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Jean Low Knipper

JeanLowKnipper onlineOctober 25, 1924–March 22, 2020   On March 22, 2020, Jean Low Knipper, third-generation Californian and beloved family matriarch, passed away in Los Altos at the age of 95. Jean was the loving wife of Albert Emil (Bert) Knipper (predeceased in 1981), a devoted mother of four daughters and adoring grandmother and great-grandmother.   Jean was born in San Francisco on October 25, 1924, the only child of Thomas Griffin Low and Florence May Jeffery Low. She attended Lowell High School and City College. In 1953, Jean married Bert in San Francisco. They later moved to Redwood City and in 1964 settled in Los Altos Hills where they raised their family and Jean lived until 2017. She enjoyed her last three years living at The Terraces of Los Altos.  

As a third-generation San Franciscan, whose paternal family immigrated from England in1853, Jean was proud of her California heritage. Her grandfather and father were ship captains, owning schooners that transported goods to and from British Columbia and dairy products from nearby Point Reyes and Bolinas to San Francisco. She saved newspaper clippings from 1933 documenting the building of the Golden Gate Bridge, and walked on the Bay Bridge the day it opened in 1936.   Her hobbies included gardening, needlepoint, art history, and researching family genealogy. She was an avid reader and active member of Children's Literature and Charles Dickens book groups for decades. Jean will be remembered by her Los Altos Hills neighbors for her plaid skirts and her daily walks with her corgi. Jean loved to travel and encouraged her own children and grandchildren to do so too. She loved nothing more than spending time with family—she made every Christmas magical, and for her 90th birthday she brought the family together for a trip to Kauai.   Jean is survived by her four daughters: Janet Matthews (Vince), Bonnie Zapata, Carol Knipper, and Robin Bogott (Mark); her eight grandchildren: Natalie Matthews (Phillip Gartland), Rose Matthews, Jean Nelson (Geoffrey), Mollie Zapata (Christopher Coffman), Bridget Zapata, Matthew Bogott, Heather Bogott, and Lindsey Bogott; and her four great-grandchildren: Liam, Finlay, Campbell, and Heath Nelson. No memorial services are planned at this time. Donations may be made in her name to Friends of the Library of Los Altos and Community, Sempervirens Fund, or an organization of your choice.

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