Doris Marie (Oldenberg) Knutson, 90, died March 13, 2013, at Kindred Care Center in Burlington. She was born in Burlington on Dec. 24, 1922, to the late Alfred and Astrid ‘Esther’ Oldenberg.
She graduated from Rochester Agriculture School in 1940 and worked as a telephone operator in Waterford. She was a long time employee of Tobin Drugs in Burlington. She married her “G.I. Joe,” Clifford on May 10, 1947.
She was an avid baker, and her cream-filled coffee cake was a regional favorite. The recipe was a closely held secret, and many, many attempts were made to crack the code by several professional kitchens and chemists. They all failed.
She was a long time member of the Rochester Congregational Church, and more recently the Honey Creek Community Baptist Church.
Survivors include her children, Linda (Richard) Helton, Crocker, Mo., Colleen (Robert Jr.) Holder, Rochester, Martin (Wanda), Louisville, Ky., Michael, Germantown, Thomas (Cindy) Rochester, Christine (Dan) Rathbone, Twin Lakes, Peggy (Steve) Thorpe, Milwaukee. She was proudly known as Grandma Mert to her grandchildren, Heidi Kara, Scott (Danelle) Kara; Ryan Mayes; Kari, Kelli, Richard Jr., Josh, Jacob Helton; Kyle (Tricia), Nate (Sarah), Travis, Jocelyn Holder; Amanda Maas; Michelle (T.J.) Olson; Jon Knutson; Tanya (Bill) Corey; Becky Knutson; Brandon, Dalton, Austin, Andrew Rathbone; and 14 great-grandchildren.
She was further preceded in death by her husband, Clifford ‘Stoney;’ daughter, Cheryl (Kara) Mayes; brothers, Donald, Harold, Ralph and Ray Oldenberg.
Services were March 18, at Community Baptist Church, Honey Creek. Burial was in Rochester Cemetery following services. Mealy Funeral Home, Waterford, served the family.
The Family sends a sincere Thank You to Seasons Hospice and the Parkinson’s Center in Milwaukee.