We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Herman-Taylor Funeral Home
Linda G. Knuth, age 74, of Nekoosa, WI passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2022 surrounded by her loving family.
Services will be at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, June 19, 2022 at Herman-Taylor Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids. Pastor Scott Kaczorowski will officiate. Visitation will be from 12:00 P.M. until the time of services on Sunday at the funeral home.
Linda was born June 23, 1947 in Astoria, Oregon to John and Nellie (Gray) Barker. She met her future husband, Dan Knuth, while he was serving in the United States Coast Guard and they were married on May 1, 1970 in Astoria. After Dan finished his service, they moved to Dan’s home state of Wisconsin and eventually settled in Nekoosa, WI where they made their home and raised their daughters, Vicki and Michelle. Linda and Dan were blessed with 50 years of marriage. Dan passed away on August 25, 2020.
Linda worked hard from a young age when she took on her first job, delivering the Daily Astorian newspaper so she could buy her first horse “Smokey”. She also worked as a resident advisor for the Job Corps in Astoria prior to moving with Dan to Wisconsin. After making their home in Wisconsin, Linda devoted her time to raising her girls. She was a very active mom, volunteering as a 4H Leader for the Wittenberg Workers 4H group and leading the effort to remove asbestos from the Nekoosa Area Schools.
Fueled by her passion for assisting the elderly and those with special needs, Linda later returned to the workforce as a caregiver at Bridgewood and other area facilities. She was active in the community: leading activities at area nursing homes, helping people with their taxes, volunteering with the US Census Bureau, and doing other volunteer work with special needs and elderly people throughout the community.
Linda always put the needs of others before her own. She loved to cook and was famous for her baked beans and “Ugly Bread”. She loved camping and also enjoyed crafting. A part of Linda’s heart was always in Oregon. She cherished her role as “big sister” and would return to her hometown as often as possible to get her “Ocean Fix” or take in a train ride.
Linda is survived by her daughters: Vicki (Jeff) Haasl of Wisconsin Rapids, WI and Michelle (Joe) Harrison of Green Bay, WI; grandchildren: Joe Haasl, Holly Haasl (Cody Ostrum), Colleen Yeskie (Logan Hinders), Shannon Yeskie, Brad (Jolene) Yeskie, and Sam, Ashley and Lex Harrison; great-grandchildren: Riley, Maverick, Amara, Zaiden, Natalie, and Aubrey; sister, Elaine Ritter; brother, John (Lois) Barker; sisters-in-law: Diane Knuth and Elaine (Ron) Herman; mother-in-law, Genevieve “Jenny” Knuth; nieces and nephews: Ryan (Amy) Barker, Nathan (Jill) Barker, Steve (Wendy) Ritter, Jenny Ritter, Jeremy (Jessica) Herman, Amy (Dave) Houtevelde, Justin (Roxanne) Herman, and Heather (Dwayne) Malcolm; and many great-nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dan; granddaughter, Miranda Yeskie; sister, Esther; father-in-law, Dale Knuth; and brother-in-law, Richard “Dick” Knuth.
The family would like to thank friends and family, Aspirus, Lifestar Ambulance, Aurora BayCare Medical Center, Heartland Hospice, and the staff at Pineland Camping Park for everything they did for Linda.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to the All Children Together (ACT) Playground in Wisconsin Rapids through the Incourage Community Foundation, 478 E Grand Ave., Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494.
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