Christine Josephine Cavanaugh
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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.

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Published in Los Angeles Times on Dec. 30, 2014.
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December 13, 2020
Growing up as a kid.I couldn’t wait to get home on the weekdays and watch rugrats and dexter laboratory.On the weekends Saturday morning was all about ahh real monsters I loved ickus but Oblina was my favorite monster.Chuckie, Dexter and Oblina were three of my favorite characters you voiced.Each part of your personality.Dexter being very smart and reserved, chuckie teaching people to overcome fear,Oblina being the voice of reason to those close around her and showing good leadership skills.You were part of all of our 90s kids childhood.Thank you! We love you and truly appreciate you for that may you Continue to live on and rest in paradise with our heavenly father.Thank you Christine Cavanaugh
Alfred White (Fan)
Friend
April 22, 2020
My wonderful Christine,
I was thinking about you today because you was in my dream last night. I wanted to tell you that you helped me get rid of a really bad memory that stayed with me for three years, it was a really rough time with bullying.

I have been watching Rugrats a lot lately and the episode "Music" made me smile, especially your song and this quote in paticular:
"Pack away all the scary things that make you sad... And smile, smile, smile!" Chuckie Finster

I just wanted to say thank you for helping me. Thank you for coming to see me in my dream. Please come see me again! I love you. <3
Dexter's Laboratory Fan
February 18, 2020
This is "Dexter's Laboratory Fan" that commented and a while back. I just realized that you saved my life. I feel like you come see me when I need you. Thank you for helping me and for caring for me, even if I never met you personally.
I think about you a lot and sometimes, I imagine you telling me "Everything will be okay." You have been in my dreams before. You made the world right for me.
I love you so much, forever and ever.
Dexter's Laboratory Fan
November 20, 2019
R.i.H didnt know you passed till now
Qwayshawna
June 8, 2019
Dear Christine Cavanaugh,

