Christine F. Link, 97, of the Alaska Veterans and Pioneers Home of Palmer, Alaska, and formerly of Dubuque and Waupeton, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, September 18, 2013 in Palmer.
Funeral services were held September 24 at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Balltown, Iowa, with Rev. Jose Comparan and Deacon Bill Mauss officiating. Burial was at St. Francis Cemetery, where military honors were accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Christine was born on October 10, 1915 in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, daughter of Martin and Helen Verdev. Christine lived in Oak Creek before entering the military. She served in the Army
American Theater in El Paso, Texas, during World War II
as a surgical technician. She married Alvin W. Link on October 9, 1948. After she and Alvin married, they farmed in the Waupeton area for 40 years. Alvin preceded her in death on May 30, 1997. Three years after Alvin passed away, Christine's life took her to Alaska to live with Connie and Kevin, where she embraced Alaskan life. Christine's last years were spent at Marlow Manor Assisted Living and the Alaska Veterans and Pioneers Home where she enjoyed each and every activity she was capable of participating in as well as the camaraderie of the staff and her friends.
Christine was a current member of Holy Family Cathedral in Anchorage. Christine was also a charter member of the Women in Military service for America Memorial Foundation, Inc., and was recently interviewed by the National Park Service as part of the World War II Oral History Program. Christine is survived by her children, Curtis A. (Carol) Link, of Butte, Montana and Constance C. (Kevin) McFarlane, of Anchorage; her grandson, J.J. Link, of Butte; her sisters-in-law, JoAnn Verdev, of Faribault, Minnesota and Helen Buelow, of Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were made by Behr's Funeral Home in Dubuque, Iowa.The family would like to extend a special thank-you to the nurses and staff at Marlow and the Alaska Veterans and Pioneers Home for all of their loving care and concern for Christine.