Kathryn R. Knutson

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Kathryn R. Knutson, age 63, of New Hampton, died on Monday, February 16, 2009, at her home. Kathryn Rosemary (Mikes) Knutson was born on January 27, 1946, to James and Eleanor (Gerstmeyer) Mikes in New Hampton. Kathy grew up in Fredericksburg where she graduated from high school in 1964. She then attended Waterloo School of Nursing where she attained her LPN certificate of nursing; she was employed as a nurse at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester. Kathy was united in marriage to John C. Knutson on February 12, 1966, at Fredericksburg United Methodist Church. The couple made their home in New Hampton. Kathy worked at the New Hampton Medical Clinic before becoming employed at Dedic Denistry office for several years. She was an active volunteer for Hospice, Red Cross Blood Mobile, Allen Memorial Hospital and New Hampton Hospital. She enjoyed traveling, gardening, riding horses, decorating for the holidays, playing softball, and spending time with family and friends. She was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Kathy is survived by her husband John of New Hampton; two daughters Amanda (Grant) Griffin of Wilmette, IL, and Emily Knutson (fiance Andrew Dust) of New Hampton; one brother Richard (Lou Ann) Mikes of Sanibel, FL; several cousins, nieces and nephews; one aunt Shirley Melugin of Fredericksburg, and one uncle Joseph Gerstmeyer of Reseda, CA. She is preceded in death by her parents James and Eleanor Mikes. Cemetery: Burial will be in New Hampton Cemetery at a later date. Visitation: Visitation will be Friday, February 20, 2009 from 4-7 PM and will continue at the church one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Service: Funeral services will be at 10:30 AM on Saturday, February 21, 2009 at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Hampton.

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  1. Dear John, Amanda, and Emily,

    I am so sorry to hear of Kathy’s passing. I have been keeping her and all of you in my prayers these past months. This morning you were all heavy on my mind, (not knowing Kathy had passed away), so I prayed for each of you, and will continue to hold you up in prayer in the coming days and months. May God give you the peace and strength you need each day.

    Judy Knoll

  2. John and daughters, Duane and i want to offer our sympathy. We are in Texas and just want you to know we’re thinking of you and thinking of the last time we talked to you at the post office. You’re in our prayers.

  3. Dear John, Amanda and Emily,

    Kathy’s volunteer spirit was an inspiration to our staff and patients at MMC-NH. She touched so many lives through her constant caring and giving.

    I especially want you to know that her love and support during my cancer journeys were always a wonderful source of strength and comfort. Her faith and her courage gave Hope and Peace to all who knew her. May the good memories you have be a source of comfort to you as you grieve the loss of your special wife and mother. Our thoughts and our prayers are with you,

  4. John, Amanda & Emily – we are so sorry to hear about Kathy. you have our deepest sympathy! Your wife and mom was such a great person! I really enjoyed working with her years ago at Dr. Dedic’s. She made it so much fun working there! There was a day that we weren’t laughing about something…she will be greatly missed! Mark and I will be out of town so we will not be able to make the servies, but know that we have you in our throughts and prayers and know that she is at peace now.
    Mark and Jolene Dungey

  5. John, Amanda & Emily – We want to extend our deepest sympathy to all of you. Kathy is in God’s loving hands now, no more suffering. Hold on to the precious memories that you all have. They will help you get through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. John, Amanda & Emily,

    I was so sorry to hear of Kathy’s death. Her struggle and suffering are over. She had a very supportive family and friends. I’m sure she will be deeply missed. My deepest sympathy to you during this difficult time. You are in my thoughts & prayers now and in the days ahead. May God’s LOVING ARMS surround you and His PEACE be given to you now and in the days to come.

    Shirley Dietrich (Mandan, ND)

  7. John, Amanda and Emily – know that we are thinking of you – Kathy has a special friend waiting for her – treasure the memories. She will be missed – what a wonderful caring person she was.

  8. John, Amanda, & Emily:
    We are so sorry to hear about Kathy. We have wonderful memories of her throughout the years as our daughters were growing up together. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless your family.

  9. John, Amanda, and Emily,
    Nolan called us last night to inform us of Kathy’s passing. Please accept our deepest condolences for your loss and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. She fought a valiant battle with cancer and will surely be missed by all her family and friends. May God grant you peace and comfort through this time.
    Joe and Sharon Haskovec

  10. My deepest sympathies and love. Kathy’s absence will be a void to all who knew her. She was a model of Christian love and acceptance who has left the world a better place. She will not be forgotten by any who knew her.

  11. My sincere sympathies are with you at this difficult time.
    May God comfort you in your hour of grief.
    Beverly Clancyc

  12. So sad to hear that Kathy is gone. I will miss her as I’m sure many will..Remember her laughterand always so cheerful. She could make everyone in the room light up with her being there..I won’t be able to attend services do to arrival of grandchild .But know you are in my thoughts and prayers..Deb Riley..

  13. I am so sorry to hear about your loss..I remember being in school and girl scouts with Kathy..you all have our deepest sympathy I am sure you have many wonderful memories . Treasure them forever!
    With Sympathy,
    Roger and Margo Pleggenkuhle

  14. I’ll always remember Kathy, and her friendly smile, anytime we met. We were in high school and Girl Scouts together, back a few years. You have my deepest sympathy in your loss.

  15. John and girls, God be with you during this difficult time. We are in North Carolina now but please know that our prayers and thoughts are with you. All the wonderful memories of Kathy that you have will always be with you. We are so glad we were able to visited with Kathy at Christmas time when we were home. Know that we care and God cares. God be with you all.

  16. John,

    You have our deepest sympathy. Please let us know if we can help out in any way. Will keep you in our thoughts and prayers
    Dave and Julie Capesius

  17. Knutson family,

    I am deeply sorry to hear of Kathy’s passing. She was an amazing woman with great joy and tremendous heart. I heard she was suffering, and my prayer for you is that you can take heart knowing she is dancing with her Creator. You are in my prayers- may God bring you comfort and a peace that passes all understanding during this time.

  18. Our deepest sympathy to you all. The heavens rejoice. Kathy will be waiting for all of us with a big smile on her face in heaven. Blessings to you all, Doug and Trish.

  19. Sincere sympathy to the Knutson family. She was truly a blessing to all who knew her. Dave & Rosalie

  20. We are so very sorry for your loss. Words cannot express the love and generosity Cousin Kathy had for everyone. She was willing to help and care for others. Now God is caring for her. She touched so many lives that she will be deeply missed.

    Blessings to you all,

    Aunt Shirley Melugin
    John & Jane Brooks

  21. John & Family
    So sorry for your loss. You have our Deepest Sympathy.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Don & Ruth

  22. John, Amanda & Emily – We want you to know how sorry we are for your loss. It was a privilege to have known Kathy and we will always remember her. She was one of those rare people who had the ability to immediately lift ones spirits just by saying hello. I will never forget the first time I met Kathy and how she, single handedly, made a transplant from Wisconsin feel like New Hampton was home. She was an amazing woman who was extremely proud of her children and openly thankful for being blessed with such a great husband. You are the legacy she has left behind, keep her in your hearts and continue to make her proud. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Tom, Ginger, Jason and Lexi Rasmussen

  23. Dear Christian Friends,

    Contact over this past year through the CaringBridge site, first for you, John, and then later, Kathy, has been such a wonderful blessing for us and so many others. What a joy to read the expressions of love that have been sent through these many months. Since the death of your loving wife, mother, and mother-in-law those outpourings have continued. Reading Kathy’s obituary explains some of the years of friendships that were involved.

    We never got to meet Kathy, personally, but that really doesn’t matter. We treasure the journey we shared along the way. We remember, with joy, the expressions of love for her Savior that she shared with others. We will treasure the gift of modern technology that made possible a personal email from her heart to ours some months back. We remain thankful that John, you and your beloved wife have raised two very caring daughters that slid very easily into their caring roles when you first were ill. That caring just continued to also include precious times spent with their mother, when she began her own health issues. God has blessed your entire family with very loving hearts and we, the ones on the outside looking in through emails, were privy to a wonderful display of Christian love and character. May we have learned some good lessons from you.

    Heavy colds keep both of us from being at Kathy’s Service of Celebration this morning, but, our spirits are with you. Our continued morning and evening prayers will continue always for your whole family, asking for God’s perfect amount of strength for each new day and His quiet rest at the end of each day.

    In Christian love,

    Rhoda and Larry Baldwin
    Jesup, Iowa

  24. John & girls,
    I am truly sorry to read of Kathy’s death. She made me feel so at home wherever I met her and always had stories to tell me about the girls God has taken away all her pain but left you with a deep hole I’m sure. Always remember the good times
    Deb Lantzky

  25. To The Family of Kathryn R. Knutson! Wife,Mother,Mother-in-law,& all who touched by Kathryn in any way. Kathryn, Awonderful ,Special,Loving ,Always having an smile on her face. Are thoughts are with you all,prayer, Plus No one can ever take away all your love ,and memories you all have of Kathryn for ever!God Bless You All,& God Watch over you all! Love ,Alice C.(Knutson),& Tom(Thomas)You ever need help we are here!

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