Rita Knapp
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KNAPP, RITA (Pat) RIEHLMANN Beloved wife, devoted mother of four, age 83, died peacefully on July 24, 2009, at her home in Solana Beach, CA. Born October 5, 1925, in New Orleans, she personified its joie de vivre. She is survived by her children, Greg (Tujunga, CA) and his wife, Cathleen; Sam (San Diego, CA); Deirdre (Arlington, VA); and Steve (San Francisco, CA); her brother, Bernard; and a host of nieces, nephews and cherished friends. She was married to Norbert G. Knapp for 45 years; he died in 1993. Avid beachgoers, they loved tennis, baseball, dancing, and world travel. An LSU English graduate, Pat was an avid reader and letter writer, raconteur, crossword puzzle enthusiast and bridge player par excellence. She will be remembered for her strong faith in the Good Lord, her devotion to her family, her wonderful acts of kindness, and extraordinary intellect. Visitation on Thursday, July 30th, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at El Camino Memorial, 340 Melrose Ave., Encinitas, CA 92024, with Rosary at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 31st, Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church, 625 S. Nardo Ave., Solana Beach, CA 92075, followed by a private burial at El Camino Memorial Park. Reception at 2:30 p.m. at the Knapp's, Del Mar Beach Club, 163 South Shore Drive, Solana Beach, CA 92075.

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Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on Jul. 29, 2009.
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August 4, 2009
A grand lady she was.... An amazingly cool Mom... Devoted to her family and friends; smart, fun, upbeat, gregarious, very "New Orleans", a real character... And, the "consummate Mom"... She will be dearly missed...
Deirdre Knapp-Murray
July 31, 2009
Growing up on Deerpark Drive in Clairemont with the Knapps still has fond memories for me. Sam waterski'd with us down at the bay, Deidre and I went to school together and Mrs. Knapp was always a happy and positive person when I was at their home. My heart hurts for her family and friends as she will be greatly missed by all.
Lynn Stinson-Armstrong
July 29, 2009

To my cousins please know that I am sorry to hear about your mom. Aunt Pat was a very cool lady and I loved her alot. Please know that my prayers and thoughts are with you. Love you always, Lisa
Lisa Riehlmann-Wasson
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