Valjean A. Knerr

April 08, 1926 ‒ January 27, 2019

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Valjean A. Knerr, age 92, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, passed away on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.  She was born on April 8, 1926 in Charleston, West Virginia the daughter of Germaine and Pearl (Cline) Lambillotte.  Valjean was a 1944 graduate of Mount Vernon High School and in 1949 earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from The Ohio State University.

Valjean and her late husband Toby Knerr have owned and operated Knerr Tire in Mount Vernon for over 50 years.  She also retired in 1985 after 30 years as serving as the Mount Vernon Middle School Librarian.  Valjean was an active member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority, Town and Country Garden Club, Sorosis Club of Mount Vernon and Gay Street United Methodist Church.  Valjean enjoyed traveling the world with family and friends and always loved a good game of Bridge and Canasta with her card club.

She is survived by her daughter Leslie (Michael J.) Seibert of Venice, Florida; two grandchildren, Geoffrey J. Seibert of Wadsworth and Emily Sharr Suter of Dallas, Texas; four great grandchildren, Kailyn, Kamryn, Mirielle and Hank; two sisters, Glendene Hoffman and Mable Thomas both of Mount Vernon; two sisters-in-law, Joan Lambillotte and Betty Lambillotte; long-time companion Jacques Everhart of Perrysburg and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Charles G. “Toby” Knerr; three brothers, Duane Lambillotte, G. John Lambillotte and Donald Lambillotte; two nephews, J.D. Lambillotte and Fred Hoffman.

Friends may call on Sunday, February 3, 2019 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 E. High Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050 where a funeral service will begin at 3 p.m. with Rev. Karen Oehl officiating.     The family will observe a private graveside service in Mound View Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Valjean’s name may be made to the Church or Charity of one’s choice.

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The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Valjean A. Knerr.

  • Dear Family of Mrs. Knerr,
    I am so sorry for your loss. May God’s promise bring you comfort. There will be “a new earth… and He will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore, I am making all things new.”
    Revelation 21:1-5

  • Someone as special as Valjean will never be forgotten. Her kindness, laughter, and gentle spirit will remain in our hearts forever. She will be greatly missed. We are so sorry for your loss.

  • Heartfelt condolences for my dear friend Valjean and her family. Sadly Missed

  • Mrs. Knerr also taught commercial courses at Gambier High School for many years. She earned the love and respect she deserved from her students and she has remained friends with many of her former students. Recently, I saw her at Mazza’s Restaurant and she came to our table to say ‘hello’ and waved good-bye to us a little while later when we left. She was a wonderful woman and teacher, and I will never forget her.

  • Leslie, so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was a lovely lady. I always liked chatting with her when I had school business. Brenda Graham Beale, Class of 75.

  • Valjean was such a wonderful person. I will miss her laugh. We have such wonderful memories of Valjean especially our trips to Geneva on the lake, holidays we spent together, our Friday nights in Perrysburg and Jack’s wine tasting parties. Valjean will always hold a special place in our hearts. She will be missed by our family.

  • I will miss seeing Valjean out and about and our friendly chats. She was my Business Teacher at Gambier High School, about 1952. She came to Gambier High School right after graduating from college. I also knew her and a few of her family when we all lived on Howard Street, Mount Vernon. Valjean was a tiger in class but the most enjoyable lady outside of class. To Mable and Joan and the remaining family, I wish I could write for you a rainbow but since I cannot do that, I send my love.
    Marilyn (Keeler – Corrigan) Kousoulas

  • We have fond memories of Valjean. She was a very kind and friendly lady. As an educator in the Mt. Vernon Schools , she was greatly respected. Our sympathies go out to her daughter and family. Sincerely, Beth and Gary Kost

  • Betty Barnett January 31,2019
    I was very surprised to hear of Valjean’s death. We were classmates graduating in 1944 from Mt. Vernon High School, and have been friends ever since. She will be greatly missed by all of her family, and friends. Sincerely, Betty

  • I had the pleasure of knowing Valjean for a good part of my life: first as a friend of my mother and then as a colleague at the old Middle School. She lived an inspiring life dedicated to encouraging the love of reading in many adolescents. My sympathies to Leslie and family.

    Marcia Packard Orsborn

  • We were so sad to learn about the passing of your mother and our wonderful neighbor and friend. It was always a joy to spend time visiting with her over the past 3 years. We will miss her. We extend our prayers and condolences to the family during this time.

  • I was just so sad to hear of your mother’s passing Leslie. Our whole family just adored her and she had been such a good friend to my father when my mother passed away. I always looked forward to seeing her when I was back in town. I will miss her. May God hold you and your family in his warm embrace at such an emotional time.

  • Leslie,
    Your mother will be missed by the many people whose lives she touched and brightened. She was always soft spoken and always as her friend Kate would say to be: sweet and kind, and good.
    I learned to know her most when you were on the first “In The Know” Team at Mount Vernon High School and your parents hosted our practices on Sunday afternoons. She was a gracious hostess and was busy in the kitchen preparing your family meals to preserve for the following week while we built the file of questions and answers and practiced quick responses.
    She was so proud of you and your accomplishments and would let me know what you were up to as I would see her at meetings or around Mount Vernon.
    Cherish your memories of your wonderful mother.
    In fond remembrance,

  • Dear Leslie and family, We were very sad to hear of your Mother’s passing. Mom and I would still see her occasionally at the Beauty Center. She was a lovely person in every way. I still remember you fondly from our school bus stop in Colonial Hills, Leslie. You were always like a ray of sunshine ! Take care and God bless you. Love, Valerie, Russ, and Evelyn McManis

  • Dear Leslie and Family
    I have such fond memories of your Mom. We enjoyed being your neighbors. Sue and I especially enjoyed visiting your house AND taking rides on your Dads plane to Cleveland for a Coke. Your Mom hired my Mom in the library at school. I think it was Pleasant Street. I know you will miss her. Hugs and prayers to you all
    Barb Rothermund Chopek

  • Les, I loved the exercise class I was in with your feisty Mother years ago. After you got through the genteel proprieties, she had one helluva sense of humor, a ready smile and an omnipresent sparkle in her eye. She was so very proud of you – you were her favorite subject of conversation.

    Surrounding you and your Family with healing love, compassion and peace. I am there in Spirit.

    Lisa Siekkinen Phillippi

  • Deepest condolences to Valjean’s family. Mrs. Knerr was always a pleasure to see at the library. Always a pleasant and smiling face. She will be deeply missed at the Circulation desk at the Public Library of Mt. Vernon.

    Teresa Goeppinger and the Circulation Staff