Funeral services for Claudia B. Knueven, 90, were held Friday, July 24, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at the Annunciation Church in Coon Rapids. Rev. Andrew W. Hoffmann, Celebrant and Deacon Louis Meiners officiating. Casket bearers were grandsons: John Knueven, Tracy Knueven, Jeff Hartl, Brad Knueven, Chris Hartl, Kelly Knueven and Jason Knueven. Interment was in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Templeton. Ohde Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.
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Claudia Beatrice, daughter of Fred and Ella (Friedrichsen) Stewart, was born Aug. 21, 1924 at her parents' home southeast of Gray. She attended Cameron Center Country School through eighth grade and graduated from Audubon High School in 1941 with a teacher's certificate following her Normal Training. She taught at Cameron #6 rural school.
On Sept. 16, 1943 Claudia and Frank Knueven were married at the Sacred Heart Church in Templeton. Two children were born to this union. Patrick was born Aug. 12, 1945 and Patricia was born Aug. 12, 1946.
Frank and Claudia lived on a farm in Audubon until they moved back to the family farm where Frank was born near Templeton. They later bought the farm and lived there until moving to Coon Rapids in 2004.
On the farm she always had a big garden, a lot of chickens and enjoyed yard work, sewing, and baking.
She and Frank both enjoyed working on the many crafts and pieces of furniture they made and going to craft sales. They also enjoyed fishing and traveling, visiting every state in the United States except a few New England states. Going to their families school events was first in their priorities.
After her children were in Junior High, she worked in Manning and Templeton for nearly twenty years.
After the death of her husband in 2008, Claudia remained in their home until she suffered a fall and entered Thomas Rest Haven Nursing home in 2013. She died there on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at the age of 90 years and 11 months.
Preceding her in death are her husband Frank; parents; sisters Frances (Frank) Bumpilori and Elaine (Al) Lechtenberg; brother Stresley Stewart; infant granddaughter Jackie Knueven; in-laws Floyd Lacy, Joe and Marian Knueven, Anna and Harold Walsh, Louis and Arlene Knueven; Frank's foster brother and wife Edward and Marcella Foley and a great-grandson Lloyd Keith Hise the IV.
Claudia is survived by her son Patrick Knueven and wife Mary of Des Moines; daughter Patricia and husband David Kading of Lake Panorama; ten grandchildren: Sheryl Swalla; Lisa Kopaska; John Knueven; Tracy Knueven; Theresa Miller; Jeffrey Hartl; Bradley Knueven; Christopher Hartl; Kelly Knueven; and Jason Knueven; 22 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; sister Lois Lacy of Des Moines; brother Franklin and wife Mary Stewart of Des Moines; sister-in-law Doris Stewart of Des Moines; nieces and nephews.
Ohde Funeral Home
324 4Th Ave
Coon Rapids, IA 50058
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from July 31 to Aug. 7, 2015