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Krista Manard

Krista J. Manard, age 54, of Plainville, IL died Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 1:55 am in Blessing Hospital.

Krista Manard | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home ~ Quincy, IllinoisKrista was born February 14, 1963 in Pittsfield, Illinois, the daughter of Jerry and Roberta Clendenny DeLany. She married Kevin Manard on October 1, 1993 in Plainville, IL. He survives.

Krista returned to college later in life to pursue a degree in biology with an emphasis in research on gut microbiota and its effects on human health. She was also very interested in entomology, and she is having a paper published within that field along with professor Dr. Coehlo. She owned and operated Stone’s Prairie Market in Plainville along with Kevin and Sarah. Krista was an artist, a musician, an activist, a researcher, a gardener, and a devoted mother. She loved the environment and its creatures, great and small.

Survivors in addition to her husband Kevin include her son, Joseph (fiancée, Emilie Higley) Wiewel of Quincy, IL; a daughter, Sarah (Alvin) Dandan of West Burlington, IA; a granddaughter, Abrielle Dandan of West Burlington, IA; her father, Jerry DeLany, of Quincy ; two sisters, Kim Fortier of Mozier, IL, and Kerry (Richard) Bieker of Fieldon, IL; a brother, Kameron DeLany of Houston, TX, and a nephew, Chuck Fortier of Nebraska.

Krista was preceded in death by her mother, Roberta DeLany, and a nephew Allen Stilbrink.

Services: 10:00 am Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home, with Jerry Walters officiating.

Burial: Hamburg Cemetery, Hamburg, IL

Visitation: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Friday November 10, 2017 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home

Memorials: Donor’s choice


Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.

  1. Kevin, and family. I am so sorry Kevin in hearing about the passing of your wife. I did not personally know her, but I did know you through Baylis and Pittsfield school. Prayers sent your way for your family in time of sorrow and need.

  2. Kim and Kerry,
    Friday was a bittersweet reunion for three cousins. While Valerie and I were glad to be there for you, we hated the reason. It was very apparent during the visitation how loved and respected Krista was. Peace be with the two of you, Kevin, Joe and Sarah.

  3. I got to know Krista when she signed up to take my Latin course and ended up studying Latin for two years. She taught me a lot about biology, and I was amazed at the presentation she gave on her research at North Campus, just before her graduation. I am saddened that she was not able to continue her studies on the graduate level.
    She was a very compassionate person, and talked a lot about the stresses faced by students at North Campus. She invited me to her home for dinner, where I met her family and saw sheep up close for the first time. May God reward her as a good and faithful servant.

  4. We’re shocked and so sorry for your loss. She will be deeply missed on earth but will be remembered. It’s a comfort to know she is in a beautiful place now. You’re in our prayers.

  5. I have known Krista since 1989. She and her first husband Fred Wiewel helped me till my gardens, gave freely of their friendship and shared many happy and sad times with me. I was present at the home birth of her daughter Sarah and had stayed in touch with Krista over these last few years when I was adrift and looking for a safe place to land.
    I am just in shock and disbelief over her sudden death –
    My heart goes out to Joe and especially Sarah – who I am sure was counting on the love, support and guidance only a mother can give as she sets forth on her own journey of motherhood.

  6. Kim and Kerry, While I never did get to meet Krista, I felt as though I knew her through all of your childhood stories! So Robbie and Krista and together again and I’m sure there is a great reunion ruckus in heaven where those two are right now! I know your sister bonds will be forever in your hearts and please keep sharing those stories to keep her memory alive! Jesus will get you through this. Love, Jacquie

  7. Kim & Kerry
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you both and your families in this time of sorrow.
    Karl & Vicki Eickmeyer

  8. I am so sorry to hear she passed. She was so kind and encouraging to me over the years. Krista also played the piano so beautifully. I will miss her terribly. My prayers are with you all.

  9. We are so very sorry for your loss. We have so many memories of Krista and your family, going back to when Lynnette took piano lessons from Krista and Sarah was just a baby. Our prayers are with you all and trust God will grant you the strength and comfort that only He can give.

  10. Krista and I had so much fun when we were little. She was always sweet, kind, and so beautiful. I have prayed, and prayed, and will continue to pray for all who loved her.

  11. Abrielle,
    The loss of your Grandmother, Krista, brings sorrow to our hearts. We will miss her greatly and all of the visits, the talks, and the love that she has shown us over the years. The world is a lesser place without Krista and she added an important dimension to your life.
    Love to you,
    Great Grandmother Joan DeLany and Great Grandad Jerry DeLany

  12. I had so much fun with her as a child. I loved her then, and I love her now. Forever in my heart ❤️🙏🏼

  13. Kevin, Sarah, and Joey.

    Thinking about you and praying. Krista was so kind to us over the years and a wonderful person.
    Bro Robert Kean . Tawnda. Bekah.

  14. Kevin & Sarah, My heart goes out to you. You are in our prayers during this difficult time. May God be with you.
    Much Love,

  15. I am full sorrow for your loss. Knowing Krista is not suffering is the only solace. She has a beautiful, loving, giving, intelligent soul and will live on in my memory and heart forever.

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