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NORMAL — Barbara Knudsen, 81, formerly of Normal, passed away peacefully Saturday (May 21, 2011) in her Gig Harbor, Wash., residence.

Barbara, born Dec. 7, 1929, in Lafayette, Ind., was a consummate musician with over 40 years as a church organist in both Dayton, Ohio, and Normal.

She is survived and will be greatly missed by her children, Mark and Jill Knudsen of Auburn, Wash.; amd Joyce K. Whitley of Gig Harbor; her grandson, Parker Stang, a student at Western Washington University; and her loving relatives.

In addition to her music, Barbara was active with her church, the community Breast Cancer Awareness Center and her many cherished friends.

She will always be remembered for her loving spirit, her sense of humor and her love of butterflies.

Any memorial donations can be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation at www.komen.org.

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