Carol Knaak, 71, of St. James died on Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Carol Knaak, 71, of St. James died on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at Pleasant View Good Samaritan Society in St. James. Memorial services will be 11 a.m., Saturday, August 18, at Augustana Lutheran Church in St. James with Rev. Kathleen Ulland-Klinkner officiating. Burial will be at Fort Ridgley Cemetery rural Fairfax. Visitation will be at Sturm Funeral Home in St. James on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., and at the church one hour before services on Saturday. You may send the family condolences online at www.sturmfh.com. Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in St. James.

Carol Diane Krueger was born Feb. 2, 1947 in Mankato, the daughter of Elmer and Geraldine (Kuehl) Krueger. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith. On June 21, 1963 she married Dean Neuenfeldt, they later divorced. On Aug. 16, 1991 Carol married David D. Knaak. Over the years, she had worked at Armour Swift-Eckrich for 25 years, St. James Public school in the kitchen, Truman Lutheran Retirement Home, Hillcrest Nursing Home, Paul’s Food Pride and Tony Downs Foods in Madelia for 17 years. Carol enjoyed camping, campfires, fishing, crocheting, puzzles and most of all just spending time with her grandkids, great-grandkids and family. She loved to go to coffee with her lady friends. She had a passion for volunteer work for ALS and Rely for Life.

Carol is survived by her husband, David Knaak; four daughters: Brenda Benson, Kay Oliver, Fay Fonseca, Denise Solis; step-daughter, Lisa (Tom) Boys, step-sons; Mark Knaak, Bruce (Melissa) Knaak, six grandchildren; Theron, Aaron, Brandon, Kyle, Dallas, Kyrsten, 16 great-grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, siblings: James (Carol) Krueger, Lois Morrow Engel, Diane C. (Robert) Sorenson, Larry (Bonita) Krueger, Barb (Rick) Ristau, Liane (Norman) Porter and Warren (Kathleen) Krueger. She is preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, grandson, Corey J. Zacharias; great-granddaughter, Isabella Rose Neuenfeldt; mother-in-law Charlotte Lindquist; brothers-in-law, Jeff Knaak, Tom Morrow, Ron Engel; sister-in-law Betty Knaak Mausling; a niece, nephew, a nephew and Godson Bruce “Peanut” Krueger, special friend Shirley Blackstad, and her precious dog Shadow.