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“I had the wonderful pleasure of meeting Winifred while working as a server at Benchmark. She was the sweetest lady I have ever met. I would always...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Lily Meade - Waltham, MA

“Being a blind member of the First Congregational Church (Trinity) Winifred would always come over at the coffee hour, following church, and sit and...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: MaryAnn Lareau - waltham, MA

“I've been at The First Congregational Church since I was born and Winifred was there when I was baptized. She was a pillar of the church and was a...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: priscilla thayer - waltham, MA

“Winifred lived a long and wonderful life.She enjoyed her life to the fullest and was just amazing.Not only did she live to reach 101, she enjoyed all...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Maureen and Theodore Bonica

“I have known Winfred for 45 years as a member of the League of Women Voters, a neighbor and friend.She loved going out anywhere. She was adventurous...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Catherine Murphy - Waltham, MA

“I have known Winifred nearly 45 years. I first met her at the League of Women Voters meetings. She was also a neighbor.Winifred was always agreeable...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Catherine Murphy - Waltham, MA

“I have fond memories of Winifred at Piety Corner, and visiting with my mother. What ever was happening MetHD Live or Ladies Night at the club there...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Mary Kerr - Waltham, MA

“Winifred was a Life Member of the League of Women Voters and served as our Auditor until the past 2 years. We knew our records were in good hands...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Joan Garniss - Waltham, MA

“My condolences to the Kneisel family. Winnie was a sweet and thoughtful lady. Her knowledge of Waltham and it's history was an inspiration to all of...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Mary Selig - Waltham, MA - Friend

“Only knew this lady through her son Fred.. I was so amazed at the health and vitality of this woman who is a legend in our little community. Fred...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Sylvia Alston - Littleton, NC

“So fortunate to have known this amazing lady.My husband Joe and I extend our thoughts and prayers to all her family and many friends. ”
11 of 14 | Posted by: Carol difranco - Waltham, MA

“Winifred was the SWEETEST person I have ever known. She will be in my heart forever! ”
12 of 14 | Posted by: Bonnie Hyland - Lexington, MA

“Shall always remember my Cub Scout Den Mother back to the early 1950'sat Pack 74 at the Christ Church in Waltham. Classmate of Fred WHS '64all the...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Thomas Casey Sr. - Billerica, MA

“I will always remember Mrs. Kneisel with admiration and respect. I have not seen her in many years but I always looked up to her. ”
14 of 14 | Posted by: Mariellen O'Dowd Lashoones - SC


Waltham – July 25th, 1915 was a Sunday and sunny and warm in Waltham. The Saint Louis Browns beat the Boston Red Sox 9 to 8, Woodrow Wilson was in the middle of his first term as president and Winifred Whittemore was born at home in Waltham. She lived there for the next fifteen presidents.

Winifred was a daughter of the late Harvey and Helen (Hardison) Whittemore and when she was eleven years old the city decided to name a school after her grandfather, Henry, who'd been Waltham's Superintendent of Schools in the late 1800's . . . safe to say that the family planted deep roots in the community and Winifred kept them watered with her lifetime commitment to the Waltham Historical Society.

She graduated from Waltham High School in 1933 and earned her bachelor's degree from Simmons College in Boston four years later. After college she worked as a teacher and in 1942 married Frederick T. Kneisel, an accountant. Widowed at fifty-three Winifred took up her husband's practice and worked until retiring . . . when she was 97.

Described by a dear friend, "Her mind was clear as crystal, her wit contagious, her optimism an inspiration, and her self-reliance admirable." In addition to the historical society, Winifred was a lifelong member of First Congregational Church of Waltham, the Piety Corner Club and was a member of Waltham's 1976 Bicentennial Committee.

Winifred Whittemore Kneisel died on Thursday, December 22, 2016 at Waltham Crossings following a brief period of declining health. She was 101.

She leaves her children, Fred W. Kneisel and his wife, Marcia, of Littleton, North Carolina and Helen M. Harrison of Inverness, Florida; her sister, Louise Pickett of Tampa, Florida; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Family and friends will honor and remember Winifred's life by gathering for her Memorial Service at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, December 27th in Trinity Church, 730 Main Street, Waltham.

Memorial donations may be made to the Waltham Historical Society, c/o Francis Cabot Lowell Mill, 190 Moody Street, Waltham, MA 02453
www.walthamhistoricalsociety.org .