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Irene Learned Christiansen
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Birth: Dec. 23, 1914
Dodge County
Wisconsin, USA
Death: Apr. 25, 2003
Storm Lake
Buena Vista County
Iowa, USA

Irene was born December 23, 1914 on a farm in Dodge County, Wisconsin to Arthur Leon and Alma Amelia (Stone) Learned. She graduated from high school in Waupun and attended Carrol College in Waukesha, Wisconsin. After two years of college at Carroll College, she left college due to the depression and worked as a telephone operator. She met her husband Dr. James B. Christiansen in Wisconsin and they were married at her parents' home on September 14, 1937. Irene returned to school and received a BA Degree from Buena Vista College (Storm Lake, Iowa) in 1955, majoring in English. She was a substitute teacher in Cherokee and Buena Vista Counties from 1955 until 1970. She enjoyed rebuilding old houses, building new homes, renting and selling them. The couple lived in Madison and later Detroit, Michigan, moving to Washta in 1949. They ran a research farm in the Washta area from 1948 until 1960 when they moved to Storm Lake. She was a member of the All Saints Episcopal Church and the Order of Eastern Star in Storm Lake. She was a master knitter and conducted knitting clinics.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 1998 and a daughter Kayla Elizabeth Christiansen in 1955, who died at the age of nine of leukemia. 
Family links: 
  James Brackney Christiansen (1911 - 1998)*
  Kayla Elizabeth Christiansen (1945 - 1955)*
*Calculated relationship
Forest Mound Cemetery
Fond du Lac County
Wisconsin, USA
Maintained by: Sarah
Originally Created by: Rich Robinson
Record added: Feb 05, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 124673180
Irene <i>Learned</i> Christiansen
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Miss you "M". You were the best mother-in-law anyone could ask for. I have added information on your afghans and knitting clinics to my genealogy site. "D" should be here too.
- Sarah
 Added: Jan. 6, 2015

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