You have been a light to my life. You always make me smile with Dexter's Laboratory. I was introduced to Dexter's Laboratory in November, and it made me laugh right away, I wanted to see more of it. I hope you know you're still making people laugh, you're still making people smile, you're still lighting up the lives of people because you do that for me.
On weekends, we go stay with my grandpa and we watch Dexter's Laboratory. My favorite episode is Lab-retto, I always like singing along with Dexter. The episodes with you as Dexter is my favorites. You are, to me, the best Dexter. I just wanted to say thank you, Christine Cavanaugh, thank you so much for always making me smile and laugh. I hope you're looking down on me and the rest of your fans, smiling. :,) You are a true angel and will always be remembered, not as just a voice actress but as a person. A wonderful, great person.
I'll never forget you. <3
Dexter's Laboratory Fan
February 24, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Jerry Smith
November 21, 2016
Valenda Newell
October 10, 2016
Oblina (My Best Friend)
When I was two years old, I fell in love with the Nickelodeon TV show, "Aaahh!!! Real Monsters!, because I was born in the late 1990's. Then, when I first saw Oblina, I was amazed and mesmerized with what she could really do to scare those humans away. I was really impressed that she wasn't spoiled because she came from a wealthy family, and that's another reason why I like her. As I got a little older, I never stopped drawing pictures of me with her together. Two years ago, I've been having a rough Christmas with my family. And it wasn't until New Year's Eve when I found out Oblina passed away. I was honestly devastated and heartbroken, which I knew was even worse than Robin William's death. I've always considered Oblina as my best friend, and I will never forget her for as long as I live. Thank you, Christine Cavanaugh, for playing my best friend. You made a memory in my childhood I will always keep close to my heart. Rest in peace, Oblina. I love you. :) <3
Caitlin Sutton
September 4, 2016
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Dizzy Storms
August 16, 2016
Christine Cavanaugh Will Be Honored On Holidays Plus She Would Of Turned 52 Years Old To Her Husband Plus Other Family Members I'M Sorry For Your Lost Christine Cavanaugh Have Meet And Made Many Voice Over Friends Will Forever Misses Her Including Me And Her Other Fans. Happy Birthday You Always Is A Shining Star Who Cared About Many People And I Always Watch Old Episodes Of Dark Wing Rug Rats On You Tube. You Is Never Forgotten And Still Truly Missed By All Your Voice Over Friends :( Plus You Will Be Honored On Your Next Birthday August 16.2018 And August 16.2019 Plus Every Single Holiday!
Tiffany Riley
December 30, 2015
That'll do, pig. That'll do. May your memory be eternal!
David Schimpf
October 17, 2015
Chirstine really was a real life angel. Her eyes, smile, voice and just everything about her makes me love her more and more each day. Although only less than eleven months I ever knew of her, I feel like that she was and always will be more than just a talented actress, both off and on screen. It's strange to say that I never really grew up with most of her skills, the only characters I can ever remember early back was Chuckie, Dexter, Babe and Bud Smith, and yet, not only do I feel that she's an understandable person with past troubles to relate to and such, but in the last fourteen years of my whole life I feel as if I connect with her. Not because of the characters I, and many others, grew and love and adore, but more then that. It is silly to think such a thing but there really is something about her that no one can ever know of, I honestly think of her almost everyday since the first time I've ever heard of her passing. It's like how Lilo from 'Lilo and Stitch' deeply loves and admires Elvis. I'm honestly completely disappointed in myself for never knowing about this incredible woman in the first place, but it would make sense though, due to I was only born in the exact same year she retired. Her name would have appeared in the credits and that was about it. Nothing else I knew of before January this year. I bless and pray for her and her dear family and friends right now and for the rest of my life. Someone should make a book or documentary about her. She's just too much of an incredible lady not to do so. No matter what other people agree or not when I say this, but NO ONE can ever replace miss Christine. Candi Milo, Nancy Cartwright or anyone use can voice all the characters she left behind, but can never BE them. Each and every one of those characters are Christine and always will be a Christine.... <3
Annabel Hicks
September 26, 2015
Thank you so very much for using your God given Gift,Talent and Time while your Labor was not in vain and shall carry on.
Monique Torres
August 20, 2015
Watching Sonic the Hedgehog with my son, I looked up the bunny that always called him 'sugar hog' and cracked me up with her voice. Sad to see you've gone, but your voices live on.
Wesley Moyer
August 16, 2015
In Loving Memory of Christine, born 52 years ago today.
August 7, 2015
r.i.p Gosslyan Mallard
Jeremy Lafleur
August 7, 2015
R.I.P GOSLYAN MALLARD: YOU WERE A CUTE CHARACTER:GOSLYAN MALLARD IS WITH JESUS
Jeremy Lafleur
May 2, 2015
Gosalyn Mallard was a wonderful part of my childhood. We will all miss you Christine
neal crisp
April 30, 2015
Your first big break in voice acting actually happened the year I was born - 1991. I grew up with the Rugrats, and other shows like AAAHH!!! Real Monsters, Dexter's Laboratory, and the movie Babe. I couldn't have hoped to understand the measure of passion you had put into your roles when I was so young, but now looking back, I can't help but smile and think about how much fun you must have had the entire time. I appreciate the time you spent doing voice work for shows that will forever be ingrained in the minds of the children of that generation. You might be gone for now, but you most certainly will never be forgotten, and I can only hope to come face to face with you one day - in some other realm, or reality. Rest In Love.
Lindsey Wells
April 9, 2015
My childhood was that much greater because of your work. I will always remember you...I also loved the Salute your Shorts episode you were in!!
Ashley I.
February 15, 2015
I was a year younger in high school with Christine, did not know the heartache she was going through, looking back knowing her Mother had just passed away, she is a giant spirit and dealt with life's trails with grace,
Rob Johnson
February 9, 2015
