Joanne Christensen
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Joanne Christensen, age 67, of Yankton, South Dakota died Sunday, January 8, 2017 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.

Funeral services are 4:00 PM, on Friday, January 13, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton with Rev. David Wildermuth and Rev. Jeff Otterman officiating. After the service, a reception will be held in honor of Joanne at Minerva's in Yankton from 5:30 to 8:30 PM on Friday evening. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, on Thursday, January 12 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a prayer service at 7:00 PM. Burial will be at the Aeneas Cemetery in Hoffman, Minnesota at a later date.

Pallbearers are Lee Lindquist, Ron Johnson, Wayne Johnson, Kyle Repp, Gregg Stewart and Tom Stotz.

Joanne was born March 8, 1949 in Morris, MN to Evald and Harriet (Setterlund) Stark. She was baptized on April 19, 1949 and lived on a farm in rural Hoffman, MN until moving to Morris, MN in the fifth grade. Joanne was confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Peace Lutheran Church in 1964 and graduated from Morris High School in 1967. She received a degree in interior design from Alexandria Technical College in 1969 and worked at JC Penney in downtown Sioux Falls, SD. Joanne also traveled and did quality control work for Penney's throughout the upper Midwest and Alaska. On June 24, 1972, Joanne married Randy Christensen. After their marriage, they worked as live-in counselors at Valley View Center for Youth Development for Lutheran Social Services Center for Adolescents. In 1975, she worked as a rehabilitation teacher at Redfield State Hospital and School for one year, and then the Human Services Center in Yankton. They welcomed their first son, Matt in 1978 and then Paul in 1980. Joanne contracted rheumatoid arthritis in 1980. They lived in Aberdeen, SD from 1986 to 1991 and Joanne was selected as the Volunteer of the Year. In 1991, they moved to Yankton and she began working at Trinity Lutheran Church in August of 1993 as the Coordinator of Volunteer and Outreach Ministries. Joanne was very concerned and aware of environmental issues and recycling was a daily part of her life. She was a board member of the Yankton Women's and Children's Shelter, Habitat for Humanity, and various committees and leadership roles at Trinity Lutheran Church, especially those involving women's interests and mission outreach, both locally and worldwide. Joanne was very active in Thrivent Financial for Lutherans for many years and past president of Yankton's Sons of Norway. She enjoyed learning about her Swedish ancestry, learning new recipes and dressing in traditional Swedish costumes. Joanne was a woman of great faith and kindness and gave of her heart and abilities to all whom she could help. She was nominated as a Comunity Distinguised Person of Yankton. Joanne loved her family and treasured her grandchildren. She was proud of her children and the parents they have become.

Grateful and blessed for sharing her life are her devoted husband, Randy Christensen of Yankton; two sons, Matt (Amber) Christensen of Brandon, SD and Paul Christensen of Omaha, NE; three grandchildren: Lily, Peter and Summer; sister, Catherine (Jim) Carlson of White Bear Lake, MN; two nephews: Kurt (Stacy) Carlson of Blaine, MN and Tom (Jill) Carlson of Ham Lake, MN; and many cousins and friends.

In lieu of flowers, Joanne would prefer memorials to be donated to the Yankton Women's Shelter, PO Box 626 in Yankton or the Helping Hands Fund at Trinity Lutheran Church, 403 Broadway in Yankton.




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Deepest sympathy to Randy, Paul, and Matt and the rest of the family. She was a dear friend who was one of the kindest person I have ever met.

Audrey Mattson & family


Randy and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Joanne was one incredible lady, what I admired most about her was how she was able to keep such a positive attitude towards life. She faced many challenges but did not let it defeat her. She was a fighter!

Steve Kelsey


Randy and family,

I am sorry for your loss. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Margie Polak


I'm so sorry for your loss, Randy. You have my prayers and sympathy.

Vicki Kerkvliet


Many condolences to you Randy, and your family. Joanne had a heart of gold and always a smile on her face. A true inspiration to others!! Hoping you find comfort in family and friends.

Deb Brinkman


Randy, Matt, and Paul,

I am so very sorry for the loss of your wife and mother. Joanne was a wonderful lady with so much love. She was such a giving person to all. No matter what she was going through, she was always caring and concerned about others. What a great lady!

