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Mary Ann Knapp-Kelling, of Braham, passed away on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at the FirstLight Health System in Mora.  She was 74 years old.

MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at the St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Braham with Rev. Tim Renstrom officiating.

MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church.

INURNMENT will be in the Rice Lake Cemetery in Braham.

Mary Ann Knapp-Kelling, of Braham, passed away surrounded by her family on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at the FirstLight Health System in Mora. She was 74 years old.

Mary Ann was born on June 13, 1944 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to parents Walter and Marvel (Swanson) Hiatt. She grew up in St. Louis Park where she attended school, graduating in 1962. On June 23, 1962, Mary Ann was united in marriage to Henry “Hank” Knapp in St. Louis Park. The couple moved to Hank’s parents’ farm north of Braham where they were blessed with 2 children, Jon and Justine. Mary Ann worked at the State Hospital in Cambridge for a few years and then the Braham Hospital as a nurse aid. She spent 29 years at the Kanabec Hospital as a nurse aid before retiring in May of 2006. On May 30, 2006, Hank passed away after battling Lou Gehrig’s disease.

On July 19, 2008, Mary Ann was united in marriage to James E. Kelling at the St. Stephen’s Lutheran church in Braham. They enjoyed traveling together and winters spent in Texas.

Mary Ann was an accomplished seamstress, sewing her daughter’s wedding dress and countless other outfits and projects over the years. She enjoyed crocheting and knitting, making hats and burp cloths for all of the newborn babies while she worked at the hospital. She was a 4-H leader in her younger years and was an avid reader. Mary Ann and Hank enjoyed attending bluegrass festivals and traveling in their motorhome. She was an active member at St. Stephen’s Lutheran church, serving as a Sunday school teacher, bible school teacher, and with the ladies aid. Mary Ann was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend and will be dearly missed by all.

Mary Ann is preceded in death by her parents and siblings, and 1st husband Hank.

She is survived by husband Jim Kelling, son Jon (Karna) Knapp; daughter Justine (Gerry) Anderson; grandchildren, Allison (Russ VanBeek), Kelsey (Kaleb Cooper), and Nathan; great granddaughters, Ava and Ella; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


10 thoughts on “MARY ANN KNAPP-KELLING”

  1. Oh how Lee and I loved Mary Ann!! She always made me laugh and sometimes to the point of tears and my side aching!! So fun to work with too!!? You had a great Mom and Grabdma for sure!!

  2. Our deepest sympathy in the loss of dear sweet Mary Ann. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

    Marie and Kermit Grundberg

  3. Knapp family we are so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Love you all

  4. I can not even begin to explain how much I loved this lady. When I first started at Kanabec Hospital I thought Mary Ann was such a grump. I later learned that this woman had a heart of gold and could make the darkest day seem bright. I am so blessed to have worked with her and gotten to know her and her family. So many words of wisdom from Mary Ann over the years will be treasured. Her commitment to hard work and to her family was inspiring to a new nurse and new Mom. Her great faith and great love for her family and the Lord made her a very special lady. I am so comforted to know Mary Ann is in the loving arms of the Lord and looking downand watching over us. Your infectious laugh and loving heart will forever be a wonderful memory for me.

  5. I have many good memories of Mary Ann. Especially remember her years at the hospital and the great job she did with Moms and babies in the nursery. She always had a smile on her face and her knitting needles were always busy. She will be missed by many.

  6. Mary Ann’s family:
    We worked with Mary Ann for many years and always enjoyed being with her. She had a wonderful sense of humor and kept us laughing with stories of her life as a newlywed with Hank (waiting in the car for him to do the haying so they could go on their honeymoon was my favorite story). We grieved with her as cared for Hank during his long illness and as she buried him. We rejoiced with her as she found love again with Jim and they were married,

    I don’t know what time she passed on Wednesday, but as I was preparing for bed at 1030 pm, I suddenly started thinking of her. It was just 5-10 minutes later that my daughter told me that Mary Ann had died. I truly think that Mary Ann was sending a message that she was well, and happy in heaven.

    Along with all of you, I will treasure the memory of times with her.

  7. Sometimes there are no words that can really express the pain that we feel when someone so special leaves us. We extend our deepest condolences to Mary Ann’s family. May our Heavenly Father hear the prayers of your heart and grant you comfort and peace during this difficult time. 2 Corinthians 1:2-5. Our loving thoughts and prayers.

  8. Mary Ann was the sweetest of all ladies. I babysat her two children and they were always good as gold. We were neighbors for many years. My sympathies to family and friends.

  9. Our sympathy to the Knapp family and Jim. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We will all miss Mary Ann’s caring friendship.

  10. Mary Ann was such a special person with a great sense of humor. She will be truly missed. My sympathy to the family. Draw close to the Lord for comfort and healing.

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