Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The loss of a Brother

My little brother Richard Knudsen passed away on 4-17-2012.  He will be missed. He's survived by his ex-wife Vivian, three daughters Shannon, Stephanie, and Sara along with his precious grandchildren, Hailey, Nathan, Kaitlyn, Daniel, Emma, Jessica and Jacob.  His family brought him great joy and made the last year of his life full of love and care.

He was really thrilled to do this skydiving with his daughter Shannon.  He was an auto mechanic for most of his life and was very good at it.

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Mary E. K

Mary E. K

Testament to my Mother

Born 4/11/1934 - Died 7/9/2007

"Betty" is survived by her 3 children Kristie, Stephen and Richard. 8 grandchildren, Shannon, Joey, Stephanie, Casey, Sara, Stephen, Jamie and Sierra and 9 great-grandchildren.
Betty was born and raised in Portage, Wisconsin. Here is a link to her obituary in the Portage paper

Betty was born and raised in Portage, WI.

She married and moved to California with her husband and three kids. Betty divorced in 1965 and found herself a single mom with three kids to support and no job skills.

She waited tables at first to support her 3 children, while doing that she taught herself how to keypunch, then working as a keypunch operator she learned to operate main frame computers. While doing data entry and operating, she studied and learn two programming languages. She ended up as a data processing manager after a long career as a skilled computer programmer. She resided in Simi Valley, California for most of her adult life, after retirement she move to Sacramento to be close to her three granddaughters.
Betty was a pretty remarkable woman, working in a field that was primarily a man's field, during the days when women were not paid equally, nor valued as employees. She supported 3 kids by working 2 and 3 jobs. Paid for her house and made sure there was food and clothing. She died peacefully surrounded by her granddaughters and her daughter. Her ex-husband paid for her cremation.

My mother taught me that anything is possible if I put my mind to doing it and do so without fear, it has helped me have a fulfilling and happy life. I admire her greatly.