Mary Jane Knasel

December 22, 1939 - November 11, 2021

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Mary Jane Knasel, 81, of Independence, KY passed away at her residence on Thursday, November 11, 2021. She was born in Ludlow, KY on December 22, 1939 and was a resident of Latonia, KY from 1949-2005 where she volunteered for the Latonia Youth Club. Mary Jane was a member of Holy Cross Parish in Latonia, KY where she was very active in both the parish and school. She was a 1957 graduate of Holmes High School and a Kentucky Colonel. Mary Jane was awarded Mrs. YMCA in Covington, KY in 1986 and was on the board of directors with the Campbell County, KY YMCA. She was also on the board of trustees of Hide-A-Way Hills Campground in Owenton, KY. Mary Jane was also manager of the "Jim Dandies" softball teams. She is survived by her loving husband of 63 years: James "Jim" B. Knasel; children: Debbie Brinkman, James (Shirley) Knasel II, Tammy (Fritz) Meyer; siblings: Jean (Lou) Moeves, Fiddler Vastine, Martha Vastine; grandchildren: Kristy, Paul, Julie, Michael, Bo, Mitch, Nicole, and Joey; 20 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandson. Visitation will take place on Thursday, November 18, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Connley Brothers Funeral Home, 11 East Southern Avenue, Covington (Latonia), KY 41015. Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Friday, November 19, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Holy Cross Church, 3612 Church Street, Latonia, KY. Interment will follow at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Taylor Mill, KY. Memorials in Mary Jane's name are suggested to The Barracks Project c/o the Online condolences can be made on Facebook or at


Barbara Eickstedt - Dec 22, 2021
Today would have been your birthday. When I think of you, I remember the fierce love of family, the devotion to your friends and your unwavering humor. Jim, Debbie, Jimmy and Tammy my condolences to you all.
Connie McClanahan Jump - Nov 18, 2021
I am so glad Sondra, Suzanne, and I were able to visit with you and Jim over the Summer. While I didn't expect it to be our last visit, tomorrow is never promised. I will never forget the Jim Dandies softball years. You will be missed by so many. RIP <3
Andrea Olafsdottir - Nov 16, 2021
My depest condolence to Jim and all of Mary jane family❤ Mary jane was such a warm and wonderful person whom I was so lucky to get to know during my stay in Kentucky, memories that I will always cherish and am grateful for❤❤ love to you all. Addie and family Iceland
Marsha Linnemann - Nov 16, 2021
Mary Jane was one of a kind. She had a great laugh and quick-witted sense of humor. She had a heart for forgiveness and much love. What a wonderful family she had who loved her dearly. May you all be comforted by the fact she is in the Lord's loving arms. She will be greatly missed.
Karen Nussbaum - Nov 15, 2021
My heart is broken! Aunt Mary had a heart of gold. She was such a caring person and loved everyone. You are going to be greatly missed. Love you so much. Prayers to Uncle Jim, Jimmy, Debbie and Tammy.
Mickie an Bob Bradford - Nov 14, 2021
To Uncle Jim an family,we want to extend to you our sincere condolences on the loss of a dear loved one.
Judy (Knasel) Schramm - Nov 13, 2021
Rest in peace Aunt Mary. You will be missed by many family and friends. Keep those angels smiling up there with your wonderful laugh. Love u.
Jim Kumpf - Nov 13, 2021
You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I consider myself blessed to have had Aunt Mary Jane in my life. Thanks for the many fun memories. God bless you all.
Cecelia M Kumpf - Nov 13, 2021
Aunt Mary Jane always brought a smile to my face. I will always remember the deep love and respect that she and Uncle Jim shared. I have many fond memories that will be cherished forever. Thanks Aunt Mary Jane for being the powerhouse woman that you were. You ran the race and you ran it well. May you now rest in peace in the arms of our Lord. Love you and will truly miss you.
Kristy - Nov 13, 2021
Grandma, I love you to the moon and back. I will miss you so much. Rest in peace grandma.
Cathy Craig Doench - Nov 12, 2021
Some of the best memories and times I had as a young girl and teenager was being a part of the "Jim Dandies" and having Mary Jane & Jim in my life. Mary Jane was a very special woman and truly one of a kind. My love, prayers and heartfelt sympathy to Jim, Debbie, Jimmy, Tammy and the entire family. Rest In Peace Mary Jane.
Debbie brinkman - Nov 12, 2021
Mom love you so so much. I will always remember all the camping and really good times we always had. You will be missed very much.

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