Irene Dorthy (Faaborg) Christensen (1916 - 2012)

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Funeral services for Irene D. Christensen, 96, were conducted by Pastor Doug Opp on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Audubon. Interment was in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Kimballton. The casket bearers were Randy Lebeck, Rick Lebeck, Scott Christensen, Brandon Toft, Bill Paulsen, and Justin Stream. The Kessler Funeral Home in Audubon was in charge of the arrangements.    
Irene Dorthy Christensen, the daughter of Jorgen and Meta (Jensen) Faaborg, was born Aug. 2, 1916, at her parents' home in Kimballton, and died Sept. 29, 2012, at the Friendship Home in Audubon, at the age of 96 years, 1 month, and 27 days.
Irene was baptized Aug. 27, 1916, and confirmed at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Kimballton. She attended grade school in Kimballton then attended the Audubon High School graduating with the High School Class of 1935. She then was employed as a housekeeper for a short time.
On June 13, 1936, Irene was united in marriage to Alfred O. Christensen at the Lutheran Church in Council Bluffs. Three children, Jerry, Donna, and Paul were born to this union. They moved to New York for a short time then returned to the Audubon area where they worked for other farmers. In 1947, they purchased a farm in Hamlin Township southwest of Audubon. They grew grain and raised livestock for many years. During this time Irene was a homemaker. She took care of the children, tended to her vegetable garden, and raised chickens. In 1976, they retired from farming and moved into Audubon. Irene then babysat for her grandchildren and also for other families for several years. Alfred was busy making crafts and he and Irene enjoyed traveling to many different craft shows and also enjoyed traveling across the United States. Alfred died March 1, 1996. Irene lived in her home then later moved to the Friendship Home in October of 2004.
Irene was an active member of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Audubon, and was also very active in the church Women's Circles.
Irene was preceded in death by her husband Alfred O. Christensen; an infant grandson Randy Christensen; an infant great-granddaughter Ashley Lebeck; her parents; and her brothers and sisters Jasper and wife Evelyn Faaborg, Edna and husband Verne Fredricksen, Simon and wife Grace Faaborg, Folmer and wife Darlene Faaborg, Ray and wife Maxine Faaborg, and Betty Struble.
Survivors include her children Jerry and wife Carole Christensen of Salina, Kan., Donna and husband Art Malloy of Churdan, and Paul and wife Sharon Christensen of Audubon; her grandchildren Scott David and wife Dawn Christensen and Pamela Jo Christensen all of Salina, Kan., Randall Wayne and wife LaDonna Lebeck of Grand Junction, Rickey Edward and wife Sandee Lebeck of Boone, Robert Dean and wife Stacey Lebeck of Story City, Curtis Rae and wife Tammy Nichols of Boone, Michelle Irene and husband Justin Stream of Jefferson, Lisa Chantel and husband Bill Paulsen of Exira, and Heather Ranae and husband Brandon Toft of Audubon; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; her brother Ed and wife June Faaborg of Des Moines; her brother-in-law Dale Struble of Phoenix, Ariz.; many nieces, nephews other relatives and many friends.
           

Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL on Oct. 5, 2012