Obituary- Ronald Alan "Ronnie" Knopp
A Celebration of Life will take place June 3 for Ronald Alan “Ronnie” Knopp, who died April 26, 2001, at Gardnerville, Nev., of undetermined causes. He was 14.
Ronnie was born Jan. 12, 1987, at Oswego, N.Y. In 1992 he moved from Colorado to South Lake Tahoe, where he had attended South Tahoe Middle School. He relocated to Gardnerville in February 2001. He enjoyed skate boarding, Nintendo and computer games and really enjoyed hiking and fishing. He liked camping out in the backyard and watching the stars. He was thoughtful and loving and enjoyed making people laugh – the more hysterically the better. He was definitely a class clown. He will be missed terribly by all who knew him, especially his smiling face, his laugh and his thoughtfulness and kindness.
Survivors include his mother Lenore Knopp, sisters Mistee Knopp and Jennifer Adams, sister and brother-in-law GeriAnn and Mike Salewsky, niece, Tara Salewsky and nephew, Michael Salewsky, all of Sacramento; aunt and uncle, Cori and Danny Jones and cousins, Denisha Jones, Miranda Jones and Daniel Jones, all of South Lake Tahoe; aunt and uncle, Randi and Scott Shepherd and cousins, Stacia Rae Shepherd and Raymond Shepherd, all of Lathrop, Calif.; aunt and uncle Marlane and Raymond Puzio and cousins, Gabrielle Puzio and Erik Puzio, all of Orange, Calif; and great-uncle and great-aunt, Robert and Mary Edland, of San Jose, Calif. He was predeceased by his grandfather Edward L. Prystup.
A balloon release will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 3 at the Children’s Memorial, Lake Tahoe Boulevard and Wildwood Ave., across from McDonald’s. Everyone is invited to come and share thoughts and memories of Ronnie. In lieu of flowers everyone is asked to bring a balloon, which may be filled with helium already or can be filled from a tank at the site. Anyone who has something to say to Ronnie should have it written out on a piece of paper and the letters will be tied to the balloons for release as a tribute to Ronnie.
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