Gwendolyn Ann Kneip, 83, Jasper, died Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, in the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
A memorial service was Saturday, Jan. 27, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Jasper. Burial was at the Jasper City Cemetery.
Gwendolyn Larson was born on July 6, 1934, to Theodore and Inez (Heckt) Larson in Jasper, where she was raised. Gwen was baptized on Aug. 19, 1934, in Jasper and was confirmed in the Lutheran faith on May 16, 1948. She attended school in Jasper and graduated from Jasper High School. She then attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
On Aug. 29, 1954, Gwen married Donald Kneip at Trinity Lutheran Church in Jasper. Following their marriage, they lived in Sioux Falls, and Gwen was employed by National Advertising Company. In 1955 they moved back to Jasper and Gwen stayed at home to raise their children. In 1960 they returned to Sioux Falls. While living in Sioux Falls, Gwen worked for Vern’s Diamond for a short time. In 1972 they moved back to Jasper.
Gwen was currently a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Jasper where she was active in the Ladies Aid. She was also a member of the Helping Hand Club and had served as its financial secretary. She was a member of the Jasper Senior Citizens where she served as secretary. Gwen had a great love of quilting, completing over 2,400 quilts with her friends. These 2,400 quilts were given to multiple charities in the area. Gwen cherished time with her family and friends.
Gwen is survived by her husband, Donald Kneip, of Jasper; four children, Steven (Dede) Kneip of Omaha, Nebraska, James (Debbie) Kneip of Luverne, Barbara (Kurt) Facile of Sioux Falls, and Brenda (Dale) Bostic of Edgerton; 11 grandchildren, Aja (Ryan) Pelster of Omaha, Brittany (Adam) Hoebelheinrich of Omaha, Michaela (Raufeon) Stots of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Jenna Kneip of Omaha, Ashley Bostic of Hardwick, Amber (Zac) Bootsma of Edgerton, Alec Bostic of Edgerton, Cameron Facile of Sioux Falls, Devinne (Kody) Mertens of Sioux Falls, Danielle Kneip of Marshall, and Nicole Kneip of Luverne; and 5 great-grandchildren, Teagan, Blythe, Bentley, Sterling and Blaze.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Susan Kneip, and her parents.
Arrangements were by Hartquist Funeral Home, www.hartquistfuneral.com.