Janie H. Knolle

December 3, 1947July 4, 2019
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Janie Hansard Knolle was born in Wharton, TX on December 3, 1947, the daughter of T.J. and Muriel Hansard. She passed away peacefully at her home in Austin, TX on July 4, 2019 at the age of 71.

Janie moved around with her family as a young child and eventually settled in Bellville, TX where she attended Bellville High School graduating in 1966. While in high school, Janie was a twirler in the Bellville Brahman Band, homecoming queen, honor society member, student council officer and was elected Miss BHS. In the fall of 1966, Janie enrolled at Baylor University to pursue a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Speech Pathology. While at Baylor, Janie was a twirler in the Baylor Golden Wave Band and was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.

Following graduation from Baylor in 1971, Janie married William M. “Bill” Knolle on July 24, 1971 and the couple set up household in Austin. Janie would thereafter start a long and rewarding career in education as a speech pathologist in the Austin Independent School District helping hundreds of students overcome speech and language deficiencies as well as mentoring countless other therapists in the district. She retired in 2005 from AISD having served the last four years of her career as the Administrative Supervisor for Speech Language Services for the district.

Janie was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and community servant. After her retirement, she continued to devote her time to volunteer tutoring, the Texas Retired Teachers Association, the Eta Tau Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma and to her most treasured activity of being a grandmother.

Janie is survived by her husband Bill; son Mark and his wife Heather, and granddaughter Hannah of Austin; son Brad and his wife Katie, and grandsons Brady and Baker, and granddaughter Emmy Lou of Bulverde. She also leaves behind two nieces, Anne Stith of Evergreen, CO and Heather Sanders of Arlington and their families.

She was preceded in death by her parents, T.J. and Muriel Hansard and brother Tommy Hansard.

Funeral arrangements have been made at Cook Walden Funeral Home located at 6100 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78752. The family will receive guests from 3-5 pm on Sunday, July 7th and the memorial will be held on Monday, July 8th at 10 am at Cook Walden. The family will then proceed to Bellville, TX where Janie will be laid to rest at Pilgrims Rest Cemetery on Monday afternoon.

To honor Janie and the impact that she had educating the youth of Texas, the family is in the process of establishing the Janie Knolle Memorial Endowment with Rodeo Austin. Contributions can be labeled and sent to: Rodeo Austin, Attn: Endowments, 9100 Decker Lake Road, Austin, TX 78724.


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  • Visitation Sunday, July 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, July 8, 2019
  • Graveside Service Monday, July 8, 2019


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Gail Goodrich Totten

July 12, 2019

Janie was my CF supervisor for the 1994-95 school year, and she was absolutely fantastic! So patient, so kind, so knowledgeable - she had to repeat the same advice over and over, until I finally got it, but she never gave up.

When we had a promising young SLP interested in working for AISD, we could say with perfect honesty that an excellent reason to take the job was that Janie was the best possible CF supervisor, and the way to get a great start in the profession.

Janie gave me so much good advice over the years, including that the mother of the groom should wear beige and keep her mouth shut! I was whining once about finding a job after retirement that was flexible, and she said, "Gail, it's called volunteering!"

I was amazed at Janie's service to hear how much time she spent with her family and friends - she gave so much to us at AISD I thought we were her life! Clearly she gave her all to everyone.

Janie was a beautiful, wonderful person, and we will all miss her so much.

Daniel Eckermann

July 8, 2019

Bill, as we discussed, "Life is Short." This summary of memories could go on for a long time with only good statements to share. However, in one word, Janie was a person of "class." She displayed "class" in every situation. You and your family may stand proud for having Janie.

Karen fondly remembers her days with Janie, including as twirlers. It all seems like "yesterday."

Suzanne Sanders

July 8, 2019

Janie was a thoroughly delightful lady whose presence I valued greatly in the several schools we shared, over a many year period with Austin ISD. Always courteous and friendly, she was also a consummate professional, and brought all those characteristics with her to work. Janie was an excellent Speech Therapist, and I am sure she went on to be an highly valued Supervisor of that department. Her expertise was valued, and her calm presence was a gift to any discussion of students whose special needs the school was working hard to address. Janie Knolle was a real pleasure to be with, and I woman whom I felt proud to call my colleague and my friend.

Shirley Plagens Esposito

July 8, 2019

My deepest condolences to you all! Janie was truly a beautiful lady in every way. May you all find peace & comfort knowing she’s pain free soaring through Heaven with her beautiful Angel wings. May the constant love of caring friends ease your grieving hearts. RIP Janie💜☮️🙏✝️

Janice Maxwell

July 7, 2019

I was so very sorry to hear about Janie’s death but know that she is now more alive than ever in the loving presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We were friends at Baylor and Golden Girls together for the Golden Wave Band and she joined me as a speech pathology major her sophomore year. She was such a joy with an optimistic cheerful countenance and I thoroughly enjoyed her friendship. May all of the family be comforted in knowing that so many of us loved her dearly and were thankful to have known her as a friend. Janice Maxwell BS 68, MA 69

Julie Miller

July 7, 2019

Janie has been a blessing to everyone in her lifetime! So loving and dedicated to her family and her SLP world. We all learned from her and enjoyed her playful personality. My heart is sad for her family. May the Holy Spirit fill your hearts with peace as you remember your loving Janie.

Don Schroeder

July 7, 2019


I was so sorry to read about Janie's passing in the Sunday American Statesman. I know we have not stayed in close contact over the years, however our "friendship" does date back to high school days of competition between Bellville and Brenham and again at Texas A&M. Thinking back on it, those were, at least for me, some of the best and most carefree days of our lives. Again, I offer my sincere condolences and may God grant you his peace.


July 6, 2019

A wonderful person and friend. Her influence will continue.
Abrazos para la familia.

Dolly Simeroth

July 6, 2019

We are so very sorry for your loss. We have missed Janie this past year at ARTA. I can remember the last time I saw her. She was such a joy to work with at the retired teachers' seminars, and she will be sorely missed by many in the future. God bless you all. And rest in His loving arms, Janie.
Dolly and Clyde Simeroth

Helen Cox

July 6, 2019

I have over 45 years of memories of Janie--we were in the same office every day for all of my time in AISD and then so many fun times after retirement. She was the kindest and sweetest soul in the world and made my job so much easier. I loved her so much and still do. Bill, Brad, and Mark, may you find comfort knowing how much she was loved not only by her family but by her family of speech/language pathologists and me.


Gogo and Papa holding Baker - 2013


Gogo and Baker - 2013


Gogo and Brady - 2013


Gogo, Baker and Brady - 2013


Gogo, Baker and Brady - 2013


Gogo and Baker - 2015


Easter at Gogo's House - 2015


Gogo, Papa and Emmy Lou - 2017


Gogo, Emmy Lou, Baker, Papa and Brady - 2017