Martha Jane Knapp 1945-2022 | News, Sports, Jobs


NORTH JACKSON – Martha Jane King Knapp, 77, passed away peacefully Friday, September 16, 2022 in Antonine Village, along with her family.

Jane was born on February 1, 1945 in North Jackson, the first child of Daniel Eli and Shirley Jean Davis King.

A 1963 graduate of Jackson Milton High School, Jane excelled in music and English. She met the love of her life, Robert Clyde Knapp, while performing at the JM. After graduating from Youngstown University’s Dana School of Music and when Bob returned from Vietnam, they were married on March 28, 1967. Jane and Bob Knapp were longtime members of the First Federated Church of North Jackson, where Jane was the choir director for many years. , and more recently attended Lordstown Christian Church. They liked to sing together in community choirs.

Jane taught music in the Garrettsville School District until 1971, when she retired from teaching for her second full-time job managing her three unruly sons. Jane enjoyed caring for children, serving as a daycare teacher and nanny for several years at Canfield. She enjoyed reading, caring for her miniature roses, chasing squirrels and knitting for her loved ones. She was known for her homemade desserts, blueberry muffins, slippers and knit stockings and for singing a loud alto line while conducting the music.

The list of family members Jane will miss is long. Her sons, Robert Daniel (Shannon), Jason Dwight (Virginia) and Randall Ernest (Jeanette), mourn her loss; with his grandchildren, Logan, Jayden, Fisher, Callaghan, Sawyer and Emma. Additionally, she is survived by her father, Dan; and his siblings, Jackie (Bob), Dan, Bo (Karen), Bill (Lisa), Dave and Tim (Mary Ann). She also leaves numerous nieces and nephews.

Jane was predeceased in the afterlife by her husband, Bob; and his mother, Shirley.

The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to noon, with a funeral service to be held at noon on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at Lane Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel. Interment will follow at North Jackson Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be directed to the Jane Knapp Memorial Fund,, which will be directed to Antonine Village for memory care activities or to the Deerfield Chorus, as you designate.

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