Date of Birth October 28, 1936
Date Deceased June 16, 2023
Hometown Hornell
Home State N.Y.
Service Date June 27, 2023
Service Time 11 a.m.
Service Location Sovereign Grace Baptist Church, Hornell (Big Creek Road)

Doris Suzanne Goff Knapp

 HORNELL – In her waning years, Doris Suzanne Goff Knapp, 86, was home in the loving care of her son, Clint. She took her last breath with him present on Friday, June 16, 2023. Sue, sometimes Suzy, lived a rich and full life with much laughter and activity.

Born on October 28, 1936, Suzy was the eldest daughter of Doris (Brown) and Fitch Goff of North Hornell, NY. As a child, you would often find her climbing trees and exploring. As an adult, Sue used to take her children hiking in the Steuben County hills. If you were lucky enough to be her friend, you were blessed by her quick wit and sense of humor.

As mother to four children, Sue also worked 40 years in Hornell for Dr. John Coyle. She was trained in phlebotomy and as a certified medical lab technician. Sue joined her husband on the rodeo circuit, where she enjoyed barrel racing.   She and her husband also enjoyed golfing. Sue was a member of Twin Hickory in Hornell, where she achieved a Hole in One. An avid reader of many genres, science fiction and fantasy being some of her favorites, Sue also volunteered at the Hornell library for years and served on their Board for some of them. In her retirement, she became an entrepreneur in partnership with her daughter, Cindy, taking care of insurance billing for various doctors in the area.

In addition to her parents, Suzanne was predeceased by her husband, Richard S. Knapp; her elder brothers, Robert McCabe and Peter McCabe; brother-in-law, Ron Ordway; son-in-law, Thom Berry; granddaughter, Putri, and great-granddaughter, Gillian.

Sue is survived by two sisters, Lora Ordway of Hornell and Judith (Bob) Corvino of Maryland; four children, Cynthia Berry (Jim Gardon) of Ocala, FL, Clint Knapp of Hornell, Tracy (Tom) Cassidy of Birdsall, and Theron Knapp (Yuli Lestari) of New Jersey; 11 grandchildren, Nicolette (Brad) Fisher of Florida, Thom (Maddie) Berry of Pittsburgh, Suzie Berry (Luke Nobles) of Canisteo, Jesse (Regina) Knapp of Florida, Daniel Knapp of Massachusetts, Madison (Harley) Cobin of Hunt, NY, Ryan (Sharlyn) Cassidy of Florida, Jamie Cassidy of New Orleans, Tanis (Dani) Cassidy of California, Ashley Cassidy of North Carolina, and Jasmine Knapp of Indonesia; 23 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and many, many blessed friends.

Upon learning of her death, grandson Jamie was inspired to write this short poem in her honor:


“She wore the moon on her crown

and the stars all bowed

as the grace of their earthly sister,

now home to shine bright,

a guardian in the night.

Look up and smile,

See the twinkling light of her love,

ever bright for those dear to heart.”

A memorial service in celebration of Sue’s life will be held at the Sovereign Grace Baptist Church, 2714 County Route 70A (Big Creek Road) at 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 27, 2023, with Pastor James Anderson officiating.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in her memory to the Hornell Public Library, 64 Genesee St., Hornell, NY 14843. Envelopes for memorial contributions will be available at the church.

The Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home, 285 Main St., Hornell is honored to assist Suzanne’s family with the arrangements.

Online condolences or remembrances of Sue are welcome below in the comment section or on the Facebook page of Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home.



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5 Responses

  1. My sincere condolences to Mrs. Knapp’s family. She was truly kind, had a contagious smile, and had a heart of gold. May memories of her give you comfort, and I’m sorry for your loss.

  2. I was so sorry to hear about Sue’s death. I was fortunate to know Sue as a member of the Library Board. She was very dedicated to the Library and to the children of the community. She had many stories about the Library, golf and her children. Sue was a very proud mother. She was genuine and generous. I could always tell when she was in the Library by her laugh. Those who knew Sue will have many warm memories to cherish. She has left a legacy of love and a joyful life.

  3. I wish to convey my deepest sympathies to Sue’s family. She and I had many years of golfing fun. We laughed, and also shared our bad times at playing the game of golf. We were partners for many years on Twin Hickory’s Monday night league. Sue was always full of laughter and made one’s day a little brighter. I know she was a faithful employee of Dr. Coyle and loved serving him in her role. She was also a faithful wife to her love, Dick. They sure were a twosome. The good old days at Twin Hickory will never be the same without them. I don’t have to tell Sue’s children what a wonderful mother she was. They know! She was so proud of all of them and they will surely miss their Mom. I am sorry I am unable to attend the celebration of her life, but I don’t drive these crazy highways anymore, due to living in Rochester and because I’m afraid to manipulate the highways. Know that Sue and her family are in my thoughts/

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