My dearest Christine. You always made me feel like I fit in in this crazy place we both landed called Hollywood. You were kind and generous to all. You kicked my butt when I needed it too. So sorry that we lost touch over the years. I ran into a mutual friend and she told me you had passed. I know that heaven is rejoicing your presence just as we here are missing you. Godspeed dear one.
Camille Leibbrand
February 9, 2015
I remember back in 1998, I sent a hand drawn birthday card to Christine. A few days later, I got a message from her in which I remember her said "Hello, Tom, this is a voice from your past". I last met her at the 1998 Annie Awards, in which she was nominated for best voice. She didn't win but she gave a heartfelt congratulations to the winner, which happens to be the legendary June Foray. Later, when Christine first met another voice legend, Lucille Bliss,(the voice of "Smurfette" she thought " Yeah, you're June Foray's sister".
Thomas K. Lapsley
January 27, 2015
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Thomas Lapsley
January 23, 2015
christine used to go over and visit my mom when most people would try and find reasons not to visit her. christine was the best.
jj solari
January 18, 2015
We are sorry that you had to go, you were talented and lucky that you had it in you. Thanks.
Jason Bertalotto
January 14, 2015
Another light has gone out in the world.
Peter James
January 10, 2015
I have never seen Christine But based on what have read about her she was a source of happiness to many. I wish her family peace and rest in HIM
mony kutty
January 10, 2015
You did good in this life Christine...rest in peace.
Mario Menjivar
January 10, 2015
Please remember that you're not alone and that you're surrounded by people who love you and care for you.
January 10, 2015
A great actress whose talent brought joy into my childhood. May she rest in peace.
January 9, 2015
Many heartfelt expressions have been shared about Christine Cavanaugh and her amazing gift of voice acting. I am hoping they bring comfort to all her loved ones and fans left behind. Please allow God Almighty to be your refuge and your strength as you remember her with fondness and mourn your loss of her presence.
BC
January 8, 2015
I am sorry to hear of the loss of your love one. May God provide strength and comfort to the family during this time of grief.
January 8, 2015
Rest In Peace.
Mario
January 6, 2015
Thank you RIP
January 5, 2015
My condolences to the family of Christine Cavanaugh. May you find comfort in the words Psalm 147:3, God will heal our broken heart.
January 5, 2015
Christine had a very well-honed skill. Her work as a voice actor stands on a very tall pedestal in my eyes. Her unique voice is burned into the very deepest reaches of my childhood--a testament to the creative application of her acting skills. In fact, I doubt I'll ever forget the voices of Dexter, Chuckie, Oblina and so many others. And I'm sure I'm not the only one who will carry her voice in their head. I can only offer my sincerest condolences to the family. The world of voice acting has suffered a loss, and her presence will be missed by many who also grew up listening to her famous characters.
Gaius D
January 4, 2015
My childhood was a little happier thanks to Christine. May you rest in peace.
Mauro Molina
January 4, 2015
May your light always shine.
David Schimpf
January 4, 2015
I didn't know Christine personally but I grew up watching her characters on television. I am deeply saddened to hear of her passing and I want to send my prayers and condolences to her loved ones.
Lynnze Harris
January 3, 2015
My condolences to Christine's family and friends. She will be missed. May prayer help to comfort you through this difficult time.
January 3, 2015
To Mr. Johnson, We are so sorry for your loss. My daughter and I knew Linda - she provided care for my daughter, Alexandra. Our love to all who are missing Christine. Nicki, Ali and Bobby.
Nicki tMoyle
January 3, 2015
I did not know Christine personally however I feel like I grew up with her. I watched a lot of tv as a child because of my illnesses and she played a good number of the characters I adored and that got me through. My thoughts are with her family and friends. You will be missed but never forgotten. Thank you for making so many smile <3
Allison S.
January 3, 2015
Thank you for inspiring me. You brought so many people joy. You're a big, brave dog, Chuckie.
Summer
January 2, 2015
rest in peace my sweet friend. I will never forget you and all the fun we had when we came to stay with you. me and my girls will forever cherish the memories we had with you. love you and we will meet again my friend.
January 2, 2015
I grew up watching Rugrats and Darkwing Duck. I loved both Chuckie Finster and Gosalyn Mallard. Christine will be missed terribly. I send condolences to the family at this extremely sad time. I thank the family for sharing Christine with the world. I thank Christine Cavanaugh for the friends (Gosalyn Mallard and Chuckie) that I had during my childhood.
Adrian Cavazos
January 2, 2015
“For here I am creating new heavens and a new earth; and the former things will not be called to mind, neither will they come up into the heart." Isaiah 65:17. Comforting words to help us appreciate God's willingness to rectify our losses, allay our fears, and diminish evil acts of any kind that caused the loss of our loved ones here to come in the future and forever.
January 2, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends during this difficult time.
Kerry B
January 2, 2015
Such a loss!
January 2, 2015
Thank you for having a part in making my childhood great. God gained not only another angel, but someone who we are going to miss terribly and who was and still is one of the greatest voice actresses of all time. I pray that your loved ones will be able to find comfort and peace during this hard time. Rest in Peace Christine.
Kendra Jones
January 2, 2015
Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.
Harry Simpson
January 2, 2015
God Bless you
EDNA BROADHEAD
January 2, 2015
Heaven gained a special angel?
January 2, 2015
MAY THE FAMILY FIND COMFORT FROM GOD WHO PROMISES TO GIVE COMFORT DURING THIS TIME OF SORROW
January 2, 2015
May God,s loving kindness comfort the Cavanaugh Family and friends,And help you through this difficult time of grief (Psalm 119:50,&76 My deepest sympathy
CJ
January 2, 2015
Msh our Father in heaven be with the mourning.
January 2, 2015
You will always live in our hearts and prayers.
Ps. 55:22
January 2, 2015
I will always remember you as the voice of Bunnie Rabbot. Say hi to Ben Hurst and William Windom in heaven for me.
Errol Leslie
January 2, 2015
I grew up watching Rugrats, and Chuckie was always my favorite character. You have an incredible talent that the world was blessed to see. Thank you for being a part of my childhood.
Marissa W
January 1, 2015
Beautiful Christine who shared your joy with this world, you will be missed.

