Shirley Ann Knecht

Born: Thu., Nov. 11, 1948
Died: Sun., May 10, 2020

Services are to be announced

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Shirley Anne Knecht, a lifelong resident of Nokomis, Illinois, died Sunday, May 10, 2020 at Nokomis Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

Shirley was born November 11,1948 in Hillsboro, the daughter of Harold and Leona (McCullen) Knecht.

She is survived by her brother, Charles (Bobbie) Knecht; nieces Colleen (Butch) Klescewski, Danielle, Heidi and Heather and nephew Brian; and great nieces and nephews Braden, Ava and Taylor Klescweski and Miles and Chloe Knecht.

Shirley was beloved, had a wonderful sense of humor, and was the fun aunt who babysat her nieces and nephews. She was a loyal and loving family member and a full-time caregiver to her parents.

Shirley was a lifelong animal lover. She owned and enjoyed caring for and riding her horse, Cherokee. She owned several rescue dogs during her lifetime, enjoyed feeding the birds and had squirrels eating from her hand.

An avid collector of Native American artifacts, she spent many happy hours along a creek south of town, uncovering a wide variety of Indian points and implements.

Shirley's last few years were spent at Nokomis Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. She could be seen in her wheelchair "patrolling" the hallway daily greeting staff and visitors. The family is grateful for the Management and Staff who provided a safe and supportive home for Shirley.

Memorials may be made to Paws Care, Inc 1123 School Street, Hillsboro, IL  62049

Graveside services are being planned.

Charitable donations may be made in Shirley's memory to the following organization:

ALSA-Mass. Chapter
320 Norwood Pk.S, 2Fl., Norwood, MA 02062
Tel: 781 255 8884

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Sharon Goodwin-Huffman
   Posted Mon May 11, 2020
I have many fond memories of Shirley when we were teenagers and we all belonged to the MYF in Nokomis. She was the quiet one in the clan but always held her best with our shenanigans. Trips to the Smoky Mountains, group car washes, chicken dinners, whatever the calling she was there making the memories with us. A sweeter gal would be hard to find. May you Rest In Peace old friend.

Maureen (Ethyl)
   Posted Mon May 11, 2020
What Sharon (Irene) said! But I didn't perceive her as being quiet. She was a fun character for sure! I was also in MYF with her. Condolences to Charlie, Bobbie and family.

   Posted Tue May 12, 2020
I used to wait on Shirley when I worked at County Ins., Shirley was a very nice lady and I was always happy to help her out. My prayers are with you Shirley!

Joyce Gray Brown/Randy Herzog
   Posted Thu May 14, 2020
Was so sorry to hear of Shirleys passing. Enjoyed her in high school and at Nokomis Rehab. She always spoke and had a smile! RIP Shirley! You will be missed.

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