Urban G. Kneidel, 99, a resident of Pinecrest Manor, and formerly of 235 Louis Street, St. Marys, passed away Sunday, September 25, 2016, at Pinecrest Manor.
Urban was born August 20, 1917, in St. Marys, son of the late George and Margaret Herzing Kneidel. He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School, Class of 1935. He was a former employee of the Stackpole Carbon Company, retiring in 1981 after 45 years of service.
On November 5, 1949, in the Sacred Heart Church, he married Josephine Posteraro, who preceded him in death on January 17, 1975.
Urban is survived by a daughter, Linda Weber of Erie; two sons, David Kneidel and Richard Kneidel and his wife Joyce, both of St. Marys; five grandchildren, Matthew (Emily) Kneidel, Elizabeth (Marc) Miles, Kate (Mark) Mordus, Ryan (Christina) Kneidel, and Leah (Shane) Schneider; and four great grandchildren, twins, Avery and Bryson Miles, Nicholas Kneidel, and Louie Mordus.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Sister DeSales and Margaret Kneidel; seven brothers, Alfred, Ralph, Gilbert, Charles, Joseph, Frank, and Leo Kneidel; and by a daughter-in-law, Lois Kneidel. He was the last member of his immediate family.
World War II interrupted his work career, and he was trained as a medical technician in Camp Joseph Robinson, Little Rock, AR. After testing, he was sent to Riley General Hospital in Springfield, MO. With addition training, he practiced in Fort Jackson, SC, where he worked in the dental lab at the 57th General Hospital. In the fall of 1943, he was shipped to Bevins, MA, then overseas to do field work in France and ultimately to Belgium where he was stationed in a permanent Army hospital. He continued doing dental work for the Army’s needs in the European Theater until the end of the War. He was honorably discharged from the 14th Hospital Train in 1945.
Urban was a member of the St. Mary’s and Sacred Heart Catholic Churches. He was a life member of the St. Marys Sportsmen’s Club, being director for over 20 years, and was a member of the American Legion. He enjoyed being outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman.
There will be no visitation.
Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in the St. Mary’s Church on Saturday, October 1, 2016, at 10:00 AM, with the Rev. Alfred Patterson, OSB, Pastor officiating. Full military rites will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen’s Burial Detail. Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to a favorite charity.