Funeral Services

Tuesday, April 29, 2003


Irene Learned Christiansen, 88, of Storm Lake, passed away Friday, April 25, 2003 in Storm Lake due to complications of kidney failure.

Memorial services will be held Thursday, May 1, at the All Saints Episcopal Church in Storm Lake, with Reverend Jean Willis officiating. Burial will be in the Forest Mound Cemetery in Waupun, Wisconsin.

Irene was born December 23, 1914 on a farm in Dodge County, Wisconsin to Arthur Leon and Alma Amelia (Stone) Learned. She graduated from high school in Waupun and attended Carrol College in Waukesha, Wisconsin. She met her husband Dr. James B. Christiansen in Wisconsin and they were married at her parents' home on September 14, 1937. Irene returned to school and received a BA Degree from BV College in 1955, majoring in English. She was a substitute teacher in Cherokee and Buena Vista Counties from 1955 until 1970. She enjoyed rebuilding old houses, building new homes, renting and selling them. The couple lived in Madison and later Detroit, Michigan, moving to Washta in 1949. They ran a research farm in the Washta area from 1948 until 1960 when they moved to Storm Lake. She was a member of the All Saints Episcopal Church and the Order of Eastern Star in Storm Lake. She was a master knitter and conducted knitting clinics.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 1998 and a daughter Kayla Elizabeth Christiansen in 1955, who died at the age of nine of leukemia.

She is survived by one son, Dr. James L. Christiansen and his wife Dr. Sarah L.M. Christiansen, Des Moines; two grandchildren: Rebecca Wax and her husband Howard of Chicago, Isaac Christiansen of Des Moines; three great grandchildren, and one sister Elizabeth Rathbun of Waupun, Wisconsin; two nieces and one nephew.

Donations in her honor can be made to the All Saints Episcopal Church, the BVU Chemistry Department or Salvation Army.