Maureen Knapik Esposito passed away on Friday, June 25, 2021, at 7:20 am surrounded by her loving family.
The daughter of Florence (Curran) and Andrew Knapik, she was born in Brooklyn, NY on August 2, 1949. In May of 1972 she married her love, Tony Esposito and in 1973 she embarked on new life in South Florida. Her joy was doubled as she gave birth to her sons, James (wife, Suzy) and Michael (wife, Leslie), who she always said were her greatest accomplishments in life. She felt that Suzy and Leslie were the daughters she never had. Her pride and joy were her granddaughters Valentina and Paola who affectionally called her “Mimi”. She loved having tea parties for them, taking them shopping and teaching them all that was important in life. She shared with the girls her love of cooking, baking, sewing, reading, writing, and traveling. She was one of six children and is survived by Ellen Bartoldus (husband, Daniel), Stephen Knapik (wife, Lorraine), James Knapik (wife, Erin) and Mary Muscarello (husband, John) and was predeceased by her brother, Andrew Knapik Jr. She was the beloved sister-in-law to Rosalie Fanning (husband, John) and brother-in-law, Richard Esposito, and a favorite Aunt to 14 nieces and nephews and 15 grands.
Maureen received her BA from Hofstra University on Long Island, N.Y. Always an active learner and reader, she continued her education, receiving her MA and PhD from Nova Southeastern University. She worked as a psychotherapist and Clinical Director at Alternatives in Treatment in Boca Raton, Florida and finished her career as the Executive Vice President for Clinical Services at Transformations in Treatment in Delray Beach, Florida. Maureen dedicated her professional life to supporting and empowering those recovering from alcohol and drug addiction. Her goal was always to help her patients heal and grow within the community of trust, faith and compassion that she so fervently fostered. She believed that love, compassion, and friendship could change the world.
She will be deeply missed by her family, friends, colleagues, and patients, who she inspired to live loving, fulfilling and meaningful lives.
A visitation will be held from 5-8 PM on Tuesday, June 29 at Glick Family Funeral Home in Boca Raton. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, June 30 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Boynton Beach. To view the Mass remotely please click the following link http://meet.google.com/orr-bkhg-kbb Entombment will follow at the Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery in North Lauderdale.
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