Timothy Eric Knauf
January 14, 2016
Timothy Eric Knauf, 60, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. He was born on April 1, 1955, in East Stroudsburg, to Ralph and Helen Marie Knauf. He is survived by his parents, sister Cynthia Knauf, daughter Annelise Knauf, Uncle Elmer Knauf of Tuscon, Arizona, and Annelise’s mother and Tim’s best friend, Lisa Pensyl Knauf.
Tim was a loving, giving, compassionate son, brother and friend, and in the last 15 years, his daughter was the love of his life. His devotion, guidance and encouragement to her was endless and she was the apple of his eye. When you meet Annelise, you feel the same warmth, integrity and creativity. Anybody Tim met was made comfortable by his welcoming smile and sparkling eyes. That was important to him. It is hard to imagine why such a wonderful person had to leave so soon. He will be missed so dearly.
Tim was educated in the Stroudsburg school system through 1973. He then attended East Stroudsburg State College (now East Stroudsburg University), where he received a bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences. He was a passionate outdoorsman who had great respect for nature, particularly of Monroe County, where he was born and lived all his life. He knew the natural lay of the land here inside and out, and passionately shared this wealth of knowledge with anyone who was interested. Tim was also fascinated by local history and family roots, and was a lover of antiques and artifacts. He forever attended local auctions to share his information and learn more. There he met many friends with the same passion.
Tim was also devoted to the community at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stroudsburg, where he was baptized and attended church all his life, including the last 15 years with his daughter. He dedicated countless years to the Council and Endowment Committee, and volunteered for taking care of anything that needed attention.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the service Friday, Jan. 22, at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church on Ninth Street in Stroudsburg. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the church, with Pastor Eric Moser officiating. A private family funeral service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church or a charity of one’s choice.
William H. Clark Funeral Home
1003 Main St., Stroudsburg