Michele (Mitsy) Marie Knoll, 55, Fargo, passed away on February 12, 2016 at Mayo Methodist Hospital in Rochester, MN. Mitsy was born on June 22, 1960 in Ada, MN, the daughter of Marcell and Marlene (Korynta) Flicek. Her first year of life was living on the farm near Mahnomen, MN. In 1961, they moved to Grafton, ND and attended school and graduated in 1978. In high school she worked at the Grafton Lutheran Sunset Home as a dietary aide and scheduler for high school students. Her continued education was at the University of Minnesota Crookston, and graduated with a business degree in 1980. She moved back to Grafton and worked at the Walsh County Bank in the bookkeeping and proofing dept. She moved to Fargo, ND in 1989 and worked for 1st American Service Center and Community First Bank. On April 13, 1991 she married Jeff Knoll in Grafton, ND. They resided in Fargo, where they had two children. Mara was born on July 19, 1992 and Kameron was born on August 15, 1995. Mitsy loved spending time with her kids. She was busy attending all of their extra circular activities. She met her special friend Bill Bitterman in May 2012 and enjoyed spending time with his daughter Briana and his family. Mitsy was a very active member of Nativity Church of Fargo. Bill, Mitsy and many friends loved to ride motor cycles and helped organize benefit runs. Her pride and “JOY” was spending time with her kids, family and friends. She loved to go to the lake, and enjoyed cooking, gardening, reading, taking pictures and entertaining. She put in many hours at the Kind-er Care Assisted Living, helping with the residents; she had a special gift for working with the senior citizens. She loved them just like family. In 1997, Mitsy was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer and received treatment at Roger Maris Cancer in Fargo, ND. On October 10, 2007, Mitsy had her first stem cell transplant at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She was in remission with lymphoma until 2015. In April, she was diagnosed with leukemia (ALL – Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia). In September, Mitsy went to Rochester where she had an allogenic stem cell transplant. She was blessed that her brother Todd was a 100% match for her stem cell transplant. On November 17, 2015 she had her transplant. During both occasions for her treatments, she resided at the Gift of Life House in Rochester. On February 12, she was surrounded by her family to comfort her on her journey to be with God. She was very much loved and will be missed by everyone who knew her. Mitsy loved and lived life to the fullest. Mitsy is survived by her daughter; Mara, special friend; Jesse Luetgers, son; Kameron, Fargo, parents; Marcell and Marlene Flicek, Bismarck, siblings; Joy and Allen Zidon, Pisek, Todd and Amy Flicek, Bismarck, Becky and Tim Paul, Bismarck, Doug Flicek, Fargo, special friend; Bill Bitterman, Fargo, 5 nieces and 4 nephews, 6 great nephews and a great niece. She was preceded in death by her sister-in-law; Cindy Flicek. Prayer Service: 7:00 P.M. Friday, February 19, 2016 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo with visitation starting at 5:00 P.M. Mass of Christian Burial: 10:00 A.M. Saturday, February 20, 2016 at Nativity Catholic Church, Fargo with visitation starting at 9:00 A.M. Burial: St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in the Spring, Grafton, ND. Online guestbook at www.boulgerfuneralhome.com.

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  1. To the family of Mitsy, you have my deepest sympathy.,Mitsy was a wonderful friend. She has inspired so many people. She will truly be missed by many. Her smile will forever be in my memory. Heaven has gained a true angel. God bless you at this hard time. Cherish her memory

  2. Flicek’s have been great friends. Joy was amazing being Mitsy’s caregiver. That time together will never be regretted. It’s a priceless time. Was glad to visit when we were in Rochester in early Nov. She was an angel on earth. Her smile brightened a room and made everyone feel special. She was loved by many and will be missed by many. So happy she was a part of my life. Peace be with her family and many friends. Her memory will be close to myheart. 💚

  3. Mara and Kam, we are so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a wonderful, brave and compassionate person. She had the greatest smile. We know that she is in a better place
    And in no more pain and suffering. Even though we would like her to be with us. I believe she already has her wings and is watching over the family that meant so much to her. Mara and Kam
    Love and prayers to all your family.

  4. Mitsy,

    I just cannot believe it is so. My heart breaks for your amazing family.

    We have all had so many wonderful memories that we will cherish. You are my kind and amazing friend.

