Obituaries: Robert D. Knodle, Jr.


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Robert D. Knodle Jr. was an active member of the Verona Fire Department.

Mr. Robert D. Knodle, Jr. died on Saturday, May 22, at his home in Verona. He was 56.

Services will be held in the First Congregational Church of Verona, Church Street, Verona on Tuesday, May 25, at 10:30 a.m. Visiting in Prout Funeral Home, 370 Bloomfield Ave., Verona on Monday, May 24 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

A lifelong resident of Verona, he graduated from Verona High School in 1972. He was a senior corrections officer for the State of New Jersey at the Adult Diagnostic & Treatment Center in Avenel.

Mr. Knodle was an active member of the Verona Volunteer Fire Department, serving as safety officer and past lieutenant of Truck Company 2.

He is survived by his wife Mary Lou Knodle, his daughters Jayme Lee Knodle and Kirsti Lynn Knodle, his brother Loring Knodle, his sister Jane Dixit and his uncle Richard Knodle.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Verona Volunteer Fire Department, 880 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona, NJ 07044, would be appreciated.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected].


  1. Sorry to hear of your loss. I went to school with “Robbie” a long time ago. He was always a nice person.

    Suzan Leone

  2. Verona lost a dear, dear friend today and wonderful, good man. My heart goes out to his family.

  3. As a former Verona resident and VHS alum and a current EMS member I send my heartfelt condolences. And from my department in Coudersport PA.

  4. I just wanted you to all know that I am thinking of you and keeping each of you in my prayers….I am so very sorry for your loss. Kirsti, I am sending you a HUGE I love you hug right now! If you need anything, please don’t hesitate to let my know…. I love you xoxoxoxoxo Mrs. E.

  5. As a former Verona resident and VHS alum, I send my heartfelt condolences to Robbie’s family. I remember him as a very friendly and fun guy.

    Arlene Figatner Pronesti


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