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Shirley Reese Knelly

Shirley Reese Knelly Obituary

Shirley Reese Knelly, 91, of Wilkes-Barre, went home to be with her Lord Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in the comfort of her own home.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, she was the daughter of the late Edwin and Ellen Owens Reese, and was a 1947 graduate of James M. Coughlin High School. She was a member of Parsons Primitive Methodist Church, where she was active in the Ladies Aid. She was also a member of the Pennsylvania Masonic Widow's Guild and St. David's Society.

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, John "Jack" Knelly Jr., on Feb. 11, 2016; brothers, Thomas and David Reese; and sisters, Mary Jane Reese; Sarah Mosley; Mary Jones; and Ann Reese.

She is survived by her children, Lois Ann McGrady (Carleton), Laflin; John Walter Knelly III (Mary Rose), Milton; Richard Knelly, Wilkes-Barre; Shirley Knelly (Carol Lavix), Annapolis, Md.; Mark Knelly, Wilkes-Barre; grandchildren, Lesley Johnstone (James); Carla Kouterick (Kyle); Kelly Berstecher (David); Jill Messinger (Jeremy); Scott McGrady (Suzanne); MaryJo Daines; Colleen Franciscus (Scott); Shirley Ocasio (Juan); John Knelly IV (Elizabeth); and great-grandchildren, Kymberly, Caden, Connor and Kierra Kouterick; Rachel, Benjamin, Aaron and Nathanael Berstecher; Chase, Brady and Tate Messinger; Elizabeth and Luke McGrady; Sarah, Isaiah, Elias and Lillie Franciscus; Ellah and Ayanna Ocasio; Amaya, Cadence and Liam Knelly.

Shirley's family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Richard Blum, to Kathy, Gigi, Carol, Helen, Betty and Louise and to Residential Hospice and all the nurses and aids for their care and love for our beloved mother.

Funeral services will be at the convenience of the family and officiated by Pastor Scott McGrady, Shirley's grandson, Pastor of North Valley Baptist Church. Also participating will be Pastor Andy Jerome, Pastor of Parsons Primitive Methodist Church and Pastor Jack Jones, Shirley's nephew, of First Reformed Church, Plymouth.

Friends and family are invited to a walk through visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Parsons Primitive Methodist Church, 193 Austin Ave.

Private interment will be held in Fern Knoll Burial Park, Dallas.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, restrictions have been put in place. Those attending the visitation, we ask that you be brief when paying your respects, please follow the practice of social distancing and masks are required at the church.

Arrangements entrusted to Corcoran Funeral Home Inc., 20 South Main St., Plains Twp.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the , 111 South Independence Mall, E. Philadelphia, PA 19106, the , , Processing Center, P.O. Box 863765, Orlando, FL 32886 or Parsons Primitive Methodist Church.

For additional information or to leave Shirley's family a message of condolence, please visit www.corcoranfuneralhome.com.


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