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February 26, 1940 – Sunday, October 19, 2014

Service Information
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lester Prairie, MN
Thursday, October 23, 2014
2:00 PM

Visitation Information
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lester Prairie, MN
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
4-8 PM

Marsha Kae Christenson, age 74, of Winsted, MN passed away on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice House in Chaska.

She was born on February 26, 1940 in Buffalo Center, IA the daughter of William and Bernice (Jurgeus) Harms. She graduated from Buffalo Center High School in 1958. On December 12, 1964 she married Vernon R. Christenson in Buffalo Center, IA. God blessed their marriage with four children.

Marsha graduated from Iowa Methodist School of Nursing in Des Moines, IA. Through the years, she served in several hospitals including St. Mary’s in Winsted and at the Glencoe Hospital. She retired from nursing when she was 63.

Marsha started playing piano and organ at age 14 at the First Reformed Church in Buffalo Center, IA. Being a church and choir organist was her life! She also gave piano lessons to many area youth. Marsha played for the Winsted Area Community Choir too. She was a faithful member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, LWML and co-chairman of St. Paul’s Sandwich Ministry.

Marsha loved her family and enjoyed going to coffee with her friends. She was also fond of her cat “Cuddles”. She was a strong person with a big heart and a lot of compassion.

Survived by her husband Vern; children: Scott (Susan) Christenson, Beth Bartholomew and special friend Paul Becker, Ranae (Blaine) Eichstadt, and Darrin Christenson; grandchildren: Scott Christenson Jr., Erik Eichstadt, Jakob Eichstadt and Paige Christenson; sisters Virginia (Brian) Juhl and Roxanne (David) Lewandowski; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; nieces and nephews further survive.

Preceded in death by her parents and sisters Marilyn Heyer and Beverly Harms.

Memorial service for Marsha Christenson will be held on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 2 PM at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday from 4-8 PM at the church. Further visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Lester Prairie Community Sandwich Ministry.

Chilson Funeral Home, Winsted assisted the family with arrangements.

10 Guestbook Entries

  1. LuAnn Moy

    Dear Vern & Family;
    My condolences to all of you in the loss of Marsha. She was such a good friend to me not only in choir but the many music seminars she, Margie & I attended. She was always there with a helping hand for anyone in need. I will miss our chats.

  2. Donna Nelson Rogers

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family. may God bless you.

  3. Dave Finlayson.

    May the peace of God fill your hearts and sustain you in this difficult time. “The righteous perishes and no man takes it to heart; Merciful people are taken away, While no one considers that the righteous is taken away from evil. They shall enter into peace; They shall rest in their beds, each one walking in their uprightness.” ISAIAH 57:

  4. Sharon Nerdig

    Vern and family,
    My sincere sympathy in the loss of Marsha.
    I graduated from school with Marsha and have many memories. Sharon Nerdig, Forest City, Iowa

  5. Lisa Jurek

    Dear Vern & family;
    We are so sorry for your great loss. We can’t diminish your pain, but we do share in that loss, too. Marsha was a great lady & a dear friend. Her obit said it well “a strong person, a big heart, lots of compassion.” I’m so glad she was a part of my life!! I just wanted one more visit to reminisce & tell her how much she meant to me, but that is not to be, so I will tell you instead — I loved this lady!! Oh, did we have fun in the ‘good old days’!! She & Jeanne (bless her soul, too…) took me under their wings when I was a brand new nurse starting at St Mary’s and we worked so well together!! And we played well together, too. Marsha was a hoot!! I remember the garage saling days, oh my!! The station wagon over-flowing…so much fun!! And there was the shopping, the crafting, the many coffee get-togethers, parties, showers, the Christmas party she hosted (complete with having Santa there, and each of us receiving a very ‘special’ handmade gift…I still have that little bikini somewhere…hahaha…thank you, Marsha!!) She was such a multi-talented lady–with her music rating #1!! She played the organ for my wedding–I wouldn’t have wanted anyone else, only the BEST!! And the BEST she was, not only with her music, but with so many other things in life, too. She touched my heart (and others!) in so many ways. Although our time together lessened these past few years, but my thoughts & feelings for her did not, and we could always just ‘reconnect’ when we did reconnect, whether it was over a planned lunch, or at a store, a fish fry, a funeral, wherever we would run into each other! I’m so happy she was able to retire when she did and enjoy her ‘free time’–but we missed her presence (& expertise!) at Glencoe then (and the more frequent meetings) and we’ll miss her now more than ever…our lunch gatherings won’t be the same without her!! But her spirit and all that she shared with us will always be there. We’ll honor her with our next cup of coffee & pie at the Orchard!! Or maybe even something better than that ~ CHEERS to you, Marsha!! We love you…we’ll miss you. Bless your dear Soul…we’re so saddened by all that you went through these past months. May you rest in peace. You are so deserving of that heavenly reward!! And extra special blessings to all those left behind, such a difficult time you’ve been through & are going through. Such a loss & void this is. May you always feel her special love & spirit with you too. Please take care! Celebrate the memories of those good days…there are so many!! May they help to heal your hurting hearts a little, and bring some smiles back into your world, too, knowing she’s still ‘there’ smiling with you!!

    Lots of love & prayers going out for all of you.
    From the Jurek’s from Silver Lake ~ Brad, Lisa, Dusty & Megan

  6. Doug & Cathy Telecky

    We thought the world of Marsha. What a wonderful person and neighbor. She will be truly missed. Our condolences to Vern and the family. May the Lord be with you.

  7. Terwedo Family

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  8. Randy and Leslie Franke & Chloe

    Sorry we were unable to attend (field work). Many Hugs to you and Paige.

  9. Lois J. Torgerson

    VC and family – So sorry to hear of Marsha’s death. Butch told us and said he went to funeral. Marsha was a wonderful person and I know she was such a good friend to Kathy those many years ago. Our sympathy to you.
    Lois and Dave

  10. Claire Wessels and Don Stonebraker

    Dear Vern and family; Our sympathies to all of you. She was a wonderful friend and I will miss her. Prayers for you as you go through this difficult time.
    With love, Claire


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