Elmwood Funeral Chapel & Crematory

Visitation Information

Rev. Kilian M. Knittel

Passed away on April 30, 2023

Father Kilian Knittel. In the early hours of Sunday, God, Our Father called Father Knittel home. Father Knittel was the beloved son of the late Elsie (Mathaus) & Kilian Knittel. A brother of Bernadette (Edward) Andersen & the late Sister Margaret Mary Knittel, R.S.M.  A proud uncle of six, Edward (Visi) Andersen, Katherine (Jeffrey) Tolomeo, Barbara Andersen, Ellen (Jon) Bailey, Julie (Hemang) Rana, & David (Margaret) Andersen as well as a proud granduncle to 15. After ordination, Father Knittel served as an associate pastor at Resurrection; St. Louis de Montfort; St. Edward; Our Lady of the Wayside; St. John the Baptist; and St. Joseph. He was pastor of St. Justin Martyr and St. Columba. In his retirement, Father Knittel provided ministerial services at St. Mary the Immaculate Conception in Indiana.

Visitation Wednesday, May 3, 2023 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm at the Elmwood Chapel 11200 S. Ewing Ave. Chicago.  Visitation and Funeral Services Thursday, May 4, 2023 at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church (5005 Wolf Road, Western Springs, IL. 60558) where Fr. Kilian will Lie in State from 10:00 am until time of Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am.  Interment Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Hillside, IL.  In lieu of flowers donations can be made to your favorite charity in Fr. Kilian’s name.  For more information 773-731-2749 or www.elmwoodchapel.com


Lie in State at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church
Thursday, May 4, 2023 - 10:00 am

Funeral Mass:
St. John of the Cross Catholic Church
5005 Wolf Road
Western Springs, Illinois 60558
Thursday, May 4, 2023 - 11:00 am

Mt. Carmel Cemetery
1400 S. Wolf Road
Hillside, Illinois

Visitation Location

East Side
11200 S. Ewing Ave
Chicago, IL 60617
(773) 731-2749


Visitation Information

Wednesday, May 3, 2023 - 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm

"Fr Kilian served our family in times of joy and sorrow. God rest his soul. My condolences to his. family. God bless"
- Anne Cafferty
May 1, 2023 6:55 pm

"What a wonderful, generous man! Was never unavailable to us -- ready through good times and bad, sharing wisdom, understanding and laughs. God love him and keep him. What a great friend."
- The Kavanagh, Harnett and Rinaldi Families
May 3, 2023 1:48 pm

Candles Lit