Betty Jane Knodel


August 4, 1924 - October 7, 2008




Betty Jane Knodel was born August 4, 1924 to Frank and Josephine (Steckley) Vraspir at Geddes, SD.  She grew up on a farm and attended grade school in Charles Mix County.  She graduated from Geddes High School in 1943 and in 1944 graduated from Mitchell Business College.  She worked as a secretary at the college for one year and then worked for the Mitchell Huron Production Credit Association for eight and a half years, becoming Assistant Treasurer.  On December 13, 1947 she married Herbert W. Knodel at the Zion Lutheran Church in Mitchell.  From 1952 to 1977 she assisted Herb in operating Knodel Jewelry.  She also was a receptionist for several years for Dr. Floyd Gillis, Sr. She served as chairman of Zion’s Altar Guild for sixteen years, was a member of the LWML and served on the Davison County Mental Health Board for many years. She was a den mother during the time her son was a Cub Scout. After the death of her husband Herb in 2001, she moved to North Carolina to live with her daughter.

 She is survived by her daughter, Dr. Kathleen Knodel of Mooresville, NC; her son, Richard Knodel and wife, Deanne of Bismarck, ND; two grandchildren, Kristi and Lisa of Bismarck, ND; one great-grandchild, Harley Peter Knodel and numerous other relatives and friends.  She was preceded in death by her husband Herb, her parents and two sisters, Lillian Hochhalter and Violet Hufsmith.



Friday, October 10, 2008
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Saturday, October 11, 2008
2:00 PM
Zion Lutheran Church
620 East 3rd Avenue
Mitchell, South Dakota


Servicemen's Memorial Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Vaner on July 28, 2012
I don't know about Kaplan, but there are others, like the State University of New York, where you do your crouptemized tests and then take your clinical exams in the area you live in. As far as I know of, there are only two states that do not accept these degrees, Louisiana and I think Indiana. Wherever you go, you will still have to pass the NCLEX exam to get your RN anyway. This is assuming you are not already an RN and just going for the Bachelor's part. If you are an LVN going for an RN, you have a choice between just getting an RN and getting a BS RN.If you are already an RN, chances are you can find a local university that you can take the additional courses to complete your bachelors for a lot less than any on-line school. And you have to be very careful about the on-line schools, anyway. I have no worries about SUNY because it is associated with an actual state university. But any other school I would thoroughly google and check out on Ripoff Report before I committed any money to it.But if you have no clinical experience at all, I definitely wouldn't attempt to take care of a patient after only an online course.
Posted by Karyl Knodel on October 16, 2008
Dear Kathy and family,
I am so sorry to hear about Betty. Your parents were so special to mine. Thinking of you and remembering you in prayer.

Posted by Ruby Flaig on October 10, 2008
Kathy and Rick -
We are saddened to hear of the passing of Betty. We all have wonderful memories of her and her kindness. We are thinking of you at this time.

Ruby, Jerry, Julie and family
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