Knapp, Brunhilde R.
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Rochester: Surrounded by her family Brunie Knapp died peacefully in her sleep early Tuesday morning, May 6, 2013. Three weeks shy of her 100th birthday Brunie up to the last day regaled family and friends with stories from her adventurous and multi-faceted life. Although her Texas roots were deep, her 75 years in Rochester brought her exceedingly great joy. Her positive, boundless energy and her bright mind and wit she lent to favorite community organizations. She served as President of the Board of the VNS on and off over a 30 year span, loyally supported the Meals on Wheels program, Planned Parenthood and became vitally interested in the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Her concern for the betterment of society was balanced by an innate intellectual curiosity and joy in social interaction. As her high school teacher predicted 84 years ago: "Very few people are blessed with the strength and versatility of intellect you have...flawless disposition and fineness of soul....Although all your friends look up to you and adore you, you are utterly sweet and unaffected....Keep your happy enthusiasm and your beautiful unassuming humility of spirit." Vassar College with both a BA and an MA in chemistry followed. With her children in school, Brunie did research on female hormones at the University of Rochester Medical School. Brunie led her family of four generations: one daughter Penny Hudnut, two sons Karl Pleger and Philip Pleger; three step-daughters, Kip Hargrave, Kathy Wodlinger and Jenni Knapp; five grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. The oldest of three sisters, she is survived by the youngest Elly Griffith. Always ready for adventure, Brunie joined in family trips far flung. Yet, she was content reading a bedtime story or questioning a grandchild about decisions ahead. Brunie outlived both her husbands Karl Pleger and Hugh Knapp as well as her long-time companion Al Davis. Once asked how she was almost 100 and still going strong, her advice was: "look forward, enjoy the day at hand, have lucky genes, eat red meat and get out and do things". The family wants to thank all her friends for their long time support and source of joy.
Please join the family on Saturday, June 1 from 3 to 5pm at the Chatterbox Club, 25 Goodman Street, Rochester.
Donations made be made to The Alfred Davis and Brunhilde Knapp Artists Performance Fund, RPO, 108 East Ave., Rochester, NY 14604 and The Visiting Nurse Service, 2180 Empire Blvd., Webster, NY 14580.
Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle on May 12, 2013