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Mark Christiansen

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Mark Christiansen 1943 - 2008 BENNINGTON Mark A. Christiansen, 65, a resident of Sandgate died unexpectedly Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 13, 2008, at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington. Born in Bennington on March 12, 1943, the son of Chris and Abby Kelsch Christiansen, he attended Arlington schools. An Army veteran, he served from 1961 - 1965, where he served his tour of duty in Europe Mark worked as a marine carpenter for most of his working career, retiring in 1998. Mark also worked for local contractors and owned and operated an independent field mowing business since the early 1970's. In his earlier years, Mark had served as Sandgate Cemetery Commissioner and he also served on many other Sandgate Town boards. Mark was a member of the Vermont 251 Club and the American Legion Post 69, Arlington, and the Dock builders Local 1456 in New York City since 1968. Mark enjoyed working with his hands, muscle cars, welding and working on farm equipment. He was an avid reader, especially topics such as American military history. He cherished time spent with his family, especially his dog Cedar. He leaves his wife, the former Karen Hertlein, whom he married at the Federated Church of East Arlington in 1973; his brother. Ed Christiansen of Naples, Fla., and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Brunell Christiansen. FUNERAL NOTICE: A celebration of the life of Mark A. Christiansen will be celebrated Monday, Aug. 25, 2008, at 4 p,.m. at HANSON-WALBRIDGE FUNERAL HOME Arlington Chapel. The Rev. Kathleen Clark of the Federated Church of East Arlington will preside. Interment will be private. If friends desire, gifts in Mark's memory may be made to the Arlington Rescue Squad, , Vermont Chapter, the Vermont Spinal Disorder Organization or the Second Chance Animal Shelter c/o Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 528, Arlington, VT 05250. To send the family personal e-mail condolences please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
Published in Bennington Banner on Aug. 18, 2008
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