Edith Knittig

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.

4 thoughts on “Edith Knittig

  1. Marion Hocke

    To Edie’s family–I just wanted to tell you how much I admired and loved your mother. She and I went to nurses training together–we rode together much of the time. She was such a sweet person and wonderful nurse. She also finished two quilts for me and did a beautiful job with those. I did visit with her when she lived in Jefferson.

  2. Kent & Lou Ann Sandburg

    Dennis & Karen

    Please accept our deepest sympathies for the loss of Edie. She was a GREAT lady. I wish we could be there during this time of need. We are out of the country but our prayers are with you and your families.

  3. Kelton Kinnick

    Dennis and the extended Knittig family,

    My heartfelt thoughts on the loss of Edith! We’ve had very little contact since our days in Lohrville, but those do include fond memories. And losing a mother, grandmother, and great . . . great grandmother after having her with you for so many years is certainly a large and sad loss. I’m saddened also to see that she wrestled with dimension and Alzheimers in recent years. Regardless of how heavy or light that experience was for everyone, I can only hope that the good memories of her life soon push out those that have been tougher. May her spirit now rejoice, and those of all the family members rejoice with hers. Thinking the best for all of you, an old friend.

  4. David J Hopkins

    Dennis, Sorry to hear about your mom. You may not remember me…but I think we were roommates for a quarter in the Hall in late ’66 or early ’67. In any case I do remember you in the Hall and wish you and your family all the best at this time of loss Regards, David Hopkins

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