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Jewel McNeil Burke Knapp

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Jewel McNeil Burke Knapp, died peacefully at her home on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2002. Loving wife of Richard for over 50 years. Proud of her Virginia birthplace, but loved her Pennsylvania home. Mother and mother-in-law of Bradford Knapp, Marjorie and Pam, Lisa Knapp Lorenzi and Jim, Kenneth Knapp and Alysia, Laura Knapp Cheryba and Tom. Grandmother of Joe, Zack, Lauren, Casey, Alexis, Elizabeth, Melanie, Roslyn, Sam, Adam, Rio and Anna. Sister of Imogene, Ralph, Bruce, Herbert and preceded in death by Buford, Clyde and Jay. Jewel was a resident of Pine Twp. for over 32 years. Fifteen years ago, she and Richard developed their property known as "Charter Oak," named after a magnificent 250-year-old white oak tree that drew them to the property. There they built what Jewel always referred to as her dream home, designed to accommodate her large family and entertain friends. Perhaps Jewel's proudest accomplishment, besides her family, was the part she played in helping her daughter, Laura, form and develop the Laura Lynn School of Dance in Gibsonia, one of the largest dance schools in the North Hills. Through the years, she continued to play a major part in the development and success of the school through her involvement and advice in all aspects of running the studio. "Mrs. Knapp" was known by most parents and students for her insight into dance and her warmth and consideration in dealing with everyone. At "Charter Oak," Jewel loved gardening and landscaping, allowing she and Richard to turn the nearly 10 acres into a nature preserve with a lake and all manner of plants, shrubs and trees. Although she began a career in nursing, she put it aside while raising her family. They meant everything to her and it was reflected by the love and devotion all of her children and grandchildren had for their mother and "granny". Visitation with the family on Wednesday and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the SIMONS FUNERAL HOME INC., 7720 Perry Highway, Ross Twp. Services and interment will be private. Family suggests contributions to be made to the Forbes Hospice, 6655 Frankstown Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206 or Make-A-Wish Foundation of Western PA, 555 Grant St., Suite 425, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.
Published in Pittsburgh Tribune Review on Sept. 25, 2002
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