Phyllis H. Kneip, 92, sales associate at Towson Hutzler's

September 12, 2006

Phyllis H. Kneip, a homemaker and retired department store sales associate, died of pneumonia Wednesday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Towson resident was 92.

Born Phyllis Horsey in Baltimore and raised on West Lanvale Street, she was a 1931 graduate of Western High School.

She was an executive secretary at Crown Cork & Seal's Highlandtown plant until 1941, when she met and married Walter F. Kneip Jr., a sales manager there. He died in 2003.

After raising their children, Mrs. Kneip worked in sales in the art needlework and lamp departments at Hutzler's Towson store from 1965 until its closing in 1990.

Mrs. Kneip did oil paintings and displayed her work at the Pickersgill Retirement Community, where she lived from 2000 until her death.

She had been a Girl Scout leader years ago with a Rodgers Forge troop and played golf at Hillendale County Club. She was a member of the Mount Washington and Johns Hopkins clubs.

Services were Saturday.

Survivors include two sons, Walter F. Kneip III and Philip Kneip, both of Ruxton; a daughter, Mary K. Tyrrell of Virginia Beach, Va.; a sister, Adelaide McGuire of Fullerton; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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