Deborah Lou (Shaffer) Knapp

Born: Thu., Jun. 14, 1962
Died: Mon., Jan. 21, 2019


3:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Jan. 25, 2019
Location: Robert F. Mulcahy Funeral Home

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM, Sat., Jan. 26, 2019
Location: Our Lady Queen of Angels Chapel

Funeral Mass

11:00 AM Sat., Jan. 26, 2019
Location: Our Lady Queen of Angels Chapel

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Knapp, Deborah Lou (Shaffer) entered into eternal life after her battle with cancer. Born in Somerset PA, Debbie is the daughter of Barbara (Blough) and the late Marlin Jay Shaffer. She is survived by loving husband Michael S. and their children: Michael J-Fayetteville, NC; Simon-Anchorage, AK; Adam-West Point, NY; and Abigail. She is the sister of Jeffrey (Cindy) Shaffer, Cairnbrook, PA; Dianne (Charles) Merrill, Tampa, FL, and Lisa (Dennison) Hoxie, Cleveland, OH.  Debbie was a member of Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church. She was a 1980 graduate of Shade High School, obtained an Associate's Degree in General Science from Mount Aloysius College, a B.S. in Animal Science from Penn State University, and an M.S. in Extension Education from Penn State. She enjoyed working for the Penn State College of Agriculture Computer Services Division and the US Department of Agriculture. Debbie was a wonderful military wife and mother. She lived and supported her family on military assignments at West Point, NY, Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, and the Army Space Program Office, Alexandria, VA prior to settling at Knapp Time Farm, Hooversville, PA. As a loving and dedicated wife and mother, Debbie took great pride in her family and enjoyed spending time with her loved ones. She enjoyed and was active in scuba diving, scrapbooking, mountain biking, photography, horseback riding, the Somerset County Fair, 4H programs, and being a Penn State Master Gardener. Debbie had a love of nature and the outdoors; especially gardening and hiking on the farm where you could see and admire her magnificent gardens and flowers. Her hobbies also included traveling, hiking, and photography.  Debbie’s photography focused on family, friends, and her travels which took her to numerous national parks and locations worldwide. She will be greatly missed by family and friends. The Knapp family is very grateful for every kindness and the exceptional care extended to Debbie particularly by her healthcare providers, nurses, doctors, and especially Windber Hospice. Friends will be received on Friday, January 25th from 3 to 8 p.m. at Mulcahy Funeral Home Central City, PA. Funeral Mass with celebrant the Reverend Aaron Maghsoudi will be held at Our Lady Queen of Angels, St John's Chapel, Central City, PA on Saturday, January 26 at 11:00 a.m. preceded by a viewing from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Saint John’s Chapel.


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Timothy and Karen Custer
   Posted Wed January 23, 2019
God bless the Knapp family. Prayers for the ones left behind. Debbie will be greatly missed by many.

Robert, Jr. and Lois Sembower
   Posted Wed January 23, 2019
Mike & Family.
Lois and I extend our personal sympathy and are so sorry for the passing of your wife and Mother of your children. It is proper and fitting to say, "Be thou at peace".
with sadness,

Lois & Bob

Rhea Corle
   Posted Wed January 23, 2019
Deepest sympathies to the entire family. So sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers to the family and children and always remember and celebrate her and the happy times you had together.

John Tokar
   Posted Wed January 23, 2019
Very sorry to hear the news. My deepest sympathies and condolences to the Shaffer and Knapp families.

Dorothy Bihun
   Posted Thu January 24, 2019
My deepest sympathy goes out to the Knapp and Shaffer families. Heaven gained another angel, who will be missed by many that loved and cherished her. May God give you all the comfort and peace you need at this difficult time. God Bless

Nancy Caruthers Karns
   Posted Thu January 24, 2019
So sorry to hear this. Love and prayers to all the Knapp family. Nancy Karns (I am Josie Wagner's daughter).

Tim & Debbie Griffin
   Posted Thu January 24, 2019
Our deepest sympathy for your family's loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God's love bring you peace and comfort....and your loving memories of Debbie bring a smile in your hearts.

Lawrence Ragan
   Posted Thu January 24, 2019
Dear Knapp Family,
I worked with Debbie for several years as a part of the Extension Computer project in the mid 1980's. I will remember Debbie as one of the sweetest, caring and congenial people I've ever known. Debbie always had a smile on her face and was so friendly and engaging.
My deepest condolences to your family,

Viking Sewing Gallery Cranberry
   Posted Thu January 24, 2019
We are so very sorry for your great loss. Our prayers are with all.

Carole Holliday
   Posted Thu January 24, 2019
Deepest sympathy from the McKnight girls. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Janet Sesack Gibbons
   Posted Thu January 24, 2019
My condolences to the entire family especially to her mother dear Barbara Blough Shaffer who has endured so much in her life already. Now, to lose her beloved Debby Lou. I cannot imagine her grief. Only her and your, her dearly loved families' deep faith and your sure knowledge of your reunion in Heaven will sustain you.

Viking Sewing Gallery, Rochester Hills, Michigan
   Posted Thu January 24, 2019
All of our prayers are with you and your family

John Kolm
   Posted Thu January 24, 2019

Truly Loved was sent by Leslie and John.

Kathleen Fromme
   Posted Fri January 25, 2019

Faithful Blessing was sent by Kathy Fromme, VSG 118.

Prayers from Viking Sewing Gallery # 118 with love -- Kathy, Sue, Mary Joan, Kathy Z & Grace

Viking Sewing Gallery in Mentor Ohio
   Posted Fri January 25, 2019
Lisa - our deepest condolences to you and your family as you say goodbye to Debbie. Prayers to the entire family. We are all thinking of you.

Viking Sewing Gallery in Flint
   Posted Fri January 25, 2019
Lisa - we are so sorry for your loss, Happy for Debbie that she is in Heaven!
Your friends @ Flint VSG 642

Sandra Moscovic
   Posted Sat January 26, 2019

Faithful Blessing was sent by Sandy Moscovic.

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