Christina Baltierra Arndt
MASON CITY — Maria “Christina” Arndt, 62, of 1312 N. Madison Ave., Mason
City, died Tuesday afternoon (March 6, 2007) with her family at her side at
the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.
The Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 10,
2007, at the Holy Family Catholic Church, 714 N. Adams Ave., Mason City,
with the Rev. Ken Gehling officiating. Interment will be in Elmwood-St.
Joseph Cemetery, Mason City.
The family will greet relatives and friends from 4 to 8 p.m. today, March 9,
2007, at the Fullerton Funeral Home, 123 Second St. S.E., Mason City, with a
Scripture vigil service beginning at 7 p.m. The visitation will continue one
hour prior to Christina’s services on Saturday at the church.
Those wishing to extend memorials may wish to direct them to the Christina
Arndt Memorial Fund in the care of her family.
Thoughts, condolences and stories may be e-mailed to the family on the
www.fullertonfh.com Web site.
Maria Christina Arndt was born on May 13, 1944, at the St. Joseph Mercy
Hospital in Mason City to Joseph and Martha (Lopez) Baltierra. She was the
sixth of eight children born to her parents and was baptized, made her first
communion and was confirmed, all at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Mason
City. Christina graduated from Mason City High School in 1962.
While at a drive-in in Mason City, Christina met her soul-mate and the love
of her life, Dennis Lowell Arndt. Christina and Dennis were united in
marriage at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Mason City on May 8, 1965.
The couple treasured any time that they could spend together, especially
walking and shopping at any mall.
Christina was employed for the past 17 years at Mercy Medical Center-North
Iowa. She was a nursing assistant on the 4-West-Surgical and Oncology floor
at the hospital and had the privilege to train many new nursing assistants
throughout the past years. Christina developed many close friendships with
her co-workers and was a very hard worker.
Christina’s family was always her highest priority and spending time with
them was her greatest joy. She was a devoted wife and homemaker and a
nurturing mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved preparing for
large family meals and gatherings, especially during the holidays. Christina
was passionate about her grandchildren and great-grandson, relishing every
precious moment she could with them!
Christina was a faithful member of the Holy Family Catholic Church. She is
described by her family as a strong-willed and caring woman with a great
sense of humor. Christina was a feisty lady with both a very fun, and yet,
Christina will be dearly missed by her family and all who have shared in her
She is survived by her husband, Dennis Arndt, of Mason City; her children,
Andrew Arndt, Annette (Jon) King and Brian Arndt, all of Mason City; her two
sisters, Lupe Flavin, of Rockford, Ill., and her twin sister, Martina
(Larry) Snyder, of Mason City; and her two brothers, Joseph Baltierra, of
Nampa, Idaho, and Thomas (Toni) Baltierra, of Mason City. Christina will
always be cherished by her four grandchildren, Kaylyn Nicholson, Tyler
Nicholson, Olivia Arndt and Deven King; her great-grandson, Alexander “A.J.”
Nicholson; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Preceding Christina in death are her parents, Joseph and Martha Baltierra;
and her three brothers, Felix, John and Jay Baltierra.
Fullerton Funeral Home and Cremation Services, (641) 423-8676.
(Published March 9, 2007 -
Mason City Globe Gazette)
Photo from MCHS Yearbook.