Bernidene Knepp
Bernidene Knepp
  • December 15, 1933 - July 25, 2017
  • Wichita, Kansas

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Knepp, Bernidene E. (Lira), 83, of Wichita, Kansas passed away peacefully on Tuesday July 25, 2017 in Wichita. Bernidene was born the daughter of Clarence Cruse and Frances (Cruse) Loomis on December 15, 1933 in Iola, Kansas. In early years she was a daycare provider and later employed by St. Joseph Hospital as a food services supervisor and retired in 1994. She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband and father of her children, Serafin Lira, passed in 1982, second husband, Alvin Knepp, passed in 2013, son-in-law, Jeff Gehrer. Survivors include her loving children, Patricia (Travis) Smith of Haysville, Jacqueline (Jeff) Gilliland of Wichita, JoAnna Gehrer of Wichita, Barbara (Bob) Andrews of Wichita, Richard (Kelly) Lira of Spring, Texas, sister, Delena Henkle of Abilene, KS, 19 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be on Saturday July 29, 2017 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. with funeral services following at 10:00 a.m. both at Lakeview Funeral Home, 12100 E. 13th St. N., Wichita. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery, Wichita. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the American Heart Association.