Joann R. Knowles - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Joann R. Knowles

Born March 22, 1939

Joann R. Knowles, age 75, of New Castle, DE passed away peacefully at home, while surrounded by her family on Thursday, March 5, 2015.

Born in Wilmington, DE on March 22, 1939, Joann was a daughter of the late William Joyce and Minnie (Schaffer) Joyce and a graduate of St. Elizabeth High School. She made her career as a press machine operator with Westvaco, retiring after many years of dedicated service.

She was an active member of Free Will Baptist Church in New Castle. An avid football fan, Joann enjoyed cheering on the San Francisco 49ers each season. She adored spending time with her family, visiting the beach, watching her favorite television shows and trips with family to Delaware Park. Joann was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and will be dearly missed by many.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 15 siblings; a son, Joseph M. Knowles; son in law, Anthony Saragino; and a grandson, Michael Scalia, Jr. Joann is survived by husband of 58 years, Martin H. Knowles; children, Marty Knowles III (Catherine), Joyce Scalia (Michael), Donald A. Knowles (Annette), Sherry Saragino, Tracy Ferrell (William Noble); sister, Theresa Realey; 2 granddaughters whom she raised, Laura and Sara Ferrell; 13 grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Wednesday morning, March 11, 2015, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am. Interment will follow in Silverbrook Cemetery, Lancaster Ave. and DuPont Rd., Wilmington, DE.


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11 Condolences for Joann R. Knowles

  • I am sorry for your loss. The passing of someone you love can be a very hard thing to cope with. Perhaps you can take some consolation in the promise of the resurrection mentioned in the Bible at John 6:40.

  • My thoughts and prayers go out to the Knowles family.

  • With deepest sympathy in the loss of your wife, mother & grandmother. Joann adored her family. Her children & grandchildren meant the world to her. The sun rose & set on them. Joann was a loving, kind & delightful person. Everyone who knew her loved her & will miss her deeply. Joann lit up the room & brought so much joy to all who knew her. Everyone said there was no one like Joann & I know there never will be. We love you Joann & will never forget you. You all are in my thoughts & prayers. God bless you during this difficult time. Barb Dawson & Paul Gaumer

  • Jonathan and Wanda wish Sarah and Family a gg—d bless u. Thinking of u guys during this difficult time. May g—-d bless u all. Warm Regards, Jonathan and Wanda Shapiro

  • My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family at this time. I am very sorry for your loss. May God Bless and comfort you in your time of need. Bonnie Blunt.

  • To Marty and family,
    Our sincerest condolences to you and
    your family.Sorry for your loss.
    Slim and Maureen Stine

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.
    Mark, Marge, Lauren and Lindsey Gott

  • Marty, I am very sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family, that His grants you all comfort at this time. The last time I saw you was at Gordon’s house I was 10. You know my dad Reds Dolson. The Byrne and Dolson family

  • You have been gone a little over a year now my dear, sweet friend. I miss you & think of you often & all the fun memories we had. You were such a good friend & helped me tremendously when I was going through a rough time. You taught me so much about being a good mom & handling life’s curve balls. You loved life & bought joy to everyone. You loved your family so much & cherished your children & your grandchildren. They were so fortunate to have you as their mom & grandmom. I pray for them as I know the pain they feel losing their mom. God Bless you & RIP my friend. Fly angel fly! I miss you Barb

  • Sorry suppose to of said 2 years. Never gets easier losing someone you love & I loved u my friend

  • We still think of you often & share memories we have of u. Continue to watch over your family as I know you will & know how much they each meant to you. Miss u terribly & love u always. Fly Angel Fly