The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Obituaries

June 5, 2013

Sue Christiansen

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Dec. 14, 1923 – June 2, 2013

Former Danville school teacher Sue Christiansen, 89, of Huntsville, Ala., passed away June 2 of complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

Born Dec. 14, 1923, in Danville, she was the daughter of a Disciples of Christ minister from Charleston, S.C., who later served in the Illinois state legislature.

While serving a church in Sidell, her father, Augustus deGafferelly, met his wife-to-be, Leslie Green. The young family moved to Greensboro, N.C., where Sue started first grade.

When the Depression hit they moved back to Illinois to live with relatives. Sue graduated from Danville High School in 1941. She was a French horn player in the marching band. In 1945 Sue graduated from Illinois State University in Bloomington. It was there in Bloomington she met a young lieutenant, Howard “Chris” Christiansen, back from World War II.

Sue and Chris married in 1946. Sue taught fourth grade at Fairchild Elementary and McKinley Elementary and managed the family’s portrait studio, Chris Photo. Long before the invention of Photoshop, Sue was retouching negatives by hand. She also was skilled at adding color to black and white portraits. She liked returning to her high school alma mater to help Chris photograph the annual school dances.

Sue Christiansen was an active member of Central Christian Church. She taught Sunday school and was a leader in the church’s Christian Women’s Fellowship group.

In 1964 the family moved to Huntsville, Ala., where she continued teaching elementary school. She started an accredited pre-school program at her church, and she began a successful cross stitch business in Huntsville.

If there’s one thing Sue loved to do through-out her life it was cook and entertain. It wasn’t uncommon to have 30 hungry friends at her home. They weren’t stuffy formal affairs, just lots of good friends and plenty of hugs. Sue spent many hours preparing meals to take to shut-ins around town. There also were many trips to the hospital and nursing homes where she comforted the sick. She practiced the principles of her Christian faith all her life.

Sue and her husband, Chris, joined the Friendship Force Organization and traveled throughout Europe, South America and Australia, staying with host families. In turn, families from around the globe would stay at their home in Huntsville.

Sue Christiansen is survived by her husband, Chris; daughter, Debbie Thompson; sons, Dick and Tim; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Lynn Lawhorn; and her brother, Dean Hillis deGafferelly.

Visitation will be noon-1 p.m. Sunday, June 9, at First Christian Church, Huntsville, Ala., immediately followed by the funeral service. Burial will be in Valhalla Memory Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to First Christian Church’s Early Childhood Ministry.

1
Text Only
Obituaries
  • OBIT - CN0420 - HAINES, Lois image lois haines Lois Haines, 86, of Danville, passed away on April 16, 2014. She was born Sept. 8, 1927, in Chicago, the daughter of Raymond and Tora (Almgrahm) Johnson. She married Robert Haines Sr. on May 14, 1949, in Chrystal Lake. She is survived by her husband

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Eugene Kirk Douglas Eugene Kirk Douglas, 86, of rural Kingman, passed away at 4:48 a.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014, at St. Elizabeth East Hospital in Lafayette, Ind. Mr. Douglas was born Sept. 14, 1927, in Stone Bluff, Ind., the son of Everett H. and Cecil (Butts) Douglas

    April 20, 2014

  • faith larue emery Faith LaRue Emery, 50, of Danville, passed away at 12:11 p.m. Monday, April 14, 2014, at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville. Per her wishes Faith will be cremated and no public services will be held. Faith was born May 10, 1963, t

    April 20, 2014

  • OBIT Pic Gossar Garlin M. Gossar DANVILLE — Garlin M. Gossar, 59, of Danville, passed away on April 17, 2014. He was born Jan. 19, 1955, in Danville, the son of Garlin and Vernice (Dalton) Gossar.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • OBIT Pic Smith, Freda Freda M. Smith DANVILLE — Freda M. Smith, 88, of Danville, passed this life at 7:41 a.m. Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • OBIT Pic Frazier James 'Jimmy' Frazier Jr. WESTVILLE — James “Jimmy” Frazier Jr., 18, of Westville, passed away at 5:27 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Presence Mercy Medical Center, Aurora.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • OBIT Pic Cintella Mary Juanita Cintella WESTVILLE — Mary Juanita Cintella, 98, of Westville, passed away at 11:15 p.m. April 16, 2014, at North Logan Health Care, Danville.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • OBIT Pic Boucier-Henry Martha Boucier-Henry Martha Boucier-Henry, 80, of Danville, went to be with her Lord on April 15, 2014.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • OBIT Pic 1 Church William C. 'Bill' Church CATLIN — William C. “Bill” Church, 87, a lifelong Catlin resident and farmer, passed away peacefully at 3:55 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in the emergency room at Carle Hospital, Urbana.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • Bowers, Mildred.jpg Mildred Bowers

    Mildred Bowers, 87, of Oakwood, passed away April 9, 2014.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

E-edition
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
NDN Video
Jabari Parker's Top 5 Plays From Duke Career Kourtney Kardashian Is a Bikini Babe More Manpower Than Ever Expected At 4/20 Rally Debunk'd: Miley Cyrus AIDS, Cheeseburgers Cause Cancer, Military Warning Bill Previewing the NBA playoffs Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite My name is Cocaine Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Lohan Gets Candid About Her Sex List The 2014 New York Auto Show Meet Johnny Manziel's New Girlfriend Chelsea Clinton Announces Pregnancy Funny: Celebrating Easter with Martha Stewart and Friends Man Accuses 'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer of Sexually Abusing Him As a Teenager Man hit with $525 federal fine after he doesn't pay for soda refill Lea Michele & Naya Rivera Feuding? Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft Singing Nun Belts Out Cyndi Lauper New West, Texas Explosion Video Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday
Must Read