Kniebbe, Twila D., Alma, Michigan


Graduate of Breckenridge High School's class of 1957, Twila Allen-LaBonville-Kniebbe left to meet her savior on March 19, 2015. Twila is survived by her husband, Ronald, and her children, Scott & Susan LaBonville of Breckenridge, Ardith & Jim Young of Hamilton, Lynn Witkowski of Saginaw, and Debbie Tijerima of Saginaw. Twila also leaves behind her grandchildren Todd and Jessica LaBonville of Shepherd, Ethan Young & Bryant Young of Hamilton, Brooke LaBonville of Lansing, Chad & Jennifer Ortiz of Breckenridge, as well as Tyron and Ranae Ortiz of Midland. Also surviving are her brothers, Willard & Janet Allen of Fenton, Robert & Linda Allen of Saginaw, and Clifford & Pamela Allen of St. Louis, along with her sister, Linda Lagalo of Gladwin. In addition, there remains several loving great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends and family members. Twila's family history within the Wheeler community is substantial, starting with Hamilton Allen, one of the original settlers and continuing to the present. Her grandparents, with whom she lived during her high school years, Safronia and Elmer Allen, lived on the family farm on Ransom Road in Wheeler most of their adult life. Twila continued residence on the family land until the fall of 2014, when she and her husband, Ron, moved to Elizabeth Street in Alma, Michigan. Here she lived happily until her passing with Ron and her cats, all the while in service to her church and community. Following her high school graduation, Twila attended Taylor University in Indiana for a year before returning to Michigan where she worked for a newspaper in St. Louis. She followed this career choice with several clerical jobs, including time at the Merrill Community Schools and the Saginaw Head Start Program, where she met her husband, Ron. Twila retired from Head Start in 1998, after eighteen years of service. During her lifetime, Twila continued to learn and grow in her faith. Many children remember having Sunday school with her at the Wheeler United Methodist Church, which consisted of more children than adults, many of whom were drawn to Twila's teachings and fellowship. Having participated in several Emmaus retreats, as well as numerous other religious opportunities, she continued to study, as well as to teach others from her own experiences within her Christian faith. Over time, she branched out and became a lay speaker for several churches in the area including her own Breckenridge United Methodist Church, as well as the Breckenridge Congregational Church. This followed her belief that faith, family and friends were the essence of life. Twila was preceded in death by several family members and friends, including her parents, Lee and Lena Allen, and her grandparents Safronia and Elmer Allen. Celebration of life services will take place on Monday, March 23, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Breckenridge United Methodist Church. Interment will be attended by the family at Ridgelawn Cemetery, Breckenridge. Visitation will be held Saturday from 4-8 p.m. and Sunday from 12-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Lux and Whiting Funeral Chapel, Breckenridge. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Breckenridge United Methodist Church, Wheeler Free Methodist, Lincoln Road United Methodist Church, Bebee United Methodist church or Breckenridge Congregational Church . To leave a condolence for the family, visit www.luxfuneralhomes.com.