She was born March 26, 1928, in Hannibal, Missouri the daughter of Frank H. Finck, Sr. and Marguerite Silva Hopkins Finck.
She was united in marriage to William (Bill) Knoche, Sr. on March 1, 1948 in the Lutheran Parsonage in Palmyra, MO. He preceded her in death November 16, 2007. Clara was a member of the Lewistown Baptist Church.
Clara spent most of her life with her husband farming in the Steffenville and LaBelle area. She was an amazing cook and candy maker. Above all, she loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She had a joy for life, loved playing cards; and going to the boat!
She is survived by her six children; Four sons, William (Bill) Knoche, Jr. (Betty) and Samuel Knoche (Mary) of Ewing, MO, John Knoche (Susan) of LaGrange, MO and Dale Knoche (Cindy) of Defiance, MO; Two daughters, Debbie Manyx (Russell Goodhart) of Knox City, MO and Tammy Knoche of LaBelle, MO.
She is also survived by thirteen grandchildren. Brian Manyx (Amy) of Kirksville, MO, Jeremy Knoche (Penny) of Russellville, MO, Andrea (Ian) Gunkler, of Lexington, KY and Trey Knoche of Korea, Megan (Adam) Wardlow of Quincy, IL, Evan Knoche of LaGrange, MO, Ashlan Knoche of Kansas City, MO and Luke Knoche of Kirksville, MO and Taylor Knoche of Defiance, MO, Angela Wilson-Johnsen of Kelseyville, CA, Meridith (Brian) Reed and Cody Wilson of Palmyra, MO and Heather Roman of Seattle, WA.
She enjoyed her twelve great grandchildren. Kierra and Tristan Manyx, Jillian, Evan, Ava and Nicholas Johnsen, Alexandria, Brianna and Dylon Reed, Caleb and Ava Jo Knoche and Penn Wardlow.
Also surviving is one sister, Janice Echternkamp of Edina, MO, two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Finck of Markham, IL and Sue Johnson of Canton, MO and numerous nieces and nephews.
Her parents, her sisters, Dorothy Pflum and Ruth Smith, a brother Frank Finck, Jr. and an infant child, preceded her in death.
Services were at Lewistown Baptist Church at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 11, 2014 with Rev. Ted Middleton officiating. Burial was in Steffenville Cemetery. Casket Bearers were her grandsons and honorary bearers were her granddaughters.
Memorials may be made to the Lewistown Baptist Church. Memorials may be left at or mailed to Coder Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 151, LaBelle, MO 63447.