Sara Lee Knobloch

Aug. 11, 1941-Dec. 27, 2023

Sara Lee Knobloch (nee Poling, Coplea), age 82, passed from this life onto the next Dec. 27, 2023. Born Aug. 11, 1941, in Cerro Gordo, Illinois, to Jacob D. and Ruby F.
(Copeland) Poling, Sara attended Bement High School and Lincoln Land Community
College. She married Leo M. Coplea in 1959 and they divorced in 1975. Sara
married R. Stephen (Steve) Knobloch in 1977 - they were married 40 years.
She was an attentive, loving mother to Wynne, Mark and David Coplea and David’s wife, Kathy (Moran) Coplea. Sara cherished her grandson, Nicholas Ercegovich and adored her great-grandchildren Zayne, Zoey and Zade Ercegovich.

Sara Lee was preceded in death by her husband, Steve Knobloch, her parents and
three siblings: Jay Poling, Margaret Giles and Mary Mann. Sara was known to
most people in Rochester as the post office lady, having worked there for 17
years. She and Steve hosted lots of gatherings in their home, called Chi House, and shared many dozens of Christmas cookies.

Sara was compassionate and kind, serving as a hospice volunteer for several years. She voraciously read a wide variety of topics and was faithful about sending cards to family and friends. She firmly believed in the power of intention and prayer. Hers was a unique light in the world, and she will be dearly missed, fondly remembered by her large extended family and friends.

A private family graveside ceremony will be held at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by Park Funeral Homes of Rochester. Memories and condolences may be posted online at:

Memorial donations may be sent to the Rochester Public Library, Community Drive, Rochester IL 62563 or Unity Ministries, 1901 NW Blue Parkway, Unity Village, MO 64065, provider of a 24-hour prayer line and the Daily Word.

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