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Peter R. Knapik

Wednesday, January 02, 2013 - Updated: 6:09 PM

December 30, 2012

Peter R. Knapik, 71, of Watervliet Shaker Road, Latham, NY; passed away Sunday December 30, 2012 at Samaritan Hospital in Troy, NY.

Born in Amsterdam, NY; on June 19, 1941, he was the son of the late Peter and Elizabeth Knapik.

Peter was a graduate of St. Mary's Institute in Amsterdam.

Peter was an Investigator for the New York State Police, Troop G in Loudonville, NY; retiring in 1989. He was also a member of the Former and Retired Troopers Association

He is survived by his wife, Karyn T. Knapik of Niskayuna, NY; one son, Matthew S. Knapik of Seminole, FL; one daughter, Alison Keller of Burnt Hills, NY; stepdaughter, Desiree (Chris) Smith of Rotterdam, NY; one sister, Mary Bargstedt of Fort Hunter, NY; one grandson, Ethan Smith of Rotterdam and nieces, nephews and cousins.

Peter was also predeceased by a son, Michael Knapik and a daughter, Carol Knapik.

Funeral services are private and will be held at the convenience of the family.

Inurnment will be at St. Mary's Cemetery, Fort Johnson, NY.

Memorial gifts in Peter's name may be made to Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region, 139 South Lake Avenue, Albany, NY 12208.

Arrangements are by the Riley Mortuary, Inc. 110 Division Street, Amsterdam, NY.

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Posted By: Laurie Bargstedt On: 1/2/2013

Title: Hello, Love

That is the greeting my Uncle Peter used to greet me. I hope those are the words that God used when he welcomed Peter home. We spent a nice day together on Christmas at my sister, Bonnie's. Those are the meories will hold on to when I think of him. In the new year I pray for peace and comfort for all who love and miss him.

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