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As most of you know, the current crisis touched our church on Thursday as our beloved friend Larry Knopf passed away as a result of the coronavirus. Larry fought a good fight over the past ten days but finally succumbed. His wife Miki had been allowed to see him in the hospital earlier this week, a vital gift in this impossible time.
What makes this loss even more difficult is the inability to hold a public wake or funeral until the health crisis has ended. We will do so when it is safe. In the meantime, condolence cards may be sent to Miki at 76 Edwards Avenue, Sayville NY 11782 and to Stephan and JoAnn Knopf at 76 Hill Street, Patchogue NY 11772.
Larry leaves an incredible legacy on his three children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will always be remembered for his kind and giving spirit, his great smile, his love for people and all their dogs (it was said he knew every dog in the neighborhood from his daily walks). He was an excellent cook, a wonderful friend and a huge help to the community through Sharing a Meal and other ventures, whether ushering, donating books or simply spreading good wishes. We will remember him as a joyful usher, a supportive presence, a source of calm and a wellspring of faith. The love story he shared with Miki for 67 years seems like a long time but all too short.
The Scripture that came to my mind today is the shortest passage of the Bible: “Jesus wept” (John 11:35). Jesus has just learned that his friend Lazarus has died, and he has traveled back to Bethany. The longer passage reads:
When Jesus saw Mary weeping, and the others who had come along with her also weeping,
he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. “Where have you laid him?” he asked.
“Come and see, Lord,” they replied.
Then the people said, “See how he loved him!”
Most of us know the rest of the story. Jesus calls Lazarus out of the town, bringing him back to life. But Lazarus will die again someday. And Jesus realizes this. Our God is not a dispassionate God. He weeps with us, mourns with us, and loves us. Jesus could have kept going around bringing people back to life, but while he was on earth, he was finite; he couldn’t get to everyone. And Jesus had a bigger plan in mind: to open heaven to the faithful, so that in God’s time every tear would be wiped away from every eye, every fear replaced by peace, every sorrow by comfort, every disappointment by joy.
Larry would have been 90 on Easter this year. This year as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, we also celebrate the continuation of our lives in Christ. He leadeth me beside the still waters; he restoreth my soul … surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
One day we will dine at a table with Larry and our Lord, and I expect the table to be covered in Scottish plaid. Until then, we mourn him together and thank God for the life he shared with us, and the life he is now experiencing, healthy and restored in heaven, and certainly missing us until we meet again.
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May God bless us all in our mourning and in our hope.
My heartfelt sympathies go to you and your family. May Larry Rest In Peace. ~ Diane Schnopp
I worked with Miki in the thrift store on March 13th. Larry, as always, was there too. He put the signs out and made sure everything was o.k. before we opened for the day. Then he left until he picked Miki up at closing. I feel very blessed to have seen him that day!! He was a sweet, sweet man and we are all blessed to have known him. My Deepest Sympathy, Carol
Such sad news💔What a special person, Larry will truly be missed by all who knew him. Sending our love, thoughts and prayers to Miki, Stephan and JoAnn and their additional family members.🙏 ~ Andrea McCormick-Gilbert
I have no words to express my sadness. Love you Larry. What a wonderful man. God bless Miki and her family. ❤️❤️🙏🏻🙏🏻 ~ Barbara Gieseler
Will miss Larry so much. He always made me laugh every Sunday with his dry humor. What a great man. ~ Deborah Turner
Sending our love to Miki, the whole Knopf family and our church family. ❤️🙏 ~ Marsha Neville
Every time I sit on church steps in the rain I’ll think of him. Sometimes he would keep me company. 😭
~ Dennis Lozier
