Charles J. ‘Chuck’ Knoebel

Dec. 5, 1919 - Jan. 24, 2012

Charles J. "Chuck" Knoebel, a lifelong Waukesha resident, died peacefully in his sleep Tuesday morning, Jan. 24, 2012, at Tudor Oaks Retirement Community in Muskego at the age of 92, after a six-month battle with cancer.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 70 years, Ruth, who died June 2, 2011. Charles was born Dec. 5, 1919, the son of Louis and Elsie Knoebel. He was a descendant of the pioneer Knoebel family who emigrated from Freiburg, Germany, to Waukesha in the late 1840s. Many Knoebel relations still remain throughout the area. A lifelong Waukesha resident, Charles was a 1937 graduate of Waukesha High School. He subsequently served as a U.S Army sergeant in World War II, seeing action in France and Germany. Following the war, Charles was employed for 40 years as a railroad conductor for the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad. He was a longtime member of St. Joseph’s and St. Mary’s Catholic parishes in Waukesha. He possessed a fine tenor voice and often sang his favorite song, "Oh Danny Boy," at family gatherings and on other special occasions.

Charles is survived by his two sons, the Rev. Thomas Knoebel, vice rector at Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corners, and John Knoebel, a publishing executive in New York City, as well as by one sister, Bernice Rogler of Atlanta, Ga., and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, Ruth, Charles was predeceased by his brother, Eugene, and his sister, Beatrice Mickel.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral Mass on Friday, Jan. 27, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 225 S. Hartwell Ave., Waukesha. His son, The Rev. Thomas Knoebel, will preside. Burial will immediately follow the funeral Mass at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, 1650 E. Broadway, Waukesha.

For further information, please call Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035 or go to www.waukeshafunerals.com to leave the family an online tribute message.