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Service Information
Zion Lutheran Church, Annandale, MN
Thursday, August 29, 2013
11:00 AM

Visitation Information
The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo, MN
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
5-9 PM

Darlene Jane Knop, age 75, of Annandale passed away on Sunday, August 25th, 2013 at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale.

She was born in rural Buffalo on August 22, 1938 the daughter of Raymond E. & Albertina “Allie” Topel Ramthun.

Darlene was baptized on September 11, 1938 by The Reverend Alvin Leerssen. She was also instructed in the Lutheran Catechism and Confirmed in the Christian faith on July 6, 1952 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church-Crawford Lake by The Reverend Marvin Hanke.

Darlene graduated from Buffalo High School in 1956.

Darlene Ramthun and Willard “Willie” Knop were joined in holy marriage on September 28, 1957 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church-Crawford Lake. God blessed their marriage with four children.

Darlene was employed for more than twenty years as an Administrative Assistant at Functional Industries in Buffalo.

While a member at Trinity, Darlene played the church organ for several years, belonged to the church choir and to the Young People Society. She also taught Sunday School and was a Vacation Bible School Teacher at Trinity.

Following her marriage Darlene became a member of Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Delano. She taught Sunday School at Mount Olive and volunteered in the kitchen at Mount Olive School.

In 1980, Darlene and Willie moved to Annandale and became faithful members of Zion Lutheran Church. While a members of Zion, she was active in The LWML and was a past LWML President. Darlene also sang in the choir, was both a Sunday School Teacher and Vacation Bible School Teacher, belonged to The Altar Guild, Board of Education and Prayer Chain.

Survived by loving husband: Willard “Willie”; children: Terry Knop of Cottage Grove, Jeff Knop of St. Francis, Vicky Knop of Delano and Kari (Paul) Peterson of St. Peter; eight grandchildren: Kortney & Kyle;
Karli (Jon), Chelsey and Chloe; Kellen; Evan & Isaac; two great grandchildren: Aubrie and Easton; siblings: Jim (Kathy) Ramthun of Montrose, Glen (Jan) Ramthun of Bloomington and Gloria Pageau of Montrose; many close relatives.

Preceded in death by her parents: Ray & “Allie” Ramthun, an infant sister, daughters-in-law: Patricia & Debra Knop, sister-in-law: Muriel Ramthun and brother-in-law: Dick Pageau.

Funeral services for Darlene Knop will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, August 29th at Zion Lutheran Church in Annandale. The Reverend Thomas Queck will officiate. Interment will follow at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery-Crawford Lake. Visitation 5-9 P.M. Wednesday, August 28th at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. A Prayer service will be held at 8:00 P.M. Wednesday evening, August 28th. Further visitation one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday, August 29th.

Casket Bearers will be Kyle Knop, Michael Ramthun, Jon Neilson, Dale Bauman, Bruce Burns and Scott Duske.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family…Online condolences may be made to

5 Guestbook Entries

  1. Shelley Josephson

    Willie and family; I am so sorry for your loss. I really enjoyed Darlene, she had the greatest sense of humor. She was very supportive and kind. I will miss her very much.
    Shelley Josephson

  2. Arden and Carol Krinke

    To Willy and the Family of Darlene Knop: We are saddened to hear of the death of Darlene. She was a very special lady and a beloved member of Zion, especially the choir. We will miss her.

  3. Stanley Topel

    What a shock to learn of the passing of my pal on the Internet.
    I shall miss her articles and notes greatly, but not as much as you, the dear family of Darlene.
    My deepest sympathy to all. Again distance prevents us from being there in person, but you have our prayers and love.
    She knew our Savior and now is in His perfect healing hands.

  4. Terri Nelson

    Willie & family. We wanted you to know that we are thinking of you & your family at this time of sorrow. Our thoughts & prayers are with you.
    Kenny & Terri Nelson

  5. Jeff Sylvester

    Willie and Family; I was taken back by the obituary in the paper. I had no idea that Darlene was having any problems. We had a good talk at the Triplett 50th. She was always there for the kids and now I know that they will be there for their Dad. It is always such a shock to the family unit but I know that you guys will band together to get through this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sly


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