Minnesota Kjonaas Family Obituaries
Death of Andrew Osmonson, Brother-in-Law to Hans Olson Kjonaas
From Albert Lea Semi-Weekly Tribune, Friday, May 1, 1908
An Old Settler in Bancroft Township Passes Away After Protracted Illness--Funeral Friday Afternoon

Andrew Osmonson died at 2 o'clockThursday morning of stomach trouble, after a protracted illness. He has been suffering with the trouble for some years and at Christmas time it became acute resulting in his death, after being confined to his bed for six weeks.

Deceased was born in Sand, Norway, March 4, 1840. he came to this country with his parents when he was nine years old. They located in Chicago and after being here only a few weeks both of the parents died of cholera during the great epidemic. He was taken care of by relatives until he was 12 years old, when he left to work in the country. He later returned to Chicago and took a position in the Northwestern railway shops. In 1863 he was married to Isabel Kjonaas at Chicago.

About 39 years ago they moved to his city and lived here for one year, later moving onto the homestead in Bancroft Township. Seven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Osmonson, two of whom died in infancy. Mr. Osmonson is survived by his wife and five sons. they are: William, residing northwest of the city; Isaac, Oscar and Henry of Crookston, Minn., and Martin, at home.

The funeral services will be held Friday at 12 o'clock at the home and at 2 o'clock at the First Methodist Church in this city, Rev. Ryan officiating. Burial will be in the cemetary west of the city


Mrs. Andrew Osmonson, One of Freeborn County's Oldest Settlers Passed Away Saturday After an Illness of Two Years.

(from Times-enterprise July 25, 1923)

Mrs. Andrew Osmonson passed away at 4 o'clock Saturday afternoon at her home near Bancroft. The deceased had been ailing for the last two years.

Mrs. Osmonson was eighty-two years of age and had lived in America nearly all her life being one of the pioneers of Freeborn county. Her brother hauled the first load of merchandise into Albert Lea in 1855. Mr. Osmonson died about fifteen years ago.

The funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July, 24 at the farm home at 2 p.m. and from the First Lutheran church in Albert Lea at 2:45 p.m. Internment will be made in Graceland cemetery.

Obituary of Kettel Knudson, Father of Mrs. Henry Kjonaas

Death Call Comes to Prominent Pioneer

Passed Away Wednesday, Aged Eighty-One Years--Settled On His Farm Near hartland In 1868--Funeral Next Wednesday
Hartland, Minn., Feb. 6, 1914
Kittel Knutson, prominent among the old settlers of this locality, and influential man of wealth and successful farmer, was taken from the midst of family and friends Wednesday by the hand of death. He had been sick for some time, first with bronchitis combining symptoms of heart trouble, later with pneumonia, his advanced age , 81 years, one month and ten days, denying him the strength to cast them off.

Though he had reached the fulfillment of life's promise, had passed the mark of four score years, there is the deepest sorrow in the commmunity over his going, never to return, from the sceens in which he had been a familiar figure for forty-six year. His life has been such as to leave him many friends and these remember him for good deeds done, for co-operation in many important affairs, for honesty of purpose and fairness in his dealings with others. He was the head of a fine family and was held in deep affection by its members, to whom is extended the sympathy of all.

Kittel Knutson was born in Skimmon, Sigdal, Norway, Dec. 23, 1832. His parents died when he was five years of age and all his life he had to look out for himself. He had seen strenuous times and had many adventures. For sixteen years he was a sailor, working most of the time before the mast, one trip on a sailing vessel taking him from Denmark around the south of Africa. During the Civil War he was off the coast of France and heard the roar of the cannon in the sea fight between the battsleships the Alablama and Kearsage, representing the south and north. Shortly afterward in France he was given an offer to join the southern army in this country and inlisted as a southern soldier, but the French government prevented the departure to America and kept him from fighting on the losing side in the great rebellion, for it was over when he finally reached the United States.

He arrived here in 1866 and spent two years in the southern states working for the government in rebuilding the great plantations which had been distroyed during the war.

In 1881 he was married to Miss Ingeborg Embud,of Manchester. The wife and six children survive him. The children are Mrs. Henry Kjonaas, Farwell, Minn., Mrs Oscar Rugroden, New Richland, Minn., Knud, Ole, Carl and Tinny at home. He has one brother Erirk Knudson and one sister Mrs. Iver Holman, deceased.

Funeral services will be held next Wednesday Feb. 11. Rev. J. H. Lunde will conduct services at the home at 12 o'clock and Rev. Johnson, of Wells, will have charge of the services at the Synod church at 1:15.

Obituary of Mrs. Ingeborg Knudson

(Mother of Mrs Henry Kjonaas)

(From Albert Lea Evening Tribune Jan. 13, 1941)

Died Jan. 11, 1941

Mrs. Ingeborg Knudson was born in Sigdal, Norway, Feb. 12, 1858, where she was baptized in the Lutheran faith. In 1871 together with her parents, Ole an Aase Emrud, brothers and sisters, she came to this country and settled on a farm three miles west of Manchester, where she grew to womanhood. In 1873 she was confirmed at Central Lutheran Chruch. In 1881 she was united in marriage to Kittel Knudson of Harland. To this union six children were born. They made their home on a farm two miles north of Hartland where she resided until 15 years ago when she went to live with her son, Knud, with whom she lived till the time of her death. She had been failing for some time but was confined to her bed for only six days. She passed peacefully away Jan. 11, at the age of 82 years, 11 months. Her husband preceded her in death 27 years ago. Three children also preceded her in death: Mrs. Henry Kjonaas (Emelia) in 1920, Mrs. Bert Jackobson (Tinny) in 1922 and Carl IN 1940.

Surviving are two sons, Knud and Ole of Hartland and one daughter, Mrs. Oscar Rugroden of New Richland, 23 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, two brothers, Andrew and Theodor Emrud of Manchester.

Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at the Harland Lutheran Church, Rev. J. W. Wulfsberg officiating.

Pallbearers were Andrew and Theodor Emrud, Oscan and Oliver Emrud, Arthur Clementson and Milford Rugroden.

She was laid to rest by the side of her husband in the Hartland cemetery.
Card of Thanks

We wish to extend our sincere thanks to our neighbors, friends and relatives for the sympathy and the many floral offerings extended to us in our recent bereavement. We also want to thank Rev. Wulfsberg for his comforting words and the quaret for their songs, and to those who gave memorium gifts in her memory,
Knud Knudson
Mr. and Mrs. Ole Knudson and family

Mr . and Mrs Oscar Rugroden and family

Mrs. Clara Knudson and family

Obituary of Mrs. Earl Krueger, from the New Richland, MN Newspaper, Jan. 29, 1937

Obituary of Florence (Krueger) Peterson

Obituary of Charles Croft, 1992

Obituary of Hazel Kjonaas Croft, 1996

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