Virginia Knudson

Virginia Knudson

December 1st, 1933 - February 12th, 2020
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Virginia L. Knudson, age 86, of Florence, SD, passed away February 12, 2020.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, February 17, 2020 at New Helgen Lutheran Church in Florence with Pastor Scott Demspter and Pastor Mindy Ehrke officiating.

Visitation will be from 2-5:00 p.m., Sunday, February 16, 2020 at Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel in Watertown.

Interment will be in the spring at Helgen Cemetery near Florence.

Honorary Pallbearers will be her grandchildren, Taylor Knudson, Carrie Niles, Amy Baete, Anna Bisgard and Allison Bisgard; and her great-grandchildren, Everly Niles, Mallory Bisgard, Mila Baete, Maverick Baete and Maxxim Niles.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Jake Bisgard, Josh Bisgard, Will Knudson, Adam Baete, Eric Niles; and her great-grandsons, Owen Niles, Soren Bisgard and Linken Niles.

Virginia Lee Ohnstad’s journey began on December 1, 1933 when she was born to Harold Bertum and Opal Pearl (Pierce) Ohnstad. She grew up in Codington County, rural Florence, South Dakota. Virg attended rural school through the eighth grade and graduated from Florence High School in 1952. She taught school at Mt. Pleasant #43, west of Florence, from 1952 to 1953. Then she met the apple of her eye. Harvey Knudson and Virginia were united in marriage June 21, 1953 at Goodhue Lutheran Church. She was a farm wife and mother working timelessly milking cows, hauling grain, gardening, haying, and raising their five children.

Virg was a lifelong Christian and a member of New Helgen Lutheran Church. She was active in Ladies Aid, Sunday school, and she truly loved baking and making soup for church events.

Virg also found time to take in and care for more than just her grandkids, including several neighbor’s children.

She loved square dancing, ballroom dancing and sewing.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harvey; two sons, Larry and Gary; one great-granddaughter, Calissa Niles; two brothers, Harold Jr. and Richard “Dick”; two sisters, Betty Rislov and Sandra Healey; and one son-in-law, Joel Bisgard.

Virginia is survived by her children, Terry (Renee) Knudson of Fargo, ND, Sally Bisgard of Waubay, SD, James (Cheryl) Knudson of Florence, SD; eight grandchildren, Jake (Anna) Bisgard, Carrie (Eric) Niles, Josh (Allison) Bisgard, Amy (Adam) Baete, Taylor Knudson, William Knudson, Danielle (Theo) Frank and Michael Knudson; ten great-grandchildren; and her sister, Shirley Schwinger of Watertown, SD.

Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel is serving the family,
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday February 16th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Sunday February 16th, 2020 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel
    1111 4th St NE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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  • Service

    Monday February 17th, 2020 | 10:30am
    Monday February 17th, 2020 10:30am
    New Helgen Lutheran Church
    507 Lee Ave.
    Florence, SD
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    Pastor Scott Dempster
    Pastor Mindy Ehrke
  • Reception

    Florence Community Hall
    308 Main Ave
    FLORENCE, SD 57235
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Gerald Anderson

Posted at 08:05pm
My best memories of Virginia go back over 50 years, when Mom and Dad would take us in to Florence to watch them square dance. It was mesmerizing watching the dancers do their dances with Perry Bergh calling the dances. It was also fun watching them learn new moves. Sometimes they would bump into each other and laugh. My parent's friendship with Harvey and Virginia led to many card parties at their farm home. My brother Loren and I matched up with Larry and Gary, and we played Kick the Can or hide and seek outside until way after dark. Virginia was always nice to visit with whenever we saw her after I moved away. Our sympathies to Terry, Sally, and Jim.
Gerald and Sue Anderson

Gerald and Sue Anderson

Judy Aslesen Kellen

Posted at 03:31pm
So sorry for your loss of a wonderful lady. I remember her watching me, when Mom was busy, will never forget her calling me "prune". May God be with you all during your sorrow.

Cheryl Brink

Posted at 11:32am
My sincere sympathies to the Knudson family, Virginia was a great lady and will be missed by many

Sue Schwandt

Posted at 08:42pm
Family of Virginia. So sorry for your loss. She was such a beautiful and caring person. May God hold you in his loving arms and comfort you in this most difficult time

Greg Baete, DenYelle and Zach Kenyon Family.

Posted at 04:37pm
So sorry for your loss. Know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
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