Marie Martha Borchardt Kneten, loving wife of Henry Charles Kneten (who predeceased her in 2003), mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully, after a short illness, in Tyler, Texas, on May 23, 2013.
She was born in Westhoff, Texas, June 13, 1919, to Henry and Amanda Borchardt, and was baptized in the Lutheran Church. Married to her childhood sweetheart, she and her husband Henry made their home in Corpus Christi, where they reared their children, Norval and Evangeline, and hosted numerous family gatherings for over 60 years. Known as Nana to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, she will be remembered for keeping a warm and loving home, and as the source for the always highly anticipated rice krispy balls and famous Toll House chocolate chip cookies from her kitchen. Her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren love her dearly. Her home was always welcoming and the more people she had sleeping all over her house and crowding up her home, the happier she was. Dedicated to her children, her family, her church, and her duty, she provided a touchstone of quiet strength for all who knew her.
She is survived by her son, Dr. Norval Charles Kneten (Susan) of Wilson, North Carolina, and daughter, Evangeline Marie Kneten Howard (Bill) of Tyler, Texas; her grandchildren Dr. Craig Charles Kneten (Rita), Chapman Rogers Mays (Letty), Emily Montague Mays Harman, Kevin Wayne Schmidt (Robyn), Kelcey Gene Schmidt and her great-grandchildren Forrest Henry Kneten, Alexandria Michelle Kneten, Helen Margaret Harman, Annabelle Elizabeth Mays, Katherine Darcy Schmidt, Colby Nicole Schmidt and Adriana Rose Howard; and by her sister, Leona Borchardt Riedesel and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church on May 26, 2013, with commitment on May 27, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. in Seaside Memorial Park and Funeral Home in Corpus Christi. Gifts in her memory may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church in Tyler, Texas.