Knudson obit

On September 5th, 2022 Linda Ann Knudsen passed away peacefully with her family by her side after a 12 year long battle with Primary Progressive Aphasia, a rare form of Dementia at the age of 76. She was born on November 7th, 1945 in Winthrop, Massachusetts to Frank and Ann Sousa.

Linda is survived by her devoted husband, Peter Knudsen of 35 years; her five children, Ronald Jr. (Rona), Randall, Rebecca (Craig), Russell and Rodney, her eight grandchildren, one great grandchild and her brother Larry (Susan). She also had many loving nieces, nephews and extended family members. Linda was preceded in death by her three brothers, Frank, Arthur and Sydney; one sister, Aubrey, nephews Bobby and Nathan, and her grandson, Mike.

Linda's young adult life began as a devoted mother to her five young children. She continued into the workforce as her children became school-aged and had many jobs over the course of her career. Most notable was her position as a Benefits Specialist at The Washington Gas Light Company. Over the course of her 28 years in this field, she developed many relationships that evolved into lifelong friendships. Her grandchildren have many fond memories of visiting her often at the job she was proud of until she retired in October 2008.

During her retirement years, she resided at Heritage Hunt in Gainesville, Virginia. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, traveling, playing golf and teaching others how to play her favorite game, Mahjong. Linda was a puzzle enthusiast, an avid reader and loved crocheting afghan blankets for family and friends. Those who knew her remember her brilliant mind and would often find her in her favorite chair playing sudoku and many other brain games. Giving back was something important to her, as she donated blood regularly at the American Red Cross and encouraged others to do the same. For over 20 years, Linda led a team on the MS Walk and raised donations for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in honor of her daughter. Linda's last wish was that her body be donated to medical science for research. This wish was honored by the Virginia State Anatomical Program.

Her family wishes to express our sincerest gratitude to the team of individuals who provided care for her over many years. Linda was beautiful, brilliant and brave and we were comforted that you saw her for who she was despite her physical limitations.

A service will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 6750 Fayette Street, Haymarket, Virginia 20169 on Wednesday, September 28th at 10:00am. Her loved ones invite you to a celebration of her life immediately following the service at Marsh Mansion at 11:00 in Heritage Hunt at 13451 Fieldstone Way.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can be made online to Capital Caring Health at

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