Marge Knoll

Marge Knoll

Margie Lou “Marge” Knoll, age 82, of Luverne, Minnesota, died peacefully on Monday, May 2, 2022, at the Sanford Luverne Hospice Cottage.

Visitation will be Friday, May 6, from 4 to 7:30 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m., at St. John Lutheran Church in Luverne. Funeral will be Saturday, May 7, at 10:30 a.m. at the church. Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Hartquist Funeral Home in Luverne. To view Marge’s life tribute video or sign an online registry, please visit

Margie Lou Wood was born on May 12, 1939, to Harold and Minnie (Themer) Wood in Truman, Minnesota. She spent her childhood years in Truman where she attended school. Marge was active in 4-H, FHA (Future Homemakers of America), GAA (Girls Athletic Association), band, chorus and cheerleading. She graduated from Truman High School in 1957. She then attended a year of college at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities where she studied home economics.

On June 14, 1959, Marge married the love of her life, Dale Knoll, in nearby Fairmont, Minnesota. The couple made their home for a few years in Truman before putting their roots down in Luverne, Minnesota, in 1962. Marge excelled as a homemaker and loved taking care of her family. She was gifted at cooking, baking, cleaning, sewing … you name it and she could do it. She made the best chocolate chip cookies and banana bread!

As her children grew older, she enjoyed heading to the Luverne School District for many years where she worked as a paraprofessional. Marge had a heart for children and taking care of others. She was always a giver of her time and talents.

Dale preceded Marge in death on August 9, 2003. She continued to reside at their home in Luverne. On Monday, May 2, 2022, Marge died peacefully at the Sanford Luverne Hospice Cottage at the age of 82 years.

Marge was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Luverne where she was active in Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, Chancel Guild, Parish Fellowship, and Servant’s Group. She also served as the church’s wedding coordinator. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. In addition to helping at church, Marge enjoyed volunteering at the hospital and serving Meals on Wheels for the community.

She liked sewing and quilting, golfing, playing cards with friends, gardening and traveling. She especially loved time spent with her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved to be present for her grandchildren and attend their school, sports and church activities through the years.

Marge will be remembered as a woman of faith and for the great care and empathy she expressed to others so freely. To be loved by Marge meant you heard her say, “Love you to pieces!”

Marge is remembered by her children, Tim (Sharon) Knoll of Brandon, South Dakota, Amy (Sid) Fitch of Spencer, Iowa, and Beth (Josh) Fleming of Madison Lake, Minnesota; stepson Tom (Janet) Knoll of Glenwood, Minnesota; nine grandchildren, Lindsey (Seth) Miller, Brittany (Erich) Hartwig, Payton Knoll, Kyle Fitch, Madison (Cole) Loehr, Bailey Fleming, Rieley Fleming, Chris Knoll and Samantha (Nick) Hemmesch; nine great-grandchildren, Aspen Miller, William and Lukas Hartwig, Mila Loehr, Avery and Winston Knoll, Tyler, Emmit and Oliver Hemmesch; and other family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale; her parents; and a sister and brother-in-law, Darla and Darryl Vilt. 

Memorials are preferred to St. John Lutheran Church or the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League.

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