Catherine Anna Christianson (1940 - 2017)

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Long time Alaska resident Mrs. Catherine Anna Christianson, 77, died peacefully with her loving family by her side on Oct. 1, 2017, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska.
A memorial service is planned for Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, at 2 p.m., at Central Lutheran Church, 1420 Cordova Street in Anchorage. A reception will follow the memorial at the church. Pastor Jeff Hackler will officiate. Catherine will be laid to rest at the Fort Richardson National Cemetery at a later date.
Cathy was born on March 20, 1940, in Sioux Falls, S.D., to Charles and Mary Larsen. She spent her youth growing up in Sioux Falls with her large Catholic family. She graduated from O'Gorman Catholic High School and later attended Stewart Beauty School in Sioux Falls, S.D. She worked as a Nurses Aide in Mitchell, S.D., and as a Beautician in Madison, S.D.
Cathy married the love of her life, Rodney Christianson, in 1960. Cathy became a United States Air Force spouse and the family traveled the world for 20 years. They lived in Colorado, Texas, Puerto Rico, North Dakota, Guam, Michigan and finally Alaska. Cathy made Alaska her home in June 1975, with husband Rodney and their two children, Pam and Rodney Leon. Their third child, Kari, was born in Anchorage in 1979.
In her time in Anchorage, Cathy was active in the Lutheran faith and was a longtime member of Central Lutheran Church. She volunteered her time for the Anchorage School District and enjoyed planting flowers and spending time with her beloved dogs, especially Trixie. After her husband Rodney retired, they traveled throughout Alaska, Canada and the Lower 48 in their motorhome. She especially enjoyed attending concerts and performances in Las Vegas, Nev., and Branson, Mo., among other places. Catherine loved National Parks and visiting new places. Some of her favorite places included the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and the Edmonton Mall.
Cathy's husband remembers her as, "my loving wife of 57 years and mother of our three beautiful children." She didn't mind traveling the Alaska Highway but thought she would move to another military base after three years, but things changed. She grew to love the mountains and everything about this great state and decided to call Alaska her home.
Cathy was extremely proud of her seven grandsons and all of their accomplishments. She enjoyed sharing pictures of all of them on Facebook. Her grandsons will miss her deeply.
Cathy is preceded in death by her parents; three brothers; a sister; and her son, Rodney Leon. Cathy is survived by her husband, Rodney of Anchorage; daughters, Pam (Michael) of Anchorage and Kari (Frank) of Palmer, Alaska; daughter-in-law, Lisa of Germany; grandsons, Aaron and Ryan of Anchorage, Daniel and Michael of Germany, and Trent, Ron and William of Palmer; sisters, Donna Struck of Brookings, S.D., and Jane Satnan of Sioux Falls, S.D.; and a host of other family and friends that loved her unconditionally.
Flowers may be sent to Central Lutheran Church and monetary donations can be made to Bean's Cafe or the Salvation Army in her honor. Arrangements were made by the Anchorage Funeral Home and Crematory. Please visit Catherine's online obituary and guest book at

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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Oct. 8, 2017
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