MARQUETTE, MI - Thomas L. Knauss, 82, of Marquette, passed away peacefully at his home, Sunday morning, October 7, 2012.
Tom was born on March 13, 1930 in Duluth, Minnesota, a son of the late Benjamin and Hazel (Erickson) Knauss. He was a 1948 graduate of Graveraet High School.
He also graduated from Northern Michigan University and received a PhD in Mathematics Education from the University of Michigan in 1975. Tom proudly served his country with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict.
Thomas L. Knauss
After his graduation from NMU, he taught in the Escanaba and Marquette Public Schools systems before becoming a faculty member at NMU in 1959. During his tenure at NMU, Tom served on various academic committees including the Athletic Council, which he chaired for many years.
He was a member of the Golden Wildcat Club as well as the Michigan and National Councils of Teachers of Mathematics. He received the NMU Distinguished Alumni Award and was inducted into the NMU Sports Hall of Fame.
A member of First Presbyterian Church, Tom sang in the church choir for 50 years, was an Elder of the church and was a long time member and former chair of the Building and Grounds Committee.
Tom was known to serve the Marquette community in many capacities, including serving as co-chair of the Marquette Sesquicentennial Committee, served and chaired the City of Marquette Harbor Committee and worked on the development of the Presque Isle and Cinder Pond Marinas. He also chaired the Presque Isle Pavilion Building Committee as well as the Veterans Memorial Mall at Harlow Park.
Tom was a founding member of the Marquette Yacht Club and a long time member of American Legion Post #44. In his free time he enjoyed boating, going to his camp on Lake Independence and fishing on his boat, Osprey.
More than anything however, Tom enjoyed spending time with his family and working on projects with his clip board, pencil and pipe.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, the former Mary Goodney who he married on August 1, 1953 at Wesley United Methodist Church in Ishpeming; two children, Kristin Garceau and her friend, Steve Dalgleish and Eric (Angie) Knauss, both of Marquette; two grandchildren, Sarah Garceau and Jacob Knauss; a brother, John "Jack" (Jane) Knauss of Vero Beach, FL; also several nieces, nephews and two cousins. Preceding him in death besides his parents were two infant children, Gretchen and John Knauss; also three grandsons, Andy, Jesse and Benjamin Knauss.
Friends may call at the Canale-Tonella Funeral Home on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. and on Friday from 11 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 12 Noon at First Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Nicholas Cammarata will preside and burial will follow at the Park Cemetery. Tom's family members will act as his escorts.
Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy are kindly asked to consider Presbytery Point Camp c/o First Presbyterian Church, 120 N. Front St., Marquette, MI 49855 or the NMU Development Fund, 1401 Presque Isle Ave., Marquette, MI 49855 in Dr. Knauss' memory.
The Canale-Tonella Funeral Home is assisting the family where memories may be shared at www.canalefuneral.com