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Obituary for Carol Bernita Christensen
Carol Bernita Nelson Christensen, 88, of Stuart (formerly of Menlo) passed away April 18, 2015 at the Stuart Community Care Center. Visitation will be held 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. Friday, May 1, 2015 at the Johnson Family Funeral Home in Stuart with a service to follow at 2:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service in South Oak Grove Cemetery in Stuart. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Carol Christensen Memorial Fund and may be sent in care of Johnson Family Funeral Home, PO Box 246, Stuart, Iowa 50250. Online condolences may be left at www.johnsonfamilyfuneralhome.com.
Carol Bernita Nelson was born October 19, 1926 to Roy and Lennie Nelson near Menlo, Iowa. She passed away April 18, 2015, at the Community Care Center in Stuart with family by her side.
Carol attended school in Menlo, IA. On February 7, 1944, she married Virgil Jay Christensen. After Virgil’s death in 2012, the family discovered the two newlyweds kept their marriage a secret at first from their families. After spending some time in California while Virgil served his country in the Navy during World War II, the couple farmed in the Menlo and Casey area the rest of their lives. Virgil and Carol were blessed with one son, Gerald. When grandchildren came along, Carol enjoyed having them sleep over, play dress up with them, feed them her delicious homemade noodles and heavenly angel food cakes. She also enjoyed being outside caring for her chickens and numerous family dogs.
Carol was dedicated to her role as a “farmer’s wife” and you very seldom saw Carol without Virgil during their 68 years of marriage. It is true to say that when Virgil died, so did Carol mentally, but her body was strong and didn’t give up until after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s.
Carol was preceded in death by her husband, parents, one brother, Donald and a sister, Virginia Caltrider. She leaves to cherish her memory her son Gerald and his wife Sheryl of Stuart; grandchildren: Michael Christensen (Lori), Jodi Sackett (Dean) of Stuart, Daniel Christensen (Alicia) of Menlo and Elli Mason (Josh) of Diamond, MO and 13 great-grandchildren. Carol is also survived by her brother William (Marlene) Nelson of Aurora, CO and several nieces and nephews.