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February 10, 1932 – Sunday, May 30, 2010

Service Information
Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church-Pel
Saturday, June 5th, 2010
11:30 a.m.

Visitation Information

Roberta Caroline Gutknecht, age 78, of Buffalo, MN, passed away on Sunday, May 30, 2010, at the Buffalo Hospital.

She was born on February 10, 1932, in Hewitt, MN, the daughter of Carl F. and Bertha Bristlin Haase.

Roberta was baptized on March 13, 1932, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Bertha, MN, by the Reverend Martin Clausen. She was also instructed in the Lutheran catechism and confirmed in the Christian faith on June 16, 1946, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Bertha by the Reverend G. Eschenbacher.

Roberta graduated from Bertha High School in 1950.
On May 16, 1953, Roberta Haase and Carl Gutknecht were joined in holy marriage at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Bertha (a double wedding ceremony with her sister Alice Haase and Sverre Waagen) by the Reverend A. J. Kretzschcmar. God blessed their marriage with six children.

She was a faithful member of Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church-Pelican Lake. Through the years, Roberta held several church offices, was a Sunday School Teacher and also belonged to The Ladies Aid. She volunteered at The Wise Penny Thrift Store for more than thirty years.

Prior to her marriage, Roberta was a bank teller at Northwest Bank in Minneapolis. She later worked at The Buffalo National Bank for three years and was a dietary aide for twenty three years at The Buffalo Hospital. She retired in 2000.

Survived by loving husband of fifty seven years: Carl G. Gutknecht; a son: Daniel K. Gutknecht of Buffalo; daughters: Laura (Jon) Cella of Copperas Cove, Texas, Karla McPherson of Buffalo, Claudia (Micah) Ernst of Eugene, Missouri, Teresa (Douglas) Umphrey of Twin Valley, Minnesota and Barbara Clifton of Buffalo; twenty two grandchildren, twenty five great grandchildren; sisters: Beatrice Fure of Shakopee and Alice (Sverre) Waagen of Clearwater; brothers-in-law & sisters-in-law: Elroy (Florence) Gutknecht of Buffalo, Lillian (Edwin) Duff of Sun City, AZ, and Darlene Gutknecht of Buffalo; many other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by her parents, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, an infant brother-in-law Gutknecht, Elmer Gutknecht, Richard Gutknecht, Walter Gutknecht, Arthur Gutknecht, Dorothy Gutknecht and Doris Gutknecht.

Funeral services for Roberta Gutknecht will be held on Saturday, June 5th at 11:30 A.M. at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church-Pelican Lake. Pastor Stephen A. Smith will officiate, and interment will follow at the church cemetery.

A visitation will be held on Friday, June 4th from 4-8 P.M. at the church. A Prayer service will be held at 7:00 P.M.

Further visitation will be held on Saturday, June 5th at the Church one hour prior to services.

Casket Bearers will be Nathaniel Ernst, Andrew Umphrey, Jesse Clifton, Jeana Feehery, Greg McPherson, Ezekiel Ernst and Melissa Meyer.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family.

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