In Memory

Melissa McBrien (Pittam) - Class Of 1942

Melissa N. Pittam


Melissa N. Pittam, 87, St. Joseph, Missouri died Monday, December 24, 2012 at a local healthcare facility. Melissa Knosp Pittam was born on March 7, 1925 to Ivan and Augusta McBrien in McCook, Nebraska. After graduating from McCook High School she married Harold Knosp in 1942, joining him during his naval service. They had one son, Lawrence Dewey Knosp. After her husband’s retirement in 1968, they resided in St. Joseph. In 1970, she graduated from Missouri Western State University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, teaching for eighteen years at Pershing School. She attained her Master’s degree from Northwestern Missouri Western State University. In 1987, she married Charles Pittam who is deceased. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Cathedral where she sang in the choirs, lectured, played piano occasionally for Mass, member of St. Anne’s Altar Society, sewing group, and bell choir. She enjoyed quilting at St. Mart’s and St. Francis Xavier and her active membership in the Ladies of Charity. Playing bridge was one of her favorite pasts times. For the last three years she lived at Corby Place Senior Living, where she found familiar friends and delightful new ones. All her needs and wants were provided by loving and dedicated Staff. Melissa is survived by her son, Larry; grandson, Lawrence, Chantilly, Virginia; sister, Patricia McIlmoyle, Venice, Florida; and nephews and nieces; friend, Raelyn Miller, Helena, Missouri. The family will receive friends 6:30 to 8:00 P.M. Thursday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Parish Rosary 6:00 P.M. Thursday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Online guest book and obituary at