Kuiper Funeral Home

9039 Kleinman Road, Highland, IN


Josephine Knoerzer

19 February, 192725 January, 2020

Josephine A. Knoerzer Valparaiso, IN

Josephine A. Knoerzer, 92, of Valparaiso, IN, formerly of Calumet City, IL, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 25, 2020. Josephine was born in 1927 to Michael and Josephine Niemiec (who preceded her in death). Josephine graduated from Catholic Central (Bishop Noll Institute) in Hammond, IN in 1944. Josephine met the love of her life, Ralph, and they married in 1949. She was preceded in death by her husband Ralph in 1998. They had six children of which they were very proud: Geoffrey (Marie), Nan, Gregory (Karen), Kenneth (Mary-Jo), Marijo (Paul) and Kathy (Lee). She was the proud grandmother of eighteen grandchildren and twenty five great grandchildren.

Josephine was a long time member of St. Victor’s Parish in Calumet City, IL. She sang in the parish choir for years. She supported Operation Summer for the parish community. She was an active member of the parish Outreach program. Raising six kids, she kept her sanity. She was formerly a bookkeeper at Ennis Reality and a former employee of JC Penney.

Josephine is survived by two of her siblings: Phyllis Czarnecki and Steve (Anna) Niemiec and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Frank Niemiec and Joseph Niemiec; her sisters, Virginia Lundsten, Trudy Niemiec; and her brothers-in-law Dr. Leslie Lundsten and Dave Czarnecki and sister-in-law Dorothy Niemiec.

On Friday, January 31, 2020, there will be visitation at Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman RD (two blocks south of Ridge RD) Highland, IN from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 10:00 AM at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church in Dyer, IN. There will be a visitation Saturday morning from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM at the church. Entombment at Chapel Lawn Cemetery.


  • Visitation Friday, 31 January , 2020
  • A Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, 1 February , 2020


Josephine Knoerzer

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Christopher Knoerzer

January 27, 2020

This was a great day when I was walking with Grandma and helping her into church. The doors were locked and we didn’t want to walk all the way down so we were passing time. This is one of those candid moments which will forever be engrained in my memories.

Caryn Rosenbeck

January 26, 2020

This was our last visit. It was a great day! Grandma had so much energy that day and really got to show her great grandchildren her spunky side! She was gossiping about the nurses (in a joking way) and then as they’d walk by she’d say, “Shhhh! Don’t tell them I said that!” And we’d all giggle! We giggled the whole time! And of course we’d bring a hearty batch of kolaczkis!

Nancy Mikolajczak

January 26, 2020

She was a funny, hard working woman. She will be truly missed. My sympathy

Christine Haskins

January 26, 2020

I am truly blessed that my girls got to know and spend time with their great grandma and see what an amazing woman she was ❤