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Leona I. Christiansen

Leona I. Christiansen

Aug. 16, 1920 - April 9, 2009

NEW LONDON -- Leona I. Christiansen, 88, of New London, died Thursday at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Peace Lutheran Church in New London. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in New London.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Johnson Funeral Home in New London and one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the church.

She was born Aug. 16, 1920, in Huron, S.D., to Arthur and Belle (Gable) Timm. She attended elementary school in Huron and at the age of 15 moved with her family to the New London area where she attended high school.

On Nov. 3, 1937, she married Ralph C. Christiansen in Willmar. They lived in rural New London. She continued to live in New London following Ralph's death in 2001 and for the past three years had been living at GlenOaks.

She was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in New London and participated in Bible study, women's groups and the Peace Quilting Group.

She is survived by her children: Roger Christiansen (and Cindy Joseph) of New London, Arden (and Shari) Christiansen of New London, Donna (and Denny) Lund of Yucca Valley, Calif., Cortlan (and Charlotte) Christiansen of Faribault; 10 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; one brother; two sisters; and an infant grandson.