Leo Christenson, 85, of New Richland

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 29, 2006

The funeral service for Leo

L. Christenson of New Richland will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2006 at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Richland. The Rev. Paul Andree will officiate. Interment will be in St. Olaf Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Friedrich Funeral Home in New Richland and one hour before the service at the church.

Leo died on Friday, July 28, 2006 at the New Richland Care Center. He was 85.

He was born in Clarks Grove on March 18, 1921, the son of Hans W. and Amelia (Jensen) Christenson. He attended country school near Clarks Grove, and then served our country in the U.S. Army.

On Feb. 11, 1945, he was united in marriage to Marjorie Shurson at Trinity Lutheran in New Richland, Minn.

Together he and Marjorie lived and farmed near New Richland. He entered the New Richland Care Center in July of 2000.

He had served on the New Richland Township Board for 22 years, the Richland Co-op Board for 28 years, and was also on the Waseca County Zoning Board.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church where he had served on the church council and also ushered.

In his later years he enjoyed working with his draft horses.

Leo is survived by his wife of 61 years, Marjorie of New Richland, four children: Gerald &8220;Jerry&8221; Christenson and his wife Carolyn of Hastings, Minn., Loren Christenson of New Richland, Sheila Lutz of New Richland, and Craig Christenson and his wife Gail of Geneva, Minn.; seven grandchildren: Patrick Zittel and his wife Tracy of Cottage Grove, Minn., Doreen and her husband Jonathan Ohman of Northfield, Minn., Kevin Zittel and his wife Shelley of St. Paul Park, Minn., Karen and her husband Jeremy Atchison of Wyoming, Minn., Carrie Christenson of Waseca, Minn., Zachary Lutz and his wife Linda of Brookings, S.D., Collin Christenson and Tory Christenson both of Geneva, Minn.; eight great-grandchildren: sister Charlotte Dagner of Albert Lea, brother Howard Christenson and his wife Pearl of Jacksonville, N.C. and several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Leo was preceded in death by his parents two brothers, two sisters and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Blessed be his memory.