May 27, 1925 – January 11, 2016
Ethel Knapp Howard entered into eternal rest at home on January 11, 2016, in her 91st year.
She was born in Newburgh to Ethel and Isaac Knapp on May 27, 1925. She grew up in Cornwall-on-Hudson and attended school there. She worked as a teller at Cornwall National Bank and later became the first woman drive-in teller at the then newly-built County National Bank, now Chase Bank, at Cornwall Circle. She also worked as bookkeeper and receptionist at local businesses, including Bowling Time and Hulse Brothers Ford.
Ethel had a love of local history and cherished her time in the beautiful Hudson Valley. She and her husband were ardent hikers for many years and she was able to enjoy a view of the Hudson from her living room window. She gathered many friends over the years and carried on active correspondence with people all over this country as well as abroad. She loved writing and receiving letters.
She was a life-long member of Cornwall Presbyterian Church, and active in the Friends of the Cornwall Public Library and the Cornwall Historical Society.
She was predeceased by her husband, Frank, and her brother, Spencer. She is survived by her son, Paul and his wife, Linda of Oak Hill, Virginia.
Visitation will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. on Friday, January 22nd at Quigley Bros. Funeral Home, 337 Hudson St., Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY. A Funeral Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 23rd at the Cornwall Presbyterian Church, 222 Hudson Street, Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY. Rev. Patricia J. Calahan will officiate. Burial will be at St. Thomas Cemetery, Cornwall, NY.
Contributions in Ethel’s name may be made to The Friends of the Cornwall Public Library, P.O. Box 396, Cornwall, NY 12518, or to the Cornwall Presbyterian Church.
Arrangements are by Richard J. Sullivan and Kevin Quigley of Quigley Bros. Funeral Home; to send condolences or to get directions to the funeral home, please go to www.Quigleybros.com