Onalee Knisely, 80 years old, of West Unity, passed away Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, at Community Health Professionals Inpatient Hospice Center, Defiance. Onalee was born Aug. 8, 1941, in Wauseon, Ohio, the daughter of the late Walter Lee and Gladys M. (Croninger) Hershiser. She was a 1959 graduate of Gorham-Fayette High School. Onalee married Duane A. Knisely on Nov. 22, 1958, in West Unity at their family homestead and he survives. Onalee was a devoted wife, always by her husband’s side, supporting his career as a farmer, teacher and FFA advisor. Onalee worked for A & A Poultry in West Unity. Her focus was being a homemaker, tending to the needs of her family. Her greatest pleasure was gathering her family and preparing meals for them. She was a member of Lakeview United Brethren Church in Camden, Michigan. She was a member of the Farm Bureau and the Omnibus Club. Onalee enjoyed traveling, visiting over 50 lighthouses, sewing, quilting and making bears for family gifts. She enjoyed spending time on the family farm, gardening, canning and watching birds.
Surviving are her husband, Duane of West Unity; four children, Marcus (Barbara) Knisely of West Fargo, North Dakota, Michael (Teresa) Knisely of Sylvania, Ohio, Melissa (Stanley) Harris of Archbold, Ohio, and Murray (Vicki) Knisely of Asheboro, North Carolina; 11 grandchildren who knew her as Memaw, Grandma and Mimi; nine great-grandchildren; one brother, David (Guneli) Hershiser of Oberlin, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Marvin Hershiser.
A celebration of life service for Onalee Knisely will be held at noon, Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021, at Lakeview United Brethren Church, 4616 E. Territorial Road, Camden, Michigan, with Pastor Stephen E. Smith officiating. The family will receive relatives and friends two hours prior to the service, beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the church. Arrangements are under the care of Oberlin-Turnbull Funeral Home, 202 N. Liberty St., West Unity.
Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider memorial contributions be made to Lakeview United Brethren Church-Expansion Project, 4616 E. Territorial Road, Camden, MI 49232.
Condolences may be sent to the family or the online guest book may be signed at www.oberlinturnbull.com.