Betty Knodel

betty knodel

March 3, 1937 ~ October 23, 2023

Born in: Danbury, CT
Resided in: Mount Sinai, NY

Elizabeth “Betty” Knodel joined her daughter, Stacy, in Heaven on October 23, 2023.

Betty spent most of her life caring for and loving her family. Fred and Betty joined their lives in 1962 and spent 61 years together. Their precious daughter, Stacy, went to Heaven on May 13, 2013.

Her son, Rick Knodel, was and always will be, a man who brought much pride to his parents. Rick and his wife, Donna, have raised two beautiful twin boys, Chris and Matt, who are the light of their grandmother’s life. Betty has always cared deeply for her family and up to the end of life, treasured every moment spent with them.

While raising two children, Betty worked in various positions which allowed her to spend most of her time with her children and husband when they needed her. She chaperoned dances, carried all the baseball and softball equipment, sat endlessly at field hockey games, baseball games and hockey practices.

When her husband retired, they moved to Pawleys Island, SC where Betty spent many years at The Lakes at Litchfield, rising to the position of Marketing Director and retiring from there in 2013.

Betty hosted her son and family in Pawleys Island and then Murrells Inlet as often as they could get away and spent many happy hours visiting Rick, Donna, Chris and Matt in New York over the Christmas holidays. Being there brought more love and admiration for Rick and his family to last forever.

It’s always sad to lose a family member and Betty wanted Fred and Rick along with his family, to know she will be sharing their lives from Heaven. Chris and Matt, always keep your eye on those yellow butterflies in Spring and Summer. I will be hitching a ride on one of them to check on you both.


Visitation: October 27, 2023 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Branch Funeral Home of Miller Place
551 Route 25A

Second Visitation: October 27, 2023 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Branch Funeral Home of Miller Place
551 Route 25A

Mass: October 28, 2023 9:30 am

Saint Anthony of Padua R.C. Church
614 Route 25A


Mt. Pleasant Cemetery & Crematory
43 Main St.

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Memories Timeline


  1. May your beautiful soul rest in peace. I met you last Christmas Eve, and I’ll always remember your beautiful words to me. Keep smiling in heaven.

  2. I’m so sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. I feel like I got to know her through our shared experiences over the past few months. May she rest in peace and may your many happy memories of her give you comfort.

  3. God speed Mrs. Knodel, God and his many angels have welcomed you home. I feel like I know you through my many conversations with Rick, who loves you more than words can express. A yellow butterfly will always remind me of you.

  4. My Deepest Sympathy to family and friends, Ms. Betty, a bright light in my path of life. Working with you was never a dull moment. Your smile and wisdom will be remembered so fondly. I sure will miss you! RIP.. Love , Bobbi-Lyn Heinbaugh,
    Myrtle Beach

  5. candleI met this beautiful woman the first day we moved into our condo. We bonded instantly over our love of dogs.. I am blessed to have been able to spend countless hours with her and Fred. She will be forever in my heart.

    • Jan, Betty was blessed to have you in her life, and we are blessed as well. She adored you and she so enjoyed meeting up with you and Maggie for your walks. She also missed seeing you every day since they moved back to NY. You were such a good friend to her and Rick and I have always appreciated that.

  6. The past 14 years of knowing Betty (my sister of the heart ) have certainly enriched my life. Betty’s countless mischievous deeds, joy of life and pearls of wisdom will never be forgotten. From the first day we met at the Lakes At Litchfield (when she was already plotting her next misdeed) to our visit this past fall in Mount Sinai, New York, Betty continue to amaze me. Her incredibly positive attitude, love of life and pride in all her family was a treasure to watch. Of course, there was always her fur babies – Mayday, Maggie, and now Reba to name just a few whom she showered with love and affection. Her devotion to dear Fred became more evident every day.
    Now all the yellow butterflies surround us, and will always remind us that Betty is still with us.

    • Ruth, Betty treasured your friendship. It was very hard for her to leave both you and Jan when she moved back to NY. She was so thrilled that you and Jan were able to visit her here. She was beyond excited to show you both around , and she was so looking forward to another visit. We will always appreciate the love and support you gave her over the years.

  7. Our deepest sympathies to Mr. Knodel, Rick, Donna, Chris & Matt, and everyone else who had the opportunity to know and love Mrs. Knodel. I’ve known Betty for 40 years, as one of Rick’s longest standing friends, I can only describe her as a caring and wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother. I know her family was her world and she will be sorely missed. I’m so sorry for the pain that comes with Betty’s passing, but with it too comes celebration. A time to reflect on what an amazing life she had on this Earth and all the long-lasting, positive impacts she made. To the Knodel family – you are my family as well. I love you all deeply and Linda and I will always be here for all of you. We will see you soon and can’t wait for a hug and to be with you during this trying time!

    • Mike and Linda, even though we have not lived in the same state for years, you both have managed to be here for us for every major milestone. You have once again dropped everything to be here for us during this very difficult time. To say we appreciate your love and support is an understatement. We love you, and we are truly blessed to have you as friends.

  8. Mine and Debra’s deepest sympathies and deepest condolences to Rick, his family and the rest of the Knodel family at their time of great loss. We’ve never had the pleasure of meeting Betty Knodel, but from what Rick has said, she was a woman of great courage and indominable spirit! Godspeed and God Bless!!

    • Thank you. Rick has always spoken so highly of you. Your kind words mean so much to us during this very difficult time.

  9. candleShe was so loved by everyone at The Lajes at Litchfield. A great woman with an enormous sense of humor. I hope the angels enjoy your love for laughter

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