We’re gathered here today to honor the memory of my wife, helpmate and best friend, your co-pastor and Servant of God.
Janie Knight, age 69, unexpectedly went home to be with the Lord Jesus on January 19, 2019. Janie was born on October 31, 1949 in Youngstown, Ohio to the late James and Marjorie (Cowles) Hetzel. She was a graduate of Jackson Milton High School, earned a Certificate of Completion as a Medical Technician, completed courses through Lee University of Church of God and Berean University of Assemblies of God and was a licensed Minister through the Pentecostal United Christian Church and Ministerial Association of Cleveland, TN. She served in teaching Adult Discipleship Class, founding with her husband the Compassion Ministries, also served as an usher, altar worker and choir member during her 7 years of Ministry Training with her husband at the Leavittsburg Church of God. Janie was the co-director with her husband for three years of the Trumbull County March for Jesus. She helped her husband and the director in the Planting of the Christian Homeless Shelter of the Warren City Rescue Mission, being involved for two years. Janie worked as a staff member for three years alongside her husband at the American Rescue Workers Homeless Shelter. She Co-Founded and Planted with her husband, Mark, the Abundant Life Harvest Church in Canton, Ohio where she has served in an innumerable number of roles for 15 years and 4 months. She was a tireless, faithful dedicated servant to all, and she never complained despite suffering daily from Rheumatoid Arthritis and its complications. She was the manager of Walden Books, worked on displays inside the K-Mart Stores for numerous years, worked as a secretarial assistant to the owner of Chico’s stores at their Headquarters in Florida and for Joni Halls’ Thomas Register Sales. Janie was the best wife and I was blessed to have her and call her my wife for these past 25 years.
Janie is survived by her husband of 25 years, Mark Knight; daughter, Erica Cain of Youngstown; sons, Steve of Salem and James of Lake Milton; her in-laws, Dave and Connie Caraway; brother, Frank of Lake Milton; stepson, Mark Knight of Garrettsville; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren with one on the way and many nieces and nephews and her Abundant Life Harvest Church family.
Janie is preceded in death by a son, John Paul who died during birth, sister, Jennie Bertram and nephew, Timothy Craver.
Janie enjoyed sewing, taking country drives and nature walks with her husband, vacation times away with her and her husband, spending time with their two cats, Morty and White shoes, and most of all she enjoyed serving the Lord Jesus and serving others. She will be truly missed by any person whose life was touched if even for a moment as she left an impact and impression of Love on every life hers touched.
A service Celebrating her life will be held on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Abundant Life Harvest Church, 821 Gibbs Ave., Canton, Ohio.