Mary Jane Knapp

December 23, 1954 - June 19, 2020

"May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back May the sunshine warm your face, the rain fall soft upon your fields.."

Obituary of Mary Jane Knapp

After a brief battle with cancer, Mary Jane entered into her final rest on June 19th, 2020. Born on December 23rd, 1954 in Amherst, NY to John and Cecilia Zmuda. Mary Jane held a position at Catholic Charities of Buffalo and was a Regents graduate of Sweet Home High School. Mary Jane lived in Canada for thirty years before moving back to the United States.

Loving wife of Ken for 17 years. Beloved mother of Elizabeth Reid and Peter (Lori) Reid. Cherished grandmother of Cruz and Brooke Reid. Loved stepmother to Ken Jr. (Liz) and Kala, as well as step-grandmother to Kate, Micheal (Stephanie) and Mitchell (Sophie) and seven step-great-grandchildren. She is missed terribly by furbabies: Snapper, Ozzie, and Chip.

Dear sister of Ceil and Judy (Ron) as well as survived by many love nieces/nephews. Mary Jane was an avid nature lover, also with a love of fast cars, motorcycles and loved music. She was often at racetracks with her son and husband helping with their race cars, and even racing herself. She is a lifetime member and Vice Chairperson for Bikers Rights Organization Canada.

She will be missed by all. Interment to happen shortly with close family at St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Buffalo, NY.    Celebration of life for Mary Jane to be held in Canada at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice.


  1. Michelle Allaire on June 29, 2020 at 2:10 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. I loved working with and lunching on the lake with MJ. I loved her sugar and spice to others and her peppery spirit when she saw the need. I enjoyed her stories of grand babies and their development and of you kids. I loved her stories of trips in the RV and all the adventure that entails and her love of fast cars and race tracks and motorcycles. I will truly miss MJ. I will certainly carry her with me always.

  2. Colin Campbell on June 30, 2020 at 12:10 am

    Pops, I’m so sorry. May her soul rest easy. I never got to meet her, but I know that she was a good woman, because she married a good man.

    Colin C.

  3. Sally Cooper on June 30, 2020 at 12:17 am

    Sorry to hear of your loss. My heart goes out to you

    • Penny and Carmine Del Grande on July 7, 2020 at 5:26 am

      Our thoughts and prayers are with you Ken during this sad time of loss. Please extend our condolences to Ken Jr and all of MJ’s family. Mary Jane was a beautiful woman, a true angel. She will be sorely missed by all who were touched by her loving kindness.

  4. Bullet and Margo Davidson and family. on June 30, 2020 at 1:24 am

    Its such a tragedy for the world to lose such a beautiful woman inside and out to such a terrible sickness. May God be with her on her long motorcycle journey home to be with her creator.Rest in peace MJ. We all will miss and love you forever ❤️❤️.

  5. Dee Almon (Horton) and Vincenzo Martina on June 30, 2020 at 2:38 am

    She was my Aunt and I loved her dearly! I have so many fond memories growing up with her and sleeping over at her house when she lived in N. falls Canada 🇨🇦. She was beautiful inside and out!! I will miss her dearly ❤️

  6. Karna & J. Patrick Wright on June 30, 2020 at 10:19 am

    Our condolences to the whole family,, so sorry for your loss!

    Karna & J. Patrick Wright
    Smith’s Cove, N.S>

  7. Russ DiVito on June 30, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    Kenny long time my friend I’m so sorry for your loss she was a awesome lady god bless bro

  8. James England on June 30, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    Our condolences Ken. Sorry to hear of your loss.
    Jim England

  9. Janet Mills on July 1, 2020 at 4:27 pm

    So sorry for your loss Ken my thoughts are with you !

  10. Jenn McNamara on August 7, 2020 at 12:10 am

    My deepest and sincerest condolences. I had the pleasure of working with MJ, lunching with her and sharing an office with her. She was always kind to me, and acted more like my mom than a coworker and I loved her dearly for that, I am saddened by this news and will forever remember her spirit and stories of how much she loved her family and her fur babies. May she Rest In Peace.

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