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Mildred Knutson

Mildred A. "Millie" Knutson, age 82, of Willmar, died Thursday morning, November 26, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, November 30, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Willmar. Interment will be at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery in Raymond. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

Mildred A. "Millie" Knutson was born on November 8, 1933, in Raymond, Minnesota, the daughter of Herbert and Meta (Griener) Peterson. She grew up in the Raymond community and graduated from Raymond High School in 1951. On July 5, 1953, Millie was married to Charles Schanbachler. They made their home in Willmar and later divorced. She worked for a while at the Blue Chip Café and National-T Grocery Store in downtown Willmar before receiving business training in Granite Falls. On December 18, 1968, Millie was united in marriage to Simon R. Knutson and they made their home in Willmar. Millie was employed for over 29 years at the Kandiyohi County Human Services as a financial worker, retiring in about 1997. She was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church. Her hobbies included crocheting, knitting, embroidery and baking. Millie will be best remembered for being generous, kind and compassionate to others.

She is survived by her husband, Simon of Willmar; four children, Brenda Schanbachler of Willmar, Bradley (and Candace) Schanbachler of Clearwater, FL., Barry Schanbachler of Willmar and Julie Knutson of Grand Forks, ND. (and significant other, Jim Schiltz); five grandchildren; seven great grandchildren, and one sister-in-law, Shirley Freese of Willmar, besides other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Donald Peterson.

Cemetery Details

St. John's Lutheran Cemetery

Raymond, MN, 56282


NOV 30. 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

Redeemer Lutheran Church

1401 SW 6th Street

Willmar, MN, US, 56201



NOV 30. 01:00 PM

Redeemer Lutheran Church

1401 SW 6th Street

Willmar, MN, US, 56201


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Mel Knudson & family purchased the Fruit Abounds for the family of Mildred Alice Knutson.

Mel Knudson & family - November 30, 2015 at 05:17 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Our sympathy to the family of Millie. It was always nice to visit together and years earlier see you at Don and Shirley's place.Beverly & Gerald Winkelmann

Beverly Winkelmann - December 01, 2015 at 08:43 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Peace, Prayers & Blessings - Pink and White was purchased for the family of Mildred Alice Knutson.

November 28, 2015 at 12:55 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

I will always remember Millie for her warm smile and friendly ways. She was always in church for the early service every Sunday. Now her favorite place to sit is empty. She now has a favorite place to sit in heaven where there is no more pain or unhappiness or worry. For several years she helped Redeemers quilting group get more done by taking home several quilts each week and getting them tied. When she was no longer able to do that we missed having her stop by to return finished quilts and pick up a few more.Anita Petersen

Anita Petersen - November 29, 2015 at 11:51 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM