Mildred Christianson, 1920-2018

Published 1:00 am Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Mildred K. Christianson, 97, of Austin died Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, at Colony Rose Court in Eden Prairie. Mildred K. (Benesh) Christianson was born Sept. 19, 1920, in Albert Lea to Anton and Mary (Dunovsky) Benesh. Mildred was an only child and grew up on a farm in a Bohemian community near Myrtle. She attended Austin High School, graduating in 1938.

Mildred Christianson

On Aug. 22, 1946, she married Ivan Christianson of Austin at the Lutheran church in Blooming Prairie. She was a charter member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and was active in circle, Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church Association and Sunday school. Mildred was employed by Austin Public Schools as a secretary at Banfield School and enjoyed cooking, reading and traveling.

She is survived by her daughter, Sandra (Howard) Sorenson; son, Dennis (Julie) Christianson; three grandchildren, Trent, Jenna (Nick) Schultz and Ellen (Joe) Orrock; and great-grandson, Lee.

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Mildred was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Ivan Christianson.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Austin. The Rev. Karen Behling will officiate. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin. Memorials can be directed to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Austin or the donor’s choice.

Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at