Sunday, February 16, 2014
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Regina Marianne Hess, 70 of Key West, Fla. passed away on Wednesday February 12, 2014 at her home in Key West. She was born in Berlin, Germany on July 28, 1943 to the late William and Ruth (Lamcha) Hess.

Regina moved to the United States in 1959 from Berlin, Germany. She married James Knowles in 1961. They left the Florida Keys in 1972 and settled in Texas, returning to the Keys in 1975. In 1978, Regina became the first female Police Officer for the City of Key West. She return to Texas in 1984 and remained there until she return to Key West in 2009.

She is preceded in death by her parents William and Ruth Hess; daughters Christine and Teresa; mother and father-in-law Irvin and Mariah Knowles. Surviving is her sons James (Jalyn) Knowles, Thomas (Justina) Knowles; brothers Bill (Cherie) Hess, Frank (Gail) Hess; sister Susan Hess; grandchildren Jesse (Alisha) Smith, James (Jessica) Knowles, Joshua Knowles, Tommy Knowles, Christina Knowles, Richard Knowles; great grandchildren Ayden Smith, Callen & Parker Knowles. Sister-in-law Ella Knowles and sister and brother-in-law Donald and Cora (Knowles) Wells.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. The Dean-Lopez Funeral Home is entrusted with all funeral arrangements.