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Beatrice "Bea" Yvonne Knepp

February 13, 1943 — August 16, 2022

Beatrice "Bea" Yvonne (Hershberger) Knepp, 79, of Fayetteville, Arkansas, formerly of Afton, Oklahoma, and Kalona, Iowa, died Tuesday, August 16, 2022, at the Circle of Life Hospice House in Springdale, Arkansas. A celebration of her life will be held Monday, August 22, 2022, at 10:30 AM at the East Union Mennonite Church in rural Kalona, with Pastor Joel Beachy officiating. Burial will follow at the East Union Cemetery. The service will be available via Livestream. The family will greet friends from 3 - 6 PM Sunday, August 21, 2022, at the Peterseim Funeral Home in Kalona. A memorial fund has been established for the family's use.

Bea was born February 13, 1943, in Wellman, Iowa, the daughter of Clyde and Ollie (Brenneman) Hershberger. She attended Iowa Mennonite School. On August 12, 1961, she was united in marriage to Edward Knepp at the West Union Mennonite Church.  Her first few years of marriage were spent in Evanston, Illinois in the 1W Service. Bea was a farmer's wife and was a cook for the University of Iowa for over 20 years. She was a member of East Union Mennonite Church. Bea was known for her ‘famous’ cinnamon rolls and were gifted to many. Her door was always open and it was not uncommon for visitors to drop by unannounced and stay for a meal. Bea enjoyed cooking, playing the organ, listening to music, scrapbooking, and spending time with her family.

Survivors include five children: Randy (Cathy) Knepp of Oklahoma, Lyn (Ami) Knepp of Iowa, Brad (Tracy) Knepp of Arkansas, Darla (Eddie) Trejo of Australia, Jina (Wally) Almquist of Illinois, 18 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and four siblings: Elaine Cole, Herb Hershberger, Larry Hershberger, and Linda Cole.

Preceding Bea in death were her parents, her husband Ed, four children: Diane, Eddie, Ryan, and Jody, and her brother Cecil Hershberger.


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Service Schedule

Past Services


Sunday, August 21, 2022

3:00 - 6:00 pm (Central time)

Peterseim Funeral Home

201 B Ave, Kalona, IA 52247

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Celebration of Life

Monday, August 22, 2022

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

East Union Mennonite Church

5615 Gable Ave SW, Kalona, IA 52247

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