Christensen, Marlene M. (Schaben) (1937 - 2021)
CHRISTENSEN, SCHABEN, BLOCK, HECKMAN, ANDERSEN, CHRISTENSEN, SCHULZ, MUELL, MCCULLOUGH, JENSEN, HOLLINGSWORTH
Posted By: Denise Wurner (email)
Date: 7/10/2021 at 19:20:28
Name of deceased: Marlene M. Christensen (nee Schaben)
Aged: 83 yrs, 9 mo, 15 days
Residence: Salem Lutheran Nursing Home, Elk Horn, Shelby County, IA
Born: Sep. 16, 1937; Defiance, Shelby County, IA
Died: July 1, 2021; Salem Lutheran Nursing Home, Elk Horn, Shelby County, IA
Funeral services: Mass of Christian Burial: Wednesday, July 7, 2021; St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Audubon, IA; burial was in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Kimballton, IA
Survived by: Daughters, Lynne (spouse, James) Heckman of Boone, IA, Doreen (spouse, Kristopher) Andersen of Audubon, IA, Tracy Christensen of Kimballton, IA, and Tammi (spouse, John) Schulz of Elk Horn, IA; grandchildren, Collin (spouse, Elizabeth) Heckman and Ryan Heckman, all of Boone, IA, Erica Heckman of Fort Hancock, TX, Kolten Christensen, Abriella and Aleena Andersen, all of Audubon, IA, Kaitlyn and Kylie Christensen, both of Kimballton, IA, Trever and Jason Schulz, both of Elk Horn, IA; siblings, Mary (spouse, Richard) Muell of Missouri Valley, IA, Alice McCullough of Carroll, IA, and Alan (spouse, Joanne) Schaben of Harlan, IA; sisters-in-law, Judy Schaben of Carroll, IA, Louann Schaben of Defiance, IA, Shirley Christensen of Marne, IA, and Lois Jean Christensen of Elk Horn, IA; nieces; nephews; other family members and friends
Predeceased by: Parents, Clarence “Bud” and Catherine (nee Block) Schaben; husband, Lyle F. Christensen; brothers, Adolph “Addie” Schaben, Dennis Schaben, Warren “Tobe” Schaben, and Donald Schaben; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Olivia and Gaylor Christensen; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Leo McCullough, Burdette Christensen, Lamont Christensen, Beulah and spouse, Lee “Woody” Jensen, Doris and spouse Wayne Hollingsworth, Ivan and spouse Amy Christensen and Dale Christensen
Education: Attended the St. Paul’s parochial schools, Defiance, IA, and graduated with the Class of 1956; she then attended business school
Religious affiliation: Baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Defiance, IA; active member, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Audubon, IA; she worked with the ladies Altar Society and taught religious education classes.
Military service: n/a
Marriage: Lyle Frank Christensen; Feb. 4, 1967; St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Defiance, Shelby County, IA
Employment: After completing her education, Marlene was employed by Variety Distributers, Harlan, IA, and later became the office manager there. After her marriage, they operated a farm northeast of Kimballton, IA where they grew row crops and raised livestock. Marlene always had a large vegetable garden and strawberry patch. They retired from farming in 2002 and Marlene then went to work at the Danish Inn in Elk Horn, IA, until retiring in 2004 due to health issues.
Hobbies/Interests: Member, Red Hat Society; with Lyle, they enjoyed traveling around the country with their camper; was an animal lover and cared for many different animals; enjoyed puzzles, playing cards, polka dancing, reading books and babysitting her grandchildren.
Sources: harlanonline.com; kesslerfuneralhome.com
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