Raymond Christensen, 99, of Grand Island died Friday, May 10, 2013 at St. Francis Medical Center.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, at messiah Lutheran Church, Seventh and Loucst Street. The Reverend Bill Pavuk will officiate. Burial will be at 1:00 p.m. at North Logan Cemetery, 10 miles north of St. Paul on Highway 281 with Reverend Carolyn Hellerich officiating.
Visitation will be Monday from 5:00 p.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church.
Memorials are suggested to nebraska Children's Home Society, North Logan Cemetery Association or Messiah Lutheran Church.
Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home of St. Paul is in charge of serving the family.
Raymond was born March 12, 1914, seven miles west of Wolbach, the son of Andrew and Christiana Christensen. Ray was raised and received his education in Hall, Greeley and Howard counties, graduating from St. Paul High School in 1932.
He married Rhoda Sonderup on February 16, 1941 at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Howard County. Ray and Rhoda loved to go to dances with their friends, went on cruises and also traveled to many countries.
Ray farmed for many years, worked for the Sugar Beet Factory, Cornhusker Army Ammunition Plant and Tilley's Sprinklers.
Ray and Rhoda moved to Grand Island in 1970. He did independent sprinkler installation and service. He also clerked many sales and auctions until failing eyesight forced him to retire. They moved to Primrose Retirement Community on October 1, 2012, and enjoyed their apartment and all the residents and staff they met there.
Survivors include his wife of 72 years, Rhoda of Grand Island; six children and their spouses Marlys and Mel Sems of Grand Island, Judy and Rick Hiser of Menifee, CA, Janet Blair of Napa, CA, Cindy and Pete Luth of Lincoln, Sherri and Brent Karley of Austin, TX; a son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Rosanne Christensen of Wolbach; 23 grandchildren and their spouses, Mark Sems, Brian and Kim Sems, Debbie Doll, Michelle and Mike Kneale, Marty and Amy Sems, Stacia and Steve pagani, Jennifer and Joshua Dugan, Malania and Dan Iman, Shad and Jessalyn Hiser, Christy and Tent Fischer, Melissa and Derek Lehnecke, Jessica and Alex paredes, Jackie and Sean Gellatly, Amanda Christensen, Joshua Christensen, Andrea Christensen, Katie Christensen, Allison and Brad Van Boening, Chirs Luth, Amber Karley, Rachel Karley, Evan Karley, Braden Karely; 27 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; borthers, Clarence, Harry and Chris, sisters, Myrtle and Edna; a daughter and son-inlaw, Lana and Burel Doll; a son-in-law, Robert Blair and a great grandson, Jacob Kneale.
Rhoda S. Christensen, 90, of Grand Island died Friday, October 18, 2013 at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday at Messiah Lutheran Church in Grand Island. The Reverend Gary Harris will officiate. Interment will be held at 1:30 p.m. at North Logan Cemetery, north of St. Paul. Visitation will be on Tuesday, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the church.
Memorials are suggested to Mewssiah Lutheran Church, North Logan Cemetery, Nebraska Children's Home or the MS Society.
Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home in St. Paul is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Christensen was born February 10, 1923, north of St. Paul, in Howard County, to Henry and Gurtie (Pedersen) Sonderup.
Rhoda was raised and attended grade school in Howard Country. She attended high school three years in St. Paul and then her senior year in Wolbach. She graduated from Wolbach High School in 1940.
She married Raymond Christensen on Feb. 16, 1941, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Howard County.
Ray and Rhoda lived on the family farm for many years and also lived in California. After retireing, from farming, they moved to Grand Island in 1970. She was employed at Miller and Paine and the Cornhusker Army Ammunition Plant for several years. She enjoyed being a homemaker for most of her life.
They moved to Primrose Retirement Community on Oct. 1, 2012, and enjoyed their aprtment and all the residents and staff they met there. They celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary in February, 2013, with a party at Primrose with many family members and friends.
Ray and Rhoda loved to go to dances with their friends, they went on cruises and also traveled to many countries. She enjoyed her family, flowers, playing cards and scrapbooking. She made many wonderful meals for her family and friends and she was loved by all who knew her.
Survivors include five daughters and four sons-in-law, Marlys and Mel Sems of Grand Island, Judy and Rick Hiser of Lake Elsinor, Calif., Janet Blair of Napa, Calif., Cindy and Pete Luth of Lincoln, Sherri and Brent Karley of Austin, Texas; and a son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Rosanne Christensen of Wolbach.
Also surving are 23 grandchildren and their spouses, Mark Sems, Brain and Kim Sems, Debbie Doll, Michelle and Mike Kneale, Marty and Amy Sems, Stacia and Steve Pagani, Jennifer and Joshua Dugan, Malania Iman, Shad and Jessalyn Hiser, Christy and Trent Fischer, Melissa and Derek Lehneck, Jessica and Alex Paredes, Jackie and Sean Gellatly, Amanda Christensen, Joshua Christensen, Andrea Christensen, Katie Christensen, Allison and Brad Van Boening, Chris Luth, Amerber Karley, Rachel Karley, Evan Karley, Braden Karley; 27 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Agnetha Pennington of Alhambra, CAlif., numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Rhoad was preceded in death by her husband on May 10, 2013, her parents and stepmother, Eva; sisters and brothers-inlaw Lois and Carl Hansen, Gladys and Ronald Hansen, James Pennington and infant brother, a daughter and son-in-law, Lana and Burel Doll; a son-in-law, Robert Blair; and a great-grandson, Jacob Kneale, and a special Aunt Emma (Sonderup) Rasmussen who helped raise her and her three older sisters after Rhoda's mother died when she was eleven months old.