Joseph A. Knapek, 85, passed away at his home on Monday, February 29, 2016 in Ashburn, VA.
Joe was born in Schwertner, TX, on December 25, 1930, to Joseph Frank and Angeline Gabriella Knapek. Joe served in the U.S. Air Force from 1950-1954 and served in the Korean War from 1952-1953. He graduated from Baylor Medical University in Waco, TX, in 1956, with a degree in Accounting. He enjoyed a 35-year career for Chevron Oil Company beginning in Houston, TX, followed by moves to Denver, CO and Benicia, CA. He retired in 1991 and truly enjoyed his 25 years of retirement. He moved with his beloved wife, Margie, to Ashburn VA in 2009 to be close to his grandchildren.
On February, 21 2015, Joe lost his devoted wife of 53 years, Margie. Joe is survived by his daughters: Lori Bugaj and husband, John; Karen D’Amato and husband, Vic; and by his four beloved grandchildren; Anna, Joey, Nicky and Henry.
Joe was an extremely friendly, kind, and caring person. He had a great sense of humor and was referred to as Papa Joe by family and friends. Joe loved a good joke, jelly beans, bluebonnets, and the great state of Texas. He was always laughing, a true Texan, who always had a kind word and a smile on his face. He was dearly loved by many and will be deeply missed.
Family and friends are invited to a Memorial Mass at St. Theresa Parish in Ashburn, VA on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, Masses may be said at St Theresa Parish in Joe’s name, or donations may be made to the American Heart Association.
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