Published 12:00 am Friday, March 13, 2009
Ardis Lorraine Christianson, age 90, formerly of Austin, died early Wednesday afternoon, March 11, 2009 at Manly Care Center in Manly, Iowa.
Ardis was born Dec. 1, 1918 to Martin and Nina (Miller) Reese in Waseca County, Minn. She was confirmed at Hartland Lutheran Church. She married Norman Christianson on Aug. 25, 1940 in Ellendale. They made their home in the New Richland area until 1955 when they moved to Austin.
Ardis was a talented seamstress, often making clothes without a pattern and learned to do upholstery work. As a young woman she loved being outdoors, riding her horse, dancing and going for walks. A very gentle, thoughtful person, she was very happy and considerate of others. Ardis loved being a mom and was always there for her family. Her baked goods, especially her bread, were part of the warm, loving environment she provided for them. Norman passed away on April 5, 2001. In later years Ardis received loving care while living at Comforcare in Austin, Good Samaritan in Albert Lea and Manly Nursing and Rehab in Manly.
Survivors include two daughters: Diane (Jim) Oldenburger, Osage, Iowa; Norma (Gary) Nelson, Lyle; two sons: Dale Christianson, Waseca, Minn.; Dean (Deb) Christianson, Watertown, S.D.; 14 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; two brothers: Donald (Adeline) Reese, New Richland; Martin “Junior” (Beatrice) Reese of Grand Prairie, Texas; three sisters: Ardella Olson (her twin), New Richland; Doris Voigt, Mason City; Iowa, Maxine Hanson, Albert Lea.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Norman in 2001; a son, Daniel; a brother, Merle Reese and two sisters, Bernice Hendrickson and Viola Hemingway.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, March 14, 2009 at LeSueur River Lutheran Church, 24873 155th St., New Richland, with Pastor Glenn Monson officiating. Visitation is one hour before the service. Interment is at LeSueur River Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to donors’ choice. Worlein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.