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Susan Knuffman

Birth Date: September 6, 1972
Death Date: February 8, 2019

Susan Knuffman, 46, of Decatur, IL, passed away peacefully, February 8, 2019 at Decatur Memorial Hospital. 

Susan was born September 6, 1972 in Lincoln, IL, the daughter of Donald and Carolyn (Deverman) Sanders.  She married CJ Knuffman on July 20, 1996 in Funk’s Grove, IL.    

Susan was a school teacher for Meridian Public School District.  She was a member of St. James and St. Patrick’s Parish where she served as an extra ordinary minister and a catechist.  She was heavily involved with the Boy Scouts of America and was very active with her children’s school organizations and activities.  

Surviving are her husband, CJ; children Lydia, Isabella and Cyril A. Knuffman of Decatur, IL; mother, Carolyn Sanders; brother, Jason Sanders (Alicia) of Atlanta, IL; six nieces and two nephews.   

Preceding in death are her father, Donald Sanders; son, William Joseph Walter Knuffman; and father-in-law, Cyril D. Knuffman. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 1:00 PM Friday, February 15, 2019 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.  Visitation will be held from 5 – 8 PM Thursday, February 14, 2019 with prayer service to begin at 4:30 PM at Graceland Fairlawn Funeral Home.  Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery.   

In lieu of flowers, a trust for an Education Fund for the Knuffman Children will be set up at Busey Bank. 

Condolences may be made to Susan’s family at 

Mass of Christian Burial
February 15, 2019
1:00 pm
St. Patrick Catholic Church
407 E. Eldorado Ave. Decatur, IL 62523
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February 14, 2019
5:00 pm
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Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home
2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL 62526
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Prayer Service
February 14, 2019
4:30 pm
Graceland / Fairlawn Funeral Home
2091 N. Oakland Avenue Decatur, IL 62526
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  1. With Deepest Sympathy

    Written by: Mark and Teresa Chenoweth

    We see your family at St. Patrick’s Church nearly every Sunday and are deeply saddened to learn of Susan’s passing. We will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. Prayers for Susan's family

    Written by: Mike Tarczan

    My family was saddened to hear the news of Mrs. knuffman passing. My deepest condolences go out to Susan’s family.

  3. Dedicated Teacher

    Written by: Steve Briggs

    So sorry for your loss CJ. I’ve been thinking of her and your family since I heard the terrible news. Susan was an integral part of both the sixth and seventh grade teams while she was at Meridian Middle School. She could always be depended on for providing the best education for our students at each grade level. I know that the community is shocked and saddened by her sudden death. Susan will always be remembered for her welcome smile and her excellent service during her years in the Meridian schools.

  4. She is Home in Peace

    Written by: Marvin, Stephanie, Nick, and Caden Ford

    Mrs. Knuffman was both of my boys fifth grade teacher. She was also involved in Boy Scouts and we saw her at almost every event that we went to. She was an amazing teacher, and helped my boys through some rough times at school. Mrs. Knuffman will be severely missed! My heart, my family prayers, and my boys hearts go out to you and your family during this very difficult time. May God wrap his arms around you and your loved ones ❤

  5. From your neighbors

    Written by: Dick and Jean McDonald

    Our heartfelt condolences to CJ, and family. We are so saddened by Susan’s untimely passing. All of us on Cobb Avenue and West William will miss her beautiful smiling presence at our neighborhood gatherings. Such a lovely person; such a terrible loss. We share your grief.

  6. So sad to hear the news. Your family are in our thoughts at this difficult time. -Sean, Amy, Nora and the rest of the Maxey’s

  7. A great 5th grade teacher.

    Written by: Jason olaughlin sr

    She was a great teacher , my son Jason olaughlin jr is in her class this year , when I told him today of her passing he was very sad and cried for a little while , he said he will miss her but knew she was sick and he said now she is with God and not suffering anymore . Rest in Peace. Thank you for helping teach my son .

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