Lucille I. Christianson

Aug. 24, 1920-March 17, 2019

MARSHALL — Services for Lucille I. Christianson of Marshall will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 18, at Hope Lutheran Church, Minneota.

Lucille died March 17, 2019, at Avera Morningside Heights Care Center in Marshall at the age of 98.

She was born Aug. 24, 1920, in Taunton to Hans and Ingeborg Grong and was baptized and confirmed at Hope Lutheran Church in Minneota. She attended public schools in Taunton and Minneota, graduating from high school in 1938. She attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, sang and traveled with the St. Olaf Choir, and graduated with a B.A. degree in 1943. After teaching high school in Bellingham, she married Lester R. Christianson in Lake Charles, Louisiana, in 1944. While her husband served overseas in the Army Air Corps, Lucile taught school in Lynd. In 1948, they moved to Minneota where Les practiced law until his death in 1988.

Lucille was a lifelong member of Hope Lutheran Church, active in all church activities, and director of the church choir for 25 years. Passionate about music and gifted with a beautiful voice, she inspired her family and many young people to also pursue their love of music. She enjoyed leading sing-alongs at the Minneota Manor and was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for over 50 years. An avid reader and lifelong learner, she was a member of the News & Arts Club and an advocate of the public library system. From 1997 to 2010, Lucille lived at Golden Pond in Marshall, MN where she enjoyed the close proximity of family and friends, both old and new. The Avera Morningside staff lovingly assisted in Lucille’s care from 2010-2019.

Survivors include son Marc Christianson of Mankato; daughter Janet Ruth (Andy) of Hopkins; and son Jim (Kim) Christianson of Marshall; nine grandchildren (Hans, Dan, Jon, Leslie, Paul, Tom, Annie, Alex, Matt) and 11 great-grandchildren (Nadia Lucille, Britta, Jonny, Simon, Rachel, Sydney Lucille, Campbell, Miles, Les, Taylor, Calvin).

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her son Rolf, one sister Borghild and three brothers, Harold, Bjarne and Robert.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Hope Lutheran Church or Minneota Public Library.