Jean E. Christensen March 24, 1931 - Sept. 9, 2008 | West Central Tribune
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Jean E. Christensen March 24, 1931 - Sept. 9, 2008

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LITCHFIELD -- Jean Elizabeth Christensen, 77, of Litchfield died Tuesday at the Emmanuel Home in Litchfield.

The service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Acacia Park Chapel in Mendota Heights. Burial will be in Acacia Park Cemetery.

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Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the chapel. Arrangements are by Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home in Litchfield.

She was born March 24, 1931, in Minneapolis to Peter and Paula (Duchow) Gantriis. She grew up in Minneapolis and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1948. She worked as a long distance operator for the Northwest Bell Telephone Company for a year and then attended Grand View College in Des Moines, Iowa, for two years.

She married Bruce Christensen on Aug. 19, 1951, in Minneapolis. They moved to Pleasantville, Iowa, where she taught first grade for one year and then moved to Minneapolis and she taught for a year in Fridley. They moved to Tyler in 1954 and lived there until moving to Litchfield in 1962.

She graduated from St. Cloud State College in 1968 and taught elementary grades in the Litchfield School District for 10 years and was the librarian at Lake Ripley School for two years. She resigned from teaching and had a gift shop in the Kandi Mall in Willmar from 1980 to 1986 when she began substitute teaching.

She became a master gardener in 1994, taught gardening classes for community education and volunteered in the Anderson Garden in Litchfield, working in the flower beds and serving on the planning committee.

She is survived by her husband; children: Nancy (and Leland) Smith of Sauk Rapids, Sally (and Tim Fisher) Paffrath of Alexandria, Bradley Christensen of Alexandria, and Ronald (and special friend Beth Bontjes) Christensen of Waconia; 10 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; brothers: Paul (and special friend Barbie Foder) Gantriis of South St. Paul and Donald (and Lois) Gantriis of Richfield.

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