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Nan Lucy Knight, age 73, of Saranac Lake, died Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake. Nan was born in the family home on the St. Lawrence River in Waddington, N.Y. on March 13, 1944. She was the 4th child born to her parents, Ada and Antonio Rose.
During her early childhood the family moved to a farm in Madrid, N.Y. and welcomed four more kids bringing the sibling total to 8 with 6 girls and 2 boys. Nan fondly spoke about life on the farm and the opportunities she had to spend time with her grandmother and grandfather Sheets. While on the farm, Nan learned how to sew and crochet which she continued to enjoy her entire life. In the early 1960's the Rose family moved to Saranac Lake, N.Y. where Nan attended High School. In Saranac Lake she met the love of her life, James C. Knight Sr., whom she eventually moved to the Bronx with and married on August 8, 1964. While living in the city, the young couple frequented Yankee Stadium often during the Mantle era. The couple also traveled many places with her parents on vacations that seemed to be more like adventures. Nan worked at Bronx Municipal Hospital Jacobi Medical Center Albert Einstein College of Medicine as an X-Ray File Room Clerk until the birth of her only child, James C. Knight Jr., in 1974. At that point, she became a homemaker and enjoyed family life. She was a competitive spirit who had success on the bowling lanes winning many league and tournament awards dating back to the late 60's and continuing to as recently as this past December. She also enjoyed spending time with family typically playing pinochle or other games. She grew to love and enjoy sports as a result of her husband, and became her son's biggest fan who at one point introduced the sound of a cowbell to the stands of a football field in the Bronx. Anyone who met her immediately knew how proud she was of her son and eventually her grandchildren. She became "mom-Knight" to many of her son's friends, classmates, teammates, and coached players over the years for the support she gave them all.
Nan was predeceased by her husband of almost 50 years in May of 2015; her eldest sister, Carole Raymo, in 2017; a sister-in-law, Katherine Knight-Perry; a brother-in-law, Clark Knight; a brother-in-law, Jack Knight and sister-in-law, Peggy Knight.
She is survived by her son, James C. Knight Jr., his wife, Sara J. Matthews-Knight, and their twins, Anika Grace Knight and Nolan James Knight. She is also survived by her brother-in-law, William Raymo; her sister, Marilyn Snyder; her sister, Lillian Moon and her husband, Richard; her brother, Ron Rose and his wife, Diane; her sister, Linda Martish and her husband, Don; her sister, Connie Rose; and her brother, Nelson Rose and his wife, Teresa; and cousin and partner in crime Janet Fletcher; as well as many nieces and nephews. Calling hours will take place at the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home on Thursday, March 1, 2018 from 3 pm to 6 pm. A funeral service will immediately follow at 6 PM Thursday night at the funeral home, with Rev. Patrick Ratigan officiating. Burial will take place at Pine Ridge Cemetery in Saranac Lake in the spring.
Friends wishing to remember Nan L Knight may make memorial contributions to the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department or the Saranac Lake Volunteer Rescue Squad in care of the funeral home. Family and friends can also share their memories and sign the online guestbook at fortunekeoughfuneralhome.com.
Published on February 27, 2018
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