Rita Knutson, 60, Albert Lea

Published 9:35 am Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The funeral service for Rita Colleen Knutson will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Bonnerup Funeral Service Chapel, Albert Lea. The Rev. Richard Spande will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Bonnerup Funeral Service and one hour before service at the chapel. Interment will be in the Bricelyn Cemetery.


Rita died Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011, at her home in Albert Lea. She was 60 years old.

Rita was born in Albert Lea on Sept. 15, 1951, the daughter of Elmer Levi and Virginia (Means) Knutson. Rita attended the Bricelyn Schools. She lived in Bricelyn for many years until moving to Albert Lea in 1981. She worked in the laundry at Cedar Valley Services before her retirement. Rita loved doing artwork especially drawing and painting, which she would enter at the Freeborn Co. Fair. She was in Special Olympics doing bowling, swimming and track. She also was a bell ringer for the Salvation Army and enjoyed going to Diamond Jo Casino. Rita loved to take part in Bible studies. She enjoyed going on vacations with Sue and family. She loved her special cats, George and Brian. Rita enjoyed making and collecting friends.

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She is survived by her sister, Linda (LeVerne) Miller, of Freeborn and twin sister, Ruth (Douglas) Thorson of Floyd, Iowa; many nieces, nephews, cousins and special nephew, Charles Miller of Freeborn; special friend, Bob Knutson, of Albert Lea.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Russell Knutson.