Paula Knapek, of Antigo, died Tuesday, November 17, 2020, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. She was 67 years old. She was born on September 13, 1953, in Chicago, IL a daughter of Frank and Donna (Weisshahn) Knapek.
She graduated from Crystal Lake Community High School, class of 1971.
Paula was employed at the State Farm Insurance office in Crystal Lake for 9 years. She also worked at Power Conversion Products as a manager. In 1996 she moved to Antigo and was a certified nurses assistant at Eastview Medical and Rehabilitation Center for 20 years.
She enjoyed reading, gardening, meeting with her friends from Eastview and spending time with her nieces and nephews.
Survivors include three sisters, Diana (James) Murphy of Huntley, IL, Nancy (Lawrence) Levin of Mount Prospect, IL and Janet (Robert) Krivoshein of Deerbrook; a brother, Bruce (Kim) Knapek of Belvidere, IL; brother-in-law, Mark Behrens of Independence, MO; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Susan Behrens and her brother in infancy, Peter Knapek.
A private service will be held. Burial will take place at Elmwood Cemetery.
Memorials in Paula's name may be directed to the Volm Cancer Center, 501 Aurora Street, Antigo WI 54409.
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Paula was such a compassionate and devoted friend and coworker. She always had something good to say and genuinely cared for so many and had such a loving heart towards all. I will always remember her warm smile. She also took care of my stepfather many years ago at the nursing home and he always seemed to be willing to do more when she was working because of her positive and encouraging mannerisms. She was definitely one of the GOOD ONES!!! She will be missed by all who knew her. My deepest sympathies!! Paula Lightfoot
My thoughts and prayers to Paula's family.
Kathy Pohle (Smith)
I'm so sorry to hear about Paula. We shared many fun times together with our small group of closeknit classmates at Immanuel and later at CLCHS. I still think about Paula when I drive past the family's home on Caroline Street. Sending prayers and my condolences to Paula's family.
My sympathy to Paula's family. We had many great times and memories growing up and going to school together!
Again, my sympathy.
Carol (Bohl) Otto
So many awesome memories of Paula. Knew her since the late 60’s. We were confirmed together, graduated together and spent many week-ends out and about with other friends. Many adventures were brought back to “life” when we spoke late October, so many laughs. One of kindest and funniest people I’ve ever known and she’ll be greatly missed. Sending prayers to the whole Knapek family from the Texas Gulf Coast. Your sister will never be forgotten. Debby Kittredge
Paula was a very special friend. I always enjoyed talking a visiting with her. She always had a smile and a special laugh. I will miss her. She certainly made a lasting impression on every one she meet.
2017 family reunion
Paula you'll be missed! Condolences and hugs to Diana, Nancy, Bruce, Janet and families.
Paula could always make me smile and we shared many giggles at work. She had the warmest heart and I'm a better person for knowing her
Heaven gained another angel! May all the wonderful memories provide her family with comfort! Paula will be missed! Sending hugs Tim and Nancy
Paula will always have a special place in my heart. She always had a way of making people smile.
My condolences. I so enjoyed her. Wanda Hose
Prayers during this sad time! We enjoyed taking care of Paula.s automotive needs,and will miss her bright smile! God Bless you all during this sad time!
So sorry, always had a smile and kind words. She will be missed by many. Prayers to the family.
Paula was one of the sweetest caregivers I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Thoughts and prayers to her family.
Paula always wore a Smile and was so sweet. She will be missed by many.
Thoughts and prayers to All of the Family.