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Bob Lind, Published December 02 2012

Lind: Remembering a beloved teacher fondly

Jodi Maurer Knudson’s impact lives on. Last summer, Neighbors carried the story of Jodi, a Fargo native who became a beloved teacher affectionately known as “Mrs. MK.” But she died in 2009 at age 38. She was teaching in New Brighton, Minn., at the time.

Cheryl Gumke, Fargo, writes that she and her husband, Clint, were among the hundreds who attended her funeral in Anoka, Minn.

“It was a celebration of life, really,” Cheryl says. “We were touched beyond belief hearing the many heartfelt tributes from students, former students, teachers, colleagues and friends about Jodi. She was a wonderful lady, and the world is a better place because of her.

“But kids don’t grow up to be like Jodi without wonderful parents,” Cheryl says, “and that’s just what John and Sharon (Maurer) are.”

The Gumkes live near the Maurers, “and they have been two of our best neighbors for 35 years,” Cheryl says. “We were so sad for them, Jodi’s brother John and especially for Jodi’s (two) boys and her husband when she died.”

Cheryl appreciated the story about Jodi because, she says, “Her’s was a life worth remembering.”

Mike Tweeton, too, praises Jodi and her parents.

It was Mike, of Apple Valley, Minn., a former English teacher at West Fargo High School, who told Neighbors about Jodi. He had been her supervisor when she was a student teacher out of St. Cloud (Minn.) State University.

Mike writes that John and Sharon are “just such class people, which makes it even more difficult for them to lose such a gifted, caring daughter.”

So there you have notes from two of the many people who deeply appreciate the Maurers: both parents and daughter.

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