We are heartbroken 💔. All our love and hugs🤗❤️ to Miki, Stephan and JoAnn and the entire Knopf Family! ~ Tracy Repetto Seeba
🙏 Sending prayers & love to the Knopf Family ❤️. ~ Kelly Waters Urraro
Heartbroken. Love you Larry. Sending prayers. ~ Paul Weisman
Sincerest prayers and condolences to Miki, and the Knopf family. ~ Frank Mediate
So sad ! Sending prayers, thoughts and love ❤️ I will miss his smile. ~ Colette Deacetis Parasmo
Oh, no ….. 😔🙏 ~ Robert G. McDermott
Such a sweet and kind man who had an infectious smile. Sending our condolences to Miki and her family. Keeping them in our thoughts and prayers during this time. 🙏🏻 ~ Debbie, Steve & Steven Grossman
Prayers are with you always ❤️ ~ The Sullivan Family
Larry was the definition of the word “gentleman”. Sending many prayers and love to Miki and family. ~ Kate Moran
I will always remember Larry for his kind, gentle ways. He always managed to make me smile. My heart goes out to Miki and his entire family. Rest In Peace Larry, you will be missed.. ~ Love, Pat DeFelice
Thoughts and prayers … ~ Ron Kee
I’ll always remember Larry with great fondness. My deepest sympathies to Miki, Stephan and family for their loss. 💙 ~ Regina Kasper Eger
So sorry for the loss, rest in peace Larry. ~ Edward A. Gross
Miki, Stephan, and JoAnn: Tina and I will keep you in our prayers. Larry was one of the finest men I have known and he will be greatly missed. Miki, you and I will forever be bonded through our childhood roots, a light that will forever glow. Bless you. ~ Dick Flegenheimer
We only knew Larry as a neighbor, but could always count on seeing his smile and friendly greeting on his daily walk. He one day left a hand written note on my windshield letting us know our inspection had expired. This simple act of kindness is something I will never forget and serves as a reminder that we all need to look out for one another. Rest In Peace. ~ Brian Demeusy
I know how much he enjoyed seeing pictures of Dewie. When first stared sitting behind Larry and Miki with Harriet and Dorothy, Dorothy pointed out how they sat shoulder to shoulder. Seeing a couple so much in love will forever stay with me. ~ Ursula Carter
I am so sad to hear this news. I will miss his gentle teasing comments and the fun we had. Love and hugs to Miki and the family. ~ Chris Burke
Our dear friend Larry, you surely will be missed. I always felt a sense of peace in his presence. And his smile, I’ll always remember. My deepest condolences for Miki and the entire family. ~ Louise Cusack 🙏
I am so saddened to hear this news. I really enjoyed ushering with Larry on Sundays and his sense of humor. He will be truly missed. My deepest sympathy to Miki and all of her family. ~ Pat Wolkoff
Thank you all for your condolences and wonderful memories. It means so much to us to see how much he meant to you all. He will be sorely missed.
Stephan and JoAnn Knopf
I am so sad to hear of Larry’s passing. I have worked with him and Miki for many years at the soup kitchen. I will always remember his appreciation of books, pets and nature and the love he had for his family. What an honor to have known this wonderful gentleman. Sending love, prayers and peace to Miki and family. May he rest in peace. ~ Nancy Rullman
Thoughts prayers and love sent to this beautiful family… Rest in peace Mr. K ❤ ~ Debbie
John called Miki & Larry ‘mom n dad’ because they were so loving not only to each other but everyone they met – and since John’s own parents had passed he felt the Knopf’s connection most dearly. I appreciated the caring but ALSO the unique and gentle sense of FUN with each other and with us. Larry always greeted me to dinner with “have one of my whiskey sours, Linda?” (awesome). We loved Larry’s laugh, gentle teasing, and his cooking! Larry was the strong anchor that we held onto and we won’t let go as we know he is still there for us. ~ John & Linda Hubbard
As distant relatives we have been blessed by having Larry and Miki as part of our lives for the past twenty years. We are heartbroken over his passing. We will always remember Larry for his hospitality and gracious and gentle manner. We loved his stories about all his family, sailboating, cooking and his volunteer work with his church. He was an extraordinarily positive individual and had a wonderful sense of humor. Larry will forever have a special place in our hearts. ~ Roger, Eloise, Roger Jr. and Christopher Eisenhardt