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Mary Christopherson

WEBSTER- Mary Christopherson, 73 of Webster died on Sunday, January 24, 2010 at Sanford Hospital in Webster. Her funeral will be at 11:00 A.M. Friday, January 29, 2010 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Webster, Rev. Daniel and Rev. Kristin Ostercamp will officiate. Burial will be in Webster Cemetery. Visitation will be at Fiksdal Funeral Service in Webster on Thursday 5-8 P.M. and prior to services at the church on Friday. fiksdalfuneral.com. Mary Caroline Ronshaugen was born on Tuesday, March 3, 1936 to Hjalmer and Josie (Aspen) Ronshaugen at Webster, South Dakota. The family made their home west of Roslyn in Lynn Township, Day County. She was baptized and confirmed at Fron Lutheran Church near Roslyn. She attended country schools near her home, Roslyn High School and then graduated from Webster High School in 1954. While in high school she worked as a nurses aide at Peabody Memorial Hospital in Webster. She took nurses training and graduated from Ancker Hospital in St. Paul in September 1957 as a Registered Nurse. She returned to Webster and began her career as a Registered Nurse at Peabody Memorial Hospital which in 1958 moved to the new Day County Hospital. On June 15, 1958 she was united in marriage to Orville “Pete” Christopherson at Fron Lutheran Church. After their marriage the couple made their home in Webster where she continued her career as a floor supervisor at Day County Hospital. She also worked at Day County Medical Center for five years. She retired in the fall of 2005, a career which spanned as a nurses aide in high school to her retirement a total of 53 years. Pete passed away in March 2005. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church where she was active in Circle, W.E.L.C.A. and Bible study. She also volunteered at Pleasant View. She enjoyed watching the Minnesota Twins and was passionate about spending time with family and friends. While her mother was living spent countless hours with her while she resided in the nursing home. Mary passed away on Sunday, January 24, 2010 at Webster, South Dakota at the age of 73 years, 10 months and 21 days. Survivors include a daughter-in-law, Denise Christopherson of Marshall, MN; two grandchildren, David Christopherson of Sioux Falls, SD and Stacey Christopherson of Wichita, KS; three brothers, Jim (Mary Jo) Ronshaugen of East Helena, MT, Stephen (Janet) Ronshaugen of Grand Island, NE and Howard (Judy) Ronshaugen of Webster, SD. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and son, Jim.

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MARY CHRIS HAS BEEN A FRIEND SINCE 1973 WHEN I STARTED WORK AT DAY CO. HOSPITAL.SHE HAS HELPED ME THRU MANY TRAILS IN MY LIFE GOOD AND BAD SHE WAS THERE WHEN I LOST MY GRAND-DAUGHTER FROM CRIB DEATH AND WHEN I LOST MY SON AND WHEN I LOST MY HUSBAND. MARY WAS MY ROCK. AFTER MARY LOST PETE WE BE CAME MUCH CLOSER AND WERE TOGETHER ALMOST EVERY DAY. I HARDLY EVER LEFT TOWN WITHOUT MARY AT MY SIDE. I MISS HER EVERY DAY AND WILL FOR A LONG, LONG TIME. IMISS YOU MARY AND I LOVE YOU DEARLY YOUR FRIEND BARB T.

BARB TCHIDA Jul 1 2010 12:00 AM

Even back as a 'FNA' student, Mary was known to all as Mary Chris. She was a fundemental part of insuring the Future Nurses Assoc. on the hospital site and the reason that WHS put so many students on the road to the medical field. She always had a smile for those around her. Knowing that Jimmy and Mary went to the Lord at the same time can be comforting--Mom will always be there to take care of her child. Her nature. Caregiver. God's Peace.

Joyce Anderson Nokleby Feb 1 2010 12:00 AM

We are so sorry to hear of Mary's passing. She touched many lives while she "vacationed" at Boulder Estates. We will always remember her warm smile, friendly personality, and compassion for others. Sincerely, Boulder Estates staff and tenants

Kris Green Jan 29 2010 12:00 AM

Dear Denise and family, We have such warm memories of Mary Chris that we will always cherish. She was a wonderful friend and co-worker. Most of all, she loved you and was so proud of you all. She was always delighted to talk about the family activities, schooling, and jobs. We have been able to follow your lives a little through her. Jim’s illness was hard on her, and as you know, took its toll. But she wouldn’t have missed a moment of her life with you for all the world. She’s up there holding hands with Jim and Pete, smiling down at you, and guiding you in her own inimitable way. Just a look, and a little duck of her head, and you know what she thinks! Please know that our thoughts and prayers will always be with you as you continue on life’s journey. Your ‘guiding lights’ in heaven will always shine brightly to help you on your path. Sincerely, Don and Marianna Finn

Don and Marianna Finn Jan 29 2010 12:00 AM

Dear Denise and family, We have such warm memories of Mary Chris that we will always cherish. She was a wonderful friend and co-worker. Most of all, she loved you and was so proud of you all. She was always delighted to talk about the family activities, schooling, and jobs. We have been able to follow your lives a little through her. Jim’s illness was hard on her, and as you know, took its toll. But she wouldn’t have missed a moment of her life with you for all the world. She’s up there holding hands with Jim and Pete, smiling down at you, and guiding you in her own inimitable way. Just a look, and a little duck of her head, and you know what she thinks! Please know that our thoughts and prayers will always be with you as you continue on life’s journey. Your ‘guiding lights’ in heaven will always shine brightly to help you on your path. Sincerely, Don and Marianna Finn

Don and Marianna Finn Jan 29 2010 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathy to Mary's family. I had the honor of working with Mary years ago at the hospital in Webster and she was a joy to work with and just to be around. Mary will be missed by all who knew her. For years she took care of people and now god will take care of her. Rest in peace Mary. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

cheryl schorg Jan 27 2010 12:00 AM

To Mary's family, My sincere sympathies for the loss of a good freind and nurse mentor. I will never forget her and you are all in my prayers and thoughts

Kathy Wojcik Jan 26 2010 12:00 AM