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Fay Knapp, 91, bookkeeper, florist, and ‘Friend of Education,’

Fay (Weiss) Knapp, 91, of Ridgefield, died on Monday, March 25th at Hancock Hall in Danbury.

Fay was born in New York City on July 10th, 1921 and was raised and educated in the Bronx.  She married Sidney Knapp on July 27th, 1943 in the midst of World War II.

She worked as the bookkeeper and florist for the family landscaping business until her husband’s death in 1994.

After her husband’s death, Fay moved to Long Island to be closer to her family.  In 1994 she began volunteering at Northeast Elementary School as a first grade teacher’s aide.

In 1999, Fay moved to Ridgefield with her daughter and her family.  She started working at Scotland Elementary School in the fall of 1999 in both the library and the reading room.  She worked three full school days a week until May of 2012, when she made the decision to leave at age 90.

Throughout her life Fay was an avid knitter and quilter who donated many of her finished projects to charity.  She was a voracious reader, and a passionate animal lover.

She was an active member of Founder’s Hall and a member of Friends of the Ridgefield Library.

In 2001, the National Education Association honored her as a Friend of Education for Outstanding Contributions to the Ridgefield Public Schools.  Scotland Elementary School will be honoring Fay by dedicating the bookroom to her.

She is survived by a daughter, Dorene Zurlo of Ridgefield; two sons, Richard Knapp of Leesburg, VA, and Andrew Knapp of Freehold, NJ; and six grandchildren; Christopher and Cortney Knapp, of Pebble Beach, CA; Robert Knapp of Waltham, MA; James Zurlo, of Arlington, VA; Emily Zurlo, of Harwich, MA; and Nicholas Zurlo, of Ridgefield.

Graveside funeral services and burial will take place on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 11 am in King Solomon Cemetery, Clifton, NJ.

The family will received friends in the Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St., Ridgefield on Saturday, April 6, 2013 from 2 PM to 5 PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in her memory to Ridgefield Operation for Animal Rescue, Ridgefield Founder’s Hall, or the charity of your choice.

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