Arlene Joyce Christensen, age 78, of Hutchinson, passed away Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, at the Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park.
Arlene was born May 25, 1942, in Hutchinson, the daughter of Edward and Berndina (Runke) Miller. Arlene was baptized as an infant June 19, 1942, and was later confirmed in her faith as a youth May 20, 1956, by Pastor Kirsch, both at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson.
She received her education in Hutchinson, and was a graduate of Hutchinson High School class of 1960. Arlene furthered her education for two more years at the Willmar Vocational Institute in Willmar, receiving an accounting degree.
Arlene was united in marriage to Nathan Christensen at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, May 5, 1962. This marriage was blessed with seven children, Neal, Leon, Verne, Kristine, Anita, baby girl, and Corrine. Arlene and Nathan resided on a farm north of Hutchinson, before moving to Dassel in 1969. They shared 31 years of marriage until Nathan passed away April 22, 1994.
Arlene was employed at the Prairie House in Dassel as a cook for nine years. She was then employed as a secretary for the cable company in Hutchinson, and then at Mykkanen Homes in Cokato, until she retired in 2004. Arlene took great pride in her secretary work. After retirement, she did part time daycare for grandchildren and others.
Arlene was an active member of Lamson Evangelical Free Church in Dassel, where she began a relationship with Jesus, and was later baptized as an adult at Long Lake in Dassel.
Arlene enjoyed sewing, cross-stitching, and gardening. She also loved to sing, play her records, and had a collection of bells which her grandchildren were not allowed to play with. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family, grandchildren, and friends.
When Arlene needed assistance with her care, she became a resident at Dassel Lakeside Assistant Living in May 2009. In April 2019, she moved to Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson.
Arlene is survived by her children, Neal Christensen and wife, Sara, of Darwin, Leon Christensen and special friend, Brenda Jackson, of Darwin, Kristine Benson and special friend, Scott Prescott, of Dassel, Anita McCarthy and husband, James, of Hutchinson, Corrine Grotto and husband, Mike, of Dassel; grandchildren, Jesse Johnson, Amie Christensen, Tyler Christensen, Britny Nelson and husband, James, Nichole Christensen, Kelsey Christensen, Kayla Benson, Chloe Benson, Devon McCarthy, Dawson McCarthy, Kaylee Greiner, Sydney Greiner, Cambria Greiner, Hunter Grotto, Natalie Grotto, and Isaac Grotto; great-grandchildren, Charlette Kargas and Aubrey Greiner; sister, Gelyla Milbrandt of Stewart; sisters-in-law, Shirley Miller of Hutchinson, Ardys Euerle of Dassel, Linda Christensen of North Carolina, Kathy Hantge and husband, Everett, of Hutchinson; brother-in-law, Kenny Christensen and wife, Pam, of Paynesville; many other relatives, and friends.
Arlene was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Berndina Miller; father and mother-in-law, Alvin and Viola Christensen; husband, Nathan Christensen; children, Verne Christensen, and baby girl Christensen; siblings, Maxine Otto and husband, Art, and Merlyn Miller; brothers-in-law, Richard Milbrandt, Norman Christensen, Vernon Christensen, and Burt Euerle; and many other close relatives, and friends.
Funeral services took place Sunday, Dec. 20, at 2:30 p.m. at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel, with interment following in spring 2021.
Pastor Ralph Erickson and Pastor Mike Newsom officiated, with organist Penny Newsom. Casket bearers were Justin Miller, Nick Milbrandt, Brandon Christensen, Dean Euerle, Chad Schmandt, and Jeff Schmandt.
Arrangements were by the Dobratz-Hantge Chapels in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book available at www.hantge.com.