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Geneva Alayne Knutsen


1925 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Geneva Alayne Knutsen Obituary
November 12, 1925 - March 12, 2016 Geneva Alayne Osher was born on November 12, 1925, the eighth of nine children of Edward and Kate Jensen Osher. She grew up on the family farm in Twelve Mile Lake township, Emmet County, Iowa, and met her future husband, Vance Richard Knutsen, at Graettinger High School. It was love at first sight, even before they were elected King and Queen of their senior prom. Geneva graduated from Waldorf College and taught Business Skills at Ayrshire High School. On December 26, 1948, she married Vance Knutsen. Shortly thereafter, he informed her of his calling to become a Lutheran pastor. Geneva, shy and soft-spoken by nature, took on the role of pastor's wife with grace, making and nurturing lasting connections from Iowa to California. In 1951, while Vance was in seminary, she gave birth to their first child, Kathleen Ann. Janet Gayle followed in 1953 and Joyce Alayne completed their family in 1956. By that time, Geneva and Vance had moved to Elgin, Iowa, where he established his first parish. In September, 1956, Vance accepted a call to Santa Clara, California. The family made the move in January, 1957 and held the first service in an abandoned furniture store. Vance and Geneva served the congregation of Hope Lutheran for twelve years, building a beautiful sanctuary along the way. In 1969, Vance accepted a call to San Diego where he and Geneva enjoyed sixteen fruitful years at Clairemont Lutheran. In 1985, Vance accepted his final call to Salem Lutheran in Glendale, where he and Geneva would be closer to their children and grandchildren. In their retirement, Vance and Geneva travelled the world when Vance served the Holland Cruise Line as Cruise Chaplain, while Geneva taught arts and crafts. Geneva was able to play an active role in the lives of her children and her grandchildren. She was also able to delight in her first great-grandson before she passed away on March 12, 2016. Geneva is survived by her three daughters, Kathleen, Janet and Joyce; her three sons-in-law, John Rowell, James McCann and John Salter; seven grandchildren, Christopher, Samantha, Alex, Carly, Caitlin, Bree and Connor; and one great-grandson, Kaleo. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 19th, at Salem Lutheran Church in Glendale.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Mar. 18 to Mar. 19, 2016
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