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Peggy Evelyn Daugherty Knickel
Peggy Evelyn Daugherty KnickelElginCometsPeggy Evelyn Daugherty Knickel, 85, formerly of Prospect died Sunday, March 3, 2019 at Banner Del Webb Hospital in Sun City West, AZ where she resided. She was born May 7, 1933 to the late Lester D. and Maxine V. (Bowles) Daugherty.

Peggy was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart and best friend, Thomas C. Knickel on November 22, 1953. They celebrated 65 loving years of marriage.

Peggy graduated from Prospect High School in 1951. After graduation she worked for the government at the Marion Engineer Depot until 1958. She transferred to the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland to join Tom who was serving in the U.S. Army. Upon returning to Prospect she enrolled at THE Ohio State University where she received her B.S. in education and master’s degree in Reading. She pursued graduate studies at Ashland College and Bowling Green State University. In 1983 she also received her Educational Administration Certification.

She was employed in the Elgin School District for 30 years as a Larue Elementary 4th grade teacher. After receiving her master’s degree, she taught Chapter I Reading at the Prospect Elementary School until her retirement in 1996. She was a member of NEA, CEA, MCIRA and National IRA. She also was a member of the Marion Association of University Women, Phi Delta Kappa Educational Sorority and THE Ohio State University Alumni Association – Life Member. She was President of the Marion Co Chapter of the International Reading Assoc.; Served on the Literacy Connection Committee at THE Ohio State Univ. and served on the Board of the Marion Speech and Hearing Therapy Center. Having excellent organizational/planning skills she developed and coordinated many reading activities for elementary students.

After retiring she created her own Reading Center and taught children from the area to be successful readers. While tutoring a young boy who was having difficulty managing reading skills, the child’s mother stated that she wanted him to be a good reader because she herself did not know how to read. Peggy taught both and they received their tutoring as a “two for the price of one” package.

Peggy loved children and not having any of her own, gave her love and attention to every child she was blessed to teach. While teaching at Prospect alongside her good friend and music teacher, Robin Dew, she wrote and helped direct the wonderful Christmas programs that would fill the auditorium to capacity and delight the parents and community.

Peggy was a lover of music that was instilled in both she and her sister, Pauline at a very young age by their father. He taught them how to sing harmony as little girls and they performed the first time publicly at the ages of 6 and 7 continuing to do so for many years adding other family members along the way. She organized and directed the Prospect Community Chorus during the 1970’s and wrote the entire shows. She and Tom were members of the Prospect United Church of Christ and they sang in the choir.

She obtained her realtor’s license and worked as a part-time realtor for Stanley Kirby Realty in Prospect. She researched and wrote the Prospect section in The History of Marion County. She enjoyed every conversation with the elders of Prospect as she obtained information for the book. She loved and admired the older folks of the Prospect community and was a devoted friend to many.

Most of all she loved every member of her family. She lovingly cared for her parents until their deaths. She gave her love and attention to all her nieces and nephews, always supporting them with all her heart and devotion. She was devastated when her nieces, Kim and Cheryl passed away and never quite recovered.

She was an animal lover and dearly loved her rescue cats. She supported many organizations and believed in humane treatment for all animals.

She loved to shop and was known for her pretty clothes and jewelry always so beautifully coordinated.

She gave of herself in so many ways to those she felt were in need, always doing it in a quiet manner.

Peggy’s accomplishments were many, but without the love and never-ending support of Tom, could they have been realized.

She will be sadly missed by loving husband, Tom, sisters, Pauline Oehler of Sun City West, AZ. and Dr. Carolyn (Dr. Robert) Daugherty-Mathiasen of Sedona, AZ., nephews and nieces, Russell (Tena) Oehler of Las Vegas, NV, David (Karen) Biggerstaff of Mt. Vernon, OH., Kathy Beckwith of W. Hartford, CT., John (Amy) Davis of Prospect, OH., Sister-in-law Mary Jo Moyer of Norwalk, OH., along with many great-nephews, nieces and cousins.

It can be said that one’s true worth can often be measured by the things pursued. Peggy pursued many things in her life and her worth can never be measured. All who knew her are much richer for having her in their lives.

Funeral services will be held Friday March 15, 2019 at 11:00 am at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in Prospect, Pastor David Hoffman will officiate, burial will follow in the Prospect Cemetery, friends may call Thursday from 4-7 pm at the funeral home in Prospect

Memorial gifts may be made to the Cheryl Oehler Scholarship at the Marion Community Foundation, 504 South State St. Marion, Ohio 43302

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#1 from: Dorothy Protopapas
Austin, Texas
Thu, Mar 7, 2019 at 7:15 PM

My prayers are with Peggy's family. She was so very special.... and made me feel special. She was a wonderful and caring person...

