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Eline Knudson

August 11, 1946 - May 31, 2013


5-7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

9-10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at St. Mary's Cathedral, Fargo.

Prayer Service:

7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Funeral Service:

10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at St. Mary's Cathedral, Fargo.


Holy Cross North Cemetery, Fargo.


Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Eline Knudson

August 11, 1946 - May 31, 2013


Eline passed away on Friday, May 31, 2013 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul, MN at the age of 66. Eline suffered a massive aneurism during Bible Study in Valley City just as the group finished their prayer requests.  Eline’s head collapsed in her Bible which was open to the Gospel of John, chapter 16.  Her unexpected death has devastated her family and friends, but we take great comfort in knowing she was able to give the gift of life through organ donation.

Eline Grosfield was born in Billings, MT, on August 11, 1946, the daughter of Louis and Evelyn (Finsvik) Grosfield. She spent her childhood years living on a ranch near Big Timber, MT, and in a home in Santa Barbara, CA where she completed her schooling. Eline graduated from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD. She was united in marriage to Rev. Don Knudson on May 18, 1968. They made their home in several communities throughout North Dakota and Minnesota where he served various congregations and they raised their daughters.  Don and Eline divorced in 1993.  Most recently Eline had made her home in Valley City. Throughout her life, Eline was very active in many churches in the communities where she lived. Her faith was strong, and she lived her life accordingly. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and was known as “Grammy” to many more who adopted her as their own honorary grandma. Eline was in the process of moving to Moorhead, MN, to be closer to her daughters and grandchildren.  She will always be remembered for her beautiful smile, her generous spirit and her great love of the Lord.

Eline is survived by her daughters, Karla (Jeff) Wiegrefe of Fargo, ND; and Kristin (Adrian) Gaytan of Glyndon, MN; her 19 grandchildren – Nathanial, Matthew, Stefan, Azariah, Elizabeth, Adriana, Marcelina, Isaiah, Isabel, Maria, Louis, Josiah, Lorents, Abraham, Sebastian, Zebadiah, Gabriela, Liliana, and Naomi. Also surviving are her three siblings – Lorents Grosfield, Ivanie Finsvik, and Allison Grosfield; her three nephews – Arik, Nik, and Zak, and their families; along with many other very dear relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents.


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23 responses to “Eline Knudson”

  1. John and Bonnie Allickson says:

    Jamestown ND
    Eline was always ready to share love and happiness with others. Thanks for the wonderful memories. John.

  2. Carol Moen says:

    Minot ND
    My sympathy to you, Karla & Kristin, on the unexpected death of your mother. May you and your families feel the presence of our loving God and may you be comforted in His promise of resurrection.

  3. Jack and Bonita Paulson says:

    Valley City ND
    We are grateful for Eline. She was a delight and a welcomed addition to our congregation at All Saints Episcopal Church, Valley City. Our prayers go out to her family and friends.

  4. Karen Ferris says:

    Topeka KSDearest Karla, Kristen and families,

    My prayers are with you all.

    When I lived in Minot I saw your mom 1-2 days a week. She attended our home Bible study. We worked together at and she was always a wealth of information. She was so creative on the computer as well.
    We would go the bagel shop weekly and she always was very proud to talk about her grandchildren’s accomplishments.
    She would always find time for a cup of tea most anytime and just visit too.
    I will never forget your mom’s gentle spirit & her love for the Lord. I will greatly miss her, and I know this is a great void and loss in all of your lives. Your mom’s greatest blessing would be knowing her children, grandchildren and all other family members are all living for the Lord and doing His work.
    I pray for you all during this most difficult time.
    Karen Ferris

  5. Christine Podoll says:

    Valley City ND
    Darryl and I got to know and love Eline for the last several months as she attended All Saints Church in Valley City. Her passing is such a shock. She was so concerned about Kristin and her grandchildren, a truly kind person and close to God. We were delighted to meet Isabel, Jesus and Luis at church recently, and pray for them, for Kristin, for Eline and all her family.

  6. Diana Harshberger says:

    Fargo ND
    I was so sorry to read about Eline’s passing. I met her years ago in Minot and she was always such a sweet person to visit with. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Amy Haugan Parker says:

    Firestone COKristin and Karla and family,
    I knew your mom when your dad was the pastor at Christ Lutheran. As a matter of fact, your dad married me and my first husband. Your mom was always such a beautiful positive spirit to have around. The Lord has gained an exquisit angel on his side to look over your families.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.
    God Bless!
    Amy Haugan Parker

  8. Melanie Place Knutson says:

    Owatonna MN
    I heard of Eline’s news from my older brother Dana Place. He keeps in contact with Ivanie as our parents were good friends of each other when they were young and lived in Big Timber. My deepest sympathies to all of you.

