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Janet Knieriem

October 14, 1932 — February 16, 2023

Janet R. Knieriem, 90, of Frostburg, peacefully passed from her temporary Earthly home, into her Heavenly eternal home on Thursday, February 16, 2023.

She was born Janet Rose Kidwell, on October 14, 1932, to parents John Lee Kidwell and Elsie (Rempel) Kidwell in Detroit, Michigan. She was preceded in death recently by her husband Paul H. Knieriem, and previously, a sister Jane Bittner; brothers Joel, Jimmy, and John Kidwell and a great-grandson, John M. Ferree III.

Surviving are her seven children, Brenda Knieriem, Shari Baker (Craig), Linda Shoemake, Shelley Landis (Kenny), Sandra Knieriem, Stephen Knieriem, and Brian Knieriem (Janette); grandchildren, Stephanie Metz, Shanna (Ferree) Garland, Jeremy Kennell, John Shoemake, Waylon Skidmore, and Eli and Mia Knieriem; great-grandchildren, Austin McKenzie, Charlie Carter, R.J. and Rylee Hope Dreckett, Jaden Livesay, River, Willow, and Laynee Metz, Adelyn Shoemake, and Liam Kennell.  Also surviving are her sister; Joyce Glassford of Virginia and brother; Jerry Kidwell of West Virginia.

Janet worked at the Goody Nut Shop, and at her Father's Jo-Lee-K Market in Frostburg, (later known as the 'Lil Corner Market) during her teen years. She graduated from Beall High School in 1950, and then attended Philadelphia College of the Bible for 2 years, receiving a certificate in Teaching and Bible Studies. In 1957 she married Paul H. Knieriem, who would be her loving husband for the next 65 years. After marrying and starting their family in Tampa, Florida, they returned to the Frostburg area where Janet's full time job became raising and caring for her family. She considered this her greatest joy and accomplishment.

A loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and aunt she was a constant Godly example for all of her family. In addition, she was a loyal friend to all who knew her, especially to Patsy Lewis and Eleanor Halbritter, her lifelong friends who loved her dearly.

Janet was a lifelong member of Eckhart Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School for many years. Her main focus in life was her never ending relationship with Jesus Christ, her Lord and Savior. She was an undeniable example of what a true Christian woman should be; always there, always loving, always forgiving, and never judging.

Her family and friends are blessed and thankful to have had her in their lives for these many years. In spite of the sadness of losing her, the family rejoices in the fact that the Good Lord saw fit for her suffering to be brief, and to allow her to be reunited with her loving husband Paul, shortly after his passing a few months ago. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Family and friends will be received at Durst Funeral Home, 57 Frost Avenue, Frostburg, MD on Monday, February 20, 2023 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 21, 2023 at 12:00 PM with Rev. Matt Eichorn officiating. Family and friends will be received one hour prior.

Internment will be at Frostburg Memorial Park.

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