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Christine Josephine Cavanaugh Obituary
August 16, 1963 - December 22, 2014 Christine was born Aug. 16, 1963 to Waldo E. Sandberg and Rheta Mason Sandberg. At the age of 15 Christine's "mamma" Margaret Sandberg passed away and she was welcomed into the home of Kirt and Linda Johnson, which she considered her Mom and Dad for the rest of her life. She graduated from Layton High School in 1981. Attended Utah State University after high school, then attended University of Hawaii where she met her future husband. After college she moved to California to pursue her acting career. Christine married Kevin James Cavanaugh in 1985; they later divorced. Her acting career started in 1988, with her big break in 1991 when she used her amazing talent to bring Goslyn Duck from Dark Wing Duck to life. She did too many things in her career to list including TV and movie appearances. Some of her major career accomplishments includes her voice as Chuckie (Rugrats 1991-2003), Marty Sherman (The Critic 1994-1995), Oblina (Ahhhhh Real Monsters 1994-1997), Babe (Babe 1995), and Dexter (Dexter's Laboratory 1996-2003). She was able to do incredible and amazing things with her voice and bring lots of smiles and many laughs to many people who are now young adults. Christine retired from her voice career in 2001 and moved to be closer to her family. Christine had no biological children of her own. However she was the god mother to Isabel Torres, daughter of her childhood friend Susan Yoshikawa Torres. There is more than can be mentioned in brief page in the final chapter of a life too large to be described, to know the story you would have had to read the book. Unfortunately we really only know the parts we played big or small. Christine has touched many lives, some we know and others we do not. Whether she was a baby sitter as an adolescent, a voice in a cartoon, an aunt, a sister, and friend, young or old it didn't matter. She always made the most of where you were and what circumstance arose. Her imagination, humor and intelligence were evident to anyone who had the pleasure of meeting her. It was of no surprise when she was able to share her talents with the world. Many know of her from the roles she played, but in each role there was a part of her showing through that the ones who truly knew her could see. The childlike awe of the world, humor to deal with the unpleasantness of reality, strength to deal with the challenges we all face, and intelligence to know when to act or accept what fate had allowed. Christine lived her life the way she wanted. Accolades, notoriety, and recognition were not the reason for her interest in entertainment, it was for the love of entertainment, to make people smile. When her life changed she found herself needing the quiet of the country and her love changed from entertaining to hiking, reading, writing and living a simple life. Even with the evolution in her life her wit, wisdom and imagination were still alive and well. "Death is not the end of life, just a changing of worlds" (unknown) "Each of us is here for a brief sojourn" Albert Einstein Christine was preceded in death by her mom, Linda Johnson of Cedar City, Ut. Her papa, Waldo E. Sandberg of Richfield, Ut. Her mother, Rheta Mason of Ogden Ut. And her mamma, Margaret Sandberg of Layton, Ut. Christine is survived by her Dad, Kirt Johnson and Paula Thompson of Cedar City, Ut. Her sister, Deionn (Matt) Masock and their children, Alec, Nash and Madison. Her brother, Kirtis (Hope) Johnson and their children Felicia and Amanda. Her half siblings, Stanley Sandberg, Steven Sandberg, Ann Marie Ruttenbur, Jesse Sharky, Catherine Sharky, Leigh M. Clark and many nieces and nephews. A Memorial Stone ceremony was held in her honor on Antelope Island, a place she loved and visited often with her papa.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 30, 2014
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