It is with unbearable sadness that we announce on Friday, November 13th, 2020, Barbara Knee (nee Silvar), loving wife of Charles William Knee Jr., mother of six children, grandmother to thirteen children and dear friend to many others, passed away at the age of 88 years old.
Barbara was born on Staten Island in August 1932 to Edward Silvar and Margaret Whelina O’Toole Silvar Dinsmore. She was raised in Marlboro, Massachusetts with her two brothers Edward Jr. and Richard Silvar. After the passing of Barbara’s father, her mother Margaret re-married Arthur Dinsmore. Barbara graduated from St. Anslem College in Goffstown, New Hampshire with a degree in Nursing in 1957. In September of 1957 Barbara married the love of her life, Charles William Knee Jr.
Barbara and Charles went on to raise six children, Gregory Paul, Mary Beth, David Peter, Stephen Edward, Meghan Kathleen, and Deirdre Ann Knee. Barbara used her degree to proudly and unselfishly work as a nurse at several hospitals throughout her life which included, Sacred Heart (Manchester, New Hampshire), Columbia Memorial (Hudson, New York), Keene Hospital (Keene, New Hampshire), St. Josephs (Savannah, Georgia), Oceanside Nursing Home (Savannah Georgia) and Mercy of Fairfield (Fairfield, Ohio). She retired from nursing at the Surgery Center at Mercy Fairfield (Fairfield, Ohio). Barbara was a lifelong Roman Catholic and long-time member of St. Matthias Parish in Forest Park, Ohio. She deeply loved her children, grandchildren, extended family, and friends. Barbara enjoyed doing cross stitch, puzzles, watching NFL football, reading, and sipping margaritas with her husband and close friends.
Barbara was preceded in death by her father, Edward, her mother, Margaret, her stepfather Arthur and her brothers Edward and Richard. She is survived and remembered lovingly by a large family which includes her husband Charlie, her son Gregory Paul and his wife Kim Kho Knee, their children Caitlin, Rachel and Andrea Knee; her daughter Mary Beth and her husband Peter Nodzak, their children Daniel, Joe and Mitchell Nodzak; her son David Peter and his wife Patty Knee, their children Larry Mersfelder, Aaron and Hannah Knee; her son Stephen Edward Knee; her daughter Meghan Kathleen and her husband Shaun Mueller, their children Aidan, Ian and Ryan Mueller; her daughter Deirdre Ann and her husband Brian Bowles, and their children Ariel, Briana, Charlie and Xander Bowles.
We will remember the laughter and joy we all shared, we will carry those times with us in our hearts forever, and we will live with the love you left behind.