To her family and friends who knew and loved her:
"There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you
will always be in my heart.
-Gandhi"
Kathleen
January 1, 2015
I am actually watching The Rugrats Movie right now, thinking of you. I am 25 and i grew up watching The Rugrats. I thank you for all your work that made my childhood very innocent and enjoyable. Its sad to say they dont make cartoons like that anymore. God Bless you and your loved ones Christine. Rest in Peace.
-Robert Stewart, Jr.
Robert Stewart, Jr.
January 1, 2015
May you rest in peace Christine ..very sad..sorry for yur loss...
t Flathers
January 1, 2015
Thanks So much for everything you have done.My Boys and I really njoyed The Rugrats God Blessed her with Many talents and we couldn't thank her enough May She Continue to RIP! MUCH LOVE
Christy White
January 1, 2015
Thank you for all the Rugrats I loved !!! No one can replace your memories! Thank you. Rest In Peace ??????
Jane Armstrong
January 1, 2015
She will be missed deeply
paul lopez
January 1, 2015
Christine Cavanaugh and me
paul lopez
January 1, 2015
Gone too soon,so sorry for your loss .
January 1, 2015
I was so sad to hear that you passed away so young. Your cartoon voices made me smile & brought some of my fave characters to life. My inner child salutes you. Rest in peace, Oblina. You deserve to.
Nick Graham
December 31, 2014
Thank You for being part of my childhood. I grew up with your work. You were brilliant and will be missed. Much love<3
Abbie Bosley
December 31, 2014
What a great loss in so many ways;she was so accomplished.
Debra Tekel
December 31, 2014
May God be with you during this difficult time.
Laura Hall
December 31, 2014
Christine, I'm so sad to hear the news you have left us. You were one of the funnest, funniest and talented people I had the good fortune of knowing. My heart goes out to all your family and loved ones, I hope you left knowing how much you were loved, admired and cared about. Such a special light- Rest in Peace, you will be greatly missed- Big love- K-
Katherine Hansen
December 31, 2014
alot of my childhood memories were sparked by this woman. i never knew her personaly but her loss really hit me and it sank painfully in my heart. Rest in peace and thank you for all the wonderful things you did to make my childhood great.
zach josol
December 31, 2014
You helped make my Childhood the awesome experience that it was. Sonic SatAM and Darkwing Duck, Rugrats and even Dexters Laboratory. I'll never forget the laughter and memories. And even my kids today love watching these classic cartoons... Gone but never forgotten:
John Morgan
December 31, 2014
This is something I never expected to happen and it's saddening to read this. Thank you for lending your talents to those of us growing up in the nineties. May you find peace.
Stephen Kidney
December 31, 2014
I offer sincere condolences to friends and family. May you rely on God as he provides comfort for those who are bereaved (Psalm 147:3)
December 31, 2014
I offer sincere condolences to friends and family. May you rely on God as he provides comfort for those who are bereaved (Psalm 147:3)
December 31, 2014
You were my favorite voice ever! You will be missed so much and thank you for everything you gave to the world in your time here.
James T
December 31, 2014
Thank you for sharing yourself and your voice talents with the world. A great talent. My heart goes out to your family.
December 31, 2014
You had an amazing gift and brightened the lives of many young children in your career. Rest in peace
H.M. Gentile
December 31, 2014
You were a treasured presence in my childhood - Rugrats will forever hold a special place in my heart and even from an early age I admired your work. You were part of my introduction to voice acting which has since become a lifelong passion of mine. Little 5 year old me was so amazed when I learned that Babe was actually voiced by a talented grown up lady, what wizardry was that? And to then discover you were Chuckie too!? That was beyond incredible in my book. What an ability! And watching you at work in video recordings for Rugrats Lost in Paris, seeing you giggle inbetween takes, it seemed as though you were having the time of your life doing what you did. I couldn't help longing to do that myself. You made voice acting amazing.

