Florence Saranne (Potucek) Knutson passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Saturday, March 14, 2009 at the MeritCare Northwest Medical Center in Thief River Falls, MN at the age of 72.
Florence was born on November 29, 1936 to Albert and Muriel (Wildes) Potucek. Flossy was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. Florence was united in marriage to Neil Edward Knutson on July 30, 1952 in Red Lake Falls, MN. The couple lived near Angus, Bagley and Milwaukee, WI before making their home by Viking. To this union they had 10 children. Neil died on March 21, 1989.
Florence, in the past, had worked at the Good Samaritan Center in Warren and for American Crystal Sugar at the Warren piler.
Florence enjoyed spending time with her family, embroidering and watching old classics on TV. She loved country western music with her favorite singer being George Strait. When her health allowed, Flossy loved to garden and did a lot of canning for the family. Florence enjoyed feeding and watching the birds. We all enjoyed the phone call bragging of the unique or unusual bird that was eating at her feeders. We all learned at an early age, you do not shoot a wren off the birdhouse while sighting in your BB gun or even worse, a hummingbird at the feeder.
Left to mourn her passing are her children, Roger (Kandy) of Des Plaines, IL, Randy (Joy) of Newfolden, MN, Robin (Pam) of Bagley, MN, Rhonda (Rick Phillips) of Casper, WY, Rochelle (Lowell) Smeby of Grygla, MN Rodney (Patty) of Mountain, ND, Rosalyn of Casper, WY, Ramona (fiancé, Jared Housey) of Hastings, MN, Rebecca of Thief River Falls, MN and Ryan (Holly) of Viking, MN; thirty-four grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; three sisters, Yvonne (Jim) Peplinski of Early TX, Marge (Jerome) Simonson of Power, MT and Carol Nowacki of Marshall, MN; two brothers, Duane (Jerrilyn) Potucek and Keith “Sam” (Sue Morgan) Potucek all of Warren, MN; in-laws, Dolly Kaml of Warren, MN, Duane and Lila Knutson of Bagley, MN, Caroline Hankins of St. Louis, MO, Oscar and Edna Knutson of Fort Atkins, WI and Gladys Tollefson of Bagley, MN and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Neil of 38 years; parents, Albert and Muriel; father and mother-in-law, Charles and Mary Knutson and several of Neil’s siblings.
FUNERAL SERVICE: 11:00 on Thursday, March 19, 2009 at Zion Lutheran Church in Warren, MN.
VISITATION: After 5:00 PM with a 6:00 PM prayer service on Wednesday at Zion Lutheran Church in Warren, MN. INTERMENT: Comstock Cemetery, Comstock Township, Marshall County, MN.