Nora Ann Knapp, daughter of the late Frank and Marion Annunziato entered into rest Friday June 12th after a brief and courageous battle with cancer.
Nora, a 40 year resident of the Town of Newburgh, was born and raised in Yonkers NY. She attended St. Barnabas Catholic High School in the Bronx, and the N.Y. Foundling Hospital where she received a diploma in Nursing.
As a Nurse, she loved working with babies and enjoyed that until she married and had babies of her own.
Nora married her first love, Thomas Reese, the father of her three children, in December of 1963. Although they divorced, and each remarried, they were equally committed to their children, and remained the best of friends. When Tom had a stroke in February 2014 she was with him every day, demanding the best care for him, until he passed in July of 2014. They were together for over 50 years.
Although she was an only child she was raised with her cousins, Pat, Liz, Louie, John, Angela and Rita, and never had the experience of being alone. She loved having her family and friends around, and her home was always open. Nora made friends easily, and kept them forever. Some of her closest friends she met in Kindergarten. When Tom became a cop, Nora befriended Marie Reynolds, the wife of a fellow policeman.
Nora and Marie spent many years together; raising their children, and supporting each other through many of life's challenges. They remained great friends.
Nora was an avid gardener, loved to knit and crochet, wrote poetry and in her earlier years enjoyed bowling and needlepoint. Her love was demonstrated in her cooking and in keeping the family together. She was proud of all her children and can rest peacefully in a job well done.
Nora was predeceased by her parents, her half-brothers Frank and Edward Annunziato, her sister-in-law, Rose Annunziato, and her husband's, Thomas Reese and Douglas Knapp.
She is survived by her three children; Robert Reese and his wife June of Crestview, FL, Jeanne Reese and Kathleen Reese of Newburgh, NY; her granddaughter (the light of her life) Emily Reese, her nephew, Tom Annunziato, her second husband, William Healey, and many cousins.
The family would like to thank the caring staff at St. Luke's Hospital 4N, as well as, Dr. Mitchell Garden (the best back doctor in the world according to Mom), Dr. Javier Ruiz (who supported her in beating breast cancer in 2009) and Dr. Carol Taylor, her long time doctor and friend.
We would also like to acknowledge the tremendous support of her friends Charlotte Forrester, Patricia Larkin, and Karen Adams, all of whom made a very difficult time bearable.
Nora will be missed by her children, family and dear friends. She trusted in Jesus and his mercy, and prepared this poem in honor of her life:
"After I am gone, don't be sad; Just always remember the good time we've had
My life has been full, with great family and friends
And I'll always be with you wherever your road bends
So go and raise a glass, have a toast or two; and always remember I love all of you."
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation, or the St. Patrick's Soup Kitchen.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17th at White & Venuto Funeral Home, 188 North Plank Road (Rt. 32) Newburgh, NY. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 18th at Our Lady of the Lake Church, Route 52 Newburgh NY. Burial services will be private at the convenience of the family.