Phoebe M. Knutson

Born: Mon., Apr. 14, 1924
Died: Fri., Dec. 6, 2019


10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Wed., Dec. 11, 2019
Location: United Covenant Church

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Wed., Dec. 11, 2019
Location: United Covenant Church

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Phoebe M. Knutson

Phoebe M. Knutson, age 95, of Amery, WI, died on Friday, December 6, 2019 at Golden Age Manor in Amery, WI.

Phoebe Martha Leasure was born on April 14, 1924, in Columbia Heights, MN, the daughter of William and Eva Leasure.  Phoebe grew up in the Reeve, WI area and was baptized and confirmed at West Akres Lutheran Church. She attended Jones Creek Elementary School and Clayton High School.

On March 21, 1941, she was united in marriage to Lloyd E. Knutson in Northwood, IA.  They made their home in Northeast Minneapolis until Lloyd was drafted during World War II. During the war, Phoebe and their daughter Marlene lived on the farm with Lloyd’s parents. In 1945, when Lloyd returned from the Service, they bought their first dairy farm near Reeve. In 1956 they moved to a farm in the Edgewood community of Clear Lake which they operated until 1963.  Together they raised seven children, Marlene, Darrel, Linda, David, Danny, Roxanna and Roland.

For many years, they made their home in Clear Lake, near the former high school.  While Lloyd worked for Exel Energy, Phoebe decided to pursue an education, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Library Science.  Phoebe was employed by Northlake Flowers and Gifts in Amery and became an owner of the business in partnership with Barry Sandburg. In 1980 Northlake was sold and Lloyd retired from Exel.  

Phoebe and Lloyd were ‘snowbirds’ who enjoyed spending winters in Corpus Christi, TX, and summers in Wisconsin.  For many years they made their summer home at The Last Resort Campground near Amery and later at a home on the Apple River.  Spending time with grandchildren and great grandchildren became one of the joys of her retirement.  Phoebe enjoyed flowers and gardening throughout her life.  She loved cooking big holiday meals and any events that brought the family together.  Phoebe loved camping, both with a tent and later with a camper trailer.  She also was able to travel widely, including two trips to Europe, one trip to Russia and several trips throughout the United States.  

During years on the farm, Phoebe was an active member of Moe Lutheran Church, serving as a Sunday School Teacher and President of the Ladies’ Aid for many years.  In later years, she attended the United Covenant Church in Clear Lake.

Phoebe is preceded in death by her husband Lloyd; her daughters Marlene and Roxanna; her son Darrel; her parents and her sisters and brothers.

Family Members

Lloyd E. Knutson - deceased

Marlene Knutson – deceased
Darrel Knutson – deceased
Linda (Dan) Schneckenberg – Metairie, LA
David Knutson – Balsam Lake, WI
Danny Knutson – Amery, WI
Roxanna Peterson – deceased
Roland (Karrin) Knutson – San Antonio, TX

Kellie Johnson
William (Jamie) Knutson
Thea (Geoff) Watters
Claire Dossier (Brent) Anderson
Eva Dossier (Kevin) Wellen
Christopher (Virginia) Knutson
Dustin Knutson
David L. (Kim) Knutson
Darlene Knutson
Devin (Lectiel) Knutson
Danny Knutson, Jr
Michelle Peterson
Zoie Williams  
James Knutson
Maximums Knutson

Great Grandchildren
Molly, Ruben & Amy Johnson
Avery & Alanna Knutson
Nolan Watters
Annika, Sloane & Carter Anderson
Remy & Simone Wellen
David, Jr, Davina, Arianna
& Davin Knutson
Devin Lee Knutson, Jr
Bradley, Joshua, Tristan, Cable,
Lizzy & Cheyenne Knutson

Great Great Grandchildren
Darius & Lilly Freitag and
Aurora Albee

Funeral Services
United Covenant Church
Clear Lake, WI
Wednesday, December 11, 2019, at 11:00 a.m.

Pastor Dan Pearson

Margaret Peterson

Sheldon & Sally Johnson

Sheldon Johnson
William Knutson
Joseph Mara
Kevin Marlett
Barry Sandburg
Dan Schneckenberg

Interment at Clear Lake Cemetery - Clear Lake, WI

Scheuermann-Hammer Funeral Home in Clear Lake is handling the arrangements

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Jack and Kathy
   Posted Mon December 09, 2019
Linda, Dan and all family,

We send our condolences and wish you peace in your loving memories. Kathy is particularly grateful to have known Phoebe, to have visited her wonderful flower shop, witnessed her joy in her educational pursuits and her pride in her family. May Phoebe’s legacy as a Renaissance woman be a cherished memory.

Claire Dossier
   Posted Mon December 09, 2019
Grandma Phoebe was a strong, feisty, smart, funny, sarcastic, yet kind matriarch far beyond the conventions of her time and place. I remember playing “space house” with her as a little girl, imagining a skyscraper that would go all the way up into space with different fantastical rooms. She gave me a love of reading and the motto “it’s a great life, if you don’t weaken.” Cheers to you, Grandma Phoebe, we will always remember and love you.

Nicki Shady
   Posted Tue December 10, 2019

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by Christopher Kidd and Associates.

Frank Hunt
   Posted Tue December 10, 2019

GARDEN PATH was sent by Hunt family.

Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Sending prayers of comfort and strength during this difficult time.

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