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Ethel Brigatta Strom Christiansen
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Birth: Jan. 13, 1896
Kossuth County
Iowa, USA
Death: Dec. 17, 1934
Olmsted County
Minnesota, USA

THURSDAY,December 20, 1934
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Mrs. Mads P. Christiansen, wife of the manager of The Algona Creamery, died Monday evening December 17, at the Colonial Hospital in Rochester. She had been ill with heart trouble and complications for several years and since July had spent the greater part of the time at Rochester, coming home for short intervals. About three weeks ago she went to Rochester for the last time. Everything possible was done for her comfort, but nothing could permanently help her and she slept peacefully away about nine-thirty. Her husband was with her at the time, and had been at her bedside almost constantly during the past three weeks, coming home only a few hours at a time to look after business matters.

Ethel B. Strom was born in Algona on January 13, 1896, the daughter of Mrs. and Mrs. L. E. Strom, both of whom are now deceased. She attended the Algona public schools. She was married in Fort Dodge on October 5,1916, to Mads P. Christiansen. Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs.Christiansen, all of whom died at birth.

Up until the time of her illness last summer, Mrs. Christiansen was bookkeeper at the Algona Creamery, where she and her husband worked together during the years in the up building of this local institution. Despite her delicate health, Mrs. Christiansen was always cheerful, patient and hopeful to the end. W. G. McCullough drove to Rochester and brought the body home on Tuesday.

Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at two o'clock from the home and at 2:30 from the Methodist church. The Eastern Star, of which Mrs. Christiansen was a member, will assist with the home services. Rev. H. H. Edge, pastor of the Methodist church, will be in charge. Interment will be made at Riverview. Mrs. F. F. Barker of Des Moines, a friend of Mrs. Christiansen, will sing at the funeral.

Beside her devoted husband, Mrs. Christiansen is survived by a brother, Leo Strom of Cherokee; two sisters, Mrs. Helen Knudsen of Minneapolis and Mrs. Yarda Holmes of Algona; as well as four nephews, Bobby Knudsen and Thomas, James and Charles Holmes of Algona. Mr. and Mrs. Knudsen and son are here now. Mrs. Knudsen and Mrs Holmes had visited their sister at Rochester during the last week.

Many out of town relatives and friends are expected for the funeral, including a number of the butter makers and their wives in this part of the state. Pall bearers will be creamery directors, Chester Schoby, Harry Bode, A. J. Kern and Neal Smith and A. C. Christiansen, auditor of Minneapolis, and A.W. Rudnick, of the extension department of Iowa State College.

Thursday, December 20, 1934


Brave Fight to Live Ends at Rochester Hospital

Mrs. M. P. Christiansen died Monday night at 9:30 at the Colonial hospital, Rochester, after being critically sick since July. Death was caused by heart trouble and other complications.

Mrs. Christiansen had been a patient at the Colonial Hospital at various times in the last several months and she went back three weeks ago. Since then her condition had steadily grown worst.

Mrs. Christiansen was hopeful and patient to the last. A few days before she died she lost her sight, but she remained conscious till the end. Mr. Christiansen was with her when she died. Her sisters, Mr. T. H. Holmes, Jr., Algona, and Mrs. G. A. Knudsen, Minneapolis, spent Thanksgiving week with her.

Funeral Tomorrow

The body was brought to Algona on Tuesday and funeral service will be held tomorrow at 2 o'clock at the home and at 2:30 at the Methodist church, the Rev. J. H. Edge pastor, in charge. The O. E. S., of which Mrs. Christiansen was a member, will take part in the services. Mrs. F. F. Barker , Des Moines, will sing. Burial will be made in Riverview.

Pall bearers at the funeral will be the directors of the creamery, Chester J. Schoby, H. J. Bode, A. J. Kern and N. A. Smith, all of Algona, and A. C. Christiansen of Minneapolis, auditor, and A. W. Rudnick, of the State College extension service.

Thirty-eight Years Old

Mrs. Christiansen was born here January 13, 1896, and was christened Ethel. She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Strom, who lived here many years. She attended the local public schools. On October 5, 1916, she was married to Mr. Christiansen at Fort Dodge.

Mrs. Christiansen served as bookkeeper for the Algona creamery for many years and was almost as well acquainted with the affairs as her husband.

Four sons were born to Mr. and Mrs. Christiansen, but all of them died at birth. Beside Mr. Christiansen, a brother, Leo of Cherokee; the sisters, already named, and four nephews, Robert Knudsen, Minneapolis, and Thomas, James, and Charles Holmes, Algona, survive. 
Family links: 
  Lars Erick Strom (1862 - 1931)
  Ingeborg Marie Omholt Strom (1866 - 1910)
  Mads Pederson Christiansen (1888 - 1979)*
  Leo Strom (1894 - 1937)*
  Ethel Brigatta Strom Christiansen (1896 - 1934)
  Eric Otto Strom (1897 - 1907)*
  Yarda Ingeborg Strom Holmes (1905 - 1987)*
*Calculated relationship
Riverview Cemetery
Kossuth County
Iowa, USA
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