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Esther Knaub

Esther Louise Knaub (Olson)

Tuesday, August 29th, 1922 - Sunday, March 28th, 2021
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Esther Louise Knaub, 98, of Billings, Montana, passed away on March 28, 2021, at St. John’s United of natural causes. She was born August 29, 1922, in Windsor, North Dakota, to Oscar B. and Josephine M. (Goodroad) Olson. She was the 6th child born within a family of eleven. She moved to Worden, Montana in 1936 where she met and married Phillip Knaub on March 9, 1938.
Knowing the value of and willing to work hard, she found employment within the Rex Laundromat, Hager Egg Farm, Shepherd School District, and home cleaning services.
Esther’s greatest achievement and love was by far her family. In a small community, Phillip & Esther raised a family of 2 sons and 4 daughters. In subsequent years, family grew and grew. However, she still found ways to make everyone feel special. Many were fortunate to enjoy her home cooked meals, taste delicious home-baked goodies, play a round of pinochle, cards or games, share a light-hearted story, or receive a card in the mail.
Esther was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Phillip; 4 children Janet Hayman, Raymond, Donna Hill, Geraldine Ketterling; and 10 siblings. She is survived by her daughter Marlene (Phil) Fenwick of Billings, Montana; son Roger of Billings, Montana; and numerous grandchildren and great -grandchildren.
Our heartfelt thank-you’s to the staff at St. John’s Hospice for their compassionate and thoughtful care.
Funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm, Friday, April 2nd at the Downtown Smith Funeral Chapel in Billings with burial at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Gather with family & friends in celebrating her life during a reception at the VFW Post 1634 located at 637 Anchor Street at 2:30pm.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 1st, 2021 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, April 1st, 2021 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Smith Downtown Chapel
    925 South 27th Street
    BILLINGS, MT 59101
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  • Service

    Friday, April 2nd, 2021 | 1:00pm
    Friday, April 2nd, 2021 1:00pm
    Smith Downtown Chapel
    925 South 27th Street
    BILLINGS, MT 59101
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    Pastor Dave Merkel
  • Interment

    Sunset Memorial Gardens
    1721 Central Ave
    BILLINGS, MT 59102
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  • Reception

    VFW Post 6774
    637 Anchor Ave
    BILLINGS, MT 59105
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    following the graveside service


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