Adeline E. Knoy

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Adeline E. Knoy, 89, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 10 at the Mill Pond Health Campus.

She was born Sept. 18, 1920 in Dayton, Ohio to Roy M. and C. Annetta Hayter.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 35 years, Eugene Lewis Knoy of Cloverdale.

Adeline taught elementary school in the Cloverdale Community School System for over 25 years. In the early years she taught in both Quincy and Cunot. She was devoted to her students, and was especially pleased with the creation of the Knoy Resource Center and its dedication to assisting children and adults in their educational goals.

Theater and travel were two favorite pastimes. Adeline appeared in numerous plays and musicals across three decades at Putnam County Playhouse. She is best remembered as Dolly Levi in "Hello, Dolly!" and Bloody Mary in "South Pacific." Her travels took her to Europe, Asia, Australia and the Pacific, where she particularly enjoyed teaching children in the United Methodist school in the Solomon Islands.

Adeline was the longest serving member of the Cloverdale United Methodist Church, which she joined in 1951. She was also a member of RSVP, Retired Teachers Association, and Delta Kappa Gamma. She served on the boards of the Putnam County Playhouse and the Putnam County Mental Health Association and as a volunteer for many church, community and school activities.

Survivors include two daughters, Vickie Parker and husband Rick of Stilesville, and Beckie Nachtrieb and husband Mark of Bethesda, Md; a grandson Matthew Helmer, wife Joyce of Greencastle; great-grandsons Blaise and Parker of Greencastle; and granddaughters Meigan Nachtrieb and Kaitlin Nachtrieb.

Visitation will be held at Bittles and Hurt Funeral Home in Greencastle from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday followed by a service. At her specific request, a joyful celebration of Adeline's life will be held at the Parker residence immediately following burial at Cloverdale Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Knoy Resource Center Endowment through the Putnam County Community Foundation, 2 Jackson St., Greencastle, Indiana 46135.

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