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Olinger Chapel Hill Mortuary & Cemetery

6601 South Colorado Blvd, Centennial, CO

OBITUARY

Lynne Knutson Knickerbocker

June 21, 1948February 4, 2020

Lynne Knutson Knickerbocker, age 71, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, peacefully walked into the loving arms of God at home surrounded by her family in Littleton, Colorado on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 after facing cancer with unimaginable grace and strength. From her birth in Mankato, Minnesota on June 21, 1948, to her death on Tuesday she illuminated the planet with her love of people (especially children), God, and gift shops.

Lynne was raised to embody the Golden Rule by her mother Vonnie (Mitchell) and father Glen Knutson. After leaving Minnesota, she lived most of her childhood and early adulthood in Tucson, Arizona with her brothers Gregg, Tim and Kelley. After graduating in 1966 from Salpointe Catholic High School where her future husband, Robert Knickerbocker, saw her across the library and knew she was a jewel, she attended Northern Arizona University where she earned a BA in Education. She moved to Colorado to follow her love of mountains and pine trees and to begin her teaching career--and Bob followed her. They married on June 17, 1972 at Most Precious Blood Parish in Denver, Colorado and raised three children, Karen, Sara and Adam.

Throughout her career, Lynne lovingly taught hundreds of children. She was especially passionate about her years teaching kindergarten and first grade at St. Mary’s of Littleton. She also taught in Adams County Public Schools and at Centennial Lutheran Preschool. As a catechist, she rejoiced in every opportunity to share God’s unconditional love with her students. She earned her Master’s Degree in Education in 1993 and went on to author multiple books focused on cultivating the spirituality of children and their parents.

In addition to her beloved husband of 47 years, Bob, those left to honor Lynne and pass along her incredible legacy of love and generosity are her three children, Karen (Justin Collins) Knickerbocker, Sara (J. Ryann Peyton) Knickerbocker, and Adam (Danielle) Knickerbocker; four beloved grandchildren: Alexander, Samantha, Archer and Montgomery, and her two dear brothers Tim (Patricia) Knutson and Kelley (Carol Walsh-Knutson) Knutson and many treasured nieces, nephews, and cousins. Because Lynne believed that friends are the family we choose for ourselves, she is also survived by countless people she considered family. Lynne was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Gregg Knutson.

Lynne will be remembered for her radiant kindness, her luminous smile, and an uncanny ability to make every person with whom she spoke feel like the only one that mattered in the world. Her marriage to Bob was a model of unconditional devotion and deep friendship. She was a passionately curious human being who travelled to 22 countries and numerous states because she valued opportunities to broaden her perspective. She treasured people and their stories, and spent much of her time planning and gathering gifts to remind her friends and family how much they mattered.

Lynne was a lifelong learner and teacher, her greatest lesson being that everyone is worthy of love and belonging. She demonstrated an indomitable spirit in the face of great challenge. Small faith groups were a source of deep relationship and community throughout her life. Above all, she was a brilliant and enthusiastic grandmother who sparkled—sharing s’mores around a campfire, orchestrating indoor snowball fights and stocking pajamas and swimsuits in all the appropriate sizes just in case a spontaneous slumber party or swim date with the grandkids presented itself.

A Catholic funeral mass, officiated by Reverend John Paul Leyba, will be held on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 10:30 am at St. Frances Cabrini Parish, 6673 W Chatfield Ave, Littleton, CO. Interment will follow at Littleton Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will be held at Olinger Chapel Hill on Monday, February 24, 2020 at 5:00 pm. Guests are encouraged to wear colorful attire to all gatherings at Lynne’s request.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in Lynne’s name to Cabrini Cupboard Food Bank (www.sfcparish.org/community-outreach) and The Gathering Place (tgpdenver.org). Additionally, please consider bringing donations of non-perishable food items or grocery giftcards to the Celebration of Life and Catholic funeral mass. Please log on to the virtual guest book and share a memory at www.OlingerChapelHill.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Vonnie (Mitchell) and Glen Knutson, Parents (deceased)
  • Robert Knickerbocker, Husband
  • Karen (Justin Collins) Knickerbocker, Daughter
  • Sara (J. Ryann Peyton) Knickerbocker, Daughter
  • Adam (Danielle) Knickerbocker, Son
  • Alexander, Grandchild
  • Samantha, Grandchild
  • Archer, Grandchild
  • Montgomery, Grandchild
  • Tim (Patricia) Knutson, Brother
  • Kelley (Carol Walsh-Knutson) Knutson, Brother
  • Gregg Knutson, Brother (deceased)

Services

24 February

Celebration of Life

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Olinger Chapel Hill Mortuary & Cemetery

