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Kaja Knecht Schriefer

Kaja Knecht Schriefer passed away Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at her home in Mahomet.  A visitation will be held Sunday, November 19, 2017, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Heath and Vaughn Funeral Home, 201 N. Elm, Champaign.

Kaja was born on August 24, 1961, the daughter of Janis Johansen Wood and schrieferThomas Walter Knecht.  Kaja lived in Champaign-Urbana for much of her life until she moved to Mahomet to be closer to family. She graduated from Urbana High School in 1979, attended the University of Illinois and Parkland College, and then worked in supervisory positions in warehouse and distribution centers for Save-A-Stop, L'Eggs, DeGussa, and Proviant. In 2008, she joined the Anderson's, Inc., in Champaign as fertilizer processing specialist, where she was a dedicated, hard-working employee, well-liked by her coworkers and customers. She took pride in coordinating successful special events at the Anderson's, such as the company's golf outings and Customer Appreciation luncheons. 

Kaja is survived by her children, Nikolas and Hannah Schriefer; her siblings, Ketty (Bill) DuVall, Kirsten Knecht, Ilse Knecht, Heather (Patrick) Henry, Christopher (Hannah) Wood, and Chelsea (Paul) Guder; her father Thomas (Andi) Knecht; and stepfather Larry (Brenda) Wood. She is also survived by four nephews, Johnny Makes, Thomas Henry, and Ezra and Rowan Wood; and by three nieces, Kailee DuVall Mallory Guder, and Keira Henry.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Janis Wood, nephew Asher Wood, and her beloved partner Gary Stern.

Kaja was an avid reader and a frequent patron of the Mahomet Library. In her youth, she won a number of gymnastic competitions, and she was the Tiger mascot for the Urbana High School Football team for two years. She loved animals and was a recent new "mother" to kittens Trixie and Atticus. She was a supreme green thumb and loved growing grapes and tending to the beautiful plants on her patio and in her home. Kaja always had a love for music and in her later years became a Jimmy Buffett fan and a member of the local Parrot Head Club (EIPHC). She and Gary loved outings at Clinton Lake, and she never missed an opportunity to enjoy being outdoors on a sunny day. Many people might not have realized it, but Kaja had a keen wit, a delightful sense of humor, and a great way with the written word. She was a loving mother, daughter, and sister, and she will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved her. 

Memorial contributions can be made in her honor to a fund set up for her children
https://www.youcaring.com/hannahandnikolasschriefer-1013895?utm_medium=url&_utm_source=copy&utm_content=cf_cp_01) and to the Mahomet Public Library. 

Condolences may be offered online at www.HeathandVaughn.com.



Hello dear family,

Kaja, or Kai, as we knew her, brought so much fun and joy to our family. We've only lived 2 doors down from her for 6 months, but already we loved her. Everyday she'd be outside and we'd chat and laugh...our two little dogs still run to look for her each time we go out. They sensed in her what we lived about her: she was kind and tender, boisterous and witty.

Our prayers have been and will continue to be with you over the coming months.

Blessings, Josh and Laura Lang and kids