Kristin Lynn Knebel, 39, of Iowa City, died Friday, July 13, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. A Celebration of Life Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Iowa City. Visitation will be
held from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Lensing Funeral Service in Iowa City. Following
the luncheon, burial will be at St. Stanislaus Cemetery in rural Hills, Iowa.
Kristin was born Dec. 13, 1978, at Mercy Iowa City. She was the daughter of James and Patricia Knebel. Kristin was a trail blazer of many special education programs in the Iowa City school district. She began her education at age 2 at Mark Twain Elementary. During her early years at Mark Twain, Kristin and her parents advocated for extended year-round special education programming. Their desires were fully realized when Kristen reached 19 years old. After Mark Twain, she attended NW Junior High School. She enjoyed integrated classes in art and nutrition and food classes. She attended West High and graduated in 2000. During her time there, she especially enjoyed and participated in drama productions. She was a member of the marching band. Her favorite classes were nutrition and art. At the age of 19, Kristin moved into her own apartment supervised by Reach for Your Potential. She had numerous roommates over the years, many of which became good friends. Kristin lived a very full and busy life.
After high school, Kristin attended and worked at Rural Employment Alternatives in Conroy for a number of years. Most recently, she spent her days at Employment Systems in Iowa City. She always enjoyed a good birthday party and family gatherings. She loved swimming and music, especially when the volume was turned to high. U of I Marching Band concerts and country music were some of her favorites. She particularly enjoyed anything sung by Dolly Parton. Biking, dancing, horseback riding and traveling were some of her favorite pastimes. She traveled to Disney World, Boston, Niagara Falls, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Kansas City, Omaha, Minneapolis, Adventureland, Milwaukee, Peoria, Chicago and St. Louis, to name a few. Many of these trips were with Reach for Your Potential and Camp Courageous, where she also enjoyed their summer camps for many years.
Kristin created a special bond with almost everyone she met. If you ever received a hand massage from her, you experienced her love.
She was preceded in death by her father, James Knebel; her grandparents; and her uncle, Rick Knebel.
She is survived by her mother, Pat; and stepfather, Ben Halupnik; her brother, Tom (Lisa) Knebel; her nephews and niece, Alex, McKenzie and Micah; her step- brothers, Dirk (Katherine) Halupnik, Mark (Jenny) Halupnik and Jimmy Halupnik; along with many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Her family wishes to acknowledge and thank all the care providers and professionals who have taken on the task of helping provide for Kristin's every day living.
Instead of flowers and plants, the family requests memorials be made to Reach For Your Potential, Employment Systems, and Camp Courageous.