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Obituary: Gertrude M. Christensen

Feb 28, 2017 10:31AM ● Published by Jim

Gertrude M. Christensen

Gertrude M. Christensen, age 88, of Beaver Dam, died Monday, February 27, 2017 at Hillside Manor in Beaver Dam.

A Memorial Gathering will be held for Gertrude at the Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam on Monday, March 6, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  A Memorial Service will follow at the funeral home on Monday, beginning at 11:30 a.m. with John R. Leiting officiating.  Inurnment will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

Gertrude Marion Hoffman was born on March 25, 1928 in Bloomfield Township, Walworth County, Wisconsin to the late Wilfred and Marion (McCasline) Hoffman.  She graduated from Lake Geneva High School.  On August 7, 1947, Gertrude was united in marriage with Jerry Christensen in Walworth County.  In 1963, they moved to Beaver Dam where Gertrude worked at the hospital until she retired in 1988.  She was a strong woman with a wonderful attitude and was known as “grandma” to both her own grandkids and many outside her own family.  She loved to bake and was a wonderful cook.  Gertrude enjoyed reading and had fond memories of the Thursday Women’s Bowling League.

Survivors include her two sons, Richard Christensen of Beaver Dam and Paul (Joan) Christensen of Jefferson; five grandchildren, John (Tammy) Christensen of Milwaukee, Chad (Katie) of Lighthouse Point, FL, Tara (Travis) Caul of Fond du Lac, Heather (Joe) Tamaz of Milwaukee, and Joseph Christensen of Long Island, NY; 15 great grandchildren, Kyle, Jacob, Evan, Ella, Brandon, Tyler, Amber, Conner, Brianna, Aiden, Brennan, Eliana, Maddox “Love Bug”, Joseph, and Ryan; two great great granddaughters, Evelyn and Madelyn; her best friend, Betty Indermuehle; two cousins, Ginny and Jim Bourne; her special cat Boo Boo; other relatives and friends.  Gertrude was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and three sons, Jim Christensen, Ed Christensen, and Michael Christensen.

The family would like to thank Hillside Manor and Hillside Hospice for the love and care shown to Gertrude.

The Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam is caring for the family. To leave online condolences, or for directions and other information, please visit our website at

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