ROCK INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – BRAHAM
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.