Gerald A. Knope

Gerald A. Knope

Gerald A. Knope passed away peacefully on Friday morning, Aug. 9, 2019, at Agrace Hospice in Fitchburg.

Gerald Allen Knope was born on Nov. 14, 1939, in Two Rivers, the son of August and Bessie (Olson) Knope. He was a graduate of Watertown High School. On Aug. 29, 1959, he married Janet Volant at St. John's Lutheran Church in Watertown. Jerry was a district manager of Wisconsin Natural Gas Company and later of Wisconsin Gas and Electric. He loved his job and co-workers, but especially loved time spent at the lake home with his family.

Jerry is survived by his two children, Jonathan (Amy Steinbrink) Knope of Watertown; and Meredith (Jon) Tollefson of Janesville; three grandchildren: Jacob Knope Fronk, Jordan Knope, and Jami Knope; three stepgrandchildren: Maisie Steinbrink Dantuma, Kendall Uecke and Carson Uecke; two brothers, Leland (Judi) Knope of Watertown and Ronald (Linda) Knope of Denison, Texas; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Jan Knope, brother Richard Knope, and his son Michael Knope.

A private family funeral service will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated to Agrace Hospice Inpatient Units, or a hospice care or charity of one's choice. Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Watertown is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at

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