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Jeannette (Jeanne) Christensen
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Jeannette (Jeanne) Christensen passed away peacefully in her Cottage at Rock of Ages/Valley View (ROA) surrounded by family in the evening on November 17, 2017. She was born on July 27, 1924 in Dallas, Oregon. She grew up in Perrydale on a dairy farm with her parents, Siet and Christina Van Staaveren, and her older brother Jack and sister May.
Jeanne graduated in a small class from Perrydale High School in 1942. While working towards her RN degree at Emanuel School of Nursing in Portland she was struck with Polio. Later, she earned her LPN. Jeanne was married to Glen Christensen of Amity on May 6th, 1945 at her parent’s farm in Perrydale.
Jeanne and Glen farmed in the Amity-Bellevue area where an active life was led. While working as a Nurse, she helped Glen with the farming and kept the farm books. They were members of a lifelong group of friends that played Pinochle on Saturday nights. She was a 4-H leader and an Outdoor School Nurse nicknamed Bandi. Jeanne became a Registered Massage Therapist, and helped create the rules and licensing requirements for The Oregon Chapter of the American Message Therapy Association. She helped Massage Therapy become accepted as an integral component of good health. Jeanne started and managed her own business named Key to Health which specialized in exercise and massage therapy. Jeanne was an active supporter of The Oregon Wheat League as her husband Glen was the president, and she helped host numerous worldwide trade teams at the farm. Her friendships formed with the Eastern Oregon Producers lasted a life time. Jeanne and Glen led many travel groups to Australia, Japan, and Europe.
In 1991 Jeanne and Glen moved from the farm to the Fourth Addition on Michelbook Golf Course. While Glen golfed, she became a member of the Current Events Club, originally started 115 years ago as a forum for women to research and discuss important events around the world. She kept a keen interest in politics. At a recent visit to the Doctor, he asked what she was doing. The reply was reading a book called Gate Keepers, a story about Presidential Chiefs of Staff.
In 2003, Jeanne and Glen moved to ROA, where they remodeled the old offices into their Cottage. She was involved in Fundraising/Grant writing for the Chapel at Valley View Rock of Ages, where she enjoyed many years of attending services. In 2010 she was awarded Volunteer o f the Year from the Oregon Alliance of Senior and Health Services for her work at ROA. She would want to give a special “Thanks” for the love and support from all at ROA, her caregivers, and the surrounding community friends.
Jeanne represented a typical member of the rapidly diminishing Greatest Generation, a group of Americans who grew up between WW1 and WW2 in the Rockwell era of simplicity required by the Depression. A time when your big brother and big sister boarded the train at the Perrydale Rail Station to go to Linfield College; returning home on the weekends to do laundry and have Sunday Dinner. A time when you met your boyfriend at the Broadmead swimming hole for a date, of course being accompanied by your cousins. A time when the Polk County Itemizer Observer would report in the Society Section with whom your family ate Sunday lunch; and who came to your birthday party. (The Van Staaverens’ dinned at the DeJongs’, and visited the Molenars’ for a late tea. Cousins George, Dan, Andy, Mina, and May-Helen came to Jeannette’s ninth birthday party.) Last week, the column might have read, “Jeanne left Friday night to travel to Thanksgiving Dinner with her Heavenly Family. Attending was her husband Glen, her parents Christina and Siet, sister May and brother Jack.”
Jeanne is survived by her son Don (Laura), three grandchildren Sarah (Dennis), Leah (Dan/daughter Pandora), and Zach (Crystalin). And six great grandchildren which she loved dearly: Jacob, Laura, Luke, Caden, Elijah, and Liam.
Services will be held Monday, November 27th at 1pm at the Rock of Ages Valley View Shilo Chapel. A reception will follow in the Community Hall for all to visit and share memories. Viewing will be at Macy’s on November 26th from 1 pm to 5 pm. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Rock of Ages Valley View or Willamette Valley Hospice.


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Nov

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