    Melanie Place Knutson

    Some poems are never finished.
    -Janye Cortez-

  9. Delton & Vi Torno says:

    Minot ND
    We are so very sorry to hear about Elines sudden passing.
    We cherish the many memories we have of Eline. She was a wonderful person.
    We will give a memorial in memory of Eline to Christ Lutheran Church Flood Recovery Fund in Minot, ND

    Delton & Vi Torno

  10. Marty & Mary Graner says:

    Minot ND
    Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

  11. Judy (Zimmer ) Quill says:

    Minot ND
    Dear Karla, Kristen and your families,
    My sympathy and prayers go out to you with the loss of your mother.

    The shock of her sudden death must be devastating. I pray you are finding comfort in knowing she is wrapped in God’s warm, loving arms and the knowledge you will see her again. The scripture that talks about us not having to grieve as those who have no hope has always been a comfort to me. What a kind woman your mother was to donate h organs to those in need.

    I pray for you daughters, your families and your Dad, God’s tender mercies and radiant love as you go though this journey of grief.
    May you be able to remember through all this that “God is…..”

    Blessings on all of you.
    Judy Quill

  12. Debbie Jungling says:

    Minot ND
    So sorry to here about your mom. She was such a quiet and sweet lady. We always enjoyed her in our Wed. morning
    Bible Study here at Our Savior in Minot.
    We missed her when she moved and it
    was always nice when she was back for a visit. She will be missed by many but we’ll always have our memories.

  13. Terry Wheeling says:

    Minot N.D
    .Eline was a beautiful soul who has now gotten her wings. She was in our Bible study in Minot as well. What a fitting, quick and merciful way to pass over! You know what her last thoughts were!
    She will be missed, on facebook and everywhere else!
    So sorry for your loss, but you know she is happy now.

  14. Charles J and Susan Taft says:

    Minot ND
    Our sincere sympathies to all of you in this unexpected time.

  15. Ben and Marge Bendickson says:

    Lewistown MTWe fondly remember Eline–a good friend even though we did not get to see her often. We usually caught up with her at Hostfest in Minot.
    Our thoughts and prayers go to her family during this difficult time.
    It is comforting to know that we will see her again.

  16. Nicole Gerjets says:

    Bismarck ND
    I am so sorry to hear that your mom passed. She was a wonderful lady! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  17. Linda Lane says:

    Valley City ND
    I was shocked to learn that Eline had passed away so suddenly as we were out of town for the weekend. She was a dear friend of mine at Faith Lutheran Church in Valley City. We had many conversations where we shared of our faith and family. She was such a prayer warrior, and she loved her family. The last time I saw her was when she had her grandchildren at the Memorial Day parade in Valley City. My heartfelt sympathies go out to her family members. I will miss her so much.

  18. Theresa Schock says:

    Minot, ND
    AK north dakota58701Always remember Eline from our bible
    studies at OUR SAVIOR Lutheran of Minot
    She was a most caring ,loving person,
    God rest her soul.

  19. Jeanne Jackson says:

    Kristin and Karla

    I am so sorry for your loss. I didn’t know your mother well but she was alway cheerful and friendly when I saw her. I wish your younger children had had a chance to know their grandmother better.

  20. Barbara Joan Bethel says:

    Minot North Dakota
    Eline was always a souce of knowledge and insight at our Bible Studies at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Minot. Such a strong Faith in all we believed and taught.

  21. Luke & Jennifer St. Claire says:

    Gardner ND
    Please accept our condolences Kristin and Karla. Your mom was an angel. Every encounter I’ve had with your mom was warm and inviting and not forgetting her cheerful smile that seemed permanent.
    Little story: I had taken the kids to Valley last year and we decided to stop in and visit with mom – didn’t even call ahead. When we knocked on the door she was happy to see us and invited us in. She was eager to get tea started and took out the teapot and matching cups and saucers as well and we all sat down to cookies and tea. Your mom had a kind, warm heart. I won’t forget it. I am also thankful that I got to spend some time with her during a retreat some months ago. May God look kindly and mercifully on her and bring her to eternal life. May God’s peace be with you both.

  22. Nikolas Grosfield says:

    MontanaTreasured cousins,

    I long to be with you next month. It is hard being overseas in this time, and I miss my aunt a lot. She is with her Lord and Savior. You and she have blessed me – and all of our family – so much over the years. Let us continue our phone conversations. Much love, and many prayers. God bless!


  23. Terri Bothwell says:

    Minot ND
    Dear Karla, Kristen and family,

    Thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this very difficult time!! Your mother was a very special person!!

    I will never forget her!! One of the most dearest friends I ever had!!

    Love to everyone!!

    Terri and family

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