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June 22, 2018

Obituaries (5-17-18)

Marilyn Kelly, 65

Marilyn Ann Kelly, 65, of Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 13, 2018, at her residence.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, May 16 from 4-8 p.m. The family will be present from 6-8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m., at Christy-Smith Morningside Chapel, located at 1801 Morningside Ave., Sioux City.

The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 17 at Sunnybrook Community Church, 5601 Sunnybrook Drive, Sioux City. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Sioux City.

Online condolences may be made to the family at Please read Marilyn’s Legacy about the Lepers of Kilimanjaro there.

Marilyn was born March 12, 1953, in Fort Dodge, Iowa, to Clifton and Claire (Wunder) Cox. She grew up in Fort Dodge and graduated from Fort Dodge High School in 1971. She earned her teaching diploma from Iowa State University in 1975 and moved to South Sioux City for her first teaching job. Marilyn married Bruce Kelly on Oct. 24, 1987 in South Sioux City. Marilyn then taught at Sergeant Bluff Schools for several years before the couple adopted two girls, Karyn and Annie. Marilyn traded careers to be a full-time mom while the girls were in school. As the girls grew older, she went back to teaching in the South Sioux City School District as an ESL teacher at Harney Elementary. Marilyn was an active member of Sunnybrook Community Church in Sioux City.

Marilyn's passion throughout life was being a Christian volunteer. It was her mission to help others. She and Bruce were active in United Marriage Encounter. Horizon Ministries, helping families in need, was developed out of her love for her students and their families in her ESL classes. God began bending Marilyn's heart towards African missions when she went to Tanzania with STEMM. While on one of her many trips back to Tanzania, with her friend, Susan Gasse, Marilyn began a new direction in her mission work. They encountered a group of people who had leprosy. Marilyn's heart broke for them. After much thought and prayer her heart was moved to try to help these people. The following year they returned to the neighborhood of lepers and were introduced to what would become her Christian congregation, now known as the Lepers of Kilimanjaro. A non-profit called Lepers of Kilimanjaro was formed, which gave the ministry the opportunity to accept donations and offer tax deductions for donations. Over the years, her ministry has provided furniture, household goods, food, and medical care, while attending to their spiritual needs as well.

Survivors include her husband; Bruce Kelly of Dakota Dunes; two daughters; Karyn Becker and her husband, Alex, of Yankton, South Dakota, Annie Kelly and her special friend, Jordan Green, of South Sioux City; four grandchildren, Carter, Kapri, Blair, and Adycin; a brother-in-law, Jim Kelly and his wife, Holly, of South Sioux City; a sister in-law, Kim Kelly and her husband, Steve Nichelson, of Lincoln; along with several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant sister, Karen.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials or donations be directed to the Lepers of Kilimanjaro to carry on Marilyn's work in Tanzania.

Patricia Knecht, 82

Patricia A. Knecht, 82, of Winnebago died on Sunday, May 13, 2018 at Legacy Garden Rehabilitation and Living Center in Pender. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Emerson officiated by the Rev. Gerald Leise. The visitation will be Wednesday, May 16 from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Emerson. The memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. Arrangements are under the direction of Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Emerson.

Patricia was born on March 30, 1936, the only child to Ray and Alice (Liewer) McTaggart in Sioux City. She graduated from Sacred Heart Catholic School in Emerson in 1954. On Oct. 15, 1955, she married Mort Henderson. The couple resided in Emerson where they operated Emerson Rendering Service until 1982. Patricia drove the school bus for Sacred Heart School for 13 years and later worked at the Wayne Care Center, Emerson Elementary School, and the Wakefield Care Center. Mort passed away on Sept. 7, 1991.

On Oct. 7, 2006, she married Karyl Knecht in Walthill. They made their home at the Knecht family farm near Winnebago. Patricia enjoyed returning to the farm and continued to enjoyed gardening, quilting, and watching the Huskers, New York Yankees, and her hummingbird feeders. She also loved visiting with family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, Karyl Knecht of Winnebago; four daughters and five sons, Ellen Young of Pender, Lori (Kelvin) Gutzmann of Emerson, Linda (Monty) Johnson of Battle Creek, Mary (John) Krueger of Kensington, Kansas, Perry (Deb) Henderson of Emerson, Tom (Marcia) Henderson of Wakefield, Patrick (Angel) Henderson of Wakefield, Mort (Colleen) Henderson of Tampa, Florida, and John Henderson of Ceresco; step-daughter, Dorita Madsen of Omaha; step-daughter-in-law, Conne Monk of Las Vegas; 60 grandchildren and great-grandchildren which includes nine step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren, plus another great-grandson due in October.

She was preceded in death by her parents and first husband.

Tony Parks, 48 

Tony Parks, 48, of Sioux City passed away on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at his residence while surrounded by his loved ones, following a brave fight against cancer.

Graveside services for family and friends was at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 14 by the pond at Memorial Park Cemetery in Sioux City. Celebration of Life was from 6-8 p.m. on Monday at South Ridge Golf Course in South Sioux City. Arrangements were under the direction of Mohr Funeral Home in South Sioux City.

Tony was born on March 8, 1970, in Sioux City, the son of Bill and Sandy (Wisner) Parks. He graduated from East High School in Sioux City and worked at various jobs before he owned and operated Paddock by Parks in South Sioux City from 1998 to 2003 with his wife, Danell and his mother, Sandy Parks. Tony also cooked at the Gateway Bar and Grill.

He loved boxing, boxing from the age of seven until he was 20. He also loved all sports, playing cards, darts and pool. Tony’s tender heart loved and had a special affinity with animals, especially wolves.

Survivors include a sister, Stephanie Divis (Bob Johnson) of Hinton, Iowa; a brother, David Parks of South Sioux City; nieces and nephews, Jennifer and Jeffrey Divis and Kenzie Parks; and great-nephew and niece, Trevor Hanson and Gracie Parks; and his step-daughters, Alyson Rogers and Whitney Boggs.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Sandy Parks.

The family would like to give special thanks to Hospice of Siouxland for their wonderful care.

The family requests memorials to be directed to or the American Cancer Society.

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