Carol Jean Knupp


Carol Jean Knupp, 86, of Stronghurst, Illinois, passed away at 11:57 p.m. Friday, April 12, 2024 at Oak Lane Nursing & Rehab in Stronghurst. She was born July 26, 1937 in Baldwin Park, California to Dewey John and Lucia Rose Belle (Maher) Mosher. On June 12, 1955, she married John Edward Knupp in Viola, Illinois.

Carol was a dedicated mother, selfless spouse, and joyful child of God. A warm homemaker and avid gardener, Carol also worked at the ASCS office in Stronghurst. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Henderson County Home Extension, and Red Hat Society. Carol loved to crochet. Music was her heart, which she joyfully returned to God by serving as organist and pianist for several churches. She also taught Sunday School at the Viola Methodist Church. A lifelong learner, Carol graduated from Winola High School and attended Carl Sandburg College.

Survivors include her husband, five children: John William “Bill” (Deb) Knupp of Carman, IL, Linda (Kevin) Dameron of Burlington, IA, Connie (Ledru) Freyenberger of Wayland, IA, James “Jim” (Karen Smith) Knupp of Washington, IA, Nancy (Ben) Sander of Austin, TX, ten grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, and five great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother George Mosher, her sister Mary Wagoner, and her grandson Michael Sulzberger.

Carol’s funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 19th at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in Stronghurst, with visitation one hour prior at 10:00 a.m.  Burial will follow at the Carman Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established for the Henderson County Retirement Center in Stronghurst.  For condolences, please visit

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