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880 Hopmeadow Street
P.O. Box 335
Simsbury, CT 06070
Phone: 860-658-7613
Fax: 860-651-0476
Glenn Knierim

Glenn E. Knierim

May 19, 1930 - May 9, 2020
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Glenn E. Knierim, beloved husband of Gloria (Kehl) Knierim, died on May 9, just ten days short of his 90th birthday. A selfless family man and pillar of the community, he persevered through Alzheimer’s Disease for a decade with characteristic courage.

Glenn was born on May 19, 1930 in Schenectady, NY to Charles and Doris (Chase) Knierim. During his teenage years, he lived with a special aunt, Helen Borst, and it was she who made college possible for him. Glenn and Gloria met while both were students at Cornell University and began 68 years of happy marriage shortly after graduation. They settled in Simsbury in 1955, where they quickly put down roots and turned their attention to raising a family.

Early in his career, while working at Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, Glenn felt called to the legal profession. He enrolled in the evening division at UConn Law School and graduated after four years of juggling job, young children and classes. He became judge of the Simsbury Probate Court in 1966, a role he held for 32 years, along with serving as the administrative head of the Probate Court system from 1973 to 1989. He was a dedicated public servant who found great reward in helping families during the most difficult times of their lives.

Glenn was especially loyal to his chosen community of Simsbury and volunteered his time to countless civic and church activities. He served on town’s Planning and Ethics Commissions, chaired the committee that wrote the town’s first charter, and was named a Hometown Hero in 1987. He was a Trustee of St. Mary’s Church and the Foundation for Advancement of Catholic Education. Glenn held numerous leadership positions in the bar and served on the executive board of the National College of Probate Judges, which bestowed its highest honor on him in 1989. He served in the Air Force from 1954-56, achieving the rank of First Lieutenant. Glenn and Gloria were both active in Cornell alumni affairs and frequently attended reunions.

Glenn was fair, honest, kind, and born to lead. He made lifelong friends in all of his endeavors. He was a mentor to many and a gifted teacher and writer. Above all, he was devoted to family and would drop whatever he was doing to help when one of life’s challenges confronted a child or grandchild.

In addition to Gloria, Glenn is survived by their four children, Glenn Knierim, Jr. (Linda), Jeanne O’Brien (Paul), Lynne Donahue, and Paul Knierim (Greg); six grandchildren, Michael Knierim (Catherine), Daniel Knierim (Michele), David O’Brien (Katelyn), Kathryn O’Brien (Jorge), Erin O’Brien (Ryland) and Kelsey Donahue; and four great-grandchildren, Bode Knierim, Remy Knierim, Adelyn O’Brien and Camila Rivera, the youngest having arrived just last week.

The family extends heartfelt thanks to the many friends, neighbors and caregivers who provided exceptional comfort and support during Glenn’s illness. Burial will be private with a funeral mass planned for a future time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary’s Church, Simsbury or the McLean Fund.
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Jane Leary

Posted at 11:33am
On behalf of President and Head of School, Christian Cashman, I offer my deepest sympathy on the passing of Glenn Knierim. Glenn, along with his children, is a valued member of the Northwest Catholic community, so we mourn his loss along with all who love him. Please know that Glenn and his entire family will be remembered in a special way at our next school-wide Mass. We are very sorry for your loss. ~ Jane Leary, Director of Constituent Relations, Northwest Catholic High School.

Howard F

Posted at 09:15pm
Please except my sincere condolences on Glenn‘s death. I had the distinct pleasure of getting to know Glenn when he joined our law firm as Counsel. I worked with Glenn on many issues and he was always helpful, patient, kind and considerate. He was a wonderful mentor and always willing to share his knowledge and advice when he thought it was needed. I also witnessed how compassionate he was and helpful to so many people at a time when they were in serious emotional need. I know that words are often of little comfort at this time but I hope the many wonderful,warm and special memories you have of him will be of comfort to you at this time.
Most sincerely,
Howard Klebanoff


Pat Sotis

Posted at 07:38pm
Dear Mrs. Glenn Knierim and Family~
I was sadden to learn of Atty. Kneirim's passing.
What a Very Kind and Gentle Man, whom I had a chance to get to know over the years. He really gave to Simsbury Residents many years of
Compassion, Expertise, and Dedication in His Service as Probate Judge.
My condolences to the family.
Sincerely yours,
Pat Sotis

Diane Albergo

Posted at 01:34pm
Dear Chip, Linda and family, we send our sincere condolences to you after hearing about the death of your dear father. We pray for his soul, may he be in the loving arms of our Lord, resting in peace. May you all feel comfort and peace as you go thru this difficult time. Diane and Patrick Albergo

Mickey Lecours-Beck

Posted at 10:44am
Judge Knierim was a special man. I worked with him on many Probate Court adoptions. He was a complete gentleman; kind, compassionate and so sensitive to the needs of others. I send my thoughts and prayers to Gloria and the entire Knierim family.

Mickey Lecours-Beck

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