Knapik, Frank AMSTERDAM Frank S. Knapik, 95, of Hibbard Street, passed away peacefully Sunday afternoon, November 25, 2012 at St. Mary's Healthcare after a brief illness. Born in Amster-dam on November 26, 1916, the last surviving child of Joseph and Anna Mruczek Knapik, he was a lifelong resident. He worked for a time for Bigelow Sanford and later began a long career with Consolidated Novelty, retiring as a dock foreman. Frank was a proud veteran first serving with the Naval reserve. Enlisting in the Army in 1941, he served with the 105th Infantry Regiment, 27th Division. He saw combat in the Pacific Theater and received the Purple Heart for wounds received at both Makin Island and Japan. Highly decorated, his other ribbons include Bronze Star, Asiatic-Pacific medals, as well as Good Conduct and Occupational Medal, Combat Infantry Badge and a Presidential citation. He was active in the Military Order of The Purple Heart, past commander of DAV, life member of Wyszomirski Post 701 American Legion, the 27th Division, VFW and the Polish American Veterans. He was a parishioner of St. Stanislaus' Roman Catholic Church and formerly the Church of St. John The Baptist. Known by his many friends as "Snap", he enjoyed horse racing, trips to the casinos and the Jersey shore, as well as Polish music and dancing and was a friendly, outgoing gentleman. On September 9, 1945 he was united in marriage to the former Genevieve Traskos who predeceased him on April 20, 1973. His siblings, William, Stanley, John, Boleslaw, Mary and Helen also predeceased him, as well as a son, Timothy Knapik, son-in-law, Mark Irwin and his dear friend, Lottie Galka. He leaves his beloved daughter Cynthia J. Irwin of Amsterdam; daughter-in-law, Mary Ellen Lorini of Colonie; grandchildren, Michelle (Robert) Mazur, Jason Irwin, Heather Knapik, and Timothy Knapik; great-grandchildren, Lauren and Matthew Mazur; sister-in-law, Catherine Knapik as well as nieces and nephews. Services are Thursday at 9:45 a.m. at the Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home, 171 Guy Park Avenue, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:15 a.m. at St. Stanislaus' Church. Fr. O. Robert DeMartinis, celebrant. Interment will follow with military honors in St. John's Cemetery. A calling period will take place Thursday from 8 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made in his name to the Salvation Army or the Wounded Warriors Project, both in care of the funeral home office. Please visit his family's on-line guestbook at www.brbsfuneral.com
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Published in Albany Times Union on Nov. 27, 2012