Sue Mescher Jelesnianski

Sue E. (Scifres) Mescher Jelesnianski, 65, of Maynardville, Tenn., formerly of Morton, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 14, 2019 in Knoxville, Tenn., with her family by her side, after a brave 10-year battle with cancer.

Sue was born on August 28, 1954 to Charlie and Norma (McKinley) Scifres in LaFayette, Ind. In 2017, she married Stefan Jelesnianski, who survives her.

Sue is also survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Justin and Julie Mescher, and their children Aleigha, Kaida and Trent; her son and daughter-in-law, Nate and Kendra Mescher, and their children, Sophia, Nolan, Colin and Kamren; her father, Charlie Scifres; and siblings, Dave (Therese) Scifres, Jan Crump and Lori (Gary) LeVar.

She was preceded in death by her mother.

Sue graduated Morton High School in 1972, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1976 with a degree in mathematics. She enjoyed her 18-year career in IT at State Farm, spending time with her grandchildren, and supporting other cancer survivors. Sue was a caring and giving person; she continued that in death through the gift of organ donation.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. on Monday, September 23, 2019 at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton, with Pastor Dan Baker officiating. Visitation will be held from 4-5 p.m. on Monday, prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cancer Research Institute.

Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton is handling arrangements.

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