Rita Kennerknecht

Rita Kennerknecht

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Rita A. Kennerknecht, age 72, of Erie, passed away on Friday, October 25, 2019.

She was born on January 31, 1947 in Erie, the daughter of the late Edward and Betty (Luca) Kennerknecht.

Rita attended St. Peter’s Cathedral Grade School and Saint Benedict High Academy. She earned her Bachelor's Degree from Mercyhurst College and her Master’s Degree from Gannon University. Rita taught mathematics at Saint Benedict Academy, Academy High School, and Tech Memorial High School.

Rita enjoyed many things in life such as traveling, painting, reading fiction, yoga at the Glenwood YMCA, and even writing her own novel up until the very last months of her life. She was especially fascinated by family genealogy, tracing her family roots for many years. Most of all, she was a caregiver. Rita took care of her mother, father, and sister for most of her life. She was a kind and generous person.

She is preceded in death by her parents as well as her sister, Marilyn Kennerknecht.

Rita is survived by her brother, Robert Kennerknecht of Minneapolis, MN, uncle, Clarence Kennerknecht of Erie, and her aunt, Gail Kennerknecht of Cos Cob, CT. Many cousins also survive.

Friends may call on Tuesday at St. Peter’s Cathedral from 9 am until the time of the funeral Mass at 10 am. The Kloecker Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. are handling the arrangements. Send condolences to

Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Emmaus Soup Kitchen, Saint Vincent Oncology Patient Care Fund, and St. Peter’s Cathedral
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 | 9:00am - 10:00am
    Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
    St. Peter's Cathedral
    Address Not Available
  • Funeral Mass

    Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 10:00am
    St. Peter's Cathedral
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    Very Rev. Michael Ferrick


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Kristin K

Posted at 07:41am
Ms Kennerknecht was my teacher at Tech Memorial High School. She was a serious but kind teacher and have fond memories of my 4 years in her classes. I remember riding my bike to her house during the summers to say Hello. Although I have not seen her for many years, it saddens me to have to say a final good bye.
I have always found encouragement from Isaiah 41:10, 13 where it tells us that God is holding our hand tightly while we go through various trials and he will help us endure even losing a loved one to death.

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