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June 18, 2010
Reinbeck Courier

Laurene W. Knaack, 96, Gladbrook died in her home on Monday June 7, 2010. Visitation was held on June 11 from 6-8 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Reinbeck. Service was held on June 12 at 2 p.m. Burial was at the Reinbeck Cemetery. Memorials are to the Reinbeck Methodist Church. Laurene W. Knaack was born on June 3, 1914 in rural Dinsdale, Iowa, the daughter of Cloyd and Bettie (Fleming) Frey. She grew up in the Dinsdale area and attended Dinsdale High School. On September 17, 1938 she was united in marriage to William R. Knaack in Dinsdale. There were four children born to this union. Laurene worked at home, raising their four children. She was very active at the Reinbeck United Methodist Church where she was a Sunday school teacher and a member of the United Methodist Women. Laurene enjoyed baking cookies for her family, crocheting, working on church history and spending time with her family.

Laurene was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William; a daughter, Carol Smith; two sisters, Blanch Frey and Gertrude Dietrich; a brother, Kenneth Frey; a granddaughter, Marcia Knaack; a daughter-in-law, Mina Knaack; and a brother-in-law Virgil Knaack. She is survived by three children, Melvin Knaack, Robert (Marcella) Knaack, and Joyce (Harold) Swangel all of Gladbrook; a sister, Lucille (Robert) Thede of Reinbeck; two sisters-in-law, Marjorie Frey of Gladbrook and Lois Knaack of Reinbeck; a brother-in-law, Ralph (Mildred) Knaack of Reinbeck; 9 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

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