Elizabeth J. Knapp

February 3, 1931July 26, 2020

Elizabeth Jack Knapp was born in Wakefield, Massachusetts on February 3rd, 1931, to Mary Wilkinson Jack and Joseph Peter Jack. She was the middle child of three siblings. Liz graduated from Wakefield High School in 1948.

When Liz turned 21, she volunteered to go to Germany to work for the US military as a civilian during the Occupation after World War II. Liz was an adventurous spirit her entire life and living in Europe gave her the perfect opportunity to travel to and experience many different countries which she did on her own and with friends.

Liz met her husband, Chuck, while working in the same office in Frankfurt, Germany. They married April 26th, 1960 and honeymooned on Mallorca. They spent their first 14 years of marriage between Frankfurt, San Antonio and Bremerhaven and their 4 children were born along the way.

When Chuck retired after 20 years in the service, they decided that the family would move to Beaverton, Oregon where they have lived since 1974. Liz retired from her career with the US government in 1992, her last position was at the Office of the General Counsel as a paralegal. In retirement she was involved with many volunteer/social activities including: Women’s Club at St. Pius, Red Hat Society, the Lutheran Women’s Club and she was also a Eucharistic Minister. Liz and Chuck volunteered with Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District which allowed them to take their long walks each morning and help keep the recreation center in their neighborhood neat and tidy. They spent several weeks a year in Hawaii relaxing. Chuck and Liz celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary in April of this year.

If you asked Liz what was her greatest accomplishment, she would always answer her children. Liz is survived by her husband, her children Tammy, Chuck, John and Kelly as well as six grandchildren. Liz is also survived by her sister Anne, brother-in-law Tom and their children who live in Massachusetts, her brother-in-law Loren, his wife Joan and their 3 children as well as many dear, dear friends. Liz will be sorely missed and her enthusiastic nature will live on in all who have had the pleasure of knowing her. Rest easy now Mom.

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Jennifer Imai

August 11, 2020

I am sad to hear of Liz's passing. Liz and Chuck were always staunch supporters of Cedar Mill Library, and when they came in, I loved to hear notes of Massachusetts whenever Liz spoke. I'm hoping fond memories of happy times help you through the tough times, when you miss her most. Thinking of you with sympathy,
Jen Imai
Cedar Mill Library

Joan Fackler

August 4, 2020

Liz was one of the first people I met when I moved to the Scholls house, I 'll
always remember her pretty smile.
I came to think of her as our morning
sunshine . She was a fun, funny, delightful lady, I miss her 💗

Tamarah Hancock

August 3, 2020

A legacy of adventurers

Kelly Radde

August 2, 2020

It was a pleasure caring for Liz these past 5 months, she always had something to say to make me laugh. She will be dearly missed.

Leslie Laing

August 1, 2020

Liz was very blessed to have a wonderfully supportive family. Her sparkling eyes, beautiful smile, and wry, playful sense of humor were so reflective of her vibrant personality. Liz never tired of helping us to properly say, ‘Park the car in the Harvard yard’, bless her heart! She will be greatly missed! Love, Leslie Laing

Brent Larson

August 1, 2020

Condolences to all the Knapp family! I know that this is a tough time but knowing Liz, she would be telling everyone not to be sad. That this part of living a long and full life. I really enjoyed knowing Liz and being a friend of her outstanding, kind, loyal and fun kids. I will never forget the roadtrip that Liz, John and I took to Prineville OR to visit Chuck hot summer weekend in 1980 something. She was packed into the back of this little Toyota Celica with no AC, and never complained a bit. We did alot of "Lizening" as John called it, on that had roadtrip and had some great conversations with Liz. She was so enthusiastic and curious about everything. I'm going to miss her. I love you guys.

Carol Vincent

August 1, 2020

My deepest sympathy and prayers for the family at this sad time.
My husband and I first met Liz, Chuck, and family in the early 70's in Germany -- Air Force families.
We became friends and have continued to be throughout the years. She will be sorely missed. Rest in peace, Liz

Kimberly Diener

August 1, 2020

I did not have the opportunity to meet Liz in person. Yet I do have the great pleasure of knowing her daughter Kelly. Kelly has shared so many loving stories about her Mother. The sparkle in her eyes as she talked so lovingly about Liz throughout the years is what I will remember. This is a deep loss, may you all continue to keep those memories alive. Love Kim

Susan McConnell

August 1, 2020

I met Liz and Chuck when I worked at the Cedar Mill Post office where they had their post office box. I always treasured their visits. Liz was such a warm and friendly person and had a great sense of humor. We always appreciated the treats they would make for us. I was sorry to hear of her passing and wish you all well. You have cherished memories to keep her in your hearts.

Emma Shover

August 1, 2020

I am so lucky to grow up with Liz as my grandma. She was a woman that all girls would be lucky to have in their lives. I hope to live my life like she did, where the present is the best stage of life to be in and there are always cowboy cookies in the freezer.


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