Hertha Gutknecht

Funeral services for Hertha Gutknecht, 88, of Winthrop were held Monday, Dec. 6, from St. John's Lutheran Church in Bismarck Township, Sibley County, with the Rev. J. David Nelson officiating.

Mrs. Gutknecht died at the Glencoe Area Health Center on Thursday, Dec. 2.

Organist was Loretta Ahlbrecht, and the duet of Becky Danielson and Mary Kavan sang "It Is Well With My Soul." Congregational hymns were "How Great Thou Art" and "Nearer My God To Thee."

Pallbearers were David Carrigan, Kirk Becker, Gary Gutknecht, Michael Gutknecht, Kevin Becker and Eric Gutknecht. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Hertha Polzin was born on June 10, 1911, in Penn Township, McLeod County, to William and Marie (Lindeman) Polzin. She was baptized on June 18, 1911, and confirmed in her faith as a youth. She grew up and received her education in rural Glencoe.

She was united in marriage to Arthur Gutknecht on May 4, 1933, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Auburn. She was a homemaker, and the family resided on the farm in Bismarck Township. Her husband, Arthur, died on Aug. 24, 1978.

She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church and past member and current honorary member of St. John's Ladies Aid. In her spare time, she loved to bake.

Mrs. Gutknecht is survived by her daughters, Clara Becker and husband, Elmer of Winthrop, Helen Becker and husband, Ellsworth, of Glencoe; sons, Otto Gutknecht and wife, Ann, of Winthrop, Larry Gutknecht and wife, Sharon, of Glencoe, 16 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; four great-stepgrandchildren, two great-great-stepgrandchildren; sister, Esther Polzin of Winthrop; sisters-in-law, Hilda Polzin of Howard Lake, Delma Polzin of New Auburn, Almira Polzin of Glencoe, brother-in-law, Edmund Henke of Gaylord.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Arthur; five great-grandchildren;brothers, Edwin, Herbert, Albert, Wilbert, and Vernon Polzin; sisters Elsie Grack, Clara Henke and Marie Tessmer.

The Dalin-Hantge Chapel handled arrangements.

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