Doreen A. (Felser) Knoderer passed away on November 5, 2016 at the home of her son, where she had resided for the past several years. Born in Toledo, on December 8, 1931, to Kenneth and Laura (Goeder) Felser, she attended Walbridge School and graduated from Libbey High School in 1949.
She was a member of Salem United Church of Christ in Toledo, until it’s closing, and later a member of Gomer Congregational Church in Gomer, Ohio. She worked at Tiedtkes in the candy department as a teenager, and after she graduated high school and Davis Business School, began working in the offices of The Fuller Brush Company in Toledo. She would love to tell people in later years that she worked on a comptometer, enjoying the puzzled look on their faces and would explain exactly what that was.
On May 2, 1953, she married Melvin Knoderer at Salem Evangelical and Reformed Church (later Salem U.C.C.). in Toledo. They had two children, Michele and Brian. Church was a central fixture in Doreen’s life. She was a lifelong member of Salem Church until its closing in 1999. It was here she enjoyed singing in the choir, playing handbells and found a special ministry in being a clown for Christ. She was “Dusty the Clown” and also played Noah in a clown version of Noah’s Ark. She, with and without Salem’s “Utterly Confused Clowns” troupe, performed in area churches, organizations, schools and Pilgrim Hills Church Camp.
After she married, she worked summers for Fuller Brush and was also a church secretary at Salem. When she and her family moved to Bellevue she was again a church secretary ay Fireside United Church of Christ, Bellevue, for many years. In 1973, they again moved, this time to Clyde, and in 1976, she began working at the Clyde Public Library, where she worked for over 35 years. Her love for books began early in her life, as she learned to read when she was 4 years old. Books had always been a large part of her life, and she was known to always have a book to read no matter where she was, the doctor’s office, riding in a car, and even reading while waiting for a train. She especially liked reading the new fiction books for children. Since she worked mostly in the children’s area at the library and cataloged the books, she was able to direct the children to the best books. Although she moved with her husband and children to Maumee, Willard, Bellevue and Clyde, she always loved Toledo and loved reading her Toledo Blade.
Doreen is survived by her daughter: Michele (Chris) Wood of Clyde; son: Brian (Ann) Knoderer of Delphos; 3 granddaughters, Emily (Kyle) Profitt of Fremont; Katherine Knoderer of Defiance; Laura Knoderer of Lima; one great-granddaughter: Iris Miller of Lima special cousin: Mary Ann McGee of Florida, and many other relatives and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her husband and parents.
A Celebration of Life for Doreen will be held at Gomer Congregational Church on Saturday, November 26, 2016, at 11am. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to Gomer Congregational Church, 7350 Gomer Road, Gomer, Ohio 45809, the Clyde Public Library, 222 W. Buckeye St., Clyde, Ohio 43410 or Putnam County Hospice, 575 Ottawa Glandorf Road Ste 3, Ottawa, Ohio 45875.