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Claudia Knueven

August 21, 1924 — July 21, 2015

Claudia Beatrice, daughter of Fred and Ella (Friedrichsen) Stewart, was born August 21, 1924 at her parent's home southeast of Gray, Iowa. She attended Cameron Center Country School through eighth grade and graduated from Audubon High School in 1941 with a teacher's certificate following her Normal Training. She taught at Cameron #6 rural school. On September 16, 1943 Claudia and Frank Knueven were married at the Sacred Heart Church in Templeton. Two children were born to this union. Patrick was born August 12, 1945 and Patricia was born August 12, 1946. Frank and Claudia lived on a farm in Audubon until they moved back to the family farm where Frank was born near Templeton. They later bought the farm and lived there until moving to Coon Rapids in 2004. On the farm she always had a big garden, a lot of chickens and enjoyed yard work, sewing, and baking. She and Frank both enjoyed working on the many crafts and pieces of furniture they made and going to craft sales. They also enjoyed fishing and traveling, visiting every state in the United States except a few New England states. Going to their families school events was first in their priorities. After her children were in Junior High, she worked in Manning and Templeton for nearly twenty years. After the death of her husband in 2008, Claudia remained in their home until she suffered a fall and entered Thomas Rest Haven Nursing home in 2013. She died there on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at the age of 90 years and 11 months. Preceding her in death are her husband Frank; parents; sisters Frances (Frank) Bumpilori and Elaine (Al) Lechtenberg; brother Stresley Stewart; infant granddaughter Jackie Knueven; in-laws Floyd Lacy, Joe and Marian Knueven, Anna and Harold Walsh, Louis and Arlene Knueven; Frank's foster brother and wife Edward and Marcella Foley and a great-grandson Lloyd Keith Hise IV. Claudia is survived by her son Patrick Knueven and wife Mary of Des Moines; daughter Patricia and husband David Kading of Lake Panorama; ten grandchildren: Sheryl Swalla; Lisa Kopaska; John Knueven; Tracy Knueven; Theresa Miller; Jeffrey Hartl; Bradley Knueven; Christopher Hartl; Kelly Knueven; and Jason Knueven; 22 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; sister Lois Lacy of Des Moines; brother Franklin and wife Mary Stewart of Des Moines; sister-in-law Doris Stewart of Des Moines; nieces and nephews. Officiating REVEREND ANDREW W. HOFFMANN, CELEBRANT DEACON LOUIE MEINERS Lector ROSEMARY PAULSEN Eucharistic Ministers KAY ANTHOFER DALE SCHLICHTE Gift Bearers DAN & SHERYL SWALLA DALE & THERESA SCHLICHTE Music "HERE I AM LORD" "HOW GREAT THOU ART" CONGREGATION ROSEMARY PAULSEN, CANTOR "THE OLD RUGGED CROSS" SARAH PATTON FAYE SEIDL, ACCOMPANIST "WIND BENEATH MY WINGS" RECORDING Casket Bearers ~ Grandsons JOHN KNUEVEN TRACY KNUEVEN JEFF HARTL BRAD KNUEVEN CHRIS HARTL KELLY KNUEVEN JASON KNUEVEN

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