Caroline F. Kneavel, 101, owned confectionery store

March 27, 2003

Caroline F. Kneavel, who for many years operated a Waverly confectionery store with her husband, died of respiratory failure Sunday at Ruxton Health Care Center in Denton. She was 101.

Caroline Noha was born in Baltimore and raised on North Montford Avenue. She attended city public schools and worked briefly as a cigar roller before marrying Thomas C. Kneavel, a photoengraver, in 1921.

In 1944, the couple purchased the School Store on East 35th Street, a confectionery they operated until 1963 when they sold it and moved to Grasonville.

"They sold lunchmeat, groceries, Delvale ice cream, snack foods, cigars and cigarettes," said a daughter, Ruth N. Kovatch of Easton. "We were known for our apples on a stick, which I helped my mother make. They were made daily and covered with a red syrup."

After her husband's death in 1978, Mrs. Kneavel moved to Easton, where she lived until moving to Wesleyan Nursing Center, now Ruxton Health Care, in Denton in 1988.

Mrs. Kovatch said her mother did not ascribe her longevity to following any particular regimen. "She didn't exercise, drink or smoke, and ate anything she wanted," she said.

Mrs. Kneavel was a former communicant of St. Bernard and St. Wenceslaus Roman Catholic churches.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. today at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church in Queenstown.

Mrs. Kneavel also is survived by a son, Thomas C. Kneavel Jr. of Hockessin, Del.; another daughter, Naomi R. Kuchta of Tucson, Ariz.; and five grandchildren.

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