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Sarah Knowlesweb photoSara Ciolino (nee Knowles) of Great Falls, Montana, formerly of Braham, passed away on Monday, May 24, 2010. She was 24 years old. Sara was stationed at the Malmstrom Airforce base in Montana.

A FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 1 pm on Saturday, June 5, 2010 at the North Branch Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (38222 Grand Ave, North Branch, MN 55056).

A VISITATION will be held from 5-7pm on Friday, June 4, 2010 at the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home in Braham, and 1 hour prior to the service at the church.

INURNMENT will be at a later date at the Rice Lake Cemetery of Braham.

Sara Elizabeth Knowles Ciolino, of Great Falls, Montana, formerly of Braham, MN passed away on May 24, 2010. She was 24 Years old.
Sara was born on July 16th, 1985 in Rexburg, Idaho to Robert and Karen Knowles. She grew up in Braham, MN, the second child of four siblings. She was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in August of 1993. She was involved in Church activities and Girl Scouts. She graduated from Braham Area High School in May of 2003.
After high school, she married and moved to the west coast of Washington State. She enjoyed outdoor activities, and traveling.
She divorced her first husband and joined the Air Force in August of 2007. She was stationed at Malmstrom A.F.B in Montana.
She met Joseph Ciolino of San Diego, California while stationed there, and they were married May 12, 2009. She enjoyed motorcycle rides and socializing.
She always loved animals, and in recent years she became an avid scrapbooker and photographer. She also enjoyed exploring abandoned buildings. She was always willing to lend a listening ear and was a loyal friend. She will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.
She is preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Paul and Orra Knowles.
She is survived by her husband Joe Ciolino; her parents Robert and Karen Knowles; her three siblings Katrina (Dan) Jones, Paul Knowles, Bryan Knowles; her beloved nephew Pierce Jones; her maternal grandparents Phil and Marilyn, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.


  1. I can see her face, picture her infectious smile, and hear her voice.
    I remember taking her fishing with us, and how much fun we had..I think the boat quit at one point, but she didn’t care, she was just having fun.
    I hope she knew how many people loved her. Rest in peace Sweet Sara. We will miss you!!!

  2. My heart and prayers go out to the Knowles Family….Sara was a great friend and will be deeply missed by all who knew her. I will miss seeing her smile and hearing her kind words.

  3. Sara, you were such a joy in everyones life, and we will all miss you dearly.
    We pray for your family to have peace at this trying time.

  4. Our deepest sympathy for your loss. I treasure a wonderful picture of our little ones sitting on the steps eating tomatoes and apples in the summertime in Braham. Our prayers will be with you.

  5. We hope you are comforted by the wonderful memories you have of Sara. We are sorry we can’t be there for you but we are praying for you all to feel a quiet hope and to know you will all see her again someday. Be well.

  6. I went to Tech School in the AF with Sara and she was a good friend of mine. We had so much fun together while we had that short amount of time with each other before we went our separate ways to our permanent stations. She always had a way of making me smile and laugh, even when I was at my lowest. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her well.

  7. I am so sorry for your loss. “Family” is so vital to who we are and who you are. My prayers are with all of you who this wonderful girl touched and inspired with her life! Thinking of you daily. May God comfort you, support you, and guide you thru this time.

  8. Robert Karen and family and Sara’s friends –we were so shocked at the news of the passing on of Sara–We send our Love and Best Wishes over the miles–wish we were closer so we could help-you are in our prayers for comfort at this time and always

  9. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sara was a beautiful girl and will be missed by everyone that had the pleasure of meeting her. Her smile was beautiful. Our sincere sympathy.

  10. Karen, Bob and family,
    You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Know during this trying time, you only need to reach out and there will be a hand to reach back.

  11. I am so sorry for your loss of Sara…even though I did not know Sara well, I know in my heart and because of what great and loving parents you are that she was a wonderful Gal, and will be missed very dearly by all her family, friends and everyone else who had the pleasure of knowing her.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all…there are MANY shoulders out there for you to lean on for support, love and hugs. My deepest sympathy.

  12. Dear Knowles Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. When I heard about Sara’s passing, I immediately flashed back to Karen walking Katrina and Sara to and from school everyday back when I was your elementary principal. Anyone could see what a loving and warm family you have. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  13. Karen & Bob – I can’t imagine how you are feeling but you must know that this whole Braham Community stands beside you during this tragedy. I know your children have been raised by very loving and gentle parents. Blessings to you all .

  14. Dear Karen, Bob and family,
    We have fond memories of Sara as a student at Braham Area High School. Our deepest sympathy to all of you, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  15. We miss you Sara, I know you are at peace as You are in God’s arms now. Love you always,Aunt Gail

  16. You’ll forever be in my heart Sara. I know you will be watching over myself, family, and friends. I’m glad I was able to share my life with you and give you happiness. I miss you. The rising sun will always speak your name.

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