Margaret Mary Evers
F, b. May 7, 1934, d. April 28, 2017
St John High School Yearbook 1952
- Birth: Margaret Mary Evers was born on May 7, 1934 in Town of Vandenbroek, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
- Marriage: She and Donald Maurice Christiaens were married on October 7, 1954 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
- Death: Margaret Mary Evers died on April 28, 2017, at age 82, in Valier, Pondera Co, Montana.
- Note: Valier, MT —Margaret Mary Christiaens, 82, of Valier, MT passed away peacefully at her home in Valier on the 28th of April, 2017 surrounded by loving family.
Vigil services will be Monday, May 1, at 7pm. Funeral mass will be Tuesday, May 2, at 11am. Both services will be held at St. Francis Catholic Church.
Margaret was born in Vanden Broek Township of Outagamie County, Wisconsin to Martin Henry and Mary Wilhenurica (Vander Loop) Evers on May 7th, 1934. She excelled in school, especially in math, and won a prestigious award for bookkeeping in high school. Before graduating from high school, she went to work for an insurance company whose owner was very disappointed when she quit to marry the love of her life, Donald Maurice Christiaens of Valier, MT, on October 7th, 1954 at St. John's Catholic Church in Little Chute, WI. The newlyweds honeymooned in Wisconsin Dells before moving home to Montana where they lived together for over fifty years. Starting out on a small farm "Up North" near the Sweetgrass Hills.
Marg was a dedicated mother with a strong Catholic faith that she passed onto her family and friends. She was a determined woman with an innate ability to "squeeze a penny to get a dime". Her faith and determination helped her family of 12 children through many difficult times.
After numerous jobs and relocations throughout Montana and Minnesota, Marg and Don founded Christiaens Meats and Grocery in Valier in 1979. At their 25th anniversary celebration, she told Don that he had ruled the first 25 years but the next 25 years were hers. He laughed and said, "Okay!" They had made their last move. She retired from the grocery business in May, 2000.
Margaret enjoyed following all of her 41 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren in all of their endeavors, especially their sporting events. Even without FaceBook, Grandma knew everything that was happening in their lives since she was always someone we could go to and ask for prayers knowing she would follow through with their many intentions. The annual Easter family reunion was always a treasured time together catching up with the happenings in everyone's life. She enjoyed traveling to visit the "girls" in Minnesota during the holidays and summers.
Marg was very involved with numerous organizations near to her heart, which included the American Legion Auxiliary, Emmett Ryan Unit #36 as treasurer and St. Francis PCCW. She also served on the board of directors of the Wells Fargo Bank of Valier. Her hobbies included cards, games and crocheting many afghans for every family member. She always had a deck of cards or the dominoes ready for any visitors and could recall every score, winning or losing.
Margaret is survived by her children, Donna (Jeff) Ellsworth of Fergus Falls, MN, Jean (Roy) King and Beverly (Russell) Wilson of Breckenridge, MN, Juanita (Landis) Meeks of Cut Bank, MT, Kenneth (Judith Baker) Christiaens of Kalispell, MT, Raymond (Shawn) Christiaens, Kevin, MT, Rodney (Jacqueline) Christiaens, Janet (Johnny) Stokes, and Dean (Ann) Christiaens of Valier, MT, Becky (Todd) Rathbun of St. Michael, MN and Kurt (Tassie) Christiaens of Valier, MT.
Margaret is preceded in death by her husband, Donald in 2005 and her oldest son, Keith.
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Apr. 30, 2017.
- Graduation: She graduated from St John High School, Little Chute, in 1952.
Donald Maurice Christiaens
M, b. August 20, 1933, d. September 2, 2005
- Birth: Donald Maurice Christiaens was born on August 20, 1933.
- Marriage: He and Margaret Mary Evers were married on October 7, 1954 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
- Death: Donald Maurice Christiaens died on September 2, 2005, at age 72, in Valier, Pondera Co, Montana.
Mary Rose Theunis
F, b. March 10, 1943, d. June 17, 2015
- Birth: Mary Rose Theunis was born on March 10, 1943 in Wrightstown, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
- Death: She died on June 17, 2015, at age 72.
- Burial: She was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Kaukauna, Wisconsin.
- Note: Tennessen, Mary R.
On Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 8:30 pm the Lord called Mary Tennessen to his heavenly home and the angels guided her. She was born on March 10, 1943 to the late Elmer and Geraldine (Evers) Theunis. On June 11, 1963 she married Donald "Bert" Tennessen at St. Paul Catholic Church in Wrightstown. They just celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary.
Since childhood, Mary had excelled in typing, taking first and second place in the statewide typing and spelling contest two years in a row at 135 wpm! In 1962, she was homecoming queen. Mary started her career as a secretary at Thilmany and St. Elizabeth Hospital. After years of hard work, Mary and Donald "Bert" started their own business, Concrete Cutters, Inc. which they owned and operated for 34 years. She also served on many city committees and was active within the community and volunteered at Holy Cross Parish office.
Mary enjoyed listening to and playing music, especially her accordion, hum strum and tambourine. In her younger years, she enjoyed bowling on leagues and was proud of her 300 games. Mary was a social person and enjoyed playing cards with friends and getting together with her St. Elizabeth Lunch Bunch. She enjoyed playing sports in her childhood with family on the Wrightstown family farm and was an avid Packer, Brewer and Wisconsin Badger fan. Mary cherished the time she was able to spend with her children and grandchildren, especially the family trips to Shawano Lake.
Mary is survived by her husband of 52 years, Bert; son, Thomas (Julie) Tennessen and Julie's daughter, Chloe; son, Ron (Jennifer) Tennessen and their children, Prestin and Spencer; daughter, Lori (Dale) Zuleger and their children, Stephanie and Danielle; daughter Lisa "Leigh" (Rick) Zuehl and their children, Kaitlyn and Mackenzie; brother, Carl (Sharon) Theunis; sisters, Donna (Ron) Van Lanen, Lou Ann (Carl) Zeamer and Karen (Gary) Tetzlaff; sisters-in-law, Joan Ann (Gary) Dollevoet, Rose Ann Tennessen and Blanche (Tennessen) Meyer; as well as many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by Bert's parents, Lawrence and Mary Tennessen; and a brother-in-law, Eugene Tennessen.
Visitation will be held on Monday, June 22, from 4 pm to the time of vigil service at 7 pm at O'CONNELL FUNERAL HOME (1776 E. Main Street, Little Chute). Visitation will continue on Tuesday, June 23, from 10 am to the time of Funeral Mass at 11 am at HOLY CROSS CATHOLIC CHURCH (301 Desnoyer Street, Kaukauna). Rev. Thomas Pomeroy will be officiating. Committal will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established for the Catholic School System. To sign the guestbook, please visit oconnellfh.com.
The family would like to thank Dr. Flanagan and Dr. Goggins as well as the staff of St. Elizabeth Hospital and St. Paul Home for their compassionate care given to Mary. Thanks to Father Jack Mullarkey for 21 years at Holy Cross Parish. They would also like to thank family and friends, especially Rev. Thomas Pomeroy, who visited with Mary and gave her strength and spiritual empowerment.
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