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Survivor Stories / Tributes

Judy Knutson

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Judy Ann Medler Knutson, beloved mother and wife, was born in Portland, Oregon on May 1st, 1939. She was raised in her favorite place in the world, San Diego, CA, where she met her wonderful husband.

Six months after her heart attack, we were all shocked by a diagnosis of late stage ovarian cancer, but she simply asked, “OK, so what do we do to beat it?” And “Mom” did beat her “nasty tumor” for almost two years, spending her time in remission living life to the fullest and “in the moment.”

She loved traveling and eating out with friends and family, and photo-chronicling all of life’s events. Most important to her, though, was just being with family (including her cherished dogs!). To all of us Mom was the strongest, bravest, most positive person we’ve ever known. Her smile and cheer always lit up the room. Just like her beautiful photos, our love for her will endure.

We love you always Mom. You are missed.
Your family – Gale, Kirsten, Erika, Joel, Lars, Fennis, Moose, and Kjartan

In memoriam, Judy Ann Medler Knutson, August 25, 2008.

Last updated on: 08/30/2008


Our condolences go to Gale and the family. We will always remember Judy and her famous smile.

Ken and JoAnn Olivier – 09/02/2008

We send our deep sympathy to Gale and family. May the good life that Judy had be of comfort to all of you.

John and Elena Biale – 09/09/2008

Erika, now I know where you got your smile from. Deepest sympathies to you and your family.

Theresa Sheldon – 09/11/2008

Erika, my prayers go out to you and your family. May God give you the strength to walk through this very diffilcult time.

Becky Berube – 09/12/2008

Erika, You and your family are in my prayers. Stay strong and know she is not hurting anymore.

Jennifer Lacefield – 09/12/2008

Judy was a wonderful friend. She was my college sorority “big sister” and after that, in so many ways, became the sister I never had. We had such good times together through the years. I can still see her smile and hear her laugh. No matter what adversity she faced, including health challenges, her attitude remained positive. She was kind, caring and compassionate. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and it was her family that gave her the greatest joy. I know your beautiful spirit lives on, Judy, and I want you to know that I will always love you and I miss you so much. Peace and much love to you and your family.

Lisa Bruk – 09/18/2008

That’s a mold-berkaer. Great thinking!

Jaundalynn Jaundalynn – 06/02/2011

The info. about the phase 1 vaccine cianlcil trial made the OCNA chat board today and I am so interested. I was dx 7/10 w/ovca stage lllC. I am in the GOG-252 and will end it 12/21/11 with very few side effects. I will talk to my gyn/onc Dr. Peter Johnson (WI) and would appreciate more info. on the trial.Thanks,Marty Sorensen

Ali Ali – 09/03/2012