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Wanda Knafel, 89

August 11, 2014

April. 17, 1925 — Aug. 8, 2014
Wanda J. Knafel, 89, of Ligonier, passed away Aug. 8, 2014, in Albion. She was born April 17, 1925, to Cecil and Frances (Ozier) Phares. She married Gust D. Knafel, Jr. He preceded her in death in 1995.
She is survived by four sons, Stan (Darlene) Knafel of New Paris, Tim Knafel of Ligonier, Ted (Janet) Knafel of Columbia City and Floyd Knafel of Syracuse; seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, a brother, Wilton Phares of Albion and a sister, Dorothy Smith of Salem, Ore.
She was preceded in death by her husband and a brother, Marvin Phares, in 2012.
Wanda graduated from Wawaka High School in 1943. Early in adulthood, she was employed at Manley Popcorn in Kimmell and GE in Fort Wayne. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Ligonier Evangelical Church.
A time of visitation with the family will be Tuesday at Yeager Funeral Home from 4 to 8 p.m.
A funeral service in her honor will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Ligonier Evangelical Church. Pastor Troy Diersing will officiate. Burial will be in Sparta Cemetery in Kimmell.
Memorial contributions may be given to Ligonier Evangelical Church or Heartland Hospice.
Yeager Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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