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Shirley "Arleen" Knight-Kiaunis passed away at 2:50 p.m. on Feb. 2, 2017, in the comfort of her home at the age of 78.
Born Jan. 22, 1939, in Frankton, to Helen (Soots) and Woodrow Knight. She was the second child of 9. Arleen married Ben Kiaunis young and went on to working and raising her five children on the south side of Chicago, Ill.
After retiring from The University of Chicago, Arleen was a real estate agent where she became a top producer and a member of the Million Dollar Club after just two years.
She was a self-learner and an avid writer who loved gardening and spending time with her family and friends. She moved to DeFuniak Springs, Fla., in the summer of 2002; where she enjoyed many years of retirement.
Arleen was preceded in death by her love of 18 years, Paul (Larry) Culp; mother, Helen Albrecht of New York; sister, Vella Green of Florida; sister, Ginger Moore of Indiana; brother, Larry Knight of Indiana; son, Ben Kiaunis II of Illinois; granddaughter, Sarah "Carissa" Luttinen of Indiana; and many dear friends.
Arleen is survived by her siblings, Lynn Montano of Colorado, Donna (Mike) McAree of New York, Peggy Albrecht of Kentucky, Teddy Albrecht of Florida, Charlie Albrecht of New York; children, Vickie Clark of Florida, Terry Kiaunis of Tennessee, Michelle (Rob) Chlapecka of Florida, and Stacey (Mike) Leonardi of Florida; grandchildren, Melissa (Randy) Lusk of Indiana, Tony (Maria) Middleton of Tennessee, Adam Middleton of Florida, Ray Hessler of Florida, Jason Clark of Florida, Ben Kiaunis III of Illinois, Samantha Kiaunis of Illinois, Jacob (Katelyn) Sandoval of Colorado, Eric Darding of Florida, Dakota Darding of Florida, Alysia Naines of Florida, Kaylin Naines of Florida; and great-grandchildren, Sarah Kiaunis of Indiana, Kasey Westerlund of Indiana, Trey Westerlund of Indiana, Jocelyn Middleton of Tennessee, Sirai Fullbright of Texas, Anthony Hessler of California, Neveah Middleton of Indiana, Raymond "RJ" Hessler of Florida, Leah Middleton of California, Emilee Walters of California, Lilly Darding of Florida, Robert Darding of Florida, and Jaxon Sandoval of Colorado.
A Celebration of Arleen's Life will be held at her home in Defuniak Springs, Fla., on Feb. 25.
Those wishing to attended or send gifts of sympathy are asked to contact Stacey Kiaunis-Leonardi at (850) 200-5026.
Published on February 9, 2017
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