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Phyllis I. Christensen

January 13, 1922 February 18, 2016
Phyllis I. Christensen
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Phyllis Ione Christensen was born January 13, 1922 at her farm home near Leal, North Dakota to Hugh and Amelia (Rehse) Myers, the ninth and youngest child of this union. She passed away peacefully at home with her loving family by her side on February 18, 2016.

She attended 12 years at Leal Public School, graduating in 1940. That fall she enrolled and attended Valley City State Teachers College, for a two year certificate in Elementary Education, graduating in 1942. She accepted a teaching position at Ashtabula School for its final year before the area was flooded to create a lake and resort area.

In 1941 she met the love of her life, Irvin Christensen. They were married July 23rd, 1942. She then taught school in Leal, North Dakota until Irvin was medically discharged from the US Army.

Their oldest son, Raymond was born in 1944 in Valley City, North Dakota. In 1945 they moved to Wisconsin to help Irvin's elderly parents. They lived in the Lamar area near Centuria. Their second son, Terry was born in 1946, and daughter Bonnie in 1950. In 1953 they moved to Irvin's parents home farm where Phyllis resided until death. Son, Bruce was born in 1954, daughter, Pamela in 1960, and son, Charles in 1963.

Irvin passed away October 26, 2001. Also preceding her in death were Irvin's parents, Henry and Inger and her own parents, as well as her seven brothers and one sister and many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. She was also preceded in death by one grandchild and one great-grandchild, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Phyllis was an active member of North Valley Lutheran Church for 35 years, teaching Sunday school, Ladies Aid, etc. She was a member of West Denmark Lutheran Church for 20 years. Recently she has been a member of Milltown Lutheran Church. She worked on the Milltown Township election board for many years. She was an active member of the Danish Brotherhood Society until it disbanded. She was still an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Adolph Timm Post 346, Centuria.

Phyllis loved gardening, canning and baking for her family and members of the community. She loved to hunt for agates, caring for her chickens, feeding the birds, and everything about the great outdoors. She worked very hard on the family farm. She enjoyed music and played the piano, violin and trumpet by ear. Most of all she loved her family and her many dear friends.

Her love of God and nature was with her all her life and she passed it on to her children to be blessed, as she has been.

She is survived by her six children, Raymond (Joan Johnson) Christensen, Terry (Naomi) Christensen, Bonnie (Gary) Hagen, Bruce (Sandy) Christensen, Pam (Jerry) Livingston, Charles (Kelley Whalen) Christensen; 17 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; five sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law; as well as many nieces, nephews, friends and relatives.

Visitation will be held at the Rowe Funeral Home in Luck on Tuesday, February 23rd from 4 to 7:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Milltown Lutheran Church on Wednesday, February 24th visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. at church, followed by the service at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Maggie Isaacson will be officiating and accompanist will be Bonnie Clasen.

Phyllis will be laid to rest next to Irvin at Milltown Cemetery following the service. Pallbearers will be Mark Christensen, Eric Krisling, Joe Sattre, Michael Hagen, Joe Christensen, Brandon Bock, Dan Livingston, Alex Livingston and Mike Christensen. Honorary Pallbearers are all other grandchildren, Don Prose, Kevin Thaemert, Hartvig Mortensen, Donna Mortenson, Florence Hoefs, Kenny Hoefs, Donna Berg, Violet Milligan, Sig Bredlie and Charlie Livingston.

An online guestbook is available at . Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home in Luck, 715-472-2444.
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