Leona Knutson, 96

Leona Knutson, a resident of Little Falls, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, at St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls.  Funeral services will be held at 11 A.M. on Friday, September 7, 2012 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Little Falls, MN. Burial will take place in Oakland Cemetery in Little Falls, MN. Friends may call from 10-11 A.M. on Friday at Bethel Lutheran Church in Little Falls, MN. Funeral arrangements are with the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls, MN.

Leona was born March 20, 1916, in Little Falls,  to the late William and Marie (Lentz) LeMieur. She grew up in Little Falls and graduated from St. Francis Catholic High School in Little Falls. Leona was united in marriage to Arvid M. Knutson, April 28, 1937, in Milbank, S.D. She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and Bethel Lutheran Church in Little Falls. Leona’s family was most important to her and there was nothing she cherished more than spending time with them. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.

Leona is survived by daughters, Judy Polasek of Little Falls and Diane (Greg) Bigalke of Monticello; brothers, Kenneth (Beverly) LeMieur of Little Falls, Earl LeMieur of Little Falls and Tom (Paulette) LeMieur of Little Falls; sisters, Collette (Jerry) Benson of Little Falls and Janet Luberts of Little Falls; grandchildren, Troy (Stacy) Bigalke of St. Michael, Ryan (Dana) Bigalke of Monticello, Brett (Brianne) Bigalke, Jill (Eric) Tye of Milaca and Jason (fiancé Kari Carlson) Polasek of Bloomington; great-grandchildren, Julia Bigalke, Brooklyn Bigalke, Kayli Bigalke, Blake Bigalke, Anna Tye and Jake Tye.

Leona was preceded in death by husband of 55 years Arvid Knutson; parents, William and Marie LeMieur; sisters, Millie Thielen, Shirley Pease and Rita Otremba and infant Irene; brothers, Don, Bill, Edward, Robert Sr., and Rich LeMieur.

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