Margaret Nadine Christiansen

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Funeral services for Margaret Nadine Christiansen will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 5 at the United Methodist Church in Ruthven.

Visitation will be Saturday from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Ruthven.

Margaret passed away Saturday, March 29, 2008, at the Woodbury Health Care Center in Woodbury, Minn.

Margaret Nadine Christiansen, "Nadine", daughter of Ralph and Floy (McElroy) Kreager, was born April 6, 1922, on a farm north of Newton. She graduated from Newton High School in 1939 and two years later received her teaching certificate from Iowa State Teacher's College in Cedar Falls. In 1941, she was hired as a teacher in Mingo, by their Superintendent, L. L. Pickett. There she met T. A. "Chris" Christiansen who was Mingo's Music Teacher and they were married Aug. 13, 1944. In 1948 they, along with Mingo's Principal, Miss Lois Staker, followed Mr. Pickett to Ruthven where Chris remained on the faculty until his retirement in 1977.

In late 1957, Nadine was called back to teaching as a substitute for the ailing Hazel Logan. After Mrs. Logan died, Nadine joined the faculty and, with summer/night classes, she completed her B. A. degree in Elementary Education at Buena Vista College in 1967. She continued teaching kindergarten and first grade until her retirement in 1986.

Nadine was active in the United Methodist Church in Ruthven, serving on the Administrative Board, the Commission on Eduation, the United Methodist Women, and as Sunday School Superintendent and teacher.

She was a charter member and organizer of the Ruthven Women's Club and Ruthven Public Library in addition to being a long-time member of the Priscilla Club and later serving on the Ruthven Care Center Board.

Nadine lived in Ruthven until December 2000 when she moved to St. Paul, Minnesota.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Chris on Oct. 6, 1988; and a brother, Morris.

Margaret is survived by two daughters: Sandra Dvorsky and her husband, Steve of Maplewood, Minn.; Susan Christiansen of Iowa City; two granddaughters; two foster daughters: Tammy Wilson and Sharon Manwarren of Emmetsburg; six foster grandchildren; three brothers: Ross Kreager of Adel, Bob Kreager of Newton, and Harold Kreager of Kennebec, S.D.; and one sister, Lucille Shaw of Mesa, Ariz..

Arrangements are being handled by Martin-Mattice Funeral Home.