Lor-Knepper, Yia


Yia Lor-Knepper, 32, of Trempealeau, died on Tuesday, November 20, 2018, at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Rochester – St. Mary’s campus.

Yia was born on December 4, 1985, in Dallas, Texas, to Nhia Vang Lor and Mai Vang. She graduated from Holmen High School. On March 28, 2009, she married the love of her life, Ryan Knepper, and they had three beautiful children, Michael, MaryLou and Madeleine. Yia was devoted to her kids and her family and they meant the world to her. 


Yia loved life and took every opportunity to enjoy new experiences. She was artistic, creative and passionate. She enjoyed travel, reading, movies, decorating, baking and cooking.

She is survived by her husband, Ryan; her three children, Michael (age nine), MaryLou (age seven) and Madeleine (age five); her mother, Mai Vang; her brothers, Vong Lor (See Xiong), Deng Vue (Mai Mao Moua), John Lor, Kong Lor (Yer Yang), Bee Lor (Kabo Xiong), Chia Lor; one sister, See Lor (Andrew Yang); Ryan’s family, Mike and Teresa Knepper, Jeff (Jennifer) Knepper, Peter Knepper and Sarah Knepper; and many nieces and nephews.
Yia was preceded in death by her father, Nhia Lor, and her grandparents.

A family service will be held; those with questions please contact Mike and Teresa Knepper at 507-452-1198. Yia will be laid to rest at Pleasant Valley Cemetery. Hoff Celebration of Life Center, Goodview, is assisting the family with arrangements.

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