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Erma Wilhelmina (Knutson) Johnson Nelson
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Birth: Apr. 7, 1910
Alcester
Union County
South Dakota, USA
Death: Jan. 23, 2004
Belview
Redwood County
Minnesota, USA

Erma Wilhelmina Knutson was born to Nels and Freda (Benz) Knutson on April 7, 1910 in Alcester, SD. She moved with her family to Milroy, MN at an early age. Erma completed an 8th grade education at a country school near Milroy. She often spoke of how hard she worked on the farm with her dad and helping care for her seven brothers and sisters who were younger.

Erma met Harold Johnson in Milroy and they were married May 16, 1928. She became a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Milroy at that time. She always gave credit to her husband for introducing her to Christ and the church. She held leadership positions in the Ladies Aid, sang in the church choir and a ladies quartet that sang at funerals. Erma and Harold raised five children when they lived and farmed near Milroy. They retired in 1965 and moved to Cottonwood where Harold died in 1972.

After nine years of living alone Erma was married to Werner Nelson. They were married less than a year when Werner passed away.

She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Cottonwood and was active in the Senior Citizens Club and Senior Dining. She liked to embroider and made several quilts. She took pride in keeping her yard weed free and well groomed. She loved and appreciated her family and friends and was grateful to her neighbors who helped her in later years.

In the summer of 2001 her health began to fail and she became a resident of Parkview Home in Belview where she died on Friday, January 23, 2004 at the age of 93 years, 9 months and 16 days.

She is survived by her daughter Joyce (Bruce) Snyder, sons; Merton (JoAn) Johnson, Allen (Becky) Johnson, and Kenneth (Sandy) Johnson. Also surviving are 17 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, a great great grandson, a step-daughter Toots Nelson Barber and family, and step-son John Nelson, one sister; Alice Verdeck and one brother Harold Knutson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her two husbands, three sisters, two brothers, daughter Ardyce Solseth and great grandson Jake.

Blessed be her memory.

(Buried with first husband Harold Johnson) 
 
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 Parents:
  Nels Porter Knutson (1884 - 1952)
  Freda Wilhelmina Benz Knutson (1889 - 1982)
 
 Spouses:
  Harold Alfred Johnson (1903 - 1972)
  Werner M. Nelson (1907 - 1981)
 
 Siblings:
  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)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Christ Lutheran Cemetery
Cottonwood
Lyon County
Minnesota, USA
 
Created by: Lori
Record added: Sep 02, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21306939
Erma Wilhelmina <i>(Knutson) Johnson</i> Nelson
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Erma Wilhelmina <i>(Knutson) Johnson</i> Nelson
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Erma Wilhelmina <i>(Knutson) Johnson</i> Nelson
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 Added: Oct. 12, 2008
 
 
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