Carol Knutson, 77, of North Mankato, formerly of Windom and rural Lamberton, died April 17, 2013, at her home in North Mankato. Services were Monday at Old Westbrook Lutheran Church in rural Lamberton with Pastors Michael Stangeland and Jay Dahlvig officiating. Special music was provided by Shirley Iverson, organist; and Julie Anderson-Simonson, vocalist. Casket bearers were Derek Nelson, Cameron Nelson, Brittany Haas and Dustin Haas. Interment was at Old Westbrook Lutheran Cemetery in rural Lamberton. LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom handled the funeral arrangements. Carol Emily Anderson was born June 22, 1935, to Emil and Helen (Jeske) Anderson in Sanborn. She was baptized and later confirmed at Sharon Lutheran Church. Carol attended District 32 in rural Redwood County for grades 1-6, Sanborn High School for grades 7-9 and Lamberton High School for grades 10-12, graduating from Lamberton High School in 1953. In 1953, Carol married Dennis Knutson at Sharon Lutheran Church. They lived in Lamberton for six years before moving to the Knutson farm in 1959 where they lived until Dennis's death in 2004. Carol continued living on the farm until 2005 when she moved to Windom. In 2008, Carol moved to Mankato where she lived at Old Main Village for two years, Koppen Gardens and, most recently, Monarch Meadows in North Mankato. During her life, Carol was a homemaker and did many jobs on the farm. She also worked in retail at various places and was custodian at Old Westbrook Lutheran Church for 16 years and office secretary. Carol served Sharon Lutheran Church and Old Westbrook Lutheran Church as a Sunday School teacher, superintendent and with Vacation Bible School. Church women's organizations also were important to her. She held many positions in Old Westbrook Lutheran's Shetek Conference and enjoyed attending the conference and synod gatherings. While in Windom, she attended Lutheran Church of Our Savior as an associate member. In Mankato, Carol attended Bethlehem Lutheran Church, where she enjoyed working at its Nordic Fest. She also attended Bible studies and circles in each church. Carol also served as a 4-H leader, locally and in Cottonwood County. She was an honorary member of the Highwater Garden Club and, while in Windom, volunteered with RSVP, ushering at BARC concerts. She also served as secretary and treasurer at quarter horse shows in Windom. Family and friends were of utmost importance to Carol. She enjoyed entertaining in her home and decorating for all occasions. She was a Mary Kay Cosmetic consultant for 15 years and an avid Minnesota Twins and Timberwolves fan. Survivors include her two daughters, Patricia (Jon) Nelson of Mankato and Cindy (James) Haas of Eagan; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Norman (Connie) Anderson; and a sister-in-law, JoAnn (Willard) Moots.