Michael J. Christensen

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Westerly - Michael J. Christensen, 77, of The Clipper Home in Westerly, passed away of Alzheimer's disease on Dec. 16, 2012, at The Westerly Hospital.

He was born March 18, 1935, in Greenville, Mich., son of Milo and Julia Christensen, brother of Suzanne. His father nurtured him to become an engineer, his mother that he have courage, his sister that he have compassion. He had the best of all of them.

He graduated from the Greenville High School and went on to Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland Ohio, graduating in June of 1957. He moved to Connecticut to a career as engineer and engineering project manager in the submarine engineering, design, and construction business.

Retiring at age 56, he engaged in various volunteer activities in communities of Southeastern Connecticut. He made his life, a life of his own, not abandoning his adventurous spirit. His greatest lesson of life was that his life was not his own, but he shaped it and lived it for the circumstances of the times.

His greatest joy was his vast family. He is survived by friends, Barbara Walker Fontaine and Julian Fontaine of Mystic; daughter, Linda Jager and her husband, Mark Jager, of Rockwood, Mich.; grandsons, Mark Jager of Rockwood, Mich., and Nicholas Jager and his wife, Amanda, of Newport News, Va.; great-grandson, Alex Jager; his son, Michael J. Christensen Jr. and his wife, Michele Christensen, of Westerly; granddaughters, Kristi Christensen and Jennifer Hoelck and her husband, Kevin Hoelck, of Westerly; and great-granddaughter, Emmalee Hoelck; stepdaughter, Veronica Bennett of Texas; and stepsons, Walter Dudley and Jonathan Dudley of Texas.

He was predeceased by stepson, Marc Dudley of Danielson and by his wife, Joan (Dudley) Christensen.

A calling hour will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 21, at the Mystic Funeral Home, Route 1, Mystic, immediately followed by a celebration of his life at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. A private burial will be in the Forest Home Cemetery, Greenville, Mich., at the convenience of the family.

Memorial donations may be made to Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island, 143 Main St., Wakefield, RI 02879.

Please visit www.mysticfuneralhome.com to leave an online message of condolence.
Published in The Day on Dec. 18, 2012
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