Barbara Pauline Knudsen

October 28, 1940January 8, 2021

Barbara Pauline (Niemiec) Knudsen passed at age 80 in Englewood, FL on January 8, 2021. Preceded in death by loving husband Asger and parents Walter P and Victorine M Niemiec. Survived by siblings Renee (Richard), Thomas (Marian), Walter (Alicia), Victorine and nieces and nephews Laurel, Mark, Sean, Neal, Dean and Ana.

Barbara was born on October 28, 1940 in St Paul, MN. She graduated from St Joseph’s Academy and College of St Catherine and later earned a Masters Degree in Bio-Chemistry at the University Of Minnesota. She relocated to Copenhagen, Denmark after accepting a grant to work on cell research. It is there that she met Asger Knudsen and they married in 1967. They moved to Canada by Toronto for 7 years, and then to Sarasota, FL in 1974. Asger passed in 2009 after 42 years of marriage. She looked forward to rejoining him ever since.

Barb enjoyed traveling and used her minor in Spanish traveling to Mexico and even living in Torreon for a time. Amazingly, in her early 20’s, she drove her two teenage brothers on adventures to Mexico for a month in both 1964 and 1965. She was fluent in Spanish as well as Danish and native speakers said she spoke like a native. She had a great sense of humor and loved a good laugh and also had a keen interest in jewelry and collecting gemstones. Heritage Oaks in Englewood, FL was her home for the past two and a half years. She enjoyed it there very much being grateful for the caring staff and the many friends that she made while playing bridge, bingo and enjoying an “aperitif”.

Private interment at Manasota Memorial Park. Due to current circumstances a family memorial celebration will be held at a future date in St Paul, MN.


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Barbara Pauline Knudsen

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Jenny Anderson

January 15, 2021


Bruce and I are sorry to learn of Barb's passing. I will never forget Barb and Asgar's beautiful wedding and reception at the T&C Club. That day represented the beginning of a long and happy marriage for the two of the them, and it is comforting to know that they are together again. Take care.

Jenny & Bruce Anderson

Thomas NIemiec

January 15, 2021

Barb was very adventurous. When Walt and I were 15 and 12 respectively she took to Mexico 2 summers in a row. We drove all over spending time in Mexico city, Acapulco, Mazatlan, etc. What memories. She was always laughing and telling jokes.

She left us with plenty of memories.