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Wednesday September 17th, 2014
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Thursday September 18th, 2014

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Frank W. Knowlton

An Extraordinary Individual Passes

Frank W. Knowlton, 92, of Kerhonkson, NY, passed away peacefully with family at his side on September 15, 2014 at Golden Hill Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Kingston, NY. Frank had been a resident since July 2011. He died of natural causes.

He was born on May 7, 1922 in Harpursville, NY. Frank was a veteran of WWII serving with the US Army 8th Air Force. He was a retired Corrections Officer with the NYS Department of Corrections.  Frank married his wife Dorothy J. Baker on June 30, 1947. Dorothy predeceased him on December 31, 2004.

Frank is survived by his daughter Vivian Knowlton Purcell of Kerhonkson, NY, her companion James Norton of Kingston, NY, his son and daughter-in-law, Frank and Alycia Knowlton of Stillwater, NY and son John Knowlton. Frank has two grandchildren; Matthew Purcell and wife Jessica of New Paltz, NY, and Lisa Purcell and her husband Richard Curcio of Lake Katrine, NY, and three great-grandchildren; Jack Purcell, Cooper and Campbell Curcio.  

Frank’s hobbies included: tennis, gardening, photography, collecting postcards, coins, stamps and Indian artifacts. Frank was a MacGyver type of individual. He could fix most anything; with almost nothing. He was a key volunteer with the startup of the Ellenville Hospital in the mid 60’s; and the building of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Kerhonkson, NY. Along with his wife Dorothy, they gave their resources endlessly to senior organizations and numerous other organizations, which delivered food baskets and clothing items during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. Frank and Dorothy Knowlton were extraordinary human beings.

Visiting will be held on Wednesday, September 17th from 6-8pm at H.B. Humiston Funeral Home, 30 42nd St., Kerhonkson. The Funeral Mass will be on Thursday the 18th at 10am at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kerhonkson. Burial will follow at Pine Bush Cemetery, Kerhonkson.

Those wishing to may remember Frank through memorials to Golden Hill Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 99 Golden Hill Drive, Kingston, NY 12401 in his name.

The family would like to thank all of the individuals at Golden Hill for their dedication and outstanding care for Frank.  

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So sorry to hear about your Dad..our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

April Bartle Sep 22 2014 12:00 AM

My prayers are with you on the passing of Frank.  I worked with him at Eastern for many years and he was a real gentleman. May he rest in peace.

Rita Comeau Sep 17 2014 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss.I am glad I got to meet and get to know your dad he was a kind soft spoken gentle man and I will miss my big Teddy Bear.
                                          Diane Fordell GHNRC C-3

Diane Fordell Sep 17 2014 12:00 AM

Frank and Alycia -

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to you at the loss of Frank's Dad.  I imagine you have many wonderful remembrances of him beyond those mentioned in his obituary.  Blessings to you as you and your family mourn the loss, but celebrate the life of such a kind and giving soul.  Now I know where Frank got all his fix-it skills.  

Mary and Steve Sep 17 2014 12:00 AM

Giving my deepest condolences to Mr. Knowlton's family.  I have taken care of Mr. Knowlton for 3 years and he was a great man and always smiling.  It was a pleasure and I adored him, he will be truly missed.

Cotisha Hall
(CNA - Evening Shift, GH)

Cotisha Hall Sep 17 2014 12:00 AM

My condolences to Mr. Knowlton's family and friends. It was a pleasure getting to spend time with Frank and his amazing family. May he rest in peace always.

With sympathy, Jennifer Laugier (LPN) golden hill

Jennifer Laugier Sep 17 2014 12:00 AM

I pray that everything is at the best it can be in these hard times. I am thankful to have known Frank as well as his wonderful family, the sweetest group of people ever. I wish I had something spectacular to say but the best I can say is thank you for gracing us with your presence.

                                 sincerely with love,

Davon Spencer Sep 17 2014 12:00 AM

Please accept my sympathies for your loss.  I was struck by the word "extraordinary" to describe your loved one and his wife.  What a beautiful way to show the worth of one who lived.  I pray you will find comfort in the Bible's promise that soon "death will be no more" (Revelation 21:3,4) and the time soon when we can be reunited with our loved ones on a paradise earth for this is our Creator's purpose, not suffering and death.  Psalms 37:29 promises, "The righteous will possess the earth, and they will live forever on it."

dp Sep 16 2014 12:00 AM

Sincere sympathy is extended to all.  I remember Mr. Knowlton many years ago when his family lived in Napanoch as well as working at Eastern.  He was a very gentle man. He and his wife did many things for the community.

Ruth Berryann(McCombes) Sep 16 2014 12:00 AM

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