Betty L. Knutson, February 11, 1931 - December 15, 2018

Betty L. Knutson
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Betty Lorraine Knutson, age 87, of Chippewa Falls passed away on December 15, 2018 at home with her family by her side.

Betty was born in Winona, MN, on February 11, 1931 to Ben and Agnes (Baartz) Nissalke. She worked in a nursing home in Rochelle, Illinois for 25 years and was a proud homemaker.

She married Norman Knutson on October 29, 1949. Together they raised their three children along with her younger brother, Bernard. After retirement in 1980, Norman and Betty moved to New Auburn, WI area and settled on Island Lake.

Betty and Norman enjoyed over 35 years together on “the lake”. They spent countless hours fishing. Betty earned the legendary title “Musky Mama” for landing her record-setting Musky in 1986. They enjoyed doing taxidermy work together. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with family & friends. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren meant the world to her.

Her hobbies included sewing, family gatherings, playing cards, gardening, cooking, casino trips, soap operas and the Green Bay Packers.

Betty was a wonderful mother and grandma, a loving and devoted wife who will always be thought of.

We miss you and will think of you every time we see a cardinal or watch the sunset.

Betty is survived by her son, Steve (Debra) of Alma; two daughters, Diane (William) Shook of Eau Claire, Debra (Brad) Stai of Chippewa Falls; 9 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and two brothers, Bernard (Cherie) of Kansas City, and Bob (June) of Utah. She was preceded in Death by her husband Norman of 57 years who passed away in 2007, 2 sisters, Violet and Delores; one brother, Ronnie; and longtime pet friend “Bird”.

A memorial service will take place at 6 pm on Friday, December 21, 2018 at Hulke Family Funeral Home with Pastor Timothy Heupel officiating.  Memorial visitation will take place at the funeral home Friday afternoon from 4 pm until the time of service.

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Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.


  1. Valerie Miller - Granddaughter December 27, 2018


    I sure do miss talking to you everyday on the phone and visiting you, several times each week. I still cannot believe you're gone. I feel better at least knowing you are with grandpa again; you're probably still busy catching him up on what he's missed.
    You took a piece of me with you, when you left us. You were my last grandparent that I had left and I guess in my mind, I thought you would live forever. You were always there, throughout all these years. Never in my 42 years on earth, have I ever known you to NOT be in my life. It will be so different without you , already is. You were the best Grammy that one could ever ask for. Even my friends who met you, throughout the years, they even called you 'grandma'. You had a magnetic personality and a loving, sassy, witty way of being. Always thinking of others, before yourself.
    So glad I had so many years with you and my son Nevin, he is 24 years old and has so many memories with you and grandpa, up at the lake. He & I are both grateful for that.

    Life is so different and feels empty without you ...I think of u often and will each & every single time a cardinal comes my way. Love you Grammy. See you someday, maybe you and grandpa can teach me to play your me a seat at the table ok.

    Love you always ,
    Valerie & Nevin

    (Granddaughter, Great Grandson)

  2. Kay Huse Sisson (Vernon & Pat Kramer's daughter) December 20, 2018

    OH so very sorry to see this in the EC Leader. How I remember my mom, Pat Kramer, going to Betty and Norm's house on Island Lake to visit Betty and play that game of cards and she always had a cup of coffee and some homemade goodie to share. Betty had the very best laugh ever and I will never for get it. She always had a wonderful warm smile. Heaven sure has some of the very best Angels, our parents are together again playing cards and Dad and Norm are in the woods together I know it.

  3. Tawnya Johnson December 17, 2018

    My favorite memory is when Grandma came to my college graduation. It was a monumental effort her because her knees were giving her a lot of trouble and she had to walk a long way.
    She made it to the ceremony as all of the Graduates were filing into the building.
    When I saw her I screamed "Grandma!!!!" and ran to her and gave her a big hug.
    Then the other graduates in line behind me started hugging her too and saying "Hi Grandma!"
    It was awesome.