January 8, 2014

Irene E. Knapp

KEESEVILLE — Irene E. Knapp, formerly of Keeseville and more recently of Lafayette Street, Plattsburgh, died Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, at her current residence in Plattsburgh.

She was born and raised in Chicago, Ill., the daughter of Daniel and Emma (Gall) Hanley.

Irene's married life was spent in Iron River, Wis., where she and her husband owned a restaurant, a bait/fishing tackle shop and gas station, all of which were open and operating in that resort area for six months of each year. The winter months they spent in Fort Pierce, Fla. at the Causeway Mobile Park. They enjoyed 37 winters in Florida. After the death of her husband Melvin, Irene continued traveling to Fort Pierce, Fla. with her companion and friend, Jack Daggett.

Irene enjoyed cooking and was most fondly known for baking cookies and pies for every occasion. She also enjoyed sewing, crocheting, and knitting. Through all of her hobbies, Irene became an inspiration to many. She also loved to fish. During her later years Irene enjoyed spending time with friends, sharing daily lottery numbers and visiting the casino.

Survivors include her sister, Margaret Connolly of Hoffman Estates, Ill.; nieces and nephews, Kathy Cirella Phillips of Dundee, Ill., Mike Cirella of Batavia, Ill., and Dan Cirella of Santa Monica, Cali.; grand-nephew, Matthew Phillips; and grand-nieces, Kate Phillips and Emma Phillips; and nieces and nephews on her husbands side, Myron Knapp, Katherine (Knapp) Willoughby, Suzanne (Knapp) Costello, Rozanne (Knapp) Maki, Iron River, Wis., and Daniel Knapp, Sandstone, Minn.

Irene was preceeded in death by her parents; husband, Melvin in 1993; Jack Daggett in 2004; brothers, Daniel, George, and Herbert; sisters, Mabel Bortle, Emily Lekis, Rose Hanley, and Katherine Cirella; and niece, Angela Cirella Hence.

At Irenes request there will be no public calling hours. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Burial will be in the Iron River Cemetery in Iron River, Wis.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to your local Heart Fund.

Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 124 Clinton Street, Keeseville. To light an online candle and offer condolences in the memory of Irene Knapp please visit

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