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Jesse Earl Kneisley

March 29, 1938 – July 17, 2021


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Jesse E. Kneisley of Gilbert, AZ, 83, died Saturday, July 17, 2021.  In hospice for over one year-prior to his death, Jesse died peacefully in his sleep.

He leaves his daughter, Beth Ann Hatkevich and husband Steve; son Joel and wife Lauren; son Tony and wife Gina; brother David and wife Nancy; grandson Jorin; granddaughters Ashlee, Emily, and Brooklyn; along with many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife and the love of his life for over 50 years, Carla DeFalco; parents Glenn and Helen (Utter); brother Daniel; and nieces Caryn Thomas and Tammy DeFalco.

Born in Ohio, Jesse graduated from Waite High School.  After graduation he worked for a meat packing plant and later became a restaurant and saloon owner. He was a long-time member of the Maumee Elks Lodge and the Turtles Club.  He enjoyed family gatherings, left-right-center, euchre, and Westerns, especially those starring “The Duke”.

A Memorial Mass for both Jesse and Carla will be held on Friday, August 6, 2021 at 10:30 A.M., Saint Rose Catholic Church, 215 East Front Street, Perrysburg, OH 43551.

A graveside service for Jesse will be held on Friday, October 8, 2021 at 2:00 P.M., Mountain View Funeral Home & Cemetery 7900 E. Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85207.

Memorial contributions may be made to Glecy Infinity Care Assisted Living, 976 W Citrus Way, Chandler, AZ 85248 or to White Rose Hospice at www.whiterosehospice.com in his name.

The family would like to give a special thanks to all his caretakers at Glecy Infinity Care Assisted Living and White Rose Hospice, especially Heather.

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  1. Heather says:

    Thank you for allowing me to know Jesse. It was my honor to care for him. He made me smile and I loved holding his hand. My deepest condolences to the Kneisley family. You are truly kind and loving.

  2. John says:

    Tony, Beth and the Kneisley family: my deepest condolences. Such a wonderful loving and kind family!!! Pleasure to care for him. He had a great sense of humor:) May God comfort you during this time of loss.

  3. Karen Donnelly says:

    So sorry Bethanne, Joel and Tony! Your dad was like my second dad and your family always accepted me as part of your family! I know you have so many wonderful and fun memories of him to cherish. Love and prayers to you and the rest of the family. Love you all

  4. Kris Flickinger says:

    Bethann I know this is hard no matter the age or length of illness. I will be praying for you and your family. Kris

  5. Glecy says:

    My deepest condolences to the Kneisley family, such an amazing and kind family you guys are always there for him. Thank you for allowing us to care for your dad, He is such a wonderful man with great sense of humor always made us laugh. He is like our family, we miss you Jess rest in peace.

  6. Carol Cervenec says:

    Bethann,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your father. I am sure that you have wonderful memories of him that you will always cherish. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sending you hugs as well.
    Carol Cervenec
    🙏🙏🙏

  7. Kathy Manrow says:

    Prayers and condolences for you and your family. It is always painful to have “Dad” leave our side.. Treasure the memories he gave you.

  8. Kristi Houlberg says:

    I’m so very sorry for your loss, hopefully there is a big Euchre tournament in heaven with a seat for Jesse. Big hugs to the entire family.

  9. marie says:

    Jesse you will be missed! Thank you for letting me take care of you as one of your hospice nurses.
    To Beth, Tony and the entire family, my
    deepest condolences!

    Marie

  10. Cheryl Kneisley says:

    Beth Ann, Joel, Tony and Families,
    I’m so very very sorry for the loss of your Dad. I know he was so very proud of you all. Love To You All, Aunt Cheri Kneisley

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Jesse Earl Kneisley

March 29, 1938 – July 17, 2021


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Jesse E. Kneisley of Gilbert, AZ, 83, died Saturday, July 17, 2021.  In hospice for over one year-prior to his death, Jesse died peacefully in his sleep.

He leaves his daughter, Beth Ann Hatkevich and husband Steve; son Joel and wife Lauren; son Tony and wife Gina; brother David and wife Nancy; grandson Jorin; granddaughters Ashlee, Emily, and Brooklyn; along with many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife and the love of his life for over 50 years, Carla DeFalco; parents Glenn and Helen (Utter); brother Daniel; and nieces Caryn Thomas and Tammy DeFalco.

Born in Ohio, Jesse graduated from Waite High School.  After graduation he worked for a meat packing plant and later became a restaurant and saloon owner. He was a long-time member of the Maumee Elks Lodge and the Turtles Club.  He enjoyed family gatherings, left-right-center, euchre, and Westerns, especially those starring “The Duke”.

A Memorial Mass for both Jesse and Carla will be held on Friday, August 6, 2021 at 10:30 A.M., Saint Rose Catholic Church, 215 East Front Street, Perrysburg, OH 43551.

A graveside service for Jesse will be held on Friday, October 8, 2021 at 2:00 P.M., Mountain View Funeral Home & Cemetery 7900 E. Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85207.

Memorial contributions may be made to Glecy Infinity Care Assisted Living, 976 W Citrus Way, Chandler, AZ 85248 or to White Rose Hospice at www.whiterosehospice.com in his name.

The family would like to give a special thanks to all his caretakers at Glecy Infinity Care Assisted Living and White Rose Hospice, especially Heather.

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10 responses to “Jesse Earl Kneisley”

  1. Heather says:

    Thank you for allowing me to know Jesse. It was my honor to care for him. He made me smile and I loved holding his hand. My deepest condolences to the Kneisley family. You are truly kind and loving.

  2. John says:

    Tony, Beth and the Kneisley family: my deepest condolences. Such a wonderful loving and kind family!!! Pleasure to care for him. He had a great sense of humor:) May God comfort you during this time of loss.

  3. Karen Donnelly says:

    So sorry Bethanne, Joel and Tony! Your dad was like my second dad and your family always accepted me as part of your family! I know you have so many wonderful and fun memories of him to cherish. Love and prayers to you and the rest of the family. Love you all

  4. Kris Flickinger says:

    Bethann I know this is hard no matter the age or length of illness. I will be praying for you and your family. Kris

  5. Glecy says:

    My deepest condolences to the Kneisley family, such an amazing and kind family you guys are always there for him. Thank you for allowing us to care for your dad, He is such a wonderful man with great sense of humor always made us laugh. He is like our family, we miss you Jess rest in peace.

  6. Carol Cervenec says:

    Bethann,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your father. I am sure that you have wonderful memories of him that you will always cherish. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sending you hugs as well.
    Carol Cervenec
    🙏🙏🙏

  7. Kathy Manrow says:

    Prayers and condolences for you and your family. It is always painful to have “Dad” leave our side.. Treasure the memories he gave you.

  8. Kristi Houlberg says:

    I’m so very sorry for your loss, hopefully there is a big Euchre tournament in heaven with a seat for Jesse. Big hugs to the entire family.

  9. marie says:

    Jesse you will be missed! Thank you for letting me take care of you as one of your hospice nurses.
    To Beth, Tony and the entire family, my
    deepest condolences!

    Marie

  10. Cheryl Kneisley says:

    Beth Ann, Joel, Tony and Families,
    I’m so very very sorry for the loss of your Dad. I know he was so very proud of you all. Love To You All, Aunt Cheri Kneisley

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