Martha B. Christian

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Christian, Martha B.

Martha B.Christian, 96, of Prairie Ridge Assisted Living in Beaver Dam, passed away on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Golden Living Nursing Home in Beaver Dam, WI.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 24, at noon at St. Johns Ev. Lutheran Church, Juneau, with the Rev. Paul Schupmann officiating. A visitation will be held on Thursday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to noon at St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Juneau. Interment will take place at the Juneau City Cemetery, Juneau, WI.

Martha was born the daughter of Gustav and Bertha (Lobeck) Budahn on September 19, 1917, in Wittenberg. She was united in marriage to Erwin Christian on September 22, 1939 in Wittenberg, WI.

Martha was a member of St. John Ev. Lutheran Church, Juneau. She was also a member of the St. John Ladies Aid.

Martha is survived by: her daughter, Sharon (Richard) Zinke of Brownsville; her sister, Helena Strange; her sisters-in-law, Jean Christian and Fern Christian; her son-in-law, Stan Schwantes of Edina, MN; her grandchildren, Jeffrey Schwantes, Dr. Julie (Steve) Boman, Mark Zinke, and Dan (Jodi) Zinke; great grandchildren, Lara, Maria, Sophia, Ella, Brianna, Kallie and Kristine; further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Gustav and Bertha Budahn; her husband, Erwin; her daughter, Jean Schwantes; her parents-in-law, William and Minnie Christian; her brothers-in-law, Gerhardt Christian, Bill Christian, Arthur Christian, O.W. Strange, Fred Meyer, Oscar Jobe; sisters-in-law, Malinda Meyer, Esther Jobe, and Marianne Christian.

Koepsell Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Mayville, is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at

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Published in Fond du Lac Reporter on Apr. 22, 2014
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