It is with great sadness that the family of Patricia (Dias) Knapp announces her passing on June 8, 2017 at the age of 82 after a brief illness. Born June 7, 1935 in Boardman, Ohio, she is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 44 years, John L. Knapp of Randolph, Ohio, as well as her parents, Wilbert T. and Helen K. (Davis) Dias; her brother, Jack Dias, and her first-born child, John T. Knapp.
Pat is lovingly remembered as a faithful wife, devoted mother and grandmother, and tireless volunteer and businesswoman. She is survived by nine children: Randall (Vickie) Knapp of Lima, Ohio; Jeff (Mari) Knapp of Atwater, Ohio; Bonnie (Lee) Jenior of Randolph, Ohio; Daniel (Allison) Knapp of Sarasota, Florida; Nancy (Robert) Larson of Medina, Ohio; Kurtis (Judith) Knapp of Suffield, Ohio; Stephen (Jennifer) Knapp of Suffield, Ohio; Linda (Craig) Edington of Parker, Colorado; and Bradley (Leah) Knapp of Chagrin Falls, Ohio; and 18 grandchildren, five great grandchildren, a large extended family and countless friends.
Pat's passion for helping others became a lifelong commitment to community service as she volunteered 10,672 hours at Summa Health System-Akron City Hospital (ACH), starting with her early days as a candy striper and nursing student before becoming a hospital volunteer, serving on the ACH Women's Board and managing the ACH Gift Shop.
Pat loved the Lord and was an active member of St. Peter of the Fields Catholic Church in Rootstown, Ohio, serving as a Sunday school teacher as well as on numerous committees and volunteer groups including the Altar Rosary Society. In 2010, Pat made her perpetual profession to the Holy Family Institute, a Vatican-approved institute of consecrated life.
In addition to her volunteer work, Pat made custom wedding cakes from her home. Deciding she had too much time on her hands after the youngest of her nine children began school, she started the Calico, Wicker and Thyme Quilt Shoppe in Brimfield, Ohio, which she ran for nearly 15 years, while also serving as supervisor of the quilt displays at the Portage County Randolph Fair.
While her volunteer work and businesses filled her days, her devotion to her family filled her heart. Her greatest joy was spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Because she lived, three current generations of Knapps and countless more to come know faith and love and charity. They will miss her dearly.
Visitation will be held at St. Peter of the Fields Catholic Church in Rootstown, Ohio on Thursday, June 15, 2017 from 9:00 11:00 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial beginning at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at St. Peter of the Fields Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Peter of the Fields Catholic Church or the Women's Board of Summa Health, Akron Campus. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.wood-kortright-borkoski.com.
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