In loving memory of

Irene Marie Knick
July 12, 1927 - October 9, 2021

Irene Marie Wohlfeil was born July 12, 1927 in Tilden, Nebraska, the daughter of Otto J. Wohlfeil and Anna (nee) Petersen. Irene passed away on October 9, 2021.

Irene was baptized and confirmed in St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Tilden, Nebraska. On March 30, 1947, she married Donald E. Knick at Trinity Lutheran Church, Northfield, Minnesota. They resided in Northfield, Springfield (Illinois), Ogema, Deer Creek and Fergus Falls, prior to moving to Rochester in 1976. Her employment included Northwestern Bell, Illinois Bell, church secretary, Western Insurance Company, and she retired from Pompei Painting in 1989.

Irene is survived by three sons, Steven (Susan Nass) of Boise, Idaho; Kevin (Judi) of Fergus Falls; and Jonathan of Rochester; nine grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Her husband, two brothers, two sisters, daughter (Deborah), and eldest grandchild, Kyle, preceded her in death.

A memorial service will be held 1:00 PM Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 869 7th Ave. SE., Rochester, Minnesota 55904 with Rev. Adam Koglin officiating. Visitation will be held from 12:00 PM until time of the service. Due to Covid-19, masks are recommended and there will be no refreshments served at the church. The memorial service will be livestreamed on the Redeemer Lutheran Church youtube page: A graveside gathering will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, October 16, 2021 at Bethlehem Cemetery, Fergus Falls, Minnesota. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to Redeemer Lutheran Youth Group or to the charity of donor's choice. Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Knick family. To share a special memory or condolence, please visit


Erin Olson wrote on Oct 26, 2021:

"I remember Irene with great fondness as she and Don were good friends of my grandparents, Armin and Ruth Mueller of Fergus Falls. She shared a lot of joy with so many people. Sorry for your loss. Erin Olson"

Paulette Genz wrote on Oct 17, 2021:

"My deepest sympathies. I regret that I will be out of state when Irene's funeral is held. She will always hold a special place in my heart. Paulette Genz"

Clyde & Pat Burmeister wrote on Oct 12, 2021:

"We have many memories of our decadesof friendship with Irene. She was a caring and wonderful lady. Clyde and Pat Burmeister"

Audrey Smith wrote on Oct 12, 2021:

"Jonathan...Sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Contact me if you need or 507-951-2408. "

Mary Kubat wrote on Oct 12, 2021:

"To the Family of Irene, I have fond memories of Irene when we bowled together. She was a very nice lady & very fun to be around. Praying for you, Mary Kubat Zumbrota, MN"