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Jeannette KnutsonJeannette Knutson, 97 of Webster died on Tuesday, October 08, 2019 at Bethesda Home in Webster. Her funeral will be at 1:30 P.M. Saturday, October 12, 2019 at American Lutheran Church in Webster, Rev. Allie Smith officiating. Burial will be at Highland Lutheran Cemetery, Lily. Visitation will be at the funeral home in Webster on Friday 5-7 P.M and prior to service at the church on Saturday. Jeannette Helen Folven was born on Wednesday August 23, 1922 to Knute and Mabel (Stadsklev) Folven in Lynn Townships, Day County. She was baptized at Bergan Lutheran Church near Bristol. She attended rural school near the family farm for two years. In 1930 the family moved to Lily, South Dakota where they owned a general merchandise store. She was confirmed at Lily Lutheran Church. She graduated from high school in 1940 and spent the next two years attending Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. In 1966 she graduated from Northern State College in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Jeannette married Rudolph “Rudy” Knutson on November 4, 1945 at Lily Lutheran Church. They moved east of Lily and lived on Rudy’s grandfathers homestead farm. Jeanette taught for 35 years and retired in 1986. Rudy passed away in 1988 and Jeanette moved to Webster, South Dakota. Jeannette was very involved in church activates. She served on the church council and was an active member of WELCA. She frequently taught Sunday school, confirmation classes and Bible studies. Jeannette enjoyed being with her family, going camping and spending time at their cabin at Enemy Swim Lake. Death came to Jeannette on October 8, 2019. She had reached the age of 97 years 1 month and 16 days. Jeannette is survived by her three children; Randy (Marlene) Knutson of Miller, SD, Deb (Gailand) Henrichsen of Webster, SD, Cindy VanMeeter of St. Crouix Falls, WI, five grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Rudy, three sisters; Sylvia Matthews, Evelyn Hanson, Marlene Kuecker, and one brother Kermit Floven, and one granddaughter.
Jeanette was my 3rd and 4th grade teacher at Bradley School. Little did I know then what an impact she would make on my life, not only due to her teaching, but her personal life, as well. She was always pleasant, even when she had to be stern in the classroom and as a child, I was “wowed” by how attractive she was....always wearing those spike heels! :) In my adult life, I admired her throughout our church lives, frequently being fellow officers in the Lutheran ladies’ groups. As I read the comments here on the tribute wall, I can identify with nearly all of them....and share the same heartfelt sentiments. Now, may each of her family and friends FEELS God’s gifts of comfort and peace. What a blessing she was! Thank you, Mrs. Knutson. Wendy (Fromdahl) Christman
Wendy Christman Oct 18 2019 12:00 AM
Nice lady. I had her for a teacher in the 70's.
Georgia Grimes Peterson Oct 15 2019 12:00 AM
Jeanette visited my dad nearly every day at Bethesda. Loved listening to their stories
Delsie Lesperance Oct 15 2019 12:00 AM
Our sympathy. Your Mom is one classy lady and so fun to talk to! I’m sure she’ll be missed by so many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Marilyn (Sandve) and Danny Mattson.
Marilyn and Danny Mattson Oct 13 2019 12:00 AM
Aunt Jeannette was such a beautiful lady, inside and out. I loved chatting with her over coffee. She was a delight and loved the lord. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. I picture a nice family reunion with her family. It gives me comfort. Sorry we can not be there in person to give you hugs. In our thoughts. Dan, Rachel, Sam & Joey Kuecker
Rachel Kuecker Oct 12 2019 12:00 AM
So sorry to hear of Jeannette passing. I have many fond memories of her from my childhood. She was a nice lady and a great teacher that didn't let a neighbor kid get away with anything! You all are in my thoughts and prayers, Dave Dale
David Dale Oct 12 2019 12:00 AM
The final soul of our parents’ generation has joined the saints. Brownies, date cookies, a career when most women stayed home, a teacher/some are just called to do that, a Republican in a Democrat township and a wise wise wise woman. When my folks took care of my firstborn after I returned to teach in Minnesota, I asked Jeanette to visit my mom the next fall when I took him back with me as she missed him so. Mom wrote words directly from your mom’s mouth- she never knew I asked that. She does now. When Sister and I visited her the last time and talked about Rudy getting lost as a toddler and falling asleep in the corn field and how she laid on the floor by the bed and held his hand so as not to hurt him as he lay dying , she said, “ oh, I do not remember those things but I like hearing about them.” Forever blessed to have so many good role models. We turned back on bad roads- somehow I feel your mom would not mind not having a fuss made over her. Love to you. We had a great growing up.
JoAnn Volkenant Oct 11 2019 12:00 AM
Jeanette Knutson was one of the kindest ladies I have ever known. When I came to Webster right out of college to teach, she was the one who gave me encouragement and was my mentor. The students had guest meals and she, of course, was invited by one of the kitchen groups. She totally forgot, but when I found her just finishing her lunch, she came to the classroom and ate the entire meal with them. She was always so gracious. RIP dear lady and may God bless her soul.
Charlotte Hoverstadt Oct 10 2019 12:00 AM
Mrs. Knutson was my middle school English teacher in the 1970s, but she was also my salvation... listening to me as I pondered Hamlet's opening lines for my own life. Her kind, wise presence led me "to be" on many days when "not to be" looked tempting. I'm forever grateful for the gift of her connection and willingness to be immediately available to listen. It was decades later when I realized Jeanette's influence on my decision to be a language arts teacher myself. I always strive to be a wise listener-- as my mentor was. Blessed to be a blessing. Pay it forward.
Terrisa Fisher Oct 10 2019 12:00 AM
One of my favorite teachers. A beautiful soul. Cindy Sinner Yanta
Cindy Sinner Yanta Oct 10 2019 12:00 AM