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Carole Elaine Knapp

Carole Elaine Knapp


It is with great sadness that the family of Elaine Winkle Dill Knapp announces her passing May 24, 2015. She died peacefully surrounded by family and friends at home in Lake Oswego, Ore. after a year-long battle with lung cancer.

She was born Carol Elaine Winkle January 4, 1928 to Ernest Winkle, Sr. and Etta Winkle in Medford, Ore. She grew up in Salem and graduated from Salem High School in 1946. She did volunteer work with the USO for the war effort and extra-curricular activities as she was growing up. She met Donald F. Dill in Salem, Ore. and they married in 1948. They had two children, Terri and Larry. She later met and married Dr. Brace Knapp in 1983.

Elaine was mom, nana, a counselor, a hypnotherapist, a jeweler, and a practitioner at her local Centers for Spiritual Living in Salem, Ore.; Napa, Calif.; and Marin, Calif. for several decades. She spent hours teaching spiritual classes, counseling, and facilitating church groups.

She was known for her kindness, generosity, and love for her family, friends, and her church where she had a positive impact on many lives. Over her life she loved to paint, garden, socialize, bird watch, and walk on the beach. She loved to host social events, and was an excellent gourmet cook. She loved to travel and enjoyed taking pictures, especially of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her brother, Lyle Eugene Winkle and six children: Terri Dill Simpson, Larry Dill, Barbara Bowers, Donald Knapp, Jocelyn Willis, and Jessica Knapp. She leaves behind nine grandchildren: Josh Dill, Rachael Dill-Boyer, Alissa Dill, Cameron Willis, Jason Simpson and Cheryl Blevins, Sian, Shannon, and Cody Blevins; and four great-grandchildren: Adeleine Dill, Ruby Boyer, Jade and Charlie Willis, Liam Simpson; as well as nieces, Penny O’Neil and Terri Shephard.

A celebration of her life will be held later this year on the shores of the Pacific Ocean she loved so well.

Carole Elaine Knapp