OBITUARY - Leone C. Knickerbocker
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 14, 2013 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Clearwater, for Leone C. Knickerbocker, age 96, of Annandale, who passed away on Friday, October 11, 2013 at the Annandale Care Center. Reverend Steven Hoffman and Reverend Thomas Rayar will officiate. Burial will take place in the parish cemetery.
Family and friends may call after 10:00 a.m. on Monday at the Church in Clearwater. Arrangements are with the Daniel Funeral Home in Clearwater.
Leone was born on November 15, 1916 in Lynden Township to Henry and Francis (Wilfhart) Helget. She was the eldest of four girls and was raised on the family farm. After graduation from Annandale High School she moved to Duluth to work for a few years until she married Henry “Bunny” Knickerbocker on September 27, 1937 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Clearwater. They were happily married for 63 years until Bunny’s death on July 23, 2000. Together they farmed for 35 years on the Knickerbocker family farm, with a black Labrador always at their side. They sold the farm in 1972 and built a new home on a back pond of Clearwater Lake where they enjoyed watching geese and other water fowl. After retiring from farming, Leone worked as a waitress for Ellis Steak House in Annandale for 14 years. She was a member of St. Luke’s Catholic Church.
Leone and Bunny liked to travel and were able to visit exotic sights around the world. Leone was well-known for her wonderful cooking and entertaining skills. She was an excellent pie maker with her Lemon Meringue pie being one of the best.
Leone is survived by one sister, Louise Young of White Bear; four nieces, Susan (Ward) Whiting of Toledo, OH, Beverly (Thomas) Morganroth of Chippewa Falls, WI, Diane Nendza of Golden Valley, Sharon Cripe of Duluth; one nephew, Timothy Higgins of Maple Lake; 13 great nephews, Wayne, Edward, Ian, Dan, Steve, Joe, Peter, Robbie, Zachary, Andrew, Michael, David, Jason; and one great niece, Sarah.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bunny; parents; two sisters, Martha Korsten and Mary (Higgins) Jude; two nephews, Ron Korsten and Dick Wiegand; one niece, Kathy; and one great niece, Michelle.