August 2020

Carole J. Knoetgen

May 26, 1935
August 29, 2020

Ponte Vedra

Carole J. Knoetgen

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Carole J. Knoetgen passed away on August 29, 2020. She was born May 26, 1935 in Brooklyn, NY and attended Our Lady of Wisdom High School with French nuns.

As a teenager she was a member of the Our Lady of Lourdes local parish basketball team. A natural athlete, in one game she scored a total of 54 points and was written-up by the Brooklyn Eagle newspaper. Other sports she engaged in included softball, skiing, sailing, and golf. In fact, Carole met her future husband in a Boys vs. Girls softball game, and connected with St. Martin of Tours weekly dances, which were a great social gathering place.

After graduating from high school, Carole got an associate degree in Business and then worked in NYC for Lester B Knight, Engineering/Consultants, as a secretary and office manager. After Bob graduated from college, they got married and spent over 30 years in Huntington, NY, to raise their kids in a socially rich environment; Peter graduated with a degree in Computer Science and John a degree in Architecture. Both have had successful business careers. Carole and Bob moved to Jacksonville, FL, in 1995 and more recently to Ponte Vedra/Del Webb in St. Johns County.

Carole was very generous throughout life, always thinking of others versus herself. She pursued life-long friendships, with one or two still existing. Her personal courage was amazing. Once she became a senior citizen, she was besieged with three different cancers spaced five years apart and multiple other surgeries.  And with it all, she had the courage to carry-on.

And smart…Carole was smart. She seemed to “read” people’s minds and could detect faulty logic and challenge you. Kept you on your toes. Also, Carole had an unbelievable memory. She remembered all the major events in her lifetime, not only what happened when, but also all the emotional aspects. An extraordinary capability.

Carole and Bob had 60+ years together. She leaves behind her husband and two sons, Peter and John; and five grandchildren: Christopher, Natalie, John Michael, Thomas, and Francesca.

A private Memorial Service will be held in the future at the Ponte Vedra Valley Funeral Home on Palm Valley Rd.  Inurnment will follow at the PVV mausoleum.