Watson, Kristine Joy (Koester)
Kristine Watson, 53, went to her Heavenly Home on Aug. 27, 2014, in her home at the U.S. Army Barracks, Stuttgart, Germany. Kris was born