Joann Knapp

Obituary of Joann J. Knapp

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Beloved East Hanover Middle School foreign language teacher, Jo Ann Knapp, 78, of Hardwick, formerly of East Hanover, passed away peacefully on September 16, 2021, surrounded by family after an extended fight with lung cancer. She is survived by her husband Jarvis (Jay), her children Jeff and Jill, son-in-law Matt, daughter-in-law Mindy, and her grandchildren Molly Rae, Jack, and Emily along with a network of cousins. Born in 1942 to Cornelia and Joseph, this inspiration for password security questions - mother's maiden name, favorite middle school teacher - grew up an only child in Newark. She attended Mount Saint Dominic Academy in Caldwell, and Caldwell College for Women where she graduated with a Bachelors in French and a minor in Spanish. Upon graduation, she taught at 3rd Grade at Garfield School in Newark for one year, and then French at Webster Junior High in Newark until the birth of her son Jeffrey in 1969. A daughter, Jill, was born in 1971 and a family relocation to East Hanover followed in 1973. JoAnn was a stay at home mom until 1982 when she fell into a position at East Hanover Middle School, getting hired to start a foreign language program in mere days, teaching "Intro to Foreign Language" where she taught a generation to count to 10 in German and converse in French and Spanish. She was advisor for the EHMS Foreign Language Club, an enthusiastic Hanover Park Marching Band band parent to Jeff and Jill, and an avid volunteer, serving many years as treasurer of the local Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, PTA and East Hanover Rec Soccer. She managed to return to college where she earned two Master's Degrees in Education from Marygrove University. She and her family travelled extensively, and she had notebooks filled with minutiae about each trip - with meticulous accounting. She had traveled to 49 of the 50 states, and also loved time spent sharpening her conversational French skills during summer trips to Quebec and Europe. She retired from teaching in 2005 and shortly thereafter she and Jay retired to Hardwick Township in scenic Warren County, where she continued to host holiday gatherings featuring her famous homemade manicotti and red gravy. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Avenue, Newton, NJ 07860; a source of great comfort for JoAnn and the family in her final days. A memorial service will be scheduled in the future, once we're fairly confident it won't be a superspreader event. Arrangements are under the direction of Newbaker Funeral Home, 200 Route 94, Blairstown, NJ 07825.

Final Resting Place

Gate Of Heaven Cemetery
225 Ridgedale Avenue
E. Hanover, New Jersey, United States
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