DeELDA E. KNAFEL, 93, formerly of Churubusco, died Sunday, July 23, 2006, at Kendallville Manor Healthcare Center.   She was born in Allen County and was a lifelong Churubusco-area resident.   She married PAUL R. KNAFEL in South Bend on April 24, 1930, and was a homemaker.  She was member of St. Johnís Lutheran Church Ė Lake Township, and enjoyed the Guys & Gals Square Dance Club for 25 years.


Surviving are daughters:

            BETTY (WILLIAM J.) SMITH and

            WANDA (RICHARD) MARONEY, both of Wolcottville

            SANDRA ELSER and

            SUE GRABILL, both of Fort Wayne


12 Grandchildren

19 Great-grandchildren

11 Great-great-grandchildren

and numerous step-great-grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren


She was preceded in death by her husband in 1999

Sister, AUDREY GAFF and

Brother, GAIL GAFF


Service is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco, with visitation one hour before services,  Pastor Ralph Easterhaus officiating.  Visitation also Tuesday from 2 to 8 p.m. at the mortuary.  Burial in Eel River Cemetery, Allen County.  Memorials to St. Johnís Lutheran Church, Lake Township or the donorís choice.