Mary Jo Knipe March 20, 1943 - November 9, 2014 Mary Joan "Mary Jo" Knipe died on November 9, 2014, in Torrance, California. She was 71. Mary Jo was born in Columbus, Ohio, on March 20, 1943, to William and Marguerite Creedon. She was the youngest of five children – her siblings are William, Theresa, Beata and Terrence. She attended Sacred Heart High School, started classes at Ohio State University and considered joining a convent in upstate New York. On a visit there, a brochure recruiting young women to become hostesses for the airline she traveled on caught her eye. She started her career as a flight attendant for Trans World Airlines in 1963, in Chicago. It was a career that would span 40 years and take her around the world. Her career with TWA led her from Chicago to Los Angeles - a cross-country trip she made by herself in her 1964 Chevrolet Nova. While she was washing her Nova one day in front of her apartment in Redondo Beach, she met a young Navy lawyer who was also from Ohio - Gil Knipe. They were married in 1968, and exemplified real, true love during their 46 years of marriage. She was a devout Catholic and found joy in her faith. Mary Jo admired St. Francis of Assisi, who said "Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that have received--only what you have given." She gave so much to so very many – her family, her friends, her coworkers, her acquaintances, even to people she didn't know. Her very existence was a gift – to anyone lucky enough to have known or met her, or felt her influence in others. She lived by example and her legacy is her life of love, devotion and generosity. She is survived by her sister Beata; brother Terrence; her wonderful husband of 46 years, Gil; four children - Marguerite, Helen, Mary and James; and four granddaughters - Magdalena, Gabriella, Vivienne and Annelise. Memorial service and reception will be held Saturday, January 17, 2015, at 10 a.m. at St. Lawrence Martyr, 1900 S. Prospect Avenue, Redondo Beach.

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  1. My Aunt Mary Jo was a rare treasure. She referred to her
    husband, my Mother€™s brother, as €œMr. Wonderful,€ and spoke to the rest of us in much the same vein. Though she had the same unerring eye for nonsense that the rest of the family is graced with, she chose to see others through the lens of compassion and kindness, (though she
    sometimes inclined to a touch of Irish wit when it could be done with kindness).

    She married into a family of smart, witty, but sometimes sharp women, and patient, thoughtful but sometimes world-weary men. In the face
    of their eye-rolling skepticism, her consistent love and earnest efforts taught my aunts and my mother that the power of sincerity is greater than sarcasm; that an honest but harsh judgment is often best withheld; and that flattery and kindness are never wasted. It took many years for the profundity of her wisdom to become apparent to the extended
    family that was blessed with her consistent love.

    Personally, I will spend the rest of my life appreciating and loving her. Michelle

  2. Gil,
    I was so sorry to hear of your great loss. I hope you take comfort in the great family that you and MaryJo shaped and in your faith.
    Jeanne Laurie

  3. Gil,

    I just heard of Mary Jo’s death from Shain a few days ago. Although I did not know her, I remember you fondly talking about her at the PALJ meetings or when I worked for you as a visiting judge. My condolences to you and you family.

    Your fellow retired PALJ Harold Rucker

  4. I went to school with MaryJo, we were best friends in High School, she was my maid of honor in my wedding. A few of our classmates from 54 yrs ago have been trying to locate the girls we went to school with, we tried to find Mary Jo, I knew she was in California and it came up that she passed away in NOV. 2014, I was shocked to find this out. Mary Jo was really special, she would do anything she could for you. I know so many will miss her. May God comfort you and your family.

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