By The Mercury

Virginia Knopp, 64, of Riley, died Sunday at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan.

The family provided some of the following information.

She was born on May 24, 1949, in Orange Port, N.Y. She was the daughter of Thomas Joseph and Jean Louella (Nelson) Abbott.

On Oct. 22, 1977, she was married to Orville Theodore Knopp.  He preceded her in death in 1993.

Virginia worked for the Walker Stone Company in Chapman for 10 years.  She served as the lunch room clerk for Riley County Grade School for 18 years and was involved with PTO for many years.  She was a member of the Milford Congregational Church, where she was involved with Sunday School, VBS and was a nursery helper.  She enjoyed spending time with her nieces and nephews and family, kids at Riley County and supporting all Riley County activities.

In addition to her husband and her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Thomas Abbott Jr. and Walter Abbott.

She is survived by one daughter, Kimberly Rose Knopp and fiance Mark Copenhaver of Fowler; one sister, Susan Gibson of Manhattan; five brothers, Paul Abbott of Lexington, Ky., Donald Abbott of McPherson, Michael Abbott of Hutchinson, David Abbott of Topeka and John Abbott and wife Lorie of Bellevue, Neb.; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Milford Congregational Church in Milford, with the Rev. Mike Lacer officiating.  Respect calls may be made anytime Tuesday at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home in Riley, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral home.  Burial will be in the Milford Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, Virginia has requested that a memorial be set up to go towards improvements and additional items for the Riley County Grade School playground. Donations to the memorial can be made payable to RCGS Playground and sent to the Riley County Grade School District Office; PO Box 326, Riley, Kansas 66531 or left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home in Riley, Kansas.

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