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  • Name Cathryn Grace WIGGINS  [1
    Born 11 Feb 1917  Marysville, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 31 May 2010  Washington, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Saint Paul's Episcopal Church Cemetery, Woodville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I299  Tong Family History
    Last Modified 31 Mar 2014 

    Father Jasper Franklin WIGGINS,   b. 13 Jul 1885, Truce, Providence Twp, Lancaster Co, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Feb 1974, Findlay, Hancock Co, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Cleo Gertrude MONTGOMERY,   b. 14 Sep 1889, Findlay, Hancock Co, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jun 1968, Findlay, Hancock Co, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 16 May 1916  Findlay, Hancock Co, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F43  Group Sheet

    Family Dieter Carl KNUEPFER,   b. 23 May 1923, Helmstadt, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Apr 2012, Washington, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Children 
     1. Living
    Last Modified 31 Mar 2014 
    Family ID F158  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 11 Feb 1917 - Marysville, Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Cleo Montgomery Wiggins and Cathryn
    Cleo Montgomery Wiggins and Cathryn

    Documents
    Cathryn Wiggins (Knuepfer) and Dieter Knuepfer
    Cathryn Wiggins (Knuepfer) and Dieter Knuepfer
    50 Wedding Anniversary announcement
    Jasper Wiggins  -  1930 Census
    Jasper Wiggins - 1930 Census
    1930 Census - Plain Twp, Wood Co, Ohio (Bowling Green)

    Name Age
    Jasper F 44
    Cleo G 40
    Catherine G 13
    Kenneth L 11
    Madonna M 9
    J Franklin 8
    Lowell M 7
    Ruth E 3

  • Notes 
    • Obituary
      http://www.moserfuneralhome.com/site/moserfuneralhome/content_obits.php?t=view&memid=203067&clientid=_moserf

      Cathryn W. Knuepfer, 93, of Washington, VA died Monday, May 31, 2010 at Fauquier Hospital. She was born in Marysville, PA on February 11, 1917 to Jasper Franklin and Cleo Montgomery Wiggins. She was the oldest of eight children; one brother and three sisters predecease her.

      Mrs. Knuepfer was a Communications Officer in the U.S. Navy in San Francisco where she met her husband, they were married in Vienna Austria in October, 1950. During his career they lived overseas and traveled extensively. They made their home in Washington, VA where Mrs. Knuepfer was a Director for the Rappahannock County Historical Society, a librarian and involved with genealogical research. For many years, she was a member and officer of the Culpeper Minute Men Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was active with the Red Cross, various garden clubs as well as serving as a Docent in Colonial Williamsburg. She was also a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Washington, VA.

      Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Colonel Dieter C. Knuepfer, USA (Ret.) a daughter, Karen Knuepfer and her partner Jeff Osman of York, PA, two brothers and one sister residing in the Phoenix, AZ area. Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

      A funeral service was held on Friday, June 4, 2010 at 3:00 PM in the Trinity Episcopal Church 379 Gay St. Washington, VA. Interment St. Paul’s Cemetery, Woodville, VA. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity Episcopal Church or the Rappahannock Historical Society, P.O. Box 261 Washington, VA 22747.

      St. Paul's Episcopal Church Cemeter, Hawlin Road, Woodville, Virginia

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      Couple celebrates 50th anniversary
      http://www.fairfaxtimes.com/cms/archivestory.php?id=126267

      Col. (Ret.) and Mrs. Dieter C. Knuepfer celebrated their 50th anniversary on Sunday, Oct. 22.

      The event was celebrated with an afternoon reception hosted by their daughter, Karen E. Knuepfer, and held at the Flint Hill Public House. Fifty-five guests attended the festivities.

      The Knuepfers met in Monterey, Calif. in Oct. 1949 and were married in Vienna, Austria a year later. Within a few months, they moved to Berlin, Germany, beginning a series of moves around the world including Thailand, Germany and the United Sates.

      Col. Knuepfer served as an officer in the U.S. Army from 1942-1974, retiring in Stuttgart, Germany. He served in Vietnam, 1967-1968.

      During his military career, he also completed his BS and MBA degrees at the University of Maryland and George Washington University.

      He has served as Coordinator, Emergency Services for Rappahannock County since 1984 and as Magistrate, since 1985.

      Mrs. Knuepfer served as a Communications Officer in the U.S. Navy (Waves). She completed her MS Library Science at University of Ca/Berkley in 1949. Her varied careers included teaching high school languages, English and History in Clare, Mich., serving as Librarian for Hampton Roads Academy in Newport News, costumed docent for Colonial Williamsburg.

      Currently she is Librarian/Director of the Rappahannock Historical Society in Washington. Cathryn Knuepfer has held many volunteer posts also, including serving in the American Red Cross, and holding active membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Rappahannock Garden Club and Trinity Episcopal Church.

      The Knuepfers have enjoyed living in Rappahannock County since 1978.

      Their daughter currently resides in York County, Pa.
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      MEMORIAL TRIBUTE TO CATHRYN KNUEPFER

      The Board of Directors of the Rappahannock Historical Society wishes to join with the Rappahannock community in remembering and honoring one of our earliest members and directors.

      Cathy’s valiant efforts were a key factor in sustaining the Society through a difficult period in its development. Significant adverse circumstances such as no heat in the winter, no plumbing for a number of years, and minimal funds were characteristic of those times. Through all of these struggles, Cathy ensured that the doors were open and the mission of collecting, preserving, and propagating County history continued. Her dedication to this mission will always be a model for those who follow.

      Numerous letters of gratitude are testaments to her tireless assistance in locating information for descendants wishing to learn about their families and researchers exploring other aspects of our local heritage. Beyond these tangible contributions, there are many anecdotes regarding Cathy’s tenacity behind the scenes.

      With Cathy’s permission, the Cathryn Knuepfer Endowment Fund was established to receive all memorial contributions to the Society in order to prepare for future financial needs of the organization.

      The endeavors and dedication of Cathy and others who established and sustained the Rappahannock Historical Society and recorded and preserved our history will be a lasting legacy.

  • Sources 
    1. [S101] Steve Wiggins.