Denise Gatto McKnight

Denise Gatto McKnight

Tuesday, September 14th, 1954 - Tuesday, April 14th, 2020
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DENISE GATTO McKNIGHT, age 65 years of Street, MD passed from this life on April 14, 2020 surrounded by her family. She was the wife of Thomas S. McKnight and they observed their 42nd. wedding anniversary on December 30.

Denise was born in Havre de Grace, MD on September 14, 1954, a daughter of the late Robert Francis Gatto and Mary Dale (Bruffy) Walters. She was the daughter-in-law of the late Reverend Donald and June McKnight.
For over 20 years, Denise taught kindergarten and pre-kindergarten at Harford Christian and Mountain Christian Schools. She was also a teacher’s aide at Hickory Elementary School. Proficient in sign language, she exhibited a unique gift for teaching special needs students. Denise witnessed to everyone concerning her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by;
Two sons: Abraham Stephen McKnight of Bel Air, MD
Robert Daniel McKnight of Hydes, MD
One daughter: Kristan McKnight Swehla and her husband, Brian of Hydes, MD
Five grandchildren: Lily, Izabella, Owen, Olivia and Anthony.
Four sisters: Deborah Menking of Bel Air, MD
Donna Pembrooke of Pittsburgh, PA
Diane McKnight of Whiteford, MD
Dreama Wilson of Delta, PA

A viewing will be held at the Harkins Funeral Home, 600 Main St., Delta, PA on Friday, April 17 from 2 to 4 pm.

Private graveside services will be held at Bel Air Memorial Gardens on Saturday, April 18.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, April 17th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Friday, April 17th, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Harkins Funeral Home
    600 Main Street
    Delta, PA 17314
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  • Interment

    Bel Air Memorial Gardens
    809 Rock Spring Road
    BEL AIR, MD 21014
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The viewing is open to the public. Please follow the instructions of the gentlemen outside who will greet you as you arrive and please remain in your vehicles. The funeral service will be private.


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Glen Olinger

Posted at 06:48pm
My wife and I always appreciated Denise because of her friendliness, love of children and our Lord. Denise was always happy to see you and would greet you with a smile. She was the type of person who never met a stranger. The good Lord blessed her with amazing talent and skill for instructing children and she was especially gifted when dealing with the special needs students. She had the incredible ability to understand each child's needs and meet those needs. Denise had a special place in her heart for each one of them. We're confident that she shared her faith in the Lord Jesus Christ with as many students as she could and probably led some to salvation in our Saviour. Well done thou good and faithful servant!

Our heart felt condolences to all of her family! She will be missed! Glen Olinger

Margaret Furches

Posted at 03:27pm
Condolences to Tom. I know it is sad to lose someone you love . My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Peggy Furches

chris allinson

Posted at 12:45pm
Denise was a blessing to everyone she met , and will be sorely MISSED by everyone that knew her …..Prayers Tom


Posted at 12:37pm
Mrs. Denise was a Christian lady who loved the Lord and serving him. She was a very kind hearted lady. Everyone loved her as much as her family did. I will really miss her smile. She was on fire for the Lord. Her testimony was strong. I know the Lord took her home to give her a new life

Dianne Olinger

Posted at 09:42am
Our deepest sympathy to Thom, Abram, Rob and Kristen and their families and to Denise's sisters and their families. We have such fond memories of Denise signing in Sunday School to the Deaf class. She was a joy to watch as you could see the love in her speaking to the class. She was a sweet Christian lady of whom we will miss. Until we meet again. Blessings and prayers to the family
I Thess 4: 16-18

Lori Posted at 12:38pm

She loved working with the deaf ministry

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