Arlene E. Christian

By on April 2, 2009

Arlene E. (Northrup) Christian, 88, of Grand Island, Neb., formerly of Aurora, passed away on Friday March 27, 2009, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.

She was a loving wife and mother of three sons. While she never had a career, Arlene did charity work for the Jumble Shop in McCook, Neb., and was involved with congregational church functions in McCook and earlier in Aurora. Arlene was an accomplished pianist, who, along with her late husband Kenneth Christian, Sr., a professional clarinet and saxophone player, created a home atmosphere that fostered music.

Survivors include her two sons, Steve and Terry; a grandson, Eric; three granddaughters, Lisa Wilczynski, Karen Campbell and Jill Smith, as well as seven great-grandchildren.

Arlene was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Christian, Sr.; and her eldest son, Kenneth Christian, Jr.

Funeral services will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday April 4, at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove. Interment will be at Spring Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 3, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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