Sieglinde "Linda" Knaak, 74, of Sherman, died July 11 after a long illness. She was the wife of Wilfried "Willy" Knaak for 46 years.

Mrs. Knaak was born May 23, 1937, in Tubingen, Germany, daughter of Gertrud (Schweikert) Hörter, and the late Rudolf Hörter.

She was born and raised in Hechigen, Germany, where she went to school for editing and publishing and then worked for a company that published medical books.

She later worked as the head secretary and programmer of a Tubingen radio station.

At the age of 24, she decided to make a new life on her own in America.

She worked as a stewardess for Capital Airways, which flew charter flights all over the world where she could stay for a few days and see new sights.

Her husband met her when she was a stewardess in New York in 1962. They married July 15, 1965, and traveled around the world to five continents on an 11-week honeymoon.

Mrs. Knaak planned this trip while working as a travel agent in the around-the-world department at Martin Travel in the Empire State Building.

They built their house in Sherman together and moved there in 1968. In Sherman she raised their three children and later worked as the director of the Sherman Senior Center until she retired.

Mrs. Knaak was an active member of the Sherman Congregational Church for 35 years, serving on several committees.

Mrs. Knaak is survived by a brother, Edgar Hörter; three sisters, Gisela Kielmann, Yvette Mollenkopf and Charlotte Hammerstingel, all of Germany; a son, Michael Knaak; two daughters, Sue Brandt and Heidi Rogers; three granddaughters, Monica Knaak, Elizabeth Rogers and Caroline Linde Rogers; and a grandson, Stanislav Knaak. She was predeceased by a brother, Renee.

Calling hours will be held today (Friday) from 5 to 8 p.m. at Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge St., New Milford.

The memorial service and burial will take place tomorrow (Saturday) at 1 p.m. at the Sherman Congregational Church, 6 Church Road.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sherman Congregational Church Book of Remembrance, 6 Church Road, Sherman, CT 06784-1331.