Obit: Knudson, Lorraine B. (1931 – 2009)



Surnames: Knudson, Krause, Manske, Zeiler, Martin, Wolfe,


----Source: Banner Journal (Black River Falls, Jackson Co., WI.) December 23, 2009


Knudson, Lorraine B. (17 December 1931 – 19 December 2009)


Lorraine B. (Manske) “Mrs. Neil” Knudson, 78, of Taylor died quietly Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009, in her home while under the care of Black River Memorial Hospice.


She was born in La Crosse Dec. 17, 1931, to Louie and Dorothy (Krause) Manske.  She was raised in La Crosse and graduated from Central High School.  She married Neil Knudson in La Crosse, June 24, 1950.


Lorraine was honored as one of Jackson County’s “Women in History.”  She contributed significantly to the Jackson County Historical Society with the gathering and preservation of Jackson County historical records, and specifically the records pertaining to Taylor.


For many years, she worked as the Taylor librarian, and she actively contributed to the expansion of the library.


She served as a board member of the Taylor Lions Club.  She also made significant contributions to the village of Taylor.


Surviving are her children, Lenore Knudson, La Crosse, Diane Zeiler, Black River Falls, and Karen (Doug) Martin, Philips, Randy and Ricky Knudson, Madison, and Kevin Knudson, Taylor; her three brothers, Lloyd “Butch” (Rilla) Manske, La Crosse, Larry (Kay) Manske, Black River Falls, and Lonnie (Sonia) Manske, Holmen, and her sister LaVonne Wolfe, Oconomowoc; seven grandchildren; and many great grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by her devoted husband of 58 years, Neil, who died Oct. 17, 2008; her parents, Louie and Dorothy Manske, and her brother-in-law, Dan Wolfe.


A private, family memorial service will be held at a later date.


Torgerson’s Funeral Service (715-284-4321) of Black River Falls is assisting the family with arrangements.





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