WINAMAC, Ind. — Brenda Gail Christensen, 72, of Winamac, Ind., passed away May 17, 2011, at 12:09 p.m. in Pulaski Memorial Hospital, Winamac, Ind.
She was born March 23, 1939, in Springfield, Ohio, to Joseph Trace and Ruth McDaniel Trace. Brenda graduated from Mount Vernon High School in Mount Vernon, Ohio, in 1957. She was homecoming queen in 1956. That same year she traveled to Culver, Ind., for the first time. She later owned a lake home in Culver. She attended Bowling Green State University in Ohio, where she met her husband, Dale. Brenda was married to Dale E. Christensen on Sept. 6, 1958, in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Dale died on Sept. 11, 2010.
Brenda was a homemaker in Palatine, Ill., where she raised her four children and was actively involved with community youth sports and the PTO. She and Dale relocated to Winamac, Ind., in 1980. Brenda was actively involved in the Parent Advisory Community at Eastern Pulaski Schools. She was a former president of the Iris Elm Garden Club. Brenda was a member of the DAR. She had served as president of the Colonial Dames Chapter 17. An avid seamstress and quilter throughout her life, Brenda established many personal friendships and was a member of the Suzanna Circle Quilters Club.
She is survived by daughters, Carin L. (Ed) Vittorio of Noblesville, Ind., and Tracy A. Mackintosh of Aurora, Ill.; sons, David D. Christensen of Logansport, Ind., and Steven P. (Kris) Christensen of Fairmount, Ind.; 11 grandchildren; a sister, Jodie Holder of Lecanto, Fla.; and two brothers, Thomas Trace of Mount Vernon, Ohio, and J. Trace and Los Angeles, Calif.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale E. Christensen; father, Joseph Trace; and mother, Ruth McDaniel Trace.
Funeral services will be Friday, May 20, at 1 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Winamac, Ind., with Pastor Rick Abbott and Pastor Denny Wilson officiating. Burial will take place at Culver Masonic Cemetery, Culver, Ind. Visitation will be after 11 a.m. Friday at First Christian Church.
Memorial contributions may be given to Culver Methodist Church or First Christian Church. Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at http://www.frainmortuary.com.