    May you be walking with Jesus today….your faith has always been so strong. Keep your eye out for us…we will see you again.

  5. My Deepest Sympathy! Mitsy was such an inspiration, she always was positive and showed her strengths! She did not give up, she was tired! God has gained a beautiful angel inside and out! So sorry for your loss!!

  6. Mitsy,

    My heart goes out to your family. It is difficult to fathom that you are no longer amongst us. I hope that God gives you the biggest pair of angel wings that he has available because you have earned them.

    I will cherish all of the memories and adventures that we have shared through the years. I will miss you my friend….until we meet again some day.

  7. To Mitsy’s family,
    Flicek’s were old neighbors of mine, in Grafton……My heart goes out to all of you….What a beautiful family, and, Joy, I need to commend you, on being there for Mitsy, for so long….Mitsy, was one of kind…Like everyone
    says, her smile, was such a blessing, even through heartaches and pain……Remembering, you in prayer…..Love, Marie

  8. My thoughts and prayers to the Flicek Family. I have been so Blessed to have known Mitzy, Joy, Doug and all the Flicek Family. You have all been so strong for each other. I treasure my memories of the journeys we have been on together. I Love you All! God’s Blessings! Peace N Love, Jeanie (Cindy’s Aunt)

  9. Prayers and love to the family of Mitsy. Our deepest sympathy for a loss so great. Mitsy was a wonderful loving mom. Her strength was beyond measure. Her loss leaves a hole in our hearts. She had a beautiful smile and spirit. Love, Prayers and hugs James & Sue (KoKo too)

  10. To Mitsy’s Family
    So sorry to hear of Mitsy’s passing. She put up a long hard fight and may you find comfort knowing she is now at peace and remember all the special times you had with her. I’m out of town so I will not be able to make it to the service but my thoughts are with all of you.

  11. Growing up I felt like one of the “Fliceks”. I have so many fond memories of staying in town at their “Big” house. I will miss Mitsy dearly. As a cancer survivor myself, she was there as I took my journey and borrowed me her collections of hats. I could never thank her enough for that. Cancer is evil, but it makes us stronger. Mitsy held on to her faith and knew that if things didn’t go as planned, God had a plan of his own for her. I pray for you all to find comfort and know that she is in a much better place with out pain or illness, she is now our angel serving our Lord. God Bless you all.
    Hugs.. Holly

  12. My sincerest sympathies to the Flicek family. I remember growing up as neighbors and how loving and kind you all were to my grandmother and great aunt, Kate and Jeanette. They both adored Mitsy and all of the Flicek children. I was so thrilled to run into Mitsy a couple of years agl at Touchmark (formerly Waterford) where Mitsy was working with my sister-in-law’s mother at the time. She still had the same spunk and sparkle about her that I remember as a child. Blessings to all of you.

  13. Marcell and family:

    Even though I did not know Mitsy personally, I have known the family forever! Especially you, Marcell. I fondly remember the summer bus rides to Fargo and have mention them frequently to others. Those were happier times. As you and the rest of the family struggle through this tough period and loss, may the good Lord comfort and hold you close.

    God Bless you and yours, my friend.
    Joe Ellefson

  14. Mara and Kam,

    So sorry to hear of you mom. She was a great lady! I always enjoyed talking with her about both of you. She was a gentle spirit with a big heart. Take care.

    Tricia Erickson
    (Mrs. Erickson—Lewis and Clark Elementary School)

  15. I will always remember all the fun times we had as kids. She was such a wonderful person who lived life to the fullest. She always found the best in people and life and her smile and faith showed the love of God. I will miss her and know that she not in pain anymore and with the Lord.

  16. Mitsy was a person we proudly called our friend, we will miss her more then words can express . She had a heart of gold an a smile that would light up a darkroom, an a positive attitude second to none. We miss you Mitsy – you found a special place in our hearts, till we meet again love ya R&R

  17. Didn’t know her very long, but was the sweetest & happiest person. She will be missed. So sorry for your loss.

  18. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during such h a difficult time….SORRY we can’t be with you as we are going to be in Arizona….LOVE to ALL…

  19. My heart breaks for MITSY’S family! Thank you dear Lord for blessing us with Mitsy and her BEAUTIFUL SOUL! I will NEVER FORGET how she held on to me and our last hug when I visited her in Fargo. The orange t-shirt Miles for Mitsy…will be forever very special…just like her!

