Marcia Veronica Knott, age 89, of Lucan, earned her angel wings on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at Prairie Home Hospice in Marshall surrounded by her family. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Redwood Falls with a Facebook livestream at Stephens Funeral Service Facebook page. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at church. Interment will be in the St. Catherine’s Catholic Cemetery in Redwood Falls. Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers. Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, GUESTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO WEAR A MASK and practice social distancing guidelines. A 50% indoor occupancy restriction will be maintained.
Marcia was born on Jan. 9, 1932 to Henry and Margaret (Dietz) Stelzer of Redwood Falls, Minnesota. She received the sacraments at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church. Marcia graduated from Redwood Falls High School and worked as a telephone operator for several years. She married Edward Knott, the love of her life on July 9th, 1953. Together they raised a family of four children, farmed, milked cows, and raised chickens and hogs. Marcia was a seamstress; she sewed all the girl’s dresses when they were young. Her passion was the many flower gardens on the farm. Her canning room shelves were always filled with jars of her garden produce, beef, and chicken to feed the family. She was well known for her fresh baked bread, donuts and especially her sauerkraut and dumplings. Marcia had a generous heart and love for everyone. Some of Marcia’s favorite past times were fishing with her son Mike on Lake of the Woods, she loved catching the big ones and especially disliked throwing them back in! She spent countless hours at Linda’s Lil’ Punkin Patch Daycare in Franklin rocking the babies, reading stories, and baking sugar cookies. One thing we all chuckled about was her love of little yellow signs along the road announcing a “Garage Sale” Theresa was her partner on many of these excursions as one never has enough baskets! And finally, Marcia and Laurie shared a love of flowers and taking pictures of nature. Marcia could always be seen with a camera hanging from her neck. Marcia worked as a cook at REM, Jackpot Junction, and Wabasso Senior Dining and after she retired from cooking, she took on the role of G-ma, official baby rocker and storyteller at the Lil’ Mustang Daycare. She cared for dozens of little children and she loved baking and frosting cookies for them and sending home baked goods with the families. One of her biggest joys in life was spending time with family and the grandkids sharing a meal and visiting with each one. Marcia took many road trips with her family to Texas, Colorado, South Dakota, and Lake of the Woods. She enjoyed a variety of chickens on the farm and could often be found treating them to chocolate chip cookies. Everyone loved G-ma as she was affectionately called. She often left little notes at her children’s homes, one of our favorites was: “Old gardeners never die, they just lose their bloomers!” and simply signed it, “your Mom.” Marcia had a deep faith and passion for reading scripture, recipe books and history books. Marcia was a member of the Lucan Legion Auxiliary and Catholic Women at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Lucan.
Marcia is survived by her children: Mike (Merleen) Knott of Red Lake Falls, Laurie (Terry) Ourada of Lucan, Theresa (Greg) Gervais of Red Lake Falls, and Linda (Joel) Harmoning of Franklin; grandchildren: April, Grant, Brett, Chelsy, Andrea, Brandon, Michael, Dominic, Tony, Brianna, Jordon, Brooke, Dakotah, Blake, Bella; many great-grandchildren; and sister Irene Kaufenberg of Redwood Falls. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Margaret Stelzer, her husband, Edward Knott, grandson, Daniel Ourada, and brother-in-law, Arnie Kaufenberg. “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear – All of which have the potential to turn a life around.” Leo Buscaglia.