In memory of
Marilyn Joyce (Holmes) Knapp
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In memory of
Marilyn Joyce (Holmes) Knapp
KNOXVILLE - Marilyn Joyce (Holmes) Knapp, 84, Knoxville, died peacefully at home on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. Marilyn was born Sept. 12, 1934, in Galesburg. She was the daughter of Robert and Mabel (Roseberg) Holmes of Oneida. She graduated from ROVA High School in 1952. She married Charles Knapp on Aug. 20, 1955. They recently celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary. Marilyn attended Carl Sandburg College and Knox College, where she graduated summa cum laude in 1972 with a bachelor of arts degree. She taught English at Knoxville Jr. High School from 1972 to 1988. After retiring from teaching, Marilyn worked with her husband, Charlie, as co-owner of Knapp Band Instrument Company and String Shop. Marilyn is survived by her husband, Charlie of Knoxville; two sons, Robert (Rebecca) of Ellisville and James (Amy) of Pittsboro, Indiana; sister, Elaine (Terry) Bolin of Altona; brother-in-law, Gale Adams of Oneida; six grandchildren, Gregory (Maegan) of Peoria, Elise (Bruce) Phillips of Brownsburg, Indiana, Caroline (Austin) Blessman of Peoria, Emily Knapp of Franklin, Tennessee, Jacob Knapp of Pittsboro, Indiana, and Josie Knapp of Pittsboro, Indiana. She is also survived by four great-grandchildren; grandsons, Elliott Phillips and Graham Phillips, and granddaughters, Ellen Knapp and Charlie Knapp. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her sister, Lavonne Adams. Throughout her life, Marilyn served her family, students and friends with a devotion that reflected her loving spirit. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Galesburg. Her faith in God and her passion for our community fueled her involvement with philanthropic organizations including the Knoxville Chapter of PEO International. In support of the arts, Marilyn, along with her husband (Knoxville's former band and orchestra director), attended numerous local music and arts events, such as the Knox-Galesburg Symphony, Peoria Symphony, and her favorite: summer band concerts in Knoxville Park. Following her retirement from teaching, Marilyn and her husband enjoyed traveling. Their adventures included skiing the Alps in Austria, a safari in Africa, traveling by freighter from Tahiti to the French Polynesian Islands, and exploring the Andes Mountains at the border of Chile and Argentina (zip-lining from one country to the other). Marilyn always returned with stories of wonderful people she had met in her travels. Marilyn will be remembered for her unconditional love and compassion for all. The family would like to thank Marilyn's caregivers, Lorrie Byerly and Mindy Locke, as well as Harbor Lights Hospice. Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Galesburg. Visitation will be 9 to 11 a.m. Jan. 12, at Trinity Lutheran Church prior to the funeral service. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or The Galesburg Community Foundation (Knoxville Community Fund). Online condolences can be made at www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com.
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Marilyn Joyce (Holmes) Knapp
KNOXVILLE - Marilyn Joyce (Holmes) Knapp, 84, Knoxville, died peacefully at home on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. Marilyn was born Sept. 12, 1934, in Galesburg. She was the daughter of Robert and Mabel (Roseberg) Holmes of Oneida. She graduated from ROVA High School in 1952. She married Charles Knapp on Aug. 20, 1955. They recently celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary. Marilyn attended Carl Sandburg College and Knox College, where she graduated summa cum laude in 1972 with a bachelor of arts degree. She taught English at Knoxville Jr. High School from 1972 to 1988. After retiring from teaching, Marilyn worked with her husband, Charlie, as co-owner of Knapp Band Instrument Company and String Shop. Marilyn is survived by her husband, Charlie of Knoxville; two sons, Robert (Rebecca) of Ellisville and James (Amy) of Pittsboro, Indiana; sister, Elaine (Terry) Bolin of Altona; brother-in-law, Gale Adams of Oneida; six grandchildren, Gregory (Maegan) of Peoria, Elise (Bruce) Phillips of Brownsburg, Indiana, Caroline (Austin) Blessman of Peoria, Emily Knapp of Franklin, Tennessee, Jacob Knapp of Pittsboro, Indiana, and Josie Knapp of Pittsboro, Indiana. She is also survived by four great-grandchildren; grandsons, Elliott Phillips and Graham Phillips, and granddaughters, Ellen Knapp and Charlie Knapp. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her sister, Lavonne Adams. Throughout her life, Marilyn served her family, students and friends with a devotion that reflected her loving spirit. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Galesburg. Her faith in God and her passion for our community fueled her involvement with philanthropic organizations including the Knoxville Chapter of PEO International. In support of the arts, Marilyn, along with her husband (Knoxville's former band and orchestra director), attended numerous local music and arts events, such as the Knox-Galesburg Symphony, Peoria Symphony, and her favorite: summer band concerts in Knoxville Park. Following her retirement from teaching, Marilyn and her husband enjoyed traveling. Their adventures included skiing the Alps in Austria, a safari in Africa, traveling by freighter from Tahiti to the French Polynesian Islands, and exploring the Andes Mountains at the border of Chile and Argentina (zip-lining from one country to the other). Marilyn always returned with stories of wonderful people she had met in her travels. Marilyn will be remembered for her unconditional love and compassion for all. The family would like to thank Marilyn's caregivers, Lorrie Byerly and Mindy Locke, as well as Harbor Lights Hospice. Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Galesburg. Visitation will be 9 to 11 a.m. Jan. 12, at Trinity Lutheran Church prior to the funeral service. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or The Galesburg Community Foundation (Knoxville Community Fund). Online condolences can be made at www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com.
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