6601 South Colorado Blvd
Centennial, CO 80121

25 February

Memorial Service

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Saint Frances Cabrini

6673 W Chatfield Ave
Littleton, CO 80128

25 February

Burial

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Littleton Cemetery

6155 Prince St
Littleton, CO 80120

Memories

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Kathy Selchert

February 17, 2020

First memory of Lynne that comes to mind this morning is the day Lynne came over to introduce herself shortly after Bill and I moved in across the street on South Pierce Court. Her loving, caring spirit was transparent. Immediately, I knew I wanted to be Lynne's friend.
A short time later, Lynne told me they were being transferred temporarily to NH. I remember feeling disappointed, and to this day, I can recall that tug in my heart.
True to Lynne's generous style, she sent loving communications and surprise, thoughtful gifts from NH.
My wish came true with the blessing of the Knickerbocker family friendship over 40 years.
The Selchert family extends our heartfelt sympathies to Bob, Lynne's loving devoted husband, and their entire loving devoted family.

Joyce Russell

February 12, 2020

26 years ago, when I first started teaching, Lynne started teaching me! After I was hired to teach kindergarten at St. Mary, Lynne called me to tell me she was going to a conference for Kindergarten teachers and to invite me to go, and to top it all off she offered to pay for the conference until St. Mary reimbursed her! From her, I learned what it was to be welcoming. The following year I moved to first grade, but I still stopped in to chat with her, and collect mentoring advice. 2 years later Lynne joined me in what we called, "The permanent temporaries" We learned, lived, laughed, and loved life for many years there. Many days after school were spent having conversations about our students, our philosophies, our hardships, our triumphs, our worries, our joys, our families, our lives. From her during this time I learned to look at things from a variety of angles, to consider the possibilities, to ask for forgiveness rather than permission, and to make up songs to fit a teaching lesson, "There is a Savior kind and good, and Jesus is His name-o, J-E-S-U-S!". I could continue to write and sing her praises and still not tell enough about what a great woman she was and how blessed I feel to have been able to call her friend. One of my favorite memories of our friendship had nothing to do with school, but it still was a lesson, this time on how to celebrate and enjoy life. For her 60th birthday, she had a sleep-over in the mountains, with friends spanning her 60 years! (I think there was someone she was friends with since kindergarten!) We had a bonfire, sang songs, ate good food, went roller skating, slept in bunk beds... it was a memorable weekend. What a memorable friendship, what a memorable woman, what a wonderfully lived and memorable life. Fondly, Joyce

Chuck Ott

February 11, 2020

Blessings to all who loved her, learned from her, and mourn her death. Bob’s early observation remained correct, “She was a jewel!”
From my earliest contact with Lindy at age 15 until our last visit during our 50th Salpointe reunion, she was the consummate LADY. She was always thoughtful, gracious, attentive, generous, and great fun.
My heartfelt sympathy to her family, those she loved the best.

ann sandell

February 10, 2020

To the Knickerbocker Family..

Thinking of you during this difficult time... I remember Lynne from my sister Carolyn's neighborhood years ago... She was such a friendly, sweet and cheerful lady!...

Sincerely,
Ann Sandell

Mike and Kathy Ostapuk

February 10, 2020

Our hearts are heavy as we learn that Lynn has left us here on earth!! But we are encouraged that her love, passion and Compassion For all she met and knew has secured her place in Paradise!!! Eternal Rest grant unto her, oh Lord and May perpetual light shine upon her!!! Until we meet again!!!
Blessing and Prayers for Bob and her children and grandchildren And all who mourn her passing!!! Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers!!! KathyMike ‘65

Birdie Pecoraro Gates

February 8, 2020

Blessed to have shared years at Salpointe with this beautiful, kind, loving woman whose grace filled life touched so many by making the spirit of a loving God visible. My heartfelt condolences to Bob and her beautiful family. Remembering her smile and infectious laugh and celebrating her life. With love,

Jami Howe

February 7, 2020

I was so saddened to hear of Lynne’s passing.
I taught first grade with her at St. Mary’s from 2000-2003. In addition to Lynne’s kindness, she was a wonderful mentor. I learned so much those three years. I remember fondly and often share about our planning lunches. I loved when it was Lynne’s week. She brought the best lunches. (Especially since Joyce & I would always run & grab something quick to share.)

You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Freddie Kalil schutten

February 7, 2020

Lynne was one of the most friendly and positive people in high school. She was a joy to be around. Sounds like that continued throughout her life. Sending prayers to Bob and all of her family. Freddie Kalil Schutten

Charles Phillips

February 7, 2020

Lynne and I lived within a block of each other during our times at St. Joseph's grade school and at Salpointe. She was an awesome neighbor and classmate.

Marilyn Ancell Sheehey

February 7, 2020

I remember Lynn from Salpointe H.S. as a kind and charitable person that I always admired. She always had a smile and a kind word. I chose Lynn as the name for one of my daughters partly because of positive memories of Lynn Knutson. It sounds as though her amazing legacy continued throughout her life.

FROM THE FAMILY