Rhonda Schieffer


Randy and Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you. Although I did not get to know Joanne, from what I've been told she must have been quite the woman. Hang on to some of the strength she had and remember the good memories as they will last you throughout your lifetime.

Marty Luebke


Dear Randy and Family,

I am thinking of you during this difficult time as you deal with the loss of Joanne. I am so sorry for your loss.

Vicki Nelson


To Randy, Matt, and Paul and your families, we extend our sympathy on the passing of Joanne. She will be greatly missed.

Mike and Laurie Becvar


My deepest sympathies, Randy. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Karla Oren Dieltz


Randy, Matt, Paul and families. I have only had the pleasure of knowing Joanne the past 3+ years. The past year and a half I have gotten to spend a fair amount of time with her, sewing etc at Trinity. What a joy to spend time with🙂I don't know how one person could have so much love and caring in them, but she did. I miss her already. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Joan Wolf.


Please accept my deepest sympathy in regards to Joanne's passing. I met Joanne in 2014 when I briefly worked with her at Trinity Church. She was always so very kind to me. Wishing great blessings on to her family and friends. Peace to all.

Amy Susan Petrik


Dear Christensen family, We will remember Joanne and her wonderful smile. She was such fun at the Augustana football games. On our trip to Colorado she made sandwiches for all which we ate at a Nebraska rest area. It was such a fun trip. May she rest in peace with no pain. God bless her memory.

Fred and Pam Van Gilder


Randy and family i am so sorry to hear about the loss of Joanne your beloved wife. I helped her clean your house back in 2015. She had such a great sense of humor. My extended sympathy goes out to you. You all in my thoughts and prayers.

Carla Hansen


Randy, Matt/Amber & kids & Paul: My deepest sympathy to you all. Joanne was a wonderful person. I have fond memories of our childhood with you all. She always encouraged & supported my independence & love for adventure & travel. She will be missed. Jacob & my family have made a donation to the Woman's Shelter in her honor.

Amy (Stewart) Ziereis


Randy, we were so sorry to hear of Joanne's passing. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Randy and Barb Joyce


sorry for your loss

Jesse Parr


I am so sorry for your loss. Joanne was an awesome person. I still often think of our fun football road trip to Colorado. My thoughts and prayers go out to you at this difficult time.

Sheila Pedersen


Randy and family,

So, sorry for your loss. I got to know Joanne with working at the clinic. She had so much discomfort-but we never heard her complain. For a short time I helped with the quilts at Trinity, because she invited me to get involved.

She always was smiling and provided much cheer to any group. Always greeting me with my name, What a lovely lady. May she be pain free in her heavenly reward.

God Bless you all.

Rosie Wootton


Randy and Family,

We are so sorry to read about Joanne. We send our love and prayers and trust her fond memories will linger forever.

Jan and Larry Rau


Randy & Family,

After I retired a few years ago (82 now), my wife introduced me to the quilting group a TLC. I continue to enjoy assembling scraps of fabric into tops for the ladies to put together in final quilts for so many mission outreaches. Jo Ann had such an upbeat of energy in all situations. Praise the Lord for creating such a blessing in so many lives.

Don & Jan Lowrie


Randy and family, It's been a long time since I've seen you guys. My mother Barbara let me know about the passing of your dear wife and mother. My memories of Joann are few but who could forget here ever-smiling face. Please accept our condolences from the entire Snyder clan. May the peace that can only come through our Savior rest upon yor family at this time and in the days ahead is my prayer. With love.

Craig Snyder - oldest son of Fred and Barbara, grandson of Delores.


Dear Matt and Family,

Please accept our deepest condolences; our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Chuck, Michelle and Lori Schuch


Randy and family, so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Tom Sitzler


Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Mike Webb and Karen Schmeiser


To a loving, caring, forgiving Christian. You and your friendly smile will be missed. God Bless You! A brother in Christ.

Ken Harr, Springfield


My deepest sympathy for the whole family and her family at Trinity Lutheran. I met her there when she started. She had so much love wisdom and that contagious smile that will be forever with me. God bless you all during this time.

Jen Morkve


My prayers and thoughts are with you Randy. God Bless

Joe Carda

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