Services will be held in April.
Edith Ilene (Cafferty) Knittig, daughter of Merritt and Mary (Anthony) Cafferty, was born December 12, 1926 in Rinard, Iowa. Edie attended school in Rinard, graduating in 1944.
On March 17, 1945, Edie was joined in marriage to Alvin Knittig. Three children were born to this union while they farmed north of Lohrville. In 1955, they moved to another farm west of Farnhamville and resided there until Alvin retired in 1988. They then moved to Jefferson where, in 2008, Alvin passed away. In 2010, Edie moved to a duplex in Ankeny and lived next door to her daughter Karen. From 2014 up until her death, she lived in Ankeny assisted living facilities at Vintage Hills and Mill Pond and finally at Trinity Center in Des Moines. Her struggle with dementia and Alzheimers came to a peaceful end on January 28, 2020 at the age of 93.
Edie was always actively engaged in persuing new interests and challenges. She attended Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge where she received her Licensed Practical Nurse degree on December 6, 1971. She continued her education and received her Registered Nurse degree on September 11, 1975. She was also officially licensed in Minnesota on September 15, 1980.
Edie loved walking, gardening, sewing and quilting. She achieved a Master Gardener’s degree in the early 1900s. Her accomplishments continued to grow with the creation of her own quilting business: A&E Quilting. She had a successful and fulfilling run from 1996 to 2008.
Edie was preceded in death by her parents; husband Alvin in 2008; daughter Linda in 2009; sisters Gladys Anderson, Minnie Boner, Leota Kelly, Beulah McClure, Iola Staley, and Violet Stamp; brothers Dale Cafferty and Lyle “Bud” Cafferty. Left to mourn her passing are her children Karen Hicks of Ankeny and Dennis Knittig of Minneapolis. Grandchildren: David (Cathi) Knittig of St. Paul, MN and Jane Rosenberger of Deephaven, MN. Great grandchildren: Meryl Rosenberger and Nolan Rosenberger of Deephaven, MN. Also surviving is brother Loren Cafferty of Phoenix, AZ.