Viola Knuth

Jan. 19, 1930-Feb. 8, 2020

Viola Knuth, 90, Minot,

formerly of Drake and Bal-

four, passed away Satur-

day, February 8, 2020 at

Trinity Homes in Minot.

Her funeral will be held

Saturday, February 15, at

11:00 A.M. at the United

Methodist Church in

Drake with burial in the

Balfour Cemetery. Visita-

tion will be held Friday

from 4 P.M. to 7 P.M. at

the Nelson Funeral Home

in Drake.

Viola Torno, daughter

of John and Nathalia

(Arlt) Torno, was born

January 19, 1930 in Max,

ND at her Grandmother’s

house, who delivered her.

She lived in the Max area

until 1942 when they

moved to the Garrison

area and attended school

at Max and Garrison. She

then moved to Minot

where she worked as a

waitress at the Victory

Cafe for a number of years

and worked at the Red

Owl Store.

On June 7, 1959 she

was united in marriage to

Myron Knuth in Minot.

They made their home on

the Knuth farm near Bal-

four where they lived and

farmed until moving to

Drake in 2000. Following

Myron’s death in June of

2000, Viola continued to

reside in Drake until

entering Trinity Homes in

Minot in February of


In addition to helping

Myron with the farming

operation, Viola raised a

large garden and canned

most of what she grew.

She enjoyed cooking, bak-

ing lots of goodies and

spending time with fami-

ly. Viola also enjoyed cro-

cheting and embroidery.

She spent many years

working on the genealogy

for all branches of the


One of her favorite hob-

bies was reading through

newspapers, etc. and clip-

ping articles, photos, etc.

of people she knew or

anything she found in-

teresting or humorous.

She then kept the clip-

pings in books so she

could look at them later

for her enjoyment, or to

provide information about

something from the past

(pre-internet days).

She is survived by: her

children, Ervin Knuth of

Mobridge, SD, Gary

(April) Knuth of Roches-

ter, MN and Corliss Knuth

of McLaughlin, SD;

Grandson Shayne Knuth

(Corliss’ son) of Mobridge,

SD; 11

Step-Grandchildren; sis-

ter, Alice Torno of Little-

ton, CO; sisters-in-law,

Elaine Vollmer of Drake

and Wanda Torno of Dic-

kinson; and many nieces

and nephews.

Viola was preceded in

death by: her husband;

her parents; and her

brother, Marvin.

Online condolences

may be shared at nelson-

funeral homesnd.com.