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Christine E. Chalender

Christine E. Chalender Christine Elizabeth Chalender, Manhattan, died Thursday, December 21, after a long, hard fought battle with cancer at Meadowlark Hills.

She was born October 5, 1930, in Paola, to Arthur Eugene and Adeline O. (Hinkle) Allen. She attended schools in Paola and graduated from Olathe High School. She received a bachelor of science degree in Home Economics and Social Science from Kansas State University in 1951, where she was member of Clovia 4-H Scholarship House. She received her Master of Science degree from Fort Hays State University in 1983 and took post-graduate coursework at Kansas State, Fort Hays State, and Wichita State Universities.

Upon graduation, she began her career as a county extension agent in Anderson County. She also taught home economics, worked as a family life research consultant, marketing researcher, TV host for “Cook’s Nook” with Chris, adjunct faculty at Fort Hays State, ESL teacher, and homemaker. She retired from teaching in 1992, and began a new opportunity working as special assistant to KSU’s dean of Human Ecology. Her career outside of the home provided her the opportunity to teach and influence many students and viewers, eliminating barriers and helping others reach their full potential, and encouraging all to live life to its fullest.

She was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Delta Kappa Gamma, NEA, KSU President’s Club, PEO, Review Club, and the First United Methodist Church. She served on the Kansas Teacher Hall of Fame Board of Directors and Senator Nancy Kassebaum’s Excellence in Education Foundation.

Her work brought her many honors including Kansas Teacher of the Year, 1987, Reader’s Digest Hero in American Education, 1989, Master Teacher, 1992, and KSU Distinguished Alumni Award. She was an avid KSU fan and enjoyed her time playing bridge throughout the years.

She married Bob L. Chalender on May 24, 1952. He preceded her in death on December 28, 2002. She was also preceded in death by three brothers: Ghormley, Earl & Marvin.

Survivors include her 2 children Rob Chalender, Wichita and Beth Klug, Manhattan; three grandchildren Josh, Chris (Kristen), and Megan Klug, all Manhattan. Other survivors include sister, Lois (Gil) Park, Manhattan; brother, Dale (Beth), Wichita; sister-in-laws Mary Barbara Allen, Gardner, and Marie Allen, Olathe; brother-in-law, Jack Chalender, Estes Park, CO and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 23rd, at First United Methodist Church in Manhattan, with Reverend Melanie Martin officiating. Burial will follow in Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan. Visitation will be Friday, 6-7:30 p.m. at Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, Manhattan, who is in charge of arrangements.

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Memorial contributions may be made to the Kansas State University Foundation – Bob and Chris Chalender Leadership Scholarship or to Shepherd’s Crossing, both in Manhattan. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

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