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Lorraine Knecht

November 25, 1923 - March 11, 2015

Funeral Service - Monday

March 16, 2015 2:00 P.M.

Hillsboro United Parish

Visitation - Sunday

March 15, 2015
5:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

Hillsboro Nursing Home

Prayer Service - Sunday

March 15, 2015

Hillsboro Nursing Home


Wildeman-Boulger Funeral Home, Hillsboro

Lorraine Knecht

November 25, 1923 - March 11, 2015


Lorraine Knecht, 91, of Hillsboro, ND died peacefully at Sanford Health Hillsboro Hospital on Wednesday, March 11, 2015.

Florence Lorraine Wilson was born to James Robert “Bob” and Bessie Bell (Tomlin) Wilson on November 25, 1923 in the family farm home near Merricourt, ND. Lorraine grew up on the family farm and attended a rural school in Hamburg Township. She graduated from Monango High School in 1940. Lorraine graduated from North Dakota State Normal and Industrial School at Ellendale with a bachelors degree in home economics.

Lorraine taught home economics at Wimbledon High School in Wimbledon, ND for one year. It was there that she was introduced to John Knecht by his mother. Lorraine and John were married on November 25, 1946 at First United Methodist Church in Fargo, ND. They made their home in a trailer house on the campus of NDAC (now NDSU). Lorraine worked as permanent 4H club agent in Clay County, Minnesota while John attended NDAC. She was involved with 4H for many years as a leader.

After John finished college they briefly lived in Jamestown, ND and later in Wimbledon. In 1952 they moved to her parents’ farm. Farming was pretty tough in those years and when John was offered a job in the Soil Conservation Service they moved to Napoleon, ND in December of 1954. Lorraine taught at Napoleon High School. Lorraine and John moved to Langdon in 1962. She taught at Langdon High School from 1964 until 1972 when they moved to Hillsboro, ND.

Lorraine worked at several part-time jobs in Hillsboro including at a garden center and as an activities aide at the Hillsboro Nursing Home, as well as substitute teaching. Besides her working outside of home, she was a full time wife and mother. Her keen organizational skills helped her to accomplish many things.

The kitchen at Lorraine’s home was the center of her family’s universe. The aroma from her delicious cooking and baking filled the atmosphere of her family’s life. She was a gracious hostess who served family and friends countless meals and coffee parties.

A thoughtful and caring person, she wrote thousands of letters and personal notes to relatives and friends in need of a kind word, an expression of care and concern, or congratulations for an achievement. She remembered so many people’s birthdays and anniversaries and sent cards to celebrate the occasions.

Lorraine enjoyed many things in life. She was active in her church and served there in many ways. Homemaker’s Club was very special to her. Lorraine and John faithfully attended the activities and school programs of their children and grandchildren. She doted over her flower gardens and house plants. The flowers often served as centerpieces on the kitchen table.

John and Lorraine traveled to many places. They ventured to 48 of the states and most Canadian provinces. Overseas trips included visits to the British Isles and Germany and Switzerland.

Lorraine is survived by her daughter, Susan Cheatley, and son, Jim (Deb) all of Hillsboro; son Jeff (Suzette Munnik) of Pasadena, CA; and daughter Janice (Brian) Glaeske of Fargo, ND; sisters-in-law Becky Lutz of Valley City, ND and Ruth Rose of Cedar Park, TX; nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John; her parents; sister, Harriet White; brother, Richard B. Wilson; and son John R. “Jack” and daughter-in-law Gayle (Wenzel) Knecht; brothers-in-law, Leland White and Edward William “Bill” Knecht; and sisters-in-law, Eileen Wilson and True Millons.


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12 responses to “Lorraine Knecht”

  1. Wellde and Mary Jean Heinle says:

    Sorry to see your mother passed away. Our sympathy

  2. Steph Damman says:

    My thoughts & prayers are with you. I have many memories of Mom (Monna Rae) & Lorraine having coffee & much laughter. She will be missed.

  3. Mary Beth (Knecht) Campbell says:

    I am sorry to hear of Lorraine’s passing. Even though it’s been many years since I’ve been to ND to see the families, I still remember times we spent at Aunt Lorraine and Uncle John’s and it was always so much fun.
    You will be in our thoughts and prayers

  4. Richard H. Cheatley says:

    With sympathy for your loss.

  5. Bonnie Spicer says:

    So very sorry to see that your mother passed away.Just got back from Wallhalla.loved your mom.she was everything and then some. Sympathy to all your family.

  6. Lois Berndt says:

    I served with Lorraine on the Eastern District UMW team for several years and enjoyed having a willing worker on our team. She always had a craft or two to share also. My sympathy to John and the family. Lois Berndt

  7. Ron Thoreson says:

    So sorry to here about

  8. Ron Thoreson says:

    Sorry for your loss, lost my mom just over a year ago and I know how you feel. she’s with your dad and God may they all rest in peace

  9. Nancy Dickhoff says:

    I will remember Loraine as such a caring, fun to visit with, gracious person. I will miss your mom and dad. May God bless their memories!!

  10. Mark and Lois Goetz says:

    Sorry for your loss. you are in our thoughts and prayers!

  11. Terry Kramer says:

    Dear Susan, Jim and Jeff;
    I just read of your Mom’s passing in the Napoleon Homestead. I was a close friend of your family when you lived in Napoleon. In fact, we bought the house you had built in Napoleon a few years after you moved away. I’m sorry that I lost track of you but I want you to know that I’ve thought of you quite often and I have great memories of the times we spent together. The memory of your Mom that stands out the most is of her chocolate chip cookies! I have yet to experience their equal. My Mom was a great cook but her cookies couldn’t hold a candle to your Mom’s. I also remember spending more time at your house than at my own! A testament to your folks love of children and their patience. I could go on and on with memories of you and Jack!

    I’m sorry for your loss. Your Mom truly was a very grand person!
    I also extend my condolences to Janice.

    It would be great if you wanted to contact me. I would love to hear from any of you. My email address is: tlkramer52@sio.midco.net.

    In deepest sympathy:
    Terry Kramer

  12. Brian Bischoff says:

    I never met Lorraine Knecht but knew her through her son Jeff’s songs. I would like to wish my condolences to all of the family for their loss.

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