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Loretta M. Knisel

01/02/1940 - 01/29/2024


Obituary For Loretta M. Knisel

LORETTA M. KNISEL (nee Riggins), 84, passed into the realm of her heavenly father on Jan. 29, 2024 in Atlantic City, N.J. with her beloved family by her side. She was born in Somers Point, N.J. on Jan. 2, 1940 and grew up in Ocean City, N.J. She later lived in Absecon, N.J. with her husband of 50 years, Edward Knisel Sr. Loretta is predeceased by her husband; parents, Orris Riggins Sr. and Julia (Cosgrove) Riggins; and her brother, Orris Riggins Jr.

She received an associate’s degree in business from Peirce Junior College in Philadelphia. She worked for 29 years for the City of Absecon managing the construction office where she retired in 2015. She enjoyed traveling, craft shows and playing cards. In the 1960s, she worked in Atlantic City’s grand hotels, including the Traymore and the Lafayette. She also modeled and won local pageants. She was bestowed the title of Miss Air Force and later married an Air Force master sergeant. She was also featured in Life magazine when she was a “Jersey Johnson Girl” during the 1964 Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City.

Family was very important to Loretta. She is survived by her three children, Lorenda Knisel (Scott Abbott), Edward Knisel Jr. (Danielle Martin) and Julia Knisel (Stephen Zwink); her grandchildren, Krista Knisel, Kaylee Knisel, Carter Zwink and Jace Knisel; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

The viewing will take place from 10AM -11:30AM on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024 at Parsels Funeral Home, 324 New Jersey Ave., Absecon, N.J. There will be an 11:30AM service. Graveside service will follow at Atlantic County Veterans Cemetery, 109 NJ-50, Estell Manor Park, Mays Landing, N.J. For online condolences, please visit www.parselsfh.com.


3 Feb


10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Parsels Funeral Home 324 New Jersey Avenue Absecon, NJ 08201 Get Directions »
3 Feb

Funeral Service

11:30 AM

Parsels Funeral Home 324 New Jersey Avenue Absecon, NJ 08201 Get Directions »
3 Feb

Graveside Service

12:45 PM

Atlantic County Veterans Cemetery 109 Boulevard Route 50 Mays Landing, NJ 08330 Get Directions »
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  • 02/04/2024

    My deepest sympathy to Loretta's family. She was a wonderful friend and maid of honor at my Mom's wedding (Mary Welch) in 1958. She and Ed remained good friends with my Mom and Dad and shared dinners together and many card nights until my folks moved to Florida in 1985. My condolences to her children and all her loved ones. —Kevin Welch

  • 02/02/2024

    My deepest condolences to Loretta's family. I went to school with Loretta . St Peters grammar school and PHS. We had good times together. She was always helpful in city hall. May God Bless her. RIP

  • 01/31/2024

    Loretta I will never forget you & your kind words seeing you smile at our grandchildren watching how much you loved them Kaylee won the Game the night you left us Ed won in Caesar's Our hearts are Sadden at your leaving but I will always be there for both of us as long as I can Forever in our hearts 😘❤️🌹Debbie& Ed

  • 01/31/2024

    We will certainly miss our beatiful Aunt Loretta, and her hearty laugh. She graced the planet in so many ways while in our presence, but now will grace the heavens. Love you Aunt Loretta! My condolences to my cousins there; love and prayers to y'all. 💜 from Texas.


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