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Marilyn Elizabeth Schmidt Kneupper

Obituary for Marilyn Elizabeth Schmidt Kneupper

December 14, 1929 - October 26, 2019
San Antonio, Texas | Age 89


Our beloved mother, grandmother and aunt, Marilyn Elizabeth Schmidt Kneupper passed away on October 26, 2019 in San Antonio after a lengthy love filled life. A life-long resident of San Antonio, she was born on December 14, 1929 to Otto Carl Schmidt Jr. and Ernestine Helena Peters. She grew up as a "city girl" in the family home on Canton Street, and attended nearby St. Gerard's High School, where she formed a life-long friendship with Doris Kneupper (now Luker) and others. After graduating in 1948, she began work at the same company where her parents worked, South Western Bell, becoming a telephone operator, meeting other friends from the Aelvoet, Bukowski and Lottes families. This is also where she met a telephone lineman and "country boy", Melrose Kneupper (distant cousin of Doris). They married in 1950 and moved to Holmgreen Road, where she was a domestic goddess/engineer and where they raised five children. The family moved in 1973 to the Bulverde area north of town, where the younger children attended the local schools. Once the youngest was in school, Marilyn also worked at the local elementary school cafeteria. Her life centered around her family, and she was especially noted for stretching the family budget into tasty meals, helping to afford private schools and college for her kids. Favorites were her potato pancakes, egg noodles with butter-toasted croutons, special turkey dressing, and the infamous salmon croquets. You know, she could feed the whole family on a can of salmon that way, adding chopped onions and bread crumbs, and then pan-frying potato-shaped patties in the skillet. Frequent dishes not as fondly remembered include pan-fried liver, pork with sauerkraut, tuna casserole and a weird dish with Mexican green squash and pork called "calabasitas". Her mother and she made a fancy cake for holiday times, which achieved a special name in our family. It was a tall many-layered white cake with tart berry filling between the layers and coated outside with cream-cheese frosting and shredded coconut. The first time, it was displayed prominently in the center of the table. We children were told "Now don't touch that cake, it is for the Salvation Army", which really kept us from dabbing out the frosting with our fingers, and the cake survived until, to our surprise, we had it for dessert. From then on, the "Salvation Army Cake" was a standing joke in our family.

Marilyn is survived by her husband of 69 years, Melrose Kneupper, sons Chris (wife Helen) and Eric (wife Tharon), daughters Julie and Laurie (husband Forres Meadows), grandchildren Francesca, Elissa, Christiane and Carl, nieces and nephews Michael Schmidt, Christina Schmidt (husband Eric) Miller, Katherine Schmidt (husband Hans) Quennet, Kathryn Migl (husband Eddie) Sonntag, Valerie Migl (husband Randy) Wyatt, Christine Migl (husband Scott) Smith, Mary Migl (husband Kevin) Monk, Lanette Migl Carroll and Stephen Migl, along with numerous great nieces and nephews. She is pre-deceased by her parents, son Mark and brother, Wayne Schmidt, and nephew Michael Migl.

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The family would especially like to thank Terrie Stewart and family for outstanding compassion and care, along with the entire team at Davita Stone Oak, who gave us extra years with Mom.
In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to the Bulverde EMS or Bulverde Humane Society.

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