Bonabell "Bonnie" Delores Knutson, 92, of Zumbrota, died Saturday, July 12, 2014, at the Zumbrota Health Services.
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She was born June 23, 1922, in Milaca, to Arthur and Mabel (nee Rudisill) Koelsch. The family moved to Douglas, when Bonnie was a young girl. She graduated from Byron High School after working with several families during her high school years. On Aug. 3, 1941, she married Clarence Knutson from Zumbrota, and they made their home on the Knutson family farm near Zumbrota. They retired to Zumbrota in 1980.
Bonnie was an active member of Stordahl Lutheran Church, serving as a Sunday school teacher, Bible study participant, and in other capacities. She was always one to help cook and serve for special events at church. She also served as a 4-H leader teaching sewing, and other skills. She was an avid gardener, knitter and bridge player. She enjoyed quilting and sewing, and after retirement she enjoyed traveling and golf at the Zumbrota Golf Club. She always loved visiting with friends.
Bonnie is survived by her daughter, Connie (Duane) Tiede of Naperville, Ill.; granddaughters, Kris Knutson of San Diego, Calif., Jill (Mark) Hovelsrud of Circle Pines, Lisa (Chris) Vaughan of Aurora, Ill., and Julie (Jason) Winkler of Naperville, Ill.; great-grandchildren, Karina and Jens Hovelsrud, Britta and Tate Vaughan and Jack Winkler; daughter-in-law, Dee Knutson of Zumbrota; brother, Milton Koelsch of Hopkins; sister, Mardell (Harold) Zuercher of Waunakee, Wis.; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence; son, Charles "Chuck" Knutson; and brothers, Luverne and Thayne "Charlie" Koelsch.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 18, at Stordahl Lutheran Church in rural Zumbrota, with Pastor Kathleen Lowery officiating. Burial will be in the Zumbrota Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 17, at Mahn Family Funeral Home - Larson Chapel in Zumbrota, and for one hour prior to the service at the church.
Memorials are suggested to Stordahl Lutheran Church or to the Zumbrota Health Services.
Mahn Family Funeral Homes Inc/Larson Chapel
1475 Jefferson Dr
Zumbrota, MN 55992
Published in The Post-Bulletin on July 15, 2014