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"Nippy" Carolyn Knutson

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"Nippy" Carolyn Knutson, 56, of Fosston, died on Monday, Feb. 16, 2009, of cancer, at First Care Hospital in Fosston surrounded by her family.

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A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Hope Lutheran Church in Fosston, with the Rev. Larry Dorman officiating. A visitation will be held at 5 p.m., with a 7 p.m. prayer service, Friday at the Carlin-Hoialman Funeral Home in Fosston and one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Cross Lake Cemetery in rural Fosston.

She was born April 29, 1952, to Francis and Marion (Nyhus) Fjerstad in Fosston. She had a lifelong nickname and was known to family and close friends as "Nippy." She attended Maple Hill and Pine Hill country schools and also attended Fosston High School.

She married Alfred Knutson on Sept. 7, 1975, and they raised three children together. They made their home in Thief River Falls, Fosston and rural Columbia Township. She liked playing card games, Sudoko, Nintendo and other board games.

She enjoyed spending time with her family and especially with her son, Kelly. She volunteered at the Embassy in Fosston and spent many hours researching her family history at the Fosston Library. She enjoyed playing card and board games, Suduko and Nintendo. She also enjoyed making crafts and sewing, going to garage sales, working in her yard, being outdoors and riding four-wheeler with her granddaughter. She loved animals and held a close bond with her cats and dog.

She is survived by her husband of Fosston; children, Carrie (Ryan) Walker of Bagley, Kelly of East Grand Forks, Minn., and Tracie (Brian) Branchaud of Clearbrook; step-daughter, Karla Brandt of Great Falls, Mont.; three grandchildren; step-granddaughter and step-grandson; siblings, Sue (Ronald) Sherette of East Grand Forks, Sandy (David) Salvhus of McIntosh, Minn., Terry Myhre of Walker, Craig Fjerstad of Bemidji, Cheryl Nelson of Nielsville, Minn., Debbie (Marlin) Olson of Fosston and Kristine (Marvin) Olson of Roseau; step-father, Albert Anderson of Erskine and a mother-in-law.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Patricia and Diane; brothers, Leroy and David and a nephew.

Messages of condolence may be sent at carlinhoialmen.com.

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