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Re: [TexasCzechs] Obit - Henrietta Fisher Knape

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  • pfoster
    Thank You, Matt. I was about to pull my hair out . You would think with a son that is a computer specialist I would be more savvy. paulasmaggie ... From:
    Message 1 of 3 , Jun 2, 2008
      Thank You, Matt. I was about to "pull my hair out". You would think with a
      son that is a computer specialist I would be more savvy. paulasmaggie
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      From: "Matt Cross" <lennonluv@...>
      To: "Texas Czechs" <texasczechs@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Monday, June 02, 2008 12:59 PM
      Subject: [TexasCzechs] Obit - Henrietta Fisher Knape

      San Antonio Express-News, 1 Jun 2008

      Obituary: Knape, 90, was a descendant of Texas' Czech pioneers

      By Sarah Sumadi

      Henrietta Fisher Knape, a descendent of one of the first generations of
      Czechs to settle Texas, died Thursday of a heart attack. She was 90 years

      Knape's grandparents took a seven-week sea journey from what would become
      Czechoslovakia in 1875 and eventually settled in Ammansville, a small town
      nestled between LaGrange and Schulenburg. They were among the early Czech
      settlers in Texas and worked as cotton farmers. They later donated a few
      acres of land to build the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, one of
      Texas' more than 20 “painted” churches whose interiors are completely
      covered in brightly colored murals.

      Ammansville is a small town now, but back then, “they had the church, a
      couple of stores, and a jail,” said Knape's son, David Knape, 62.

      The social scene revolved around Saturday night polka dances.

      The German immigrants lived across town on the other side of Texas 71.
      Knape's future husband Victor was one of them.

      “The groups didn't mix very much, but my dad decided to come over to the
      Czech side to go to a dance,” David Knape said. “He was one of the first
      ones to cross over, and that's how he met my mother.”

      The couple married and moved to San Antonio in 1942, when Victor Knape got a
      job as a sheet metal worker at Kelly Field.

      Knape studied in Houston to become a legal secretary and worked for a lawyer
      in San Antonio for 20 years. She spent an additional 10 years as a medical
      secretary. Even without a college degree, she was known as one of the best
      in the business.

      Her razor-sharp organization wasn't limited to the office; she remembered
      the birthdays of her entire extended family, including her husband's side.
      She was also fluent in Czech and German.

      “She could read German better than my dad, and he was German,” Knape's son

      His mother's schedule was busy, even after she retired. She made quilts for
      her 11 grandchildren and great-grandchildren, volunteered and played piano
      at nursing homes, and sang alto in the St. Luke's church choir for 11 years.

      She was an avid cook, and her specialty was kolaches, the sweet Czech

      “The Czechs are a big part of Texan culture, and my mother was very proud of
      her heritage,” David Knape said.

      Fittingly, Knape will be buried alongside the church her grandparents helped
      build nearly a century ago.
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    • charles kretzschmar
      Thank you Matt. i knew someone had the ability out there to pick up this czech article for the group. thank you again. angelina genzer kretzschmar san
      Message 2 of 3 , Jun 3, 2008
        Thank you Matt.  i knew someone had
        the ability out there to pick up this
        czech article for the group.  thank you again.
        angelina genzer kretzschmar
        san antonio, texas

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