Clarie Jo Knecht was born September 19, 1942 at Gettysburg, SD to Vincent and Florence (Timp) Frost. She attended school at Hoven, SD and graduated from Hoven High School in 1960. In 1961 she graduated from St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Pierre, then was a nurse at Gettysburg Memorial Hospital. On January 19, 1963, she married Harvey Knecht at St. John’s Lutheran Church at Selby, SD. She was employed in the radiation department and was a surgical assistant at the Bowdle Hospital. She was a clinic nurse in Bowdle and Hoven and was a nurse and worked in the Administration Office at the Bowdle Nursing Home. She also farmed with her husband near Hoven from 1963 until 1999 when they moved to Mitchell, where she was a nurse at Avera Queen Of Peace Hospital. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Selby, First Lutheran Church in Mitchell and was active in Bible Study.
She is survived by her husband, Harvey; two children, Paul Knecht and his wife, Kim of Pierre, SD, Geri Beck and her husband, Doug of Mitchell, SD and four grandchildren: Carolina and Eric Beck and Cartney and Carter Knecht. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Dan Frost and an infant daughter, Mary Elizabeth.