Cumberland Times-News


November 25, 2012


CUMBERLAND — Jo Ellen (Raupach) Knetzer, 65, of Cumberland, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center.

Born Sept. 21, 1947, in Cumberland, she was the daughter of the late John W. Raupach and Twila (Jankey) Raupach. She was also preceded in death by a brother, John W. Raupach Jr.

Mrs. Knetzer served as a medic in the U.S. Army.

Jo Ellen retired from the Golden Living Center, where she had been a nursing assistant. She belonged to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

Survivors include her son,  John Knetzer, of Cumberland; her daughter, Maria Ranker and husband Royce, of Buffalo Mills, Pa.; two sisters, Barbara Wigginton and husband James, of College Park and Patricia Allison, of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and two grandchildren, Christopher Ranker and Liala Ranker, both of Buffalo Mills.

Friends will be received at the Upchurch Funeral Home, P.A., 202 Greene Street, Cumberland, on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Marsha Garrett officiating.

The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to Dr. Naeem and staff, along with the physicians and nurses at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, for the care they provided to Mrs. Knetzer.

Condolences to the family may be posted after Mrs. Knetzer’s obituary at

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