Kaitlyn Knapp
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Knapp, Kaitlyn D.
Kaitlyn Diane Aurielle Handrahan Knapp, age 21, lost her fight against addiction on December 29, 2016. She fought hard and battled her demons of this heroin epidemic playing Russian roulette on the heroin battlefield. Once on heroin's battlefield, it is so hard to find your way out. She was so much more than a warrior though. She was a daughter, a granddaughter, a niece, a sister, a cousin, a girlfriend, a friend. As beautiful as she was on the outside, she was even more beautiful on the inside. Kaitlyn spent summers camping with her grandparents and friends. She loved our family's traditions including smoking cigars the last day of every family cruise with her Opa, mom, Aunt Erica and Uncle Richie. She traveled as far east as Turkey and as far west as Alaska. Kaitlyn tried gymnastics, Irish step dancing, cheerleading and karate before finding her love of soccer. She was also an amazing cook and once dreamed of becoming a chef. She loved her Opa to the moon and back. She often fed into his sarcasm which he unknowingly well-schooled her. Kaitlyn loved animals sneaking Baby Kitty home in her purse and attempting to keep him a secret in her room. When she laughed, she laughed loudly and with full intent and with the biggest most beautiful smile. See she was so much more than an addict just like every addict out there. She deserves to be loved, known and praised for the person she was. Society needs to move away from the "addict" stigma. My baby is gone now. Please hold your babies tight and teach and educate them as much as possible to arm them against the heroin and opiate battlefield. Heroin knows no boundaries nor does it discriminate. It is a war out there but there is safety in numbers.
With a universe's amount of sadness, you will be sorely missed by your loving family and friends my beautiful, angelic Kaitlyn. You will forever be my ubu boo boo.
Kaitlyn is survived by her mother and best friend Suzanne Brett Maybury Handrahan of Danbury, CT; her father Karl Knapp and wife Diane of Montrose, PA; brother Tyler Knapp of Florida; her stepfather Emmett J. Handrahan and wife Jennifer of Danbury, CT; maternal great grandmother Lenore Shankman of Washington; maternal grandparents Peter and Anita Lucsky of Danbury, CT endearingly known as Opa and Oma by all of Kaitlyn's friends; paternal grandparents Lee Knapp of Montrose, PA and Frank and Diane Baur of Brookneal; her Aunt Erica and Uncle Richard Brilhante of Danbury, CT and cousin Nicole Flynn of Florida; Aunt Angelina and Uncle Matthew Dawson of Springfield Center, NY; Aunt Deidra Auslander Klidonas of Holiday, FL; Tracey Cunningham of Brookneal, VA; and her boyfriend Daniel Meyer of Southington, CT as well as numerous other family members and beloved friends.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The HERO Project, c/o Peter Herger, Esq., 5 Lake Avenue, Danbury, CT 06810. https://www.facebook.com/theheroprojectbethel/
A memorial service will be held at the Hull Funeral Home, 60 Division St., Danbury, Thursday evening at 7:00. The family will receive friends, preceding the service at the funeral home from 5:00 to 7:00. To light a candle or leave an on-line condolence, please visit HullFuneralService.com



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Published in Danbury News Times on Jan. 3, 2017.
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February 2, 2017
Dearest Brett, Erica, Richie, Emmett, Anita & Peter,

Our deepest sympathies for the tragic loss of sweet Kaitlyn. Your lives will never be the same without her around. She was such a loving caring person with such a sweet smile and disposition. I'm at a loss for words because I'm in shock and disbelief. Our hearts break for all of you during this most difficult time. We just saw her Christmas day & had a lovely dinner with her. It wasn't her time to go, so sudden and unexpected. I'm glad we knew her even if it was for a short 10 years. She will never be forgotten. I keep thinking about her often. We love you all so much, you're all like family. RIP dearest sweet Kaitlyn
Robin & Pete Van Valkenburg
January 30, 2017
Kaitlyn Knapp
Robin Van Valkenburg
January 6, 2017
♥RIP Sweet Angel Kaitlyn ♥
Deepest sympathies
Rest in Peace sweet Angel Your family loves you with all their heart.
Your in our hearts always. ♥
My brother Karl and Family, so sorry for your loss.
Claudia Smith
January 6, 2017
January 5, 2017
Anita and Pete, I'm so sorry for your loss. I know you're really close with Kaitlyn.
Diane Rockwell
January 5, 2017
To a funny great person who made me smile...u will always be in my heart... Come and blow out my light out ...
Edwin Soto
January 5, 2017
Brett, Pete & Anita - we are so sorry for your loss. Such a fun loving beautiful human being. She has a place in all hearts of the lives she has touched. We are all so fortunate to have shared in her life - you are forever in our thoughts and prayers.
Valerie, Elizabeth & Devyn Howe
January 4, 2017
So sorry Brett. May you find comfort in memories and strength in each other's love throughout this difficult time.
Victoria Krooss
January 4, 2017
Always in my thoughts and lasting memories of a beautiful girl. Deepest sympathies to family and friends.
Coach Bud
January 4, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss. You have shared her beautiful soul with us and showed how much she was loved by so many. Maybe your ❤ heartfelt story will save a life.
You are a very strong and loving person to be reaching out to others during your grief, thank you for sharing her story and yours. Many prayers to you and your family.
In time, good memories will bring you some comfort.
Diane Giannattasio
January 4, 2017
Stay strong .. love & support are here for you.
Blake McCarley
January 4, 2017
Cheryl Schalkham
January 3, 2017
Very sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter.
Lisa & Dave Vail
January 3, 2017
Brett, I am so, so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I am spreading the word, as you wish. Knowledge is power. I wish you and your family eventual peace.
Cheryl Jimmie
January 3, 2017
Dear Brett, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at his time. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful and important message about Kaitlyn.
Ro and Roseanne Koveleski
Roseanne Koveleski
January 3, 2017
Rebecca Valentino
January 3, 2017
Karl and Diane I am so sorry for your loss. my thoughts and prayers are with you all through this difficult time. xo
Christy Dakin yoder
January 3, 2017
Suzanne,
What a beautiful obituary. Thank you for sharing your story so that others may learn. I do not know you but read the article in the Republican American this morning and then went on-line. You are an amazing woman and I am sure your daughter also was....
Gayle
January 3, 2017
My Hart goes out to you Erica and your Family!! I will keep you in my prays
Annie Coles
January 3, 2017
Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Carmen Vendinha
January 3, 2017
Karl and Diane. I know its been awhile but you're fovever in my heart regardless of the distance. Nothing i can say can take away the pain your feeling right now. So sorry for your loss. Your in my thoughts and prayers
Cathy Melendez-da Silva
January 3, 2017
Peter and Anita we are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family.
Conrad and Roxanne Main
January 3, 2017
My Condolences to the Family
Jim Yoder
January 3, 2017
Anita and Peter I'm so very sorry to hear about The loss of Kaitlyn my prayers are with you
love Shirley
Shirley Spencer
January 2, 2017
Do sorry for ur loss Brett
Christina Desousa
January 2, 2017
Karl and Diane, Paul and I are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family.

Sincerely
Donnalee and Paul Smith
Donnalee Smith
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