Dawn M. Knapik (nee Burdette)
Oct. 11, 1923 — Dec. 18, 2014
Dawn M. Knapik (nee Burdette) of Waukesha was born on October 11, 1923, and went home to heaven on December 18, 2014, at age 91. She attended Waukesha and Pewaukee High School, and she was united in marriage to Raymond J. Knapik, who preceded her in death.
Dawn is the daughter of Margaret Burdette-Roso (nee Flynn) and Greggory Burdette.
She enjoyed bowling, participating on numerous leagues, and also enjoyed dancing and, for a number of years, enjoyed line dancing to the music of Barbara and the Carousels. Music was a passion for Dawn, a love she passed down to her children. She also loved gardening and was known for her ability to bring any dying plant back to life. In the 1970s, Dawn was secretary for the Silhouettes competitive color guard and logged thousands of miles traveling as chaperone with her two daughters. Oh how she loved those adventures! She loved the Brewers and Packers and was known to loudly voice her displeasure when her teams were losing.
In the 1960s, Dawn and her husband Ray owned Ray’s restaurant on Clinton Street in Waukesha. Dawn eventually, and on her own, sold the restaurant, got her driver’s license, bought a car and paid off a mortgage. She found a job to support her family, first at Klein’s Bakery, and eventually working as a senior apartment custodian, where you could often find her (though she was not much younger than the residents), running personal errands for them, because she liked to help. Dawn saw to it that her kids always had not only the necessities, but a few extras as well.
Dawn missed her son Randall J. Knapik (Randy), as well as daughter Wendy T. Corgiat (nee Knapik), who went home to heaven before her. She also missed her sister Dolly and brother-in-law James, (Jimmy) Smith, sister Donna (Lani), and brother-in-law Richard (Dicky) Alexander, as well as great-granddaughter Emmy Robin Kerns.
Dawn and her sisters Lani and Dolly talked with such love of their “Ma and Pa,” that there is comfort in knowing for Mom the missing is over, and they are all together again.
Survivors include: son Greggory (Gregg) Knapik, who was a primary care giver; daughter Marilee and her husband Kurt Christensen; and son-in-law Richard (Rick) Corgiat. She is also survived by Wendy and Rick’s daughter Shaunna Corgiat, as well as Marilee and Kurt’s children: Britany (husband Scott Kerns), Brooklyn, Denmark, Sahara, Seneca, Jericho and Canaan and great-grandchildren Jude and Elle Kerns. Dawn will also be missed by much loved nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends.
Dawn loved God and her family in that order. Among the many life lessons she taught her family was how to stretch a dollar or a meal. She was fond of saying, “don’t throw that away, you never know when you may need it.” She was never too tired to listen and to care and her heart broke whenever she heard a baby cry. She also was big on the golden rule: “How would you want to be treated?” she would ask.
We wish to thank The Virginia Health & Rehabilitation Center, as well as Seasons Hospice, not only for their care of Dawn, but for their compassion and care of Dawn’s family. We are forever grateful.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Diabetes Association would be appreciated.
Visitation will be held on Friday, January 16, from 4 PM until time of service at 7 PM at Church and Chapel Funeral Home, 380 Bluemound Road (at highways J and JJ, four blocks south of Interstate 94), Waukesha. Interment will take place on Saturday, January 17, at 11 AM at St. Joseph Cemetery.
Church and Chapel Rudolph-Larsen Bros. Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 262-549-0659 or visit www.churchandchapel.com to view the online obituary, leave condolences or receive directions. To receive this obituary, text 1467493 to 414-301-6422.