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Joseph W. Kniola

July 02, 2005 - January 03, 2022

Joseph W. Kniola

July 02, 2005 - January 03, 2022


Obituary For Joseph W. Kniola

Age 16, of Whitehall, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, January 3, 2022.

Beloved son of Scott and Bridget (Schuknecht) Kniola; loving brother of Olivia R. Kniola; cherished grandson of Dean and Judith Kniola and Robert and Phyllis "Penny" Buhler; nephew of Brian Schuknecht and the late Todd (survived by Maggie) Kniola; cousin of Sam and Max Kniola. Also survived by numerous great-aunts, great-uncles, cousins and many loving friends. Joseph was a dedicated Scout and passionate musician. He held his heart open to everyone as a devoted friend. He was always kind and willing to help anyone who needed him. Joseph was generous with his time, early to practice, stayed late and possessed a genuine soul. Friends will be received at the John F. Slater Funeral Home, Inc., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood 15227 on Saturday, January 8, 2022 from 6-8 p.m. and Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral prayer on Monday morning at 9:00. Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of Hope Parish, St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin Church at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions to the Baldwin Highlander Music Patrons, P.O. Box 98053, Pittsburgh PA 15227.

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  • 01/12/2022

    I thank you so much for sharing Joseph with me ...and our Saint Gabriel Family. His contagious smile and infectious laugh--along with his sweet face-- the first time he came in wearing his glasses!! Will always be one of my favorites! Sending hugs and prayers to Olivia, and Mr. Mrs. Kniola! With Love, Mrs. Bekavac

  • 01/10/2022

    Joe was in my Kindergarten class at St. Gabriel School when the family came back from Japan. Our class had such fun learning about the Japanese customs with Joe and his mom. I will forever remember him as that smiling little boy. Sue Zietak

  • 01/09/2022

    It is said by many that no words can take away the pain of losing a beloved son at this pivotal age, yet we witnessed an endless line of people trying to convey to Scott and Bridget what joy had Joey brought to all of us who had the pleasure of spending time with him. We share in your pain; his memory lives in our hearts. God bless him in heaven.

  • 01/09/2022

    Lt Col Kniola and family There aren't any words to express to you to take away the sorrow. I can only pray that God comforts you during this time. Our deepest condolences. Dawn Serakowski and family

  • 01/09/2022

    To the family: may God comfort you in your time of grief. Only He knows and can soothe your pain. Hold tight to His hand. You and your family, and John's friends and extended family are in our thoughts and prayers. Angela Roman Clack

  • 01/08/2022

    Dear Bridget & Family: I'm deeply sorry for your loss. Whenever you would share about Joey I could see and feel your love for him in your eyes. No words can be said to ease your pain and sorrow. May the Lord hold you up. Sue Dixon

  • 01/07/2022

    To the Kniola family, I send my condolences. I knew Joey and had him in my class (and Olivia as well). He was a good kid and will be missed. I am truly sorry for your loss.

  • 01/06/2022

    Dear Bridget & Family: Words cannot convey my sympathy for all of you on the loss of your dear Joe. Please know that all of us at Pathfinder School are holding all of you close to our hearts and sending numerous prayers. ~Meghan

  • 01/05/2022

    Joe was my favorite front ensemble member he's the reason that I joined indoor and he always made everyone happy and made them laugh I will always remember him rest easy Joe

  • 01/05/2022

    I will always picture the lakeside hammock villages the boys built at Heritage every summer. Joey was centered in that friend-filled fellowship all of our sons will treasure forever. He will live in their hearts.

  • 01/04/2022

    I'm so sorry to hear this news. Joe was a good role model for the other scouts, and a great guy all around. Love and prayers to the family.

  • 01/04/2022

    Will always remember the camping trips and Joe's dedication to Boy Scouts and his leadership in the troop, especially to the younger ones. He had a positive influence on so many and will be sorely missed. RIP Joey.