally immersed herself in their lives, being involved in their church and school activities, music and sporting events.
Carrying on the Knappenberger and Schrote family tradition of having dinner every Sunday after church, Mae Eileen lived for that time of being surrounded by her family. They would come from far and wide not wanting to miss the Sunday food and fellowship. Everything she made was excellent, but her family was extremely partial to her famous homemade noodles and wonderful pies with her specially cared for crust.
A woman of deep faith, Mae Eileen was a lifelong and very active member of the Peace Community United Church of Christ, where she was a former Sunday School teacher, held offices in the Women’s Guild, and had served on various committees. In 2002, she was recognized for her faithful service and membership by the congregation that she so loved. She was also a member of the Waldo Mother’s Study Club.
With a green thumb, Mae Eileen enjoyed tending to her flower and vegetable gardens. She would share her bounty of vegetables with her entire family.
After receiving a gift of an angel from her husband early in their marriage, Mae Eileen became a collector of angels and her collection grew much too large to count.
An avid Ohio State University fan, she loved attending games with her family.
Having never met a stranger, Mae Eileen had a welcoming smile and warm hug for everyone. She had a knack for striking up a conversation with anyone she met, immediately making them feel special and loved.
Mae Eileen will be dearly missed by her twin sister, Mary Ellen Knappenberger, who was always by her side and was the second mother to her children; five children: Eileen (Robert) Chappell of Cardington, and their children: Krista (Andrew) Betti of Edison, Wendy (Tom) Kenney of Marion, and Robby (Grace) Chappell of Lewis Center; Ronald (Kim) Schrote of Richmond, MI, and their children: Adam and Ryan Schrote; Melinda (Steven) Hornsby of Waldo, and their children: Timothy, Nathan, Rachel and Joel Hornsby; Karen (Rick) Mahaffey of Marion, and Mary Susan (Jim) Banks of Schwenksville, PA, and their children: Bryan, Jamie, Kellie and Abbie Banks; four great-grandchildren: Klayton, Ayden and Myla Kenney, and Isaac Betti; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Donald and Helen Schrote of Marion, and three nephews with their families.
Including her husband and parents, Mae Eileen was preceded in death by a grandson.
Her family will greet friends from 2 – 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 28, at the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home, 360 E. Center St., Marion. Services celebrating her life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, at the Peace Community United Church of Christ, 4061 St. Rt. 98 S., Waldo, with Rev. Joel Fetter officiating. Burial will follow in Waldo Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Peace Community United Church of Christ or the American Cancer Society, and they may be sent to the funeral home.
Those unable to attend service, may express their condolences to the family by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.