TUCSON, Ariz. — June Laura Christenson, 105, of Tucson, Ariz., passed away on Sunday, March 23, 2014. She was born in South Bend, Ind., to Norah Florence (Kellogg) and Edwin Arthur Kagel on June 22, 1908.
On Feb. 28, 1937, she married Adolph M. Christenson in Benton Harbor. It was a package deal with Adolph Sr. coming with Daniel and Adolph Jr. On March 25, 1942, David Loren joined the family.
June and Adolph Sr. spent many years in Joliet, Ill., where Adolph managed a food production facility for Stokely-Van Camp during World War II. Since the 1930s they spent summers in Onekama, where they owned and operated the Onekama Packing Company, a cherry processing facility. In 1970 they sold the business to David and retired to Pinellas Park, Fla. June stayed in Pinellas Park for several years after Adolph Sr.’s death Sept. 7, 1979, and then moved to Traverse City and later to Tucson, Ariz.
Music was always a big part of June’s life. During her high school years in Benton Harbor she studied piano and voice and participated in several operettas. While in Joliet she played piano and organ and conducted the choir and several vocal groups at the Hunter Avenue Lutheran Church. She also sang the soprano solo in Handel’s Messiah with the Joliet Choral group in the 1950s and accompanied many musicians in the Joliet Junior High School Band solo and ensemble competitions.
June was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Adolph Sr.; and sons, Adolph Jr. and Daniel.
She is survived by her son, David (Karilyn) Christenson; grandchildren, Derek (Regina) Christenson, Sara Christenson, Matthew (Judy) Christenson, Bradley Christenson, Kimberly Christenson, Brian Christenson, Stacey Christenson, Keith (Bethany) Christenson and Candice Christenson; great-grandchildren, Rileigh Christenson, Madison Christenson, Chloe Christenson, Alexandra Orozco, Jessica Orozco, Kevin Orozco and Kirsten Christenson; and numerous nieces and nephews. Her primary caregiver in Tucson was her niece, June Ellam, who was named after June Christenson.
A family memorial service will be held at a later date.
Contributions in her name can be made to the Gentiva Hospice, 5210 E. Williams Circle, Suite 300, Tucson, AZ 85711.