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Obituary for Blanche E. Knutson


Blanche E. Knutson, 92, of West Salem, passed away, Friday, Aug. 8, 2017, at her home. She was born Jan. 6, 1925, on a farm near Westby, to Edwin and Alma (Tomten) Stalsberg. During her childhood, Blanche moved many times and attended seven different schools and graduated from West Salem High School. She attended one year of vocational school in La Crosse for business. On Nov. 1, 1944, Blanche married Robert “Bob” Knutson and together they had four sons. She worked various jobs including the milk plant, NCR, Doerflingers, Lakeview County Hospital, and the West Salem Drug Store. Blanche loved reading, crocheting, knitting, spending time with family; nothing meant more to her than family. She took pride in her Santa Clause collection and liked taking trips to the casino. Bob preceded Blanche in death on May 25, 1991. She then married LeRoy Reuter on May 2, 1998, and he preceded her in death on Oct. 26, 2013. Survivors include her sister-in-law, Rosemary Stalsberg; her four sons, Doug (Valerie), Dale (Tootie), Duane (Diane), and Russ (Mary); 14 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Blanche was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, George (Hazel), Ernest, and Gerhard (Ruth); her grandson, Casey; and her great-granddaughter, Zoe. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, August 11, 2017, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 359 S. Leonard St., West Salem. Pastors Jonathan and Jean Schmidt will officiate. Burial will be in Burns Cemetery, rural Bangor. A visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service Friday at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorials be made to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in West Salem. Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, Jostad Chapel, West Salem, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to www.jandtfredrickson.com