  20. Sincere sympathy to the families of Mitsy—although we did not know Mitsy we do know her parents—sister Joy and husband Al and her niece Jodi and family who are our special neighbors —–May peace be with you all during this difficult time.

  21. Uncle Marcel, Aunt Marlene, Joy and Al, Becky and Tim, Todd and Amy, Doug, Mara, Kameron, and all the rest of the Flicek family, I am so sorry for the loss of MItsy. I can’t believe she is gone. For some reason, I thought she would pull through this terrible ordeal. She was so strong in her faith and had a sparkle in her eyes when ever she would visit. I am so glad that I got the chance to see her when she and Mara came to Bismarck this past Fall. Thank you, Joy, for being with Mitsy down in Rochester and taking care of her, You are a rock, Joy! What a blessing for Mitsy to have her sister helping her through all she had to endure in Rochester. I’m sure all of you would have been there too if you could have. You are such a loving family! I wish I would have taken the time to come and see MItsy in Rochester. I am so sad for all of you, especially you, Joy! I know you and Mitsy were very close. Wish I could give you a big hug, my closest Korynta cousin! My hugs, tears, and prayers go out to all of you! I know that Mitsy will be up there in Heaven with Grandma Mae! I’m sure of it! God bless you all in the Flicek family.
    Love and prayers, your cousin and niece,
    Robynn (Wesolowski) Berger

  22. Mara, Cam, and loving family,
    Words cannot express my feelings on your loss. May so much love bring you some peace. What a wonderful woman this world lost.
    Your forever friend, Bette

  23. God took another ANGEL home, Godspeed MITSY !
    To the Family were sorry for your loss,our prayers are with you as Mitsy will
    be missed by us and everyone who knew her.
    God Bless!

  24. Mitzi was the kind of person that you could pick up where u left off with, no matter how many weeks, months, even years had passed… The most positive optimistic person I have ever known. That attitude got her thru her health battles… It was never about her, so giving & loving to everyone she touched! I will miss her unending smile & warmth! U were so brave Mitz!

  25. Can’t seem to find the right words ….our friendship was new but so very special and close to my heart…you put a smile on my face every time I saw you. You were so genuine and caring. This will be a hard summer without you my beautiful friend.

  26. Dear Mara and Kam,
    Your mother was one of the first people we knew during your and our Sunday School and Faith Formation years at Nativity…seems like yesterday. Your mom was a sweetheart with a heroic sole. I will never forget those first encounters we all had together then and over the years. Our Love and Prayers will remain with you both always!
    The Gress”

  27. Our deepest sympathy! Misty was a beuitful person inside and out! She was a friend with great ora around her, my mother said she was the best, always happy smiling and living life with heart. When ever I met Misty up town or anywhere else I would get the bigest smile and a big hug! it made my day always. She is a example of how we should live life, she was a loving person and will be greatly missed by all of us. Our blessing to the Flicek Parents and Family.

  28. Our sincere sympathy to Mitzy’s entire family, children, Marlene and Marcel and sisters and brothers. Such a close, wonderful and spiritual family. May Mitzi already be watching over you all in her eternal reward.

  29. Our thoughts and prayers are with you today and in the days ahead. So very sorry for your loss, heaven has certainly gained a special angel.

  30. My deep sympathy to all friends and family , mourning varies for all – it can take years for some , accept that Mitsy is in a better place with no more pain and no more sorrow . And someday we will meet again .
    For God so love the world , that he gave his only son, that whos so ever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life. John3:16

  31. Each person is given the gift of time on this earth to live, to learn, to love, & to leave a legacy. Take comfort in knowing that Mitsy made a true difference to others. Her smile and positive energy was contiguous. May your precious memories live forever in your heart. My Deepest Sympathy.

  32. To the Mitsy Knoll /Family

    Mara And Kameron

    We are so sorry for your Loss
    Your mom was very Special !!
    She Always had a wonderful
    Smile and was such a loving
    Mara and Kameron… You were
    Here World and she Loved you
    With her heart of gold.❤️
    Mitsy you earned your eternal reward
    And will be so Missed by us All !!
    Lots of Love,,,, until we meet Again…

    Dave and Sharon Klein

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