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Freda Wilhelmina Benz Knutson
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Birth: Apr. 23, 1889
Death: Mar. 13, 1982
Lyon County
Minnesota, USA

Freda was born April 23, 1889, in Humboldt, Iowa, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Benz.

She grew up and attended school in Humboldt, and on January 1, 1909, was united in marriage to Nels Knutson. The couple lived in the Milroy area for more than 60 years. She was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Milroy, and the ALCW.

Freda passed away March 13, 1982 in the Weiner Memorial Nursing Home in Marshall.

Survivors include two sons: Walter of Sandusky, Ohio, and Harold of Portland, Oregon, and four daughters: Mrs. Erma Nelson, Cottonwood; Mrs. Ernest (Dorothy) Dexter, Correll; Mrs. Peter (Alice) Verdeck, Marshall; and Mrs. Thomas (Irene) Zeilenga of Chicago.

Freda is also survived by 23 grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Alice Wiuff, of Tracy, and other relatives and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, two sisters, two brothers, one daughter, and one son.

Funeral services were held at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Milroy, with the Rev. Donald Comnick, pastor, officiating. Pallbearers were Bruce Snyder, Charles Tomasek, Ron Jensen, Harlan Solseth, Ray Dunterman and Aaron Smith. Honorary pallbearers were Walter Jensen, Carl Rolland, LeRoy Verdeck and Harry Mickelson. Interment was made in Mound Cemetery, Ortonville. 
 
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 Parents:
  Jacob J Benz (1855 - 1918)
  Mary Freda Vogt Benz (1853 - 1912)
 
 Spouse:
  Nels Porter Knutson (1884 - 1952)*
 
 Children:
  Erma Wilhelmina (Knutson) Johnson Nelson (1910 - 2004)*
  Earl Gilbert Knutson (1911 - 1972)*
  Dorothy Alice (Knutson) Radmer Dexter (1916 - 1997)*
  Alice Joyce Knutson Verdeck (1917 - 2007)*
  Irene Knutson Zeilenga (1919 - 1982)*
 
 Siblings:
  Carl Fredrick Benz (1886 - 1963)*
  Alice Benz Wiuff (1888 - 1989)*
  Freda Wilhelmina Benz Knutson (1889 - 1982)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: Sister of Alice Benz Wiuff. Mother of Erma, Earl, Walter, Dorothy, Alice, Irene, Lorraine and Harold.
 
Burial:
Mound Cemetery
Ortonville
Big Stone County
Minnesota, USA
 
Created by: Lori
Record added: Nov 05, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16468494
Freda Wilhelmina <i>Benz</i> Knutson
Added by: Lori
 
Freda Wilhelmina <i>Benz</i> Knutson
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Freda Wilhelmina <i>Benz</i> Knutson
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my great grandma - always in our hearts
- Lori
 Added: Oct. 27, 2008
 
 
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