Marion Hope Knekties – Cumberland

Marion Hope Knekties – Cumberland

Marion Hope (Warner, Tremblay) Knekties, 88, of Cumberland, R.I., passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family.

She was a dearly loved mother, Nana, Gramma Nana, sister, aunt, and a true friend to many. She was a devoted wife who shared 52 years of marriage with her husband, Siegfried, until his death in 2016.

Marion gave selflessly of her time and energy to her five children, raising them to know how much she loved them. She will be deeply missed by her children she cherished: Stephen. O. Tremblay and his wife, Margaret; Bryan K. Tremblay and his wife, Karen; Christine N. Tremblay and Nicole C. Noury; her grandchildren: Sarah, Katlyn, Keith, Daniel, Raphael, Briana and Emma and her four great-grandchildren; Thomas, Jacob, Claire and Isabelle. Marion also leaves behind cherished nieces and nephews scattered throughout the country as well as many faithful friends.

Marion’s notable strength, resilience and faith sustained her after several tragic losses including her eldest son, James A. Tremblay, and her two toddler grandsons Jean-Paul and Julian Stephen Tremblay.

Marion was the daughter of the late Edward Frank and Lena "Caporal" Lamoureux (Warner) Kramer. Her mother immigrated from Sicily as a child and was sadly orphaned on Ellis Island. Gratefully, in God’s divine providence, she planted roots in Rhode Island, where Marion grew and further extended the family tree. Marion was adored by her predeceased big brothers Alfred and Arthur Lamoureux who, after the death of her father when she was five, endearingly “fathered” her throughout her life.

Marion especially loved time with her family. Ever-present and dependable, she was always supportive of her children throughout their many activities, struggles and achievements. In addition to raising her family, Marion and her husband, Siegfried, owned and operated “Siggi’s Foreign Car Specialist” in Cumberland for 25 years. She and “Siggi” enjoyed the theater, boating and daily scrabble challenges of champions. They traveled extensively throughout Europe and later cross-country in their motorhome. The Grand Canyon, the New England Coast, Sicily and Rome, were among her most memorable places. One of her most treasured moments in life was in Rome when Pope John-Paul II held her hands at a papal audience.

Marion gave generously of herself and touched many lives. Her strength was reflected in all of her business and personal relationships. She was a treasured friend and confident to many as well as the “go-to” listener, comforter and problem solver in any situation. She lived her last days as she had lived her life, caring, strong, and courageous, as she fought her battle with cancer.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to a Mass of Christian Burial Friday, Friday, February 26, 2021, at 10 a.m., in St. Joan of Arc Church, 3357 Mendon Road, Cumberland. Visiting hours will be held Thursday, February 25, from 4 to 7 p.m., in the O’Neill Funeral Home, 3102 Mendon Road, Cumberland. The burial will be private. Due to current circumstances, social distancing and masks are required.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society, 931 Jefferson Blvd., Suite 3004, Warwick, RI 02886, or consider sending a bouquet to someone you hold dear to honor Marion and the fragrance of love that surrounded her in her final months.

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