Sheila E. Knouse - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Sheila E. Knouse

September 28, 1942 - December 30, 2023

Sheila E. Knouse, age 81, of Middletown, DE, died peacefully at her home on Saturday, December 30, 2023.

Born Sheila E. Kennedy on September 28, 1942 in Hazleton, PA, she married David W. Knouse on August 1, 1964, and moved to Delaware shortly after. Sheila spent her homemaker years conducting ceramic classes out of her home. It was always a fun opportunity to gather with friends a few times a week and express her creativity. Once her children were grown, Sheila and David owned and operated a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise on Philadelphia Pike. Sheila managed the franchise, and was the resident goodwill ambassador. After 10 years of making the donuts, Sheila took a position in the Fraud department at MBNA. Her biggest joy in life came with retirement, as she could then spend her time as a snowbird and doting on her grandchildren.

Sheila was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. Frank and Mary Kennedy; and stepmother, Elizabeth Kennedy. She is survived by her husband, David W. Knouse; children, David S. Knouse and Christine N. Hamm; grandsons, Jack D. Hamm and Austin K. Hamm, all of Middletown; and siblings, Frances Nash and Thomas Kennedy of Hazleton, PA.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 1 pm until 2 pm on Saturday, January 13, 2024, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 275 East Main Street, Middletown, DE, where a memorial service will begin at 2 pm.

Any family members or friends who are unable to attend the service for Sheila may live stream the service by clicking here.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Sheila’s memory to Delaware Hospice, 630 Churchmans Road, Newark, DE 19702 or by clicking here.


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10 Condolences for Sheila E. Knouse

  • We are deeply saddened by the passing of our special friend Sheila. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dave and the family at this most difficult time. We will always treasure our friendship and fond memories of Sheila and her family.

  • Dave and family, I’m heart broken to see that Sheila passed away. She was truly one of the greatest people I’ve had the chance to call my friend. My thoughts are heart are with you all.

  • So very sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Dave and Family, so sorry for your loss. Prayers for peace of heart during difficult times.

  • Dave, I’m so sorry for your loss. Sheila was a special lady. I always looked at you two as the perfect couple. God bless you both, and you are in my prayers.

  • David and family so sorry for your loss. Sheila was a very special lady always had a beautiful smile and a kind word for everyone. Sending prayers for the family.

  • It gives me great sorrow to hear of Sheila’s passing. She was a dear friend of my family. Always fun times when with Sheila. She will be missed by many.

  • Dave, hopefully you remember me from mbna PRM days. I am so sad to hear this about Sheila. I was literally thinking of you the other day because I passed by Back Creek on my way to Annapolis area, and knew you lived there. You always had the best “Sheila” stories to share. Hugs, thoughts and prayers are sent to you and your family.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. I know Sheila was very special to my parents. I remember her kindness. May the special memories you all shared bring you some peace.

  • Christine,
    So sorry for the recent loss of your mother.
    I pray you and your family find comfort in each other.
    Blessings. Peace be with you.