Geraldine B. Knoll, 101, passed away on Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at her home in Rocky Hill, CT, following a short illness. She was born in Dunkirk, N.Y., on May 3, 1921 to Paul and Catherine (Kokocinska) Brooks.
Geri was a 1938 graduate of Dunkirk High School and a 1942 graduate of the Fredonia Normal School (now SUNY Fredonia) where she studied to become a teacher before marrying Aloys Green and raising a family. Following Al’s death in 1972, she returned to SUNY Fredonia where she earned a Master’s degree in Developmental Reading. She married Richard Knoll, a high school classmate, in 1975, and joined him in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., where she remained until 2020.
A devout Catholic, Geri began each day attending Mass where she served as a lector and eucharistic minister. She enjoyed keeping busy with friends and family, exercising at her local gym, playing golf with the Saratoga Ladies Golf League, baking, volunteering, playing bridge, gardening, travel, entertaining, and singing — especially You Are My Sunshine. Throughout her life she remained curious, competitive, and compassionate, always striving to help others in need and offering smiles to everyone she met.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, James and Annie Green of Mooresville, N.C., Larry and Barbara Knoll of Red Creek, NY, Richard W. Knoll of Red Creek, NY; daughters and sons-in-law, Sandy Knoll and Evan Dick of Phoenixville, PA, Michele and Ron DeSimone of Rocky Hill, CT and Susan Green of Newburyport, MA; thirteen grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
She is predeceased by her parents, Paul and Catherine (Kokocinska) Brooks; two sons, Paul Green and Gerard Green; two husbands, Aloys J. Green and Richard H. Knoll; and her sisters, Dolores (Brooks) Johnson and Beatrice (Brooks) Dew, several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 328 Washington Ave., Dunkirk, NY., where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery, Dunkirk. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Clement’s Church Food Pantry, 231 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or to BlinkNow.org dedicated to the support and education of young children.
Arrangements are by the McGraw-Kowal Funeral Home and the Newington Memorial Funeral Home.