Christine Ellefson "Chris" Kneisley



Christine Renee Ellefson “Chris” Kneisley, 57, of West Columbia, died Tuesday, August 1, 2017, after fighting a courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Born in Northfield, Minnesota on November 28, 1959, she was a daughter of the late Delores Sigurdson Ellefson and Winston Ellefson. Chris worked as a Registered Nurse in various positions throughout South Carolina including her most recent as the Congregational Nurse of First Presbyterian Church of Columbia, South Carolina where she was also a member. One of Chris’ most meaningful accomplishments was homeschooling all three of her children, from 1st through 12th grade. Chris lived in many places throughout her life to include Northfield, Minnesota, and in South Carolina: McBee, Hartsville, Charleston and West Columbia. She will be sorely missed by her family who rest in the assurance that she is with her Lord and Savior.

Survivors include her husband of 32 years, Charles M. Kneisley; her children, Rebecca Christine Kneisley, Charles Winston Kneisley, and Katharine Elisabeth Kneisley; sisters, Carol DeRemer (Dale), Cindy Griggs (Curt), Cathy Wirtenan (Dave), Mary Uptagraftt (Fred); brothers, Chuck Ellefson (Elisabeth), and Mark Ellefson (Rebecca). In addition to her parents and step-mother, Dorothy Jensen Ellefson, Chris is proceeded in death by a son, Martin Edward Kneisley and a sister, Martha Lubich.

The service for Mrs. Kneisley will be held at 2 o'clock, Sunday, August 6th at First Presbyterian Church, with visitation to follow the service. Interment in the churchyard will be private. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 1324 Marion Street, Columbia, SC 29201 or to the ALS, South Carolina Chapter, PO Box 280, Charleston, SC 29402. Shives Funeral Home, Trenholm Road Chapel, is assisting the family.

Shives Funeral Home of Columbia is serving the Kneisley family and this obituary was posted by Norton Funeral Home at the family's request as a courtesy to local family and friends.