NORTH JACKSON — Martha Jane King Knapp, 77, passed away peacefully on Friday, September 16, 2022, in Antonine Village, accompanied by her family.
Jane was born on February 1, 1945, in North Jackson, the first daughter of Daniel Eli and Shirley Jean Davis King.
Jane is a 1963 graduate of Jackson Milton High School, excelling in music and English. She met the love of her life, Robert Clyde Knapp, in JM’s marching band. After graduating from the Dana School of Music at Youngstown University 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 in North Jackson, where Jane She was choir director for many years. , and more recently, they attended the Lordstown Christian Church. They enjoyed singing 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 rebellious children. Jane enjoyed babysitting, serving as a nursery teacher and babysitter for several years in Canfield. She loved reading, tending her miniature roses, hunting squirrels, and knitting for her loved ones. She was known for her own homemade desserts, blueberry muffins, knitted slippers and socks and for singing a strong contralto line while she led the music.
The list of family members who will miss Jane dearly is long. Her children, Robert Daniel (Shannon), Jason Dwight (Virginia) and Randall Ernest (Jeanette), mourn her passing; along with her grandchildren, Logan, Jayden, Fisher, Callaghan, Sawyer and Emma. Additionally, she is survived by her father, Dan; and her brothers, Jackie (Bob), Dan, Bo (Karen), Bill (Lisa), Dave and Tim (Mary Ann). She also leaves many nieces and nephews.
Jane was preceded into the afterlife by her husband, Bob; and her mother, Shirley.
The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to noon, with a funeral service to be held Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at noon at Lane Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel. Burial will follow at North Jackson Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions go to the Jane Knapp Memorial Fund, https://gofund.me/0359bd4e, which will go to Antonine Village for memory care activities or to the Deerfield Chorus, depending on Your designation.
Visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to express your condolences to the family.