Thank you so much for your performances over the years and the joys and tears you brought with them.

Deepest sympathies and wellwishes to your loved ones at this most difficult of times. RIP, you left far too early.
December 31, 2014
Christine, you left us too early. I couldn't believe it when I heard the news. Thanks for all the laughter and joy you not only gave my sons, but my wife and I. You were just as versatile in front of the camera as you were behind the mic. What a legacy, not only as an actress, voice actress, but as a human being. You will be missed. Rest in peace
Errol Conner
December 31, 2014
Thanks for all the wonderfull childhood memories you created for me! May you forever Rest In Peace!!
December 31, 2014
You were an awesome voice actress. RIP Christine. Condolences go to your family.
Sabbath Fan
December 31, 2014
May the love of God be consoling to you.For He has said I myself am the One comforting you..isa.51:12...nc
December 31, 2014
Such a big part of my childhood... You will be so missed Christine <3
Corrina Biggs
December 31, 2014
Rugrats and Dexter's Laboratory were pretty much staples of my childhood. RIP. Christine definitely will forever be one of my favorite voice over actresses.
Shana Lewis
December 31, 2014
Thank you for the many voices which have become classics. May your family and friends hold fast to happy, loving, laughing memories created before, after and during your career. May loved ones be blessed with prayers and comfort during this time of loss. Rest in Peace.
The Garcia Family
December 31, 2014
Thank You Christine for all the laugh's You gave my Children when they were little. Myself also. I loved Chucky from "Rugrat's". May you rest in peace alway's.
Stephanie Keele
December 31, 2014
Christine created many happy memories for my three children. My son, as a toddler, suffered night terrors. We found that putting on the movie "Babe" was the only thing that could calm him. The movie and the talents of Christine are close to our hearts.
Shawna Monson
December 31, 2014
I cannot tell you how many Rugrats episodes I watched both with and without my young children. I loved that show! It's very sad that one of the biggest voice actresses in history has died to young. RIP "Chuckie".
December 31, 2014
Freddie Rhett
December 31, 2014
thank you for being part of my childhood :,(
December 31, 2014
I hope this poem brings this family a measure of peace.

WE SEEM TO GIVE HER BACK TO THEE DEAR GOD
WHO GAVEST HER TO US.

YET AS THOU DIDST NOT LOSE HER IN GIVING,
SO WE HAVE NOT LOST HER IN HER RETURN.

FOR LIFE IS ETERNAL; AND LOVE IS IMMORTAL;
AND DEATH IS ONLY A HORIZON;

AND A HORIZON IS NOTHING SAVE
THE LIMIT OF OUR SIGHT. . . .

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.”
December 31, 2014
I wish to extend my deepest sympathy at this difficult time,draw close to God and he will draw close to you.James 4:8
Vivian
December 31, 2014
Christine Cavanaugh will surely be missed. She brought so much joy to the life's of many people. I pray that the God of comfort bring the Cavanaugh family strength and comfort during your time of grief. 2 Corinth ins 1:3
Renee Davidson
December 31, 2014
Thank you so much for the joy you brought me growing up. I wish the best for your family and friends.
Ashley Mendoza
December 31, 2014
To the family of Christine Cavanaugh, please accept my dearest condolences. May you draw close to God so he may give you comfort at such a time (James 4:8)
brooke
December 31, 2014
I witnessed you in high school and saw a loving, funny and sweet person. I now work at Antelope Island, a place you loved. Good for you for living your dreams and sharing your gifts with the world. Your light will shine on.
Susan Green
December 31, 2014
Thank you for both inspiration as a performer, and as a father. You were a blessing to so many, including myself.
D. G. Speirs
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