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Elsie C. (Knapp) Nadeau

April 8, 1931 ~ October 1, 2017 (age 86)

Elsie Knapp Nadeau, 86, of Andover, formerly of Schenectady, NY, passed away peacefully Sunday, October 1, at Windham Hospital in Willimantic. She was the loving wife of the late Mark Nadeau.

  Elsie was born April 8, 1931, in Lake Pleasant NY, the youngest daughter of Spencer and Jennie Knapp, who had 14 children. When she was 18, she moved to New York City and worked there for several years. She then moved to Schenectady, where she met and married Mark Nadeau. She moved to Hop River Homes in Andover in 2012 to be closer to her daughter, Jenifer.

  She was a member of the Schenectady LORE (Ladies of the Rotterdam Elks) and Rebekahs groups and was very active in both organizations, holding high office in the Rebekahs. She was also a member of the Andover Young At Hearts. She was a whiz with numbers and loved doing the jumble in the newspaper. She also enjoyed watching hummingbirds, going for rides in the car, eating out, and seeing the countryside. Her favorite activities were bingo and spending time with friends and family.

 She is survived by her daughter Jenifer Nadeau and partner David Mihalek of Andover and sons Bruce Nadeau and his wife Kim of Herkimer NY and Ronald Nadeau and his partner Stephanie Chiocco of Little Falls, NY, and her grandchildren Philip, Marc, Catherine, and Megan Nadeau and Kevin Bennett. She is also survived by her brother Nelson Knapp Sr. and her devoted nephew Nelson Knapp Jr as well as numerous other nieces, nephews and cousins.

Special thanks to the previous VNA East, Community Companions and Homemakers, Harmony Home Care, and the staff at Mansfield Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation where she lived for the past year and two months and received compassionate and loving care.

A private graveside service will be held in New York. For online condolences please visit

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