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Judith Knapp, beloved mother, and grandmother, died Thursday, December 21. She was 85 years old. Judy is survived by her two children: Heather and Chris, her five grandchildren, and her brother, Arthur Wesselman.
Judy led an extraordinary life. She graduated from college with a degree in physics, one of just a few women in that challenging major at the time. After having her two children, she eventually moved back to Cincinnati and worked in product development as a chemist for Proctor and Gamble. Many a mother who has marveled at how much liquid a diaper can absorb can thank Judy for her help in developing that technology!
Though she loved her job, she found being a parent and grandparent the most fulfilling joy in her life. Judy was a strong role model for both her children for how hard work and commitment can pay off. Her children were always proud to say that she was their mom and share her story. Of course, grandma also had an excellent reputation for finding the best presents for her grandchildren and being a wonderful babysitter.
After retiring, Judy had time to pursue another passion: Native American Archaeology. She spent many years volunteering at Sunwatch Indian Village and Archaeological Park. Here she had the opportunity to pursue her interest in archaeology and encourage the same passion in visiting school children. Anyone wishing to make a donation can do so for the Dayton Society of Natural History at https://dsnh.regfox.com/donation
To honor her life, a visitation service will take place December 28 at 9:00 AM with a Mass of Christian Burial following at 10:00 AM at St. Vivian’s Church, 7600 Winton Road.