Judy Ann Knutson
Judy Knutson, age 64, of Moorhead, MN, formerly of Valley City, ND, lost her courageous battle with Cancer on October 12th at the Golden Living Center, Moorhead, MN. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, October 18th at the Lerud Schuldt Funeral Home Chapel in Valley City. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the Lerud Schuldt Funeral Home and one hour before the service on Thursday afternoon. Interment will be in Woodbine Cemetery, Valley City, ND.
Judy Ann Knutson, the daughter of Henry and Elsie (Larson) Knutson, was born September 11, 1948 in Cooperstown, ND. Judy graduated from Valley City High School in 1966. On November 26, 1966 she married Theodore Lentz, Jr. Together they had three children, Chad, Wade and Tara. Ted and Judy divorced and she married Bill Simmons in Valley City. Judy spent her early adulthood raising her three children. Judy began working at the Open Door Center in Valley City. During this time, she began studying Developmental Disabilities through Minot State University. She then transferred to Community Living Services in Fargo, ND. She worked for Community Living Services for over 18 years. She retired recently due to health related issues. Judy enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Judy loved talking with her eight grandchildren about their sport activities, art classes and other interests. Judy was known to get a good game of cards going to get them talking. On April 11, 2012 Judy was hospitalized after having a seizure. A brain biopsy revealed that she had a grade four cancerous brain tumor. She was transferred to Manor Care Nursing and Rehab facility where she continued to fight the battle against this cancer. Judy took radiation treatments as well as chemotherapy to stop the growth of the tumor.
Judy is survived by her mother, Elsie Benson, Valley City, ND; her three children, Chad (Pam) Lentz, Barnesville, MN, Wade (Tammi) Lentz, Fargo, ND and Tara (Kelly) Heyer, Jamestown, ND; eight grandchildren, Courtney, Kaitlyn, Stephani, Andrew, Adam, Samantha, Nathan and Emma; two great-grandchildren; three brothers, Ira Knutson, Eldred (LaDeen) Knutson and Eugene Knutson; three sisters, Bonnie Stringer, Kim (Dennis) Bredeson and Marie (Tracey) Forde.
Judy was preceded in death by her father, Henry Knutson, her husband, Bill Simmons and her children’s father, Ted Lentz.
Funeral arrangement by the Lerud Schuldt Funeral Home of Valley City. Online guestbook available at www.lerudschuldt.com