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Arlene Paterichia Knaff


Arlene Paterichia (Rennick) Knaff has passed away Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, at the age of 92 in Las Vegas, Nev.

She will be laid to rest right beside her husband, Lawrence Knaff, and her best friends, Sam and Irene Allie. Memorial services are pending for this spring.

She was born Arlene Paterichia Rennick in 1924 and lived in Hinsdale until she graduated from high school.

She grew up on the Hi-Line and worked in the shipyards in Seattle during World War II. She lived the majority of her life in Glasgow raising her family after marrying Lawrence Knaff. She was known as a straight-forward business person, a very good friend and a person of boundless energy. She was especially lucky at card playing. She loved going out to the lake, working on her garden, hunting and fishing with the family and traveling with her husband, Lawrence, and best friend, Irene Allie. Arlene always had one of the nicest yards in town. She had "Pride of Ownership" in everything she did.

She was a woman of the Montana prairie. All nuts and bolts with a beautiful soft side. She was 100 percent Irish and was born on St. Patrick's Day.

She was preceded in death by her former husband, Donald Vertz, and her late husband of 37 years, Lawrence Knaff; her parents, Flora and Walter Rennick of Hinsdale; and a brother and sister.

Survivors include two sons, Tom Vertz and his wife, Barbara, of Cougar, Wash.; and Brian Knaff and his wife, Susan, of Las Vegas, Nev.; four grandsons; one granddaughter; two great-grandchildren; and her better-than-best friends, Sam, Janet, Doug and Linda "Shep" Allie and their families of Glasgow.


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