KNIPPER, URSULA (nee Janke), age 81, passed away peacefully on December 9, 2020 at her home surrounded by her children, Daniel (Nancy), Cyndee Richards, Connie Lee, Tina Minns (Greg) and Steven (Nora). Also survived by grandchildren, Christopher, Kelsey, Sean, Jonathan, Myriah, Rebecca, Kenneth, Emily, Kory, Timothy and David, two great-grandchildren, Nina and Emmett, and twin sister, Irma Porco (Vince). Ursula is preceded in death by her loving husband, Kenneth, and her parents, Waldemar and Czeslawa Janke.

Services will be held at Zabor Funeral Home, 5680 Pearl Road, Parma, Ohio 44129 on Sunday, December 13, 2020 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, December 14, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Parma, Ohio. Private interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a pet shelter in Ursula’s memory or Hospice of the Western Reserve.

Ursula was a strong, independent and amazing woman who was truly loved by all she met. She was the devoted and loving wife to Kenneth until his death in 1983. When her husband died, she got a job and finished raising her children on her own. She never complained or asked for help. Yet, she still loved life – she loved to dance with her ballroom friends at Starz, she loved her church and to sing in the choir, and she loved helping out at the pet shelters in her free time. She leaves behind two very devoted pets, Honey and Fonzy, who thought the world of her as was witnessed daily in their protective actions.

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  1. Matthew and Trina Haver on December 11th, 2020 1:04 pm

    I was sorry to hear of the passing of Ursula. Wish we could be there. All of our prayer and thoughts are with you at this difficult time for the family.
    Matt & Trina Haver

  2. Nancy Knipper on December 11th, 2020 1:26 pm

    Loving mother of an awesome family. Miss you and love you. Rest in peace with your love. Heaven gained a angel with the biggest heart and kindest soul.

  3. Mary MacIntosh on December 11th, 2020 6:04 pm

    You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. The MacIntosh Familiy

  4. Iris and Gary Dieckman on December 12th, 2020 9:37 am

    Tina, Dee, Connie, Danny, Steve and all of the your families —

    We are so saddened to hear of the passing of your Mom. I will always remember her by her soft smile. We pray for you for comfort and strength during this most difficult time.

  5. Ted,Jan and Tim Szal on December 12th, 2020 10:08 am

    Steven ( my adopted son) and family,
    So God so loved the world he gave us Ursula. Someone who had a love of family and of her friends.
    A bible quote :
    So also you have sorrow now,
    but I will see you again and your hearts will rejoice
    and no one will take your JOY from you.
    She will be watching you and guiding you thru your lives till you meet again.

  6. Dennis Baran on December 12th, 2020 12:15 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless you.

  7. Mark Baran on December 12th, 2020 4:22 pm

    To the entire family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Much Love,
    Mark and Kristy

  8. isabel parraga on December 13th, 2020 11:55 am

    Dearest Nancy and Dan,

    Just read about Ursula in the Plain Dealer. You are in my heart. Although I didn’t know Ursula, knowing both of you, I know she must have been as wonderful as Nancy describes.
    Love, Isabel Parraga

  9. Sig and Linda Tullmann on December 13th, 2020 12:11 pm

    So sorry to hear of her leaving this earth but glad she did not suffer long. We are so glad we came out to that 80th birthday celebration in 2019. She had been dealt a few challenges in life but she was also the person who would take charge no matter the issue. And she knew how to celebrate her joys in life. We have all lost a good friend and relative but the angels have gained a beautiful voice for the heavenly choir.

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