Sheila Mae Knoke, age 81, of Elkader, Iowa, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at the Elkader Care Center. Sheila was born on April 16, 1933, in Highland Township to Charles and Doris (Hader) Erickson. She attended country school to eighth grade, and then attended high school in Elkader graduating in 1951. She was the 1950 Elkader Homecoming Queen. Sheila grew up in rural Elkader on the family farm. Following graduation she worked in Cedar Rapids.
She was united in marriage to Fred Knoke on June 25, 1953. Three children were born to this union: Nancy, Elaine, and Fred. After her marriage to Fred, they relocated to Elkader. She worked at the Elkader Wire Factory in the packaging and shipping area and later at the Buttery.
Sheila loved to garden, sew, do crafts, read, watch NCIS, and travel. She loved to plan and hold family gatherings and her Wednesday outings with lifelong friend, Lillian. Most of all, she loved to go to her grandkids activities. She and Fred enjoyed an early retirement and winter trips to South Padre for 13 years visiting family and friends.
Sheila was a member of Peace Church and the American Legion. She never knew a stranger and enjoyed making new friends wherever she went. She will be sadly missed by family and friends.
Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Fred of Elkader; daughters, Nancy McClure of Temple, Texas and Elaine Martin or North Liberty; son, Fred (Amy) Knoke of Decorah; five grandchildren, Danielle Heaton, Trisha Martin, Joe, Tom, and Jack Knoke; three brothers Dennis (Ann), Jerry (Carol), and Chuck Erickson; sister, Pamela Armstrong, one sister-in-law, Linda Severson, numerous nieces, nephews and many friends.
Sheila was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Doris Erickson; brothers, Leslie and Eugene; sisters, Norma Palas and Patricia Butikofer; son-in-law Alan McClure and brother in laws, Clifford Palas and Silas Butikofer.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at Peace United Church of Christ in Elkader with Pastor Andrea Mericle officiating. Inurnment followed at East Side Cemetery, Elkader. There was a visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 25, at the church.
Leonard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left with www.leonardfuneralhomes.com