LA SALLE - Ellen A. (Brannan) Knaff, 87, of rural LaSalle, passed away July 27, 2018 at the Mendota Lutheran Home.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Peterstown with Rev. Peter Pilon officiating. Burial will follow at St. Vincent’s Cemetery in LaSalle. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 13 at the Mueller Funeral Home, Peru with recital of the Rosary at 4:45 p.m.
Pallbearers will be her grandchildren. Honorary pallbearers will be her great-grandchildren.
Ellen was born Feb. 18, 1931 in LaSalle to William and Elizabeth (Ohligschlager) Brannan. She married Joseph R. Knaff on Nov. 20, 1950 at St. Patrick’s Church in LaSalle. He preceded her in death on July 5, 2010.
Survivors include three sons, Joseph E. (Theresa) Knaff of Troy Grove, Mark (Sue) Knaff of Utica and Andrew (Jenny) Knaff of North Aurora; one daughter, Julie (Brian) Kobold of rural Peru; seven grandchildren, Karrie (Toby) Setchell, Sean (Megan) Knaff, Kyle (Kelly) Knaff, Tony Knaff, and Joseph, Courtney and Rachael Kobold; eight great-grandchildren, Marisa, Mallary and Marah Setchell, Kennedy, Klaire and Krew Knaff and Connor and Catelyn Knaff; one sister, Elizabeth (John) Konczak of LaSalle; one sister in-law, Carolyn Knaff of LaSalle; and many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents.
Together, Ellen and Joseph were lifelong farmers and Ellen was the former co-owner of Midway Motors in Troy Grove. She was a lifetime member of the Troy Grove Garden Club, LaSalle County Extension and Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Peterstown where she was active in the Altar Society. She enjoyed life on the farm, gardening, flowers and sitting on the porch. Most of all, she loved her family and friends. She would keep track of all of them and would keep everyone updated on how the others were doing. She will be incredibly missed by all who knew her.
Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in honor of her great-granddaughter, Mallary.
The online guestbook may be viewed and remembrances shared at www.MuellerFH.com.