Christine Mickelson
Christine Mickelson
Christine Mickelson, 93, of Harmony, formerly of Lanesboro, Whalan and Rushford, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.

She was born June 14, 1919, in Arendahl Township, Fillmore County, to Narve and Sophia (Hegna) Raaen. She graduated from the eighth grade from the Gilbertson Country School in rural Peterson.

On Feb. 4, 1940, she married Melvin Mickelson in La Crescent. They lived in Lanesboro and Whalan. She was a homemaker and Melvin was a farmer. Mr. Mickelson died on March 10, 1968.

She was a member of the Whalan Lutheran Church and their WELCA and Circle groups. She enjoyed gardening and quilting. She loved to bake and can. She enjoyed crocheting, rug-making, embroidery and making lefse. She was the family historian, she loved to visit and always had a story to tell.

She is survived by five sons, Leland Mickelson of Rushford, Richard Mickelson of Lanesboro, Robert "Bobby" (Rosemary) Mickelson of Whalan, Donald "Donnie" (Nancy), Mickelson of Lanesboro and Gerald "Jerry" Mickelson of Rochester; two daughters, Linda (Roger) Danielson of Chatfield and Mavis (Gary) Musselman of Lanesboro; 14 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Henry Raaen of Sioux Falls, S.D.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a son, a grandson, two infant great-grandsons, five brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Jan 6, at the Whalan Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Patricia Hinkie officiating. Burial was in the Whalan Lutheran Cemetery.