Ellen Regina (Geni) Knapp the last surviving member of a pioneer Arizona family died on September 4, 2016 in Phoenix. She was the youngest child of the seven surviving children of Christopher and Mary Ellen (Pettid) Dalton. She was born in Phoenix on August 30, 1920 and grew up on the family farm at 36th Street and Oak. After graduating from St. Mary’s Grammar School and high school she began her career at Washington National Insurance Company and retired from the Arizona Department of Revenue. In her 60’s she married Herbert Knapp and shared 10 wonderful years with him before his passing. Geni was deeply rooted in her Irish culture and considered a trip to Ireland with her nieces and nephews a high light of her life. She is preceded in death by her parents, siblings and husband. 15 nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews survive her. Visitation will start at 5pm followed by a Rosary at 7pm on Monday, September 12, 2016 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10am, Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at St. Mary’s Basilica, 231 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix. Interment will follow at St. Francis Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
Bryan & Fran Rifley
Will always remember Aunt Regina for her wit and her stories. Never did a holiday, whether it be Thanksgiving, Christmas, Nurses Day or especially St. Patrick’s Day, go by without receiving a card and sweet note from Aunt Regina! Always in our hearts!
Kenya and Buddy (Pearce)
Regina is a lady that will be forever in our hearts. We may not have known her long, but fell in love with her from the get go. Regina, along with Uncle Harry and others at Sweet Home were why we were looking forward to retirement in Arizona.
Regina was a sweet lady, funny with quick wit and humor and an incredible memory. We always looked forward to seeing her on our trips to Arizona. We enjoyed her stories, her company and her overall specialness. We wish we had many more years to enjoy time with her.
To your family and friends, may all your memories and special times help you through this time of sorrow. Never a time did we visit with her that her nieces and family were not a part of her conversation. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Thank you Regina for allowing us to spend your 96th Birthday with you. We all had fun and you were such a trooper through it all. Thank you for being Uncle’s friend at Sweet Home. He thought you were pretty special too. Thank you for your many prayers for all of us. We know you are now a special Angel who will be busy watching over everyone. You are a blessing and a gift to so many people, and we feel blessed to have been a tiny bit of your life.
You will be forever in our hearts and prayers. We miss you Regina. Love, Kenya and Buddy
Gina was a truly wonderful lady and a delight to be with every time we managed to be together. The joy of “young” love with Grampa Herb Knapp was so special to see. She will be missed