Duluth East Teacher Loses Fight to Cancer

Posted at: 02/15/2013 11:05 PM
Updated at: 02/16/2013 12:16 AM

A beloved teacher from Duluth East High School has lost her fight with cancer.

The Duluth School District confirmed that Joan Knutsen died last week. The Cremation Society of Minnesota said she died peacefully in her home on February 8.

Knutsen hadn't been teaching for the past year to fight the disease. Duluth School District Spokesperson Katie Kaufman called Knutsen a beloved and respected educator, and said she's been sorely missed by students and staff at Duluth East this year.

Kaufman said staff were informed of Knutsen's passing this week. She said a celebration of life ceremony will be held by her family in the East High School auditorium March 2 at 2:00 p.m.

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers or gifts, a donation be made to the Essentia Hospice of Solvay House.