Wilma J. Christensen (Peterson) Juel (1922 - 2016)

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Wilma J. Christensen Juel

December 31, 1922 - September 3, 2016

Funeral services for Wilma J. Christensen Juel, 93, were conducted by Pastor Doug Opp on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, at 11 a.m. at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Audubon. A private family interment will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Audubon. The casket bearers will be her family. The Kessler Funeral Home in Audubon was in charge of the arrangements.
Wilma Jean Christensen Juel, the daughter of Cyrus G. and Blanche (Campbell) Peterson, was born Dec, 31, 1922, at her parents' home in rural Audubon County, and died Sept. 3, 2016, at The Comfort House in Pella, at the age of 93 years, 8 months, and 2 days.
Wilma was baptized at the Methodist Church in Audubon, and confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church in Adair, where she remained a member for 28 years. She attended rural schools then graduated from the Audubon High School with the Class of 1941 with a Normal Training Certificate. Wilma taught school for four years and received extra school credits at Buena Vista College in Storm Lake.
On June 12, 1945, she was united in marriage to James F. Christensen at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Audubon. They were blessed with three children Bonita, Marcia, and Mark. The family lived on a farm outside of Exira, from 1951-1978. All phases of farm life were a joy to her, especially rearing her family. She enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, gardening, and entertaining. During these years she taught Sunday school and Bible school. She attended Bible studies and church circle. Wilma was a 4-H leader and a member of the local garden club. Jim died in 1981 in Audubon, from a lingering illness. The next few years, Wilma was employed at several local retail stores.
On Feb. 19, 1991, she married Niels C. Juel at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church Chapel in Audubon. They made their home in Audubon. They enjoyed families, neighbors, card clubs, and social gatherings. They also traveled extensively by air, bus and auto. In 2009 they moved to the Walnut Grove Independent Retirement Facility in Omaha, Neb. Niels died March 26, 2014. Wilma then moved to Pella, to be near her daughter Bonnie. Wilma was a member of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Audubon. She was a member of the Audubon County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, the American Legion and V.F.W. auxiliaries.
Preceding her in death were her husbands James F. Christensen and Niels C. Juel; her son-in-law Joseph Hamilton; her great-grandson Joseph Hamilton; her parents Cyrus G. and Blanche W. Peterson; her step-father Theo Jensen; her sisters-in-law Tena Harder, Lil Sievers, and Ruby Christensen; her brothers-in-law Donald Steffensen, Lyle Lauritsen, Don Harder, Walt Sievers, and Elmer Christensen.
Survivors include her children Bonita Hamilton Chase and husband Carlos of Pella, Marcia Laub of Buffalo, N.Y., and Mark Christensen of Riverside, Calif.; her step-children Twila Juel and Merlin and wife Dee Juel, all of Omaha, Neb.; her grandchildren Aaron and wife Regina Hamilton of Cedar Rapids, and their children Clara, Hudson, and Danica, Missy and husband Lucas Szczesnick of Buffalo, N.Y. and their children Lucas and Campbell, David and wife Amber Wilson of Colorado Springs, Colo., and their children Carter and Eli, and Jasmin Williams of Culver City, Calif., and her daughter Milan; her step-grandchildren Shannon and husband Alan Rogers of Colorado Springs, Colo., and their children Austin Evans, Daniel, Jessica, and Lauren, Staci and husband Brandon Cohn of Lincoln, Neb., and their children Camden and Carter, Christi and husband Ryan Fleming of Burlingame, Calif., and their children Sydney and Olivia, and Curt and wife Lisa Chase of Kansas City, Mo., and their children Greta and Eli; her sister Helen Lauritsen of Audubon; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
The family prefers memorials to Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Audubon or The Comfort House Hospice, 505 Union Street Pella, Iowa 50219.
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Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Sept. 2 to Sept. 9, 2016