THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Issue Date: November 21, 2018
Dorthy (Johnson) Knuth, 93, of Marinette, formerly of Rhinelander and Milwaukee, passed away early Sunday morning, Nov. 11, 2018 at home in her sleep after a massive stroke eight days earlier.
Born June 16, 1925 in Rhinelander, to Willard and Rose Johnson (Sum), she lived in Milwaukee most of her life. She was married for 72 years to Claude William Knuth and he preceded her in death on July 21, 2018. She was raised during the Great Depression and moved to Milwaukee where her father found a job working for Evinrude.
The family waited three years for him to return from World War II and D-Day+6 and after her mother passed away, they raised her 14 year old brother, Robert.
She worked as a professional artist doing shelf and window signs for major food chains in Milwaukee. She was a talented artist, creating hand-tooled leatherwork, silk screening, basketry, quilting, weaving, knitting, sewing of all kinds, wood carving and oil and watercolor paintings. The family camped every weekend for 20 years from Spring to Fall.
An avid square-dancer and round-dancer for 40 years, she spent 18 winters in a Texas park dancing and teaching. She was loved and respected by many friends and extended family for her vitality and willingness to teach and help.
She is survived by a brother, Robert (Nancy) Johnson; children, Karen Burzynski, Jean Woolhiser and David Knuth and their spouses; five grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Along with her parents and her husband, Claude, she was preceded in death by a brother, Donald and a sister, Helen.
She willed her body to science, as did Claude, and per their wishes, no formal funeral or memorial services will be held.