Roma Rae Knape, 77, died at a local care home April 13. A celebration of life will begin at Zion Lutheran Church Wednesday at 2 p.m. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Knape was born Dec. 12, 1929, to Charles and Ethyl (Smith) Lammers.

She married Fred Knape, who has preceded her in death, on June 21, 1947. They moved to the Grande Ronde Valley after their marriage where they farmed and raised a family of five children.

She was a devoted wife and mother and a long-time member of the Zion Lutheran Church.

She really loved NASCAR racing and doing word puzzles.

Mrs. Knape is survived by her children and their spouses Charles and Susan Knape, Freda and Larry Simmons, Larry and Lindy Knape, Bonnie and Rayshaun Smith, and Rose and Pat Farmer; sixteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, 902 Fourth Street, La Grande 97850

The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending April 21, 2007 Published: April 21, 2007