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Obituary - Herold Knodel

Herold Knodel

1924 - 2022

Cook Southland Funeral Chapel - Knodel(2022)

It is with sadness that the family of Herold Knodel announce his passing at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital on Thursday, November 17, 2022, at the age of 98 years. Herold was predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Violet; parents, August and Karoline Knodel; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Alice and Barnabus Blackburn; two brothers, Herbert and Milbert; four sisters, Martha, Meta, Ida and Hertha; five sisters-in-law; eight brothers-in-law as well as two nieces and five nephews. He is survived by a number of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews. Herold was born at Schuler, Alberta and attended a rural school called Livona. He was forced to leave school in his early teens because of severe bouts of rheumatic fever. In 1947, Herold married his long-time sweetheart, Violet Blackburn and together they settled in Brooks. It was there that Herold became involved in the construction trade and completed a five year apprenticeship program with Jacobson Construction. Shortly thereafter, Herold and Violet moved to Medicine Hat and built their home. Herold then went back to work with Johnson Construction; a temporary position which ended up lasting 20 years. After Johnson Construction was sold, Herold struck out on his own and started a construction and renovation business which was very successful, keeping him busy for the next 15 years until his retirement. Herold and Violet loved to travel, camp, fish, golf and square and round dance, which they did for 40 years. A Memorial Celebration of Herold’s life will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 - 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Friday, April 21, 2023, at 10 a.m. with Pastor Murray Jaster officiating. A time of fellowship will follow in the Cook Southland Reception Facility. Herold’s celebration will be live streamed. Those who cannot attend but wish to experience his service may visit and select the View Broadcast button on the home page at service time. If friends so desire, donations in remembrance of Herold may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

April 21, 2023


  1. Mike Nikiel:
    Nov 23, 2022 at 08:02 PM

    Herold, was a great teacher. I learned a lot while I worked for him. A very patient man. Lana and I remember the camping trip that Herold and Vi took to see us while in Fox Creek. That inspired us to get into camping. So many other memories.

  2. Cathy Sutter:
    Nov 24, 2022 at 01:13 PM

    What a wonderful GENTLEMAN, Herald was and lived a long life after losing his precious wife, Violet 💕.
    The Knodel’s were dear friends of my ‘surrogate’ parents, Emil and Jo Schlenker and were included in many celebrations over the years. Herold attended a pool side Anniversary for the Schlenker’s I held back in 2013 (?) and I received a hand written Thank You card in the mail from Herold 🙏. I was so touched and proof of the proper gentleman he was…still have that card as meant a lot to me😊.
    Heaven has received a true Angel on earth and may fond memories warm the hearts of those that mourn him.
    In loving sympathy,
    Cathy Sutter

  3. Donna Schneider:
    Nov 24, 2022 at 01:51 PM

    My Mother, Frances Morley lived in the Wellington for 12 years and spoke so fondly of Harold as they worked together on many projects for the residents of the Wellington. Mom had to leave the Wellington and move to Good Sams for 3 three years before her passing in 2020. He would just call to check up on her and even came to visit her a couple of times. Mom used to say, " Harold is such a kind, gentle man."
    I extend my deepest sympathies to Harold's family.

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