Arlene Christenson

April 5, 1928-Feb. 1, 2021

Arlene Christenson, 92,

longtime Minot resident,

died on Monday, Febru-

ary 1, 2021 in a Minot as-

sisted living facility.

Arlene Joyce Bjorke was

born on April 5, 1928, in

Minot to Clarence and

Clara (Gjerde) Bjorke. She

was raised and educated

in Surrey and Minot and

graduated from Minot

High School in 1946. As a

young adult she was em-

ployed in Minot.

Arlene married Gordon

Christenson on October

24, 1953, in Fort Lewis,

WA. They made their

home in Minot where she

was employed as a secre-

tary for the Minot Public

Schools at the Board of

Education Office. She was

employed there for

twenty-five years until her

retirement in 1989. Gor-

don died on August 31,

2019. Arlene continued to

reside in Minot, most re-

cently at the Edgewood

Vista Assisted Living Fa-


Arlene was a member of

Christ Lutheran Church,

Minot, where she was

known for making lefse

and klub. She especially

enjoyed cooking, baking,

reading and camping.

Arlene’s loving family

includes: her children:

Roger Christenson of

Denver CO, Robin (Elba)

Christenson of San Loren-

zo CA and Nancy

Christenson of Minot;

grandchildren: Joel and

Edward Christenson and

Sara (Shaun) Brentrup;


Caleb, Chance, Brielle,

Lucy and Jayde; in-laws:

Art Varloe, Marjorie

Sund, Allen (Barb)

Christenson and Virgil

(Sylvia) Christenson and

several nieces, nephews

and cousins.

Arlene was preceded in

death by: her parents,

husband and siblings:

Owen (Lorraine) Bjorke,

Omar Bjorke, Gary Bjorke,

Orland Bjorke, Clemens

(Helen) Bjorke, Marilyn

(Willie) Butterfield and

Jeanette Varloe.

Private Celebration of

the Life of Arlene

Christenson: Friday,

February 5, 2021 at 2:00

p.m. in Christ Lutheran

Church, Minot. Face cov-

erings and social distanc-

ing are required.

Livestream and record-

ing of the service will be

available by using the link

in the website obituary.

Interment will be in

Sunset Memorial Gar-

dens, Minot.

Public Visitation:

Thursday from 3:00 p.m.

to 5:00 p.m. in Thomas

Family Funeral Home,


In lieu of plants and

flowers memorials are

preferred to Christ Luth-

eran Church or the

donor’s choice.

Memories and con-

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