Knowles Kaechle, Betty, age 91, passed away peacefully in Hastings on January 4 after a brief illness. She was predeceased by her parents, Benjamin and Charlotte Kauffman; first husband, Loren M. Knowles and father of their three children, Carol A. Knowles of Thousand Oaks, Calif., Christina L. Horrigan of Hastings and son, Michael St. James of Royal Oak (who passed away in 1995); toddler sister, Dorothy Kauffman; and second husband, Ralph Kaechle. She was the loving grandmother of John Everlove of Thousand Oaks, Calif., Jeremy Christian of Grand Haven, Benjamin Christian of Plymouth and Brandon Horrigan of Hastings. Mrs. Kaechle was also blessed with seven great-grandchildren who brought her much joy. She was born in Detroit on July 18, 1923. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Miami in Ohio and was an accomplished pianist. Her lifelong passion for music was a gift passed on to her children. Mrs. Kaechle also dearly loved animals, the countryside and her circle of friends, as well as playing cribbage! She will be sorely missed. Her remains have been laid to rest at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield, Mich. Plans for a memorial service are pending. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Royal Oak Musicale ( or Great Lakes Caring/Hospice Foundation ( would be greatly appreciated by the family.Published in Daily Tribune on Jan. 21, 2015+Read More Share Listen to Obituary Remember Share a message, photo, or video below View guest book What will you miss most about Betty Knowles Kaechle? Add a memory or condolence to the guest book Add Message Please add or record a video for the family of Betty Knowles Kaechle Add a video + Please add a photo and share in the life story for Betty Knowles Kaechle Add a photo +