Midge Knapp


(Jan. 29, 2004)

Former Park County Treasurer Agnes "Midge" Knapp of Cody died Thursday, Jan. 29 after a long illness. She was 67.

She was born Oct. 18, 1936, in Chicago, Ill., to Michael and Agnes Rose Wilson LaSchiava, who were both hearing impaired. Raised by a grandmother, she became an accomplished dancer, figure skater and pianist. In her teens, she was unofficially adopted by the Becker family of Chicago. She was forever fond of her adopted brothers, Michael Becker of Cody and Ray Becker of Dillard, Ga., and their families.

She was the office manager for the firm that built the Chicago O'Hare Airport. She moved to Cody with the Becker families in the early 1970s and married long-time Cody resident Lynn Knapp on June 5, 1974.

She worked for Park County for 21 years, the last eight as county treasurer.

She loved music, animals, traveling, fishing and people. She was active in the Cody Soroptomists and the Republican Women's organization. Survivors include her husband, Lynn Knapp; a son, Major Karl Knapp in the USMC, San Diego, Calif.; two grandchildren, Kyle and Amanda Knapp of Temecula, Calif.; and a brother, Bill LaShiava of Chicago.

At her wishes, cremation has taken place, and no services are planned. Memorial contributions to the Humane Society of Park County, Box 203, Cody, would be appreciated by the family.