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Mildred E "Betty" (Stueber) Knudsen

March 7, 1921 ~ May 5, 2018 (age 97)

Mildred Elizabeth (Betty) Stueber Knudsen, 97 of Decatur, IN, passed away on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at her residence. Betty was born March 7, 1921 to the late Ralph and Elizabeth (Wilkie) Stueber in Boston, Mass.  Growing up in Boston, Betty spent summers on the Cape and attended her beloved Camp Andover.

On September 5, 1943, Betty married Jack S. Knudsen in the first Congregational Church in Boston. Jack and Betty were the parents of five children; Marilyn (Kirk Johnson) Knudsen, Cheryl (Dan) McDaniel, Jon, Kathy and Jeanne Knudsen; five grandchildren; Erin, Matt, Joe, Marco and Elizabeth; five great grandchildren; Jackson, Abigail, Mia (with whom she shares a birthday), Robin and Ramona; and dear friend and caregiver, Judy Agler. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack and daughter Jeanne Marie Knudsen.

Betty was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church, Decatur and served as Bible School and Sunday School teacher, Deacon, Elder, bookkeeper and was a member of the Mary Martha Circle.

Betty was the Children’s Librarian for many years at the Decatur Public Library where she and Miss Bertha Heller began the now traditional Easter Egg Tree. In addition, Betty had a weekly radio book review on WADM and wrote a weekly book review for the Decatur Daily Democrat.

Betty was legendary for her wonderful homemade bread and legendary among family for her less than palatable beef stew.

A 12:00 pm Graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at the Decatur Cemetery, followed by a Celebration of Life from 2:00-4:00 at the Pennsylvania Railroad Depot on 7th St.

Memorials may be made to the Children’s Department of the Adams Public Library or Family Life Care-Hospice.

Arrangements handled by Haggard-Sefton-Hirschy & Zelt Funeral Home.

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