YANKTON, S.D. — Brianna Marie Knoll, 25, Yankton, S.D., died April 9, 2011.
Visitation, with a prayer service, video tribute and time of sharing, was April 13 at the Wintz and Ray Funeral Home, Yankton, and resumed one hour prior to the funeral at the funeral home.
Funeral services were April 14 at the Wintz and Ray Funeral Home, Yankton, with her aunt, Delight Paulson officiating.
Burial will be in the Tyndall Cemetery, Tyndall, S.D.
Pallbearers were Sam Knoll, Dan Knoll, Tim Paulson, Matt Evans, Spencer Bose and Jake Stanage.
Honorary pallbearers were everyone who loved and cared for her.
Brianna was born Aug. 22, 1985, on her mother’s 30th birthday, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton, to Jeff and Bonnie (Janda) Knoll. She attended Webster School, Yankton Middle School and graduated from Yankton High School in 2003. While attending school, Brianna also worked at Yesterday’s Café and later the Lighthouse Café. Brianna moved to Vermillion, S.D., after the Lighthouse closed and was a waitress at Raziel’s. She attended National American University, Sioux Falls, S.D., and online. She graduated as a pharmacy tech and received her certification a few months later. In November of 2009, Brianna started working at Roger’s Pharmacy, Yankton. In August 2010, she bought her own house in Yankton. She spent many hours painting and cleaning to make it as nice as she could. She felt that all of her hard work was finally paying off. In 2009, Brianna and her dad went to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and saw Devil’s Tower.
Brianna loved shopping with her mom and one or two of her friends. She also loved her dogs, Indie and Buddy. Brianna was a beautiful, intelligent, ambitious girl and she will be dearly, dearly missed.
Brianna is survived by her parents, Jeff and Bonnie Knoll, Yankton, S.D.; sister, Carly Margaret Knoll, Sioux Falls, S.D.; uncles, Curtis Knoll, Yankton, S.D., and Aaron Janda, Yankton, S.D.; aunts, Delight Paulson, Yankton, S.D.; Crystal and husband, Charles Archer, San Diego, Calif.; Amber and husband, Mark Johnson, Menominee; and Kimberly Dingman, Scotland, S.D,; many cousins, and her dogs, Indie and Buddy.
Brianna was preceded in death by her grandparents, Emil and Leona Janda, and Peter and Murl Knoll; and an uncle, Eldean Paulson.
Memorials will be used for the education and support of domestic violence victims.