Erdine E. Knutson, age 92 of Brownsdale, died Monday October 1, 2012 at Mayo Clinic Health System Austin. Erdine Eleanor Gunderson was born July 30, 1920 in Olmsted County, Minnesota to Carl and Gertrude (Martin) Gunderson. She attended school in Sargeant. On June 20, 1941, Erdine married Henry A. Knutson Jr. at Evanger Lutheran Church in Sargeant. Because two people fell in love, there are 7 children from this marriage, 26 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild, totaling 74 immediate family members. The couple was married for 63 years. Erdine was a lifetime member of Evanger Lutheran Church, where she was an active member of WELCA. Her hobbies were yard work, cooking, entertaining, and serving others. She was a dedicated mother and grandmother. After living north of Dexter and farming with her husband for 56 years, they moved to Brownsdale in 1997.
Survivors include her 3 sons, Lynn (Beverly) Knutson of Kasson, MN, Bruce (LuCinda) Knutson of Lakeville, MN, Kent (Mary) Knutson of Oregon, WI; 4 daughters, Diane (Gary) Glienke of Faribault, MN, Kathy (Terry) Miller of Owatonna, MN, Tamara (Rande) Gronseth of Hayfield, MN and Connie (Butch) Goergen of Adams, MN; 26 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; a sister, Gladys Westin of Hayfield. She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Gertrude Gunderson, two sisters Harriet and Esther, and her husband Henry ('Hienie') in 2004. Erdine was a true caregiver and faithful friend.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday October 6, 2012 at Evanger Lutheran Church in Sargeant with Rev. Dwight DoBell officiating. Friends may call at the Worlein Funeral Home in Austin from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday October 5, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Interment will be in Evanger Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials can be directed to Evanger Lutheran Church, the American Cancer Society, or the recipient of donor's choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.