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Maxine Christensen

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Maxine Marie (Stern) Christensen peacefully went to join her savior on May 10, 2019, at the Edgewood Healthcare Home, Sioux Falls, S.D. 

Maxine was the daughter of Robert and Martha (Tornow) Stern, born Sept. 29, 1932, in rural Freeman, S.D. She was baptized and confirmed in her Christian faith at Unity Lutheran Church, rural Freeman. She completed grade school at the country school near her farm home. She graduated from Freeman High School. 

In November of 1951 she was united in marriage to Donald E. Christensen. They resided on farms in rural Clayton, S.D. and rural Freeman. This union was blessed with a son and two daughters. She attended Freeman Junior College and Augustana College in Sioux Falls and taught in country school. Later in her career she trained to be a nursing home administrator and she was an administrator in both Parker, S.D. and Menno, S.D.

After a fire at their farm near Turkey Ridge, she resided in Viborg, S.D. until being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and moving to Sioux Falls.

Maxine’s memory is cherished by her two daughters, Diane (Richard) Wirth in Hurley, S.D. and Dawn (Sam) Makram in Sioux Falls; her sister, Evelyn (Gary) Walker near Tucson, Ariz.; four grandchildren: Jason and Brian Wirth and Mason and Samantha Makram; and three great-grandchildren: Addison and Connor Lafontaine and Grant Wirth. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Don, in 2005; her son, David in 2013; her father, Robert, in 1965; her mother, Martha in 1995; and her brothers, LeRoy Stern in 2011 and Dennis Stern in 2012.

A funeral service will be held Sunday, May 19 at 7 p.m. at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Viborg. Her cremains will be buried with her husband, Donald, and her son, David, at the cemetery near Salem Lutheran Church in rural Freeman, where she was an active member for many years.

Maxine always will be remembered for being a devout Christian and her ever-present smile. She will be missed by all who were ever in her presence.