Mary Ann Kragenbrink

Dec. 24, 1943 Feb. 13, 2011

Mary Ann Kragenbrink (nee Knopp), 67, of Dandridge, Tenn., went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, with family at her side. She was born Dec. 24, 1943, in Oconomowoc.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Clara (nee Janny) Knopp.
She is survived by her husband, Roy; five children, Dan (Heather) Kragenbrink of Whitestown, Ind., David (Bobbie) Kragenbrink of Waukesha, Craig (Deborah) Kragenbrink of Juneau, Debra Kragenbrink (special friend Gary Kutzler) of Watertown and Tracy (Marvin) Mutter of Dandridge; 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; brother, Duke (Hattie) Knopp of Holcombe; special cousin, Linda (Bob) Roberts of Dousman. She is further survived by other relatives and friends.

After graduating high school, Mary worked for the Oconomowoc Canning Company from 1964 to 1972 until she moved to Syracuse, N.Y. She operated two beauty salons and was a bar owner/operator with her husband. In 1980, she moved back to Oconomowoc and worked at Stokely USA and helped her husband start a hog farm operation, which they operated until 1990, when they moved to Dandridge. Mary worked for the Smokey Mountain Knife Works until her retirement.

She spent her life working with the church. She also helped start a program knitting/donating blankets for newborns in the local hospitals in Tennessee.

Her interests included making scrapbooks of her pride and joys, her grandchildren, and knitting, crocheting, traveling, reading romance novels and watching the Lifetime and Hallmark movie channels.

There will be a memorial service at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Newport, Tenn.

Special thanks to Margie Sams, Francis Troutman, UT Hospice of Morristown and the congregation at Holy Trinity Church.