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Opal Knutson

February 7, 2012
Estherville Daily News

ESTHERVILLE - Funeral services for Opal Knutson, 91, of Estherville will be held 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, at Estherville Lutheran Church with Pastor David Christenson officiating. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville. Interment will be at East Side Cemetery in Estherville.

She died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, at the Good Samaritan Society in Estherville.

Opal Jeanette (Holland) Knutson, the daughter of Peter and Lena (Hanson) Holland, was born April 21, 1920, in Long Lake Township, Minn.

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Opal Knutson

She received her education in the District 12 Country School in Long Lake Township.

On Feb. 23, 1941, she was united in mariage to Irvin Knutson in Odin, Minn. The couple lived and farmed in the Williams area following their marriage. They then moved to Watonwan County, Minn. and later to Dolliver in 1950, where they continued to farm until Irvin passed away Aug. 7, 1989. Opal moved to Estherville in the fall of 1989. Opal cooked for Dolliver School and later for Estherville Lincoln Central and the Good Samaritan Society. She also provided care for several elderly people.

She was a member of Estherville Lutheran Church and a past member of Palestine Lutheran. Opal enjoyed gardening, collecting poetry, recipes and spending time with family and friends.

Left to cherish Opal's memory are her daughters, Carolyn Walz and her husband, John, of Estherville and Patricia Gerding and her husband, Scott, of Rocky Mountain, Mo.; three grandchildren, John Walz, Shane Higgins and Sara Snodderley; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Milo Holland; sister-in-law, Elveda Ross and special nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brother, Leonard.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to Emmet County Relay For Life or the Northwest Iowa Humane Society.

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