Elaine Christensen, 86, of Bemidji, MN died Sunday, March 20, 2022 at her home.
Funeral Services will be 3:00 p.m., Saturday, March 26, 2022 at Bethel Lutheran Church, Bemidji. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Bemidji.
Elaine Phyllis Christensen was born January 27, 1936 to Pearl (Tangen) Gerhardson and Einar Gerhardson in Belgrade, MN. After graduating from Belgrade High School she attended Luther College in Decorah,Iowa for one year. She then worked in a dental office in Willmar, MN until she married the love of her life, Duane, on December 22,1956.
Elaine was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and homemaker. In her church community she was active and generous. She volunteered often to help with weddings, funerals, and other events while also participating in Circle, Ladies Aid, and Bible Studies. Always seeking to help others she volunteered for over 31 years in Hospice and spent time volunteering with Meals on Wheels. Elaine and Duane traveled together over the years which included trips to England, Australia, and Africa. Elaine had a green thumb and loved tending her many flowers and plants. She enjoyed reading as well as watching westerns and old sitcoms.
Elaine is survived by her children: Judith (Steven) Gelderman, Nancy (Russell) Lofthus, Brian Christensen and Kevin Christensen, grandchildren: Andrew (Brittany) Lofthus, Adam (Ashley) Parish-Lofthus, Grant (Samantha) Lofthus, Justin Christensen, Janelle (Brendin) Nelson and great grandchildren: Colin Lofthus, Callum Lofthus, Kennedy Nelson and Lachlan Nelson: Brothers: Kenny, Jerry, Dave, Steve, John (Donna), Bob and sister Betty (Mike) Gaule, sister-in-law Loretta Pederson, and brother-in-law David Christensen and many nieces and nephews.
Elaine was preceded in death by her husband, Duane, infant daughter, Janice, parents Einar and Pearl, and brothers, Harvey, Charles, and Richard, and daughter-in-law Julie (Holland) Christensen.
Elaine will be greatly missed. Blessed be her memory.
Memorials are preferred to Sanford Bemidji Home Care and Hospice or Bethel Child Care Center, Bemidji.
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