#2 from: Ray & Arlene James
Cuyahoga Falls
Thu, Mar 7, 2019 at 10:27 PM

We were so sorry to hear of Peggy’s passing.  We know you will miss her greatly and we send our deep sympathy to you all.
May God uphold you each and every day.

#3 from: Nancy Wiley
Fri, Mar 8, 2019 at 6:31 AM

To Peggy's family:
So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.  

#4 from: Whitney Taylor  (Kathleen's Oldest Daughter)
Fri, Mar 8, 2019 at 11:47 AM

Tom and Pauline,
I was deeply saddened to hear that Peggy passed away. Her obituary was well written and definitely captured the very woman she was to a tee. She was a special lady and will never be forgotten. I am sorry that I will not be in attendance at the calling hours and funeral,but please know my thoughts and prayers are with you!

#5 from: Becky
Roberts Bertke
Fri, Mar 8, 2019 at 1:26 PM

Tom, Pauline and Carolyn so sorry to hear of Peggy’s passing. I have so many good memories of her. Jody loved her as a reading teacher, prayers to all your family.

#6 from: Shelly Olsheski Dillon
Ostrander, Ohio
Fri, Mar 8, 2019 at 1:29 PM

Tom , I am deeply saddened by the loss of your great wife.
You and Peggy were there for me at a time I needed someone to be my family. You help me so much.   I will always be thankful for you two during that time. Heaven has gained their #1 angle.  She was truly an awesome friend.

#7 from: MaryBeth Richmond
Brecksville OH
Fri, Mar 8, 2019 at 1:48 PM

Mrs. Knickle and I started the first day in 4th grade together at LaRue Elementary. We both arrived midterm. She worked so hard trying to get the class caught up as they were behind. She and I often talked about being the new girls. It made it it so much easier starting at a new school, in a new town, in the middle of the school year. I have spoken often to others of my fond memories of her. She has always had (and will have) a special place in my heart.

#8 from: Carroll Dix Bosse
Worthington, OH
Fri, Mar 8, 2019 at 2:25 PM

To the family of Peggy,

So sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.  May she Rest In Peace....

Carroll Dix Bosse

#9 from: Bing
San Diego
Fri, Mar 8, 2019 at 6:32 PM

So sorry to hear about Peggy she was a good friend 🙏 🙏

#10 from: Mark & Candy Rinnert
Palmetto, Fl
Sat, Mar 9, 2019 at 11:25 AM

We were sorry to hear about Peggy. She was a good friend for many years & a wonderful neighbor. With our deepest sympathy for the loss of one so loved. Our prayers go out to all of you.

#11 from: Mike & JenniferThompson
Sat, Mar 9, 2019 at 2:11 PM

Tom, Pauline and Carolyn- We were so saddened to hear about Peggy. She was a wonderful soul who helped many. She was my reading teacher at Elgin West and tutored our son at her reading center. She was a true blessing to all who knew her. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

#12 from: Brenda Sickles Donegan
Charles Town, WV
Sat, Mar 9, 2019 at 4:56 PM

Tom, Peggy & Carolyn
So sorry for your loss. I saw atom and Orggy in a restaurant in Marion on their probable last visit to Marion. She called me over and we chatted for awhile. She was not only a wonderful teacher to my children but a good friend to me. One of my favorite memories was the year I chaired the West Ohio District Occl Conference at Elgin High SchoolZ our three mess “It’s Tough to be Short” and she wrote the words and cireograohed the song for the committee as our opening to cinference. Such fond memories of a great lady.

#13 from: Stu & Sharry Long
Lebanon, Ohio
Sat, Mar 9, 2019 at 10:26 PM

May you find comfort in God’s resurrection promise.  Our sympathies are with you all.

#14 from: Linda Seiter
Sun, Mar 10, 2019 at 11:13 AM

Dear Tom, Pauline and Russ, Our hearts are heavy with the news of Peggy's passing. Thank God you have many wonderful memories of her. You have our heartfelt sympathy.

Phill and Linda Seiter

#15 from: Joe and Laure Costello
Surprise, AZ
Sun, Mar 10, 2019 at 6:27 PM

Rest in peace sweet Peggy. Wrap your arms around Cheryl and Kim and find comfort in their and Gods embrace.

#16 from: Brian E. Napper
Mon, Mar 11, 2019 at 8:36 AM

Peg was an excellent educator. She had a passion for teaching. I enjoyed her. Peg would always let me know where she stood on any subject. She was a directly honest person. We were fortunate to take our boy to her reading school in Prospect. My God be with Peg's family during this time of grief.

#17 from: Vicki
Thu, Mar 14, 2019 at 12:49 PM

Sympathy and prayers for the family.   So sorry for your loss.  

#18 from: Joseph Derringer
Thu, Mar 14, 2019 at 1:53 PM

My condolences to the family. I’m a former student from La Rue. I have many fond memories of that time. Sincerely Joseph Derringer

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