Michael Edward Knapp

Died: Wed., Jan. 11, 2017


1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Fri., Jan. 13, 2017
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Fri., Jan. 13, 2017
Location: Robert F. Mulcahy Funeral Home

Funeral Mass

11:00 AM Sat., Jan. 14, 2017
Location: Our Lady Queen of Angels Chapel

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Knapp, Michael Edward, (Mike), 86, Central City, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on 11 January 2017.  Mike was a lifelong resident of Central City and an active member of Our Lady Queen of Angels Roman Catholic Church (St. John the Baptist).  A 1948 graduate of Shade High School in Cairnbrook, he has always been known for his deep faith, strong work ethic, and love of family.  He is also known as a great father, brother and friend.

Born the second of four children to the late Michael and Anna (Galish) Knapp, Mike is survived by his brother William, sister Marie Pollock; 9 children - Michael (Debbie), Susan Hammer (Don), David (Caroline), Marjorie Zubek (Henry), Mary Jane, Stephen (Kimberly), Mark, Tammy Knapp-Heisey and Lisa Morehead; 16 grandchildren and many friends.  He is predeceased by his wife Margaret, son Patrick and sister Barbara Chiappelli.

His focus on faith, family and work developed at a very young age, growing up during the depression when as he noted, “people worked for what they got.  Everybody had small farms with big gardens and animals if they were lucky.”  Sunday’s were days for church and family gatherings at his Grandma Galish’s house.  “Everyone would work in the garden and then sit down together for Sunday dinner followed by saying The Rosary.”  He enjoyed cooking and having his family for Sunday dinners.

After graduating high school, Mike said he was 18 (even though he was still 17) so he could work in the local coal mines.  He was regularly recognized as a top performer until his leg was injured in a mining accident.  When healed, he served in the Army during the Korean conflict as a medic and dental technician in Texas.  Upon his return to Central City he purchased a local grocery store, where he worked as a teenager, and developed it into Knapp’s Market.  While continuing to work weekends at the store, Mike became a USDA federal meat and poultry inspector where he received numerous performance awards and commendations.  In 1980 he built and operated Knapp’s Snack Shack, a family restaurant. 

After starting the store business, Mike met and married Margaret Svonavec of Listie.  Together they had 10 children (5 sons and 5 daughters) and 16 grandchildren.  Mike always said, “Children are like a bank.  You get out what you put in.”  He was always proud and appreciative of his family, all his children and grandchildren.  When his wife, Marge, suddenly passed away, his children took over and ran the family restaurant. 

As long as his eyesight and hearing were sharp, Mike was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed the outdoors.  He was known to take his fishing pole and lures on work trips so he could fish in the evenings while away from home.  He also liked music and aspired to dance.  After losing his wife, he joined several dance teams, first doing ballroom, square and finally country-western line dancing.  As he matured, he joined the Central City Senior Citizens enjoying the exercise facilities, socializing, and meals with friends.  Mike also enjoyed an occasional casino visit (he talked and dreamed about the big jackpots – like some earlier big buck and big fish stories he used to tell).

Being known as very generous, Mike and his family were very active in their church and community.  He was the lead alter server at St. John the Baptist when he was young and later was a member of the St. John the Baptist Holy Name Society.  While operating his store and restaurant businesses he routinely supported church, school and community clubs and activities. Mike was also a member of the American Legion and New Baltimore Sportsman’s Club.

The family is receiving guests on Friday, 13 January, from 1:00 - 4:00 and 6:00 – 9:00 PM at Robert F. Mulcahy Funeral Home at 305 Central Avenue, Central City.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, 14 January, at the St. John’s Chapel of Our Lady Queen of Angels Roman Catholic Church located at 162 Wheeler Street in Central City. www.mulcahyfuneralhome.com

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Karen and Jim Shaw
   Posted Thu January 12, 2017
My memories of seeing your father everyday when I worked at the restaurant will be ones that I cherish for eternity. He always had a smile and a hello for everyone that came in. My heart goes out to all of you at this time. Hugs and Prayers sent.

Tom and Carol Ann Galish
   Posted Thu January 12, 2017
Our sincere sympathy and thoughts are with all of you at this difficult time.
Cousin Tom and Carol Ann

Ruth Horner Horners Notary
   Posted Thu January 12, 2017
So sorry for your lose. Prayers are with you all. He was a wonderful friend and will be missed by many.

Fr. Daniel Kubala
   Posted Thu January 12, 2017

FEATHERY PALM PLANT was sent by Fr. Daniel I. Kubala.

My deepest Sympathy to all the Knapp Family! My Prayers for your Dad. During my High School years Mike was like a Father to me, a great influence on my decision to become a Priest. I will be offering Mass for Mike on Saturday, January 14, 2017, here in Florida. Love, Fr. Danny Kubala

Rose M Kovak OHIO
   Posted Fri January 13, 2017
What a beautiful story of Mike,s life in the obituary. Yes, Mike was well known and loved by everyone. He was truly an angel to all who knew him.
His deeds will be well rewarded in God's Paradise and will enjoy the greatest happiness forever.
I graduated with Bill in 1952 but I knew all the family from way back.
My most deepest sympathy goes to all the family. Rest in Eternal Peace Mike

Greg and Cheryll Kowalsky and Family
   Posted Sat January 14, 2017
Dearest Knapp / Galish Families, My family's prayers are with you at this time. Yes, it is a time of sorrow, but it also should be a time of great hope. The hope of knowing that your dear father and brother is at rest with in the loving care of the Lord. He is with his wife, his parents and forefathers, his son and his sister. From afar, I learned from my mother Agnes that my cousin Michael was a great man and terrific example of our Catholic faith. I always thought highly of him and his family, and how God blessed him with a loving wife and 9 beautiful children.
As I pray the Rosary this Saturday morning, I unite my prayers with yours, while recalling the words written above the high altar at St. John the Baptist Church, "Love Never Fails". These words of scripture have deep consolation to us, especially knowing that our dear parents, grand-parents and families have knelt here and received the Lord Jesus in Holy Communion and prayed His Blessed Mother's Rosary so many Sundays of their lives, that they are here with us still - alive in our hearts. Until we are all reunited together in God's heavenly Kingdom, love, Greg Kowalsky

Connie (Gunza) and Barry Holley
   Posted Sat January 14, 2017
To all of our Cousins,
We are so sorry for the loss of your dad. May your heart and soul find comfort that your dad is free from any illness, reunited with your mom for eternity and is peacefully home.

I will always remember that big smile your dad always had on his face no matter if we were in his way at the store or running around at the house. All of us and the Central City Community were blessed to have your dad touch our lives.

As this is a very difficult and stressful time, find strength in your faith and may peace and comfort find each one of you.

Thinking of all of you; all our love,

Connie and Barry Holley

Jerry and Judy Yock
   Posted Sat January 14, 2017
Dear Knapp Families....Sending you our sincere sympathy....The Yock Families

Janice Palumbo
   Posted Wed January 25, 2017
Just learned of your dad's passing - my deepest sympathies to all of you. I remember many good times at the Knapp homestead -- making floats in your barn and many other times. He was always welcoming and friendly - always had a joke to tell. Sending prayers for your family.

Nancy Caruthers Karns
   Posted Thu April 13, 2017
Dear Mike's Family, I'm Fern Wagner's granddaughter. Mike worked for my Grandpa Fern in his store and then later bought the store when my grandfather passed away in 1954. Checks from Mike arrived regularly at our house until the store was paid off. My father John valued the regularity of those payments so, so much. I talked to Mike on the phone in years past and he told me some wonderful stories about working in Wagner's store. I am so sorry to hear that he has passed but am happy he is with the angels, family members, and our dear Lord. My love and sympathies to you and yours. Nancy C. Karns

Joan Pillitteri Samson
   Posted Tue April 21, 2020
Dear Knapp Family, I met you after Patrick passed. I traveled from NY and you all welcomed me like Family. I am so deeply sorry to hear of you father’s passing. He was a very special person. I thought of his kindness often over the years. I know this is belated, I hope you know how deeply I feel, I couldn’t know of his passing and not let you know how special he was, and how special all of are. Be well.

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