Alice Arlene (Jensen) Christiansen (1918 - 2011)

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Funeral services for Alice A. Christiansen, 93, were conducted by Pastor Doug Opp on Wednesday, June 1, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Audubon. Interment was in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Audubon. The casket bearers were her grandchildren: Jennifer Masters, Anne Gerrietts, Daniel Gerrietts, Christa Gerrietts, Aaron Christiansen, Sarah Coughlin, Nathan Christiansen, Jay Christiansen, Marie Mock and Luke Christiansen. The Kessler Funeral Home in Audubon was in charge of the arrangements.
Alice Arlene Christiansen, the daughter of Bertel and Marie Rasmussen Jensen, was born March 3, 1918 at her parents' home in Audubon, and died May 29, 2011 at the Friendship Home in Audubon, at the age of 93 years, 2 months and 25 days.
Alice was baptized and confirmed at the Danish Lutheran Church in Audubon. She attended Audubon Community Schools graduating with the High School Class of 1936. She attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., for a year, and then received her Registered Nurse degree at the Presbyterian Hospital in Denver, Colo. Alice then was employed at Porter's Sanitarium in Denver.
On Sept. 11, 1941, she was united in marriage to K.V. "Whitey" Christiansen at the Danish Lutheran Church in Audubon. Three children Jeanette, Ken and Keith were born to this union. Alice was employed as a nurse in the Denver area. During World War II while Whitey was in the service, Alice returned to the Audubon area and lived with her parents. She then returned to Denver when Whitey was discharged. In 1948 they moved to Audubon and Alice was a nurse at the Audubon County Memorial Hospital. Later Alice took care of people in their homes and was a nurse at the medical clinic first at Dr. Jensen's and then with Dr. Merselis and Dr. Bartley.
In 1962, they moved to Estherville where Alice was a nurse at Dr. Powers and Dr. Walters clinic. They returned to Audubon in 1966. Alice became the Director of Nursing at the Friendship Home in Audubon until she retired. Whitey died Feb. 7, 1988. Alice enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. She lived in her home until she moved to the Friendship Home in October of 2010.
Alice was an active member of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Audubon. She was a confirmation mentor for many years. She enjoyed attending the Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp with her family for many years. She was a hospice volunteer for many years. She enjoyed her Bible Study and quilting. Alice was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and enjoyed their games on T.V. But her greatest joy was spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Preceding her in death in addition to her husband K.V. "Whitey" Christiansen were her parents; her brothers and sisters: Astrid Thomas, Henrietta Kauffman, Axel Jensen, Harold Jensen, Dagmar Petersen, Emmert Jensen, Dorothy Groteluschen and Donald Jensen.
Survivors include her children: Jeanette and husband Reverend Darrel Gerrietts of Waverly; Ken and wife Dianne Christiansen of Atlantic; Dr. Keith and wife Rosalee Christiansen of Blair, Neb.; her grandchildren: Jennifer and husband Tim Masters of Sioux Falls, S.D.; Anne Gerrietts of Roseville, Minn.; Daniel and wife Molly Gerrietts of Mason City; Christa Gerrietts of Minneapolis, Minn.; Aaron and wife Angela Christiansen of Columbia, Mo.; Sarah and husband Matthew Coughlin of Cronulla, Australia; Nathan Christiansen of Durango, Colo.; Jay Christiansen of Blair, Neb.; Marie and husband Bryant Mock of Winston-Salem, N.C.; Luke and wife Heather Christiansen of Omaha, Neb.; her great-grandchildren: Garrett Masters and Alice Masters both of Sioux Falls; Maggie Gerrietts and Leah Gerrietts both of Mason City; Kennedy Christiansen of Columbia; her sister Irene Starrett of Audubon; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from June 4 to June 10, 2011