Grace Bratten Knoedler
Grace Bratten Knoedler of Cozad died April 13, 2001, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. She was 80.
She was born June 30, 1920, near Farnam to Frank and Dena Rosendahl Duis. She was raised on a farm near Farnam and attended rural school.
On Nov. 23, 1946, she married Julius Bratten at Norton, Kan. They lived on farmsites in Wild Horse and Roten Valley before moving to Gothenburg in 1961. Her husband died in 1974.
On Dec. 18, 1975, she married Otto Knoedler and they made their home at Cozad. While living in Gothenburg she did house cleaning for several years. After moving to Cozad, they were instrumental in establishing the Grand Generation Center, where she did volunteer work.
She was a member of the American Lutheran Church at Gothenburg, an extension club and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.
Mrs. Knoedler is survived by a son, Kermit (Debra) Bratten of Loveland, Colo.; three stepdaughters, Maxine Kemp of Cheyenne, Wyo., Betty Wilkins of Holdrege and Debra (Mick) McManis of Topeka, Kan.; four stepsons, Milford (Myrna) Bratten of Loveland, Dean (Virgene) Knoedler of Hastings, Merle Knoedler of Lincoln and Rod (Barbara) Knoedler of Holdrege; two granddaughters, Lisa and Heidi; and numerous stepgrandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by her husband, Otto, in 1996; a stepgrandson; a sister, Tina Cumpston; and two brothers, George and Frank.
Memorials are suggested to the Grand Generation Center.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the American Lutheran Church in Gothenburg with the Rev. Steve Berke officiating. Burial will be in the Gothenburg Cemetery.
The North Platte Telegraph, April 14, 2001
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