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Sunset Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens

8800 North Alpine Road, Machesney Park, IL

OBITUARY

Meryl R. Knight

November 4, 1943October 28, 2019

Meryl R. Knight, 75, of Freeport passed away at home with family by her side on October 28, 2019. Meryl was born on November 4, 1943 in Rockford, the daughter of Raymond and Janet (Compton) Burd. She married John E. Knight on April 16, 1966 and he preceded her in death on January 9, 2017. Meryl was very active and a member of Freeport Bible Community Church. She enjoyed playing “Tiger Woods 07” on the Wii system with anyone that would play. Meryl loved to cook for her children, grandchildren and anyone who would be visiting her home. She loved card games and old country music songs. Meryl is survived by her children: Debra Sink, David Shellstrom, Daniel (Tricia) Shellstrom, Dawn (Rob) Curington and John E. (Cassandra) Knight II; grandchildren: April Fouke, Ron Beilfuss, Joshua Beilfuss, Nicole Betts, Johnathan Shellstrom, Justin Shellstrom, Amanda Shellstrom, Justin Wood, Alexandra Shellstrom, Daniel Shellstrom, Brandon Curington, Emily Curington, Jacob Curington, David Saylor, Destiny Knight and Dylan Knight; numerous loving great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brothers Dan Burd and Jimmy Pettit; sisters Kathy Lundholm and Patricia Hassell. Meryl was preceded in death by her parents, husband and siblings. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family. Visitation for Meryl will be Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 9:00 am until 10:00 am at Sunset Funeral Home 8800 N. Alpine Road in Machesney Park; services to celebrate Meryl’s life will be 10:00 am on Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

  • FAMILY

  • Meryl is survived by her children: Debra Sink, David Shellstrom, Daniel (Tricia) Shellstrom, Dawn (Rob) Curington and John E. (Cassandra) Knight II; grandchildren: April Fouke, Ron Beilfuss, Joshua Beilfuss, Nicole Betts, Johnathan Shellstrom, Justin Shellstrom, Amanda Shellstrom, Justin Wood, Alexandra Shellstrom, Daniel Shellstrom, Brandon Curington, Emily Curington, Jacob Curington, David Saylor, Destiny Knight and Dylan Knight; numerous loving great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brothers Dan Burd and Jimmy Pettit; sisters Kathy Lundholm and Patricia Hassell. Meryl was preceded in death by her parents, husband and siblings.
  • DONATIONS

  • Memorials are suggested to the family.

Services

  • Visitation for Meryl Saturday, November 2, 2019
  • Service to Celebrate Meryl's Life Saturday, November 2, 2019

Memories

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David Saylor

October 30, 2019

Grandma I'm gonna miss you but I know your not suffering anymore and that your in a better place. I'm gonna miss her cooking getting my butt kicked in tiger woods and going to your house and also the trips we made to Arkansas and the time me and you went to California. You will forever be in my heart. I love you so much. I'll see you again one day

Sue Gutierrez

October 29, 2019

Meryl was so much fun to be around. My Mom, Connie, her step Mom loved Meryl so much. Always talked about her & John...now they are all together once again. I'm sure they were waiting for her with open arms....

Dawn Curington

October 29, 2019

I cant believe that I am sharing on your obituary. I am so sad and so happy at the same time. Sad for me that I won't be able to talk to you every day like I am used to doing and happy for you because you are no longer sick and you get you spend your time with Jesus. We will have to learn to live without you but we will be fine. I love you so much.

Dawn

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY