Mary C. Knapp, age 81, of 1602 Dakota Avenue, Gladstone, MI died Saturday morning February 5, 2005 at her residence.
Mary was born August 1, 1923 in Dayton, OH to German-Jewish parents, Emil D. and Ethel M. (Miller)
Meyer. Mary was a 1941 graduate of Fairview High School in Dayton, Ohio, where she was an excellent student and participated in the band playing the alto and French horn in the orchestra. Mary also participated in field hockey, basketball, tennis and softball and was named Dayton’s Female Athlete of the Year in high school.
Following graduation she worked as a private secretaryn for Behm Glass Company in Dayton, the I.S.D in Chippewa County from 1968 to 1976, and retired from the Escanaba I.S.D. in 1985. Mary was an active member of Memorial United Methodist Church in Gladstone where she participated in the Women’s Fellowship Group. She was a member of M.A.R.S.P. and a R.S.V.P. volunteer. She was an avid Detroit Lions, Pistons and Tigers fan and she enjoyed following the local sports teams.
Mary married Burl Snorf on April 3, 1942 and they had three daughters, Patricia, Sharon, and Linda. During their growing up years, she served as a Girl Scout Leader, band booster supporter and cheerleader for all their involvements. Burl died suddenly in 1965. Mary remarried in June of 1972 to Glenn Knapp and he died in November of 1986. Her hobbies included gardening, reading and traveling.
3 Daughters: Pat (John) Harrison of Richland, MI; Jody (Dennis) Harrison of Rapid River; Linda (Ron) Carrick of Brimley, MI
7 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren
She was preceded in death by her parents and husbands, Burl and Glenn.
Mary’s family will receive friends on Friday from 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. at the Memorial United Methodist Church in Gladstone. Funeral services celebrating the life of Mary C. Knapp will follow at 5:00 P.M. at Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. Joanne Bartelt officiating. Dinner will follow services in the church fellowship hall. Memorials in memory of Mary may be directed to the Memorial United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, envelopes will be available at the church or at the Skradski Family Funeral Homes.
Grandma you will be missed so much because I Love You so very much! It saddens me that I my life has been crazy these last many months and you were not able to meet your great grand daught. She is beautiful grandma, just like you. I will take very good care of both my children and teach them the way you helped me. I know the day will come again when we will see each other, but until then keep your angel wings over me, the way you always did. I LOVE YOU and MISS YOU so much Grandma. XXXOOO
Karen M. Carrick
Grandma – Well, it’s official – I MISS YOU – I found myself dialing your number just to talk – like always – I know you can hear me – I would love to hear your voice again – We will take care down here, I love you – I haven’t quite talking about you