Jane A. Knach, a retired University of Maryland Medical Center dietitian and active church member, died Aug. 26 at her Govans home. She was 96.
A son, Theodore Henry Knach of Govans, said the cause of death was "failure to thrive."
The daughter of Dr. Frank Hayes, a dentist, and Ruth Dinsmore Hayes, a homemaker, Jane Atherton Hayes was born and raised in Worcester, Mass., where she graduated in 1940 from North High School.
Mrs. Knach earned a bachelor's degree in home economics in 1944 from Boston University, and she took postgraduate studies at Columbia University in New York.
In 1953, her college roommate urged her to move to Baltimore, and the two shared an apartment on Eager Street.
She began her career in 1953 as a dietitian at what was then University Hospital, now the University of Maryland Medical Center. She retired in 1983.
In 1955, she met her future husband, Theodore Henry Knach Sr., while attending a dance school. The couple were married in 1956 at St. Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church in Govans. Mr. Knach, who was a salesman for the Modern Stationery Co., died in 2009.
At the time of her marriage, Mrs. Knach converted to Roman Catholicism and remained an active member of the St. Mary of the Assumption parish for 59 years.
She served as a Eucharistic minister at weekly Mass and brought Communion to the sick and shut-ins. She was a member of the Sodality, Reparation Society and Parents Club.
Mrs. Knach enjoyed working at church turkey dinners and shared her nutritional expertise and concerns with fellow communicants.
She was also a member of the St. Mary's bowling league and aerobic classes.
She enjoyed spending summers at a family home in Wickford, R.I., and traveling throughout the U.S.
"Her favorite places were Niagara Falls, New Orleans, Denver and Atlanta," her son said.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Saturday at her church, 5502 York Road, Govans.
Mrs. Knach is survived by another son, Stephen Edward Knach of Schenectady, N.Y.; a daughter, Mariann Ruth Knach of New Freedom, Pa.; and two grandchildren.