Obit: Clifford O. “Cliff” Christianson, 82, Brownsville

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Clifford O. “Cliff” Christianson, 82 of Brownsville, passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born on September 24, 1933, to Lawrence and Marie (Ludvigson) Christianson in Albertville, WI and he graduated from Colfax High School in 1951.  When he was 18 he moved to Manhattan, IL where he worked and later met and married the love of his life, Gwendolyn “Gwen” Swanberg on October 16, 1954.  Together they raised 4 children and enjoyed over 61 years together.  Cliff worked for Orkin (Rollins) and retired in 1993 after 30 years of dedicated service.  After retirement Cliff and Gwen spent many happy years traveling the US in their motor home.  They enjoyed meeting new people and saw most of the United States.

Cliff’s hobbies included playing cards, repairing small engines, watching NASCAR and rooting for his favorite driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. Cliff also enjoyed learning more about his ancestors and helping to compile genealogy information for the family.

Cliff will be lovingly missed by his adoring wife, Gwen; children, Judy (Steve) Rosenberg of Allenton, James Christianson of Kewaskum, Thomas Christianson of Jackson and Jean (Perry) Wunder of Allenton; grandchildren, Scott Rosenberg, Jeff Rosenberg, Amy (Josh) Hamilton, Michael Christianson, Michelle Christianson, Travis Christianson, Justin Christianson, Eric (Sarah) Wunder and Brian Wunder; great-grandchildren, Samantha Solis, Sierra Disler, McKenzie Albrent and Jackson Hamilton; two sisters, Bernice Pecore of Bloomer and Shirley (Jack) Ellingboe of Prescott; a brother, Byron (Ginny) Christianson of Colfax; a sister-in-law, Shirley Christianson of Colfax; in-laws, Gerry Bunte of Beecher, IL, Helen Warning of Moken, IL, Lorraine Gardner of Claremont, CA and Ralph (Sheila) Swanberg of Moken, IL, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Cliff was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Marie Christianson; a brother, Robert Christianson and a brother-in-law, Clay Pecore.

Private family services for Cliff will be held at a later date.

The Myrhum Patten Miller and Kietzer Funeral Homes have been entrusted with Cliff’s arrangements.

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