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“Jim and Brian, I just received your Christmas card and was shocked at the news of Amber's passing. She was a blessing to all and the field of...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Linda Jones - Waddington, NY

“Jim and Brian, I am saddened to hear of Amber's passing. I worked with her in Pensville. She always had a kind hello, and had an enchanting spirit....Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Joanne Ercoli - Pensville, NJ

“Dear Brian and Jim, We were so sad to hear of Amber's passing. She was one of a kind! We will always remember her laughter and unending...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Jeff and Pam Hogan - Pennsville, NJ

“I was so saddened to hear of her passing. I was a student in Pennsville from kindergarden through 12th grade. I had the very great fortune of being...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Cheryl Burns - former student

“Dear Jim, My family is sending prayers your way. We have all been touched my Amber's kindness. She always had a way of making the day brighter. ...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Cheryl Guglielmo - Pennsville, NJ

“Amber was a teaching colleague of mine, in the Pennsville elementary schools. She was always a warm and smiling personality. She would bring me...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Diane Hartman - Pennsville, NJ

“Amber has been a friend since college. She would send me a birthday card every year even though we rarely saw each other. She was a wonderful...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Ron Morgan - Dublin, OH - Friend

“This is a tremendous loss to all who were part of Amber's life. Her heart was huge, her compassion never-ending, her care was there and she had...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Wendy Wands - Woodinville, WA

“Dear Jim, I was so saddened to hear of Amber's passing - and surprised. I though we had so much more time. As I am sure you and she had hoped. I...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Polly Straughen McAuliffe - FL

“Dear Jim and Brian--- Amber had a heart of gold and was such a kind, thoughtful friend who cared so much about others. Former students that she...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Pamela Wheatley - Pennsville, NJ

“Dear Jim, I am so sorry. I know she will be missed. I wish I had know her better. I think of you often. Love, Heidi ”
11 of 13 | Posted by: Heidi Anderson - Dayton,, OH

“So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. John, Sue and Brian Maniglia ”
12 of 13 | Posted by: John Maniglia - Pennsville, NJ

“Dear Jim and Brian, Len and I are so sorry for your loss. We had some great times working together, it was a lot of years. I was so glad she got...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Kathy Moore - Pennsville, NJ


ANN "AMBER" KNAUSS, age 66, of West Grove, PA, passed away on Thursday, October 10, 2013, at the Jennersville Regional Hospital. She leaves behind her life partner of 30 years, James Frank Straughn, Jr.

Born in Charleston, WVA, she was the daughter of the late Thomas L. and Agnes McNamara Burr, and step-daughter of Vivian Burr of Wilmington, DE.

She was an Elementary School Teacher at the Pennsville School District, Pennsville, NJ, retiring in 2011, after 40 years of service.

Amber was a member of the Delaware Nature Society, Philadelphia Zoological Society, Winterthur and Longwood Gardens.

She enjoyed gardening, going to Museums, but was best known by her family and friends for her sending of cards to them on their birthday and holidays.

In addition to her significant other and step-mother, she is survived by one son, Brian K. Knauss of San Francisco, CA ; one sister, Jane Diffendall and her husband George of Wilmington, DE.

She was predeceased by one sister, Mary M. Burr.

Services and burial will be private

In memory of Amber, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Attn. Memorials, 1626 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 or to the Delaware Nature Society, P.O. Box 700, Hockessin, DE 19707

Online condolences may be made by visiting www.griecocares.com

Arrangements by the Foulk & Grieco Funeral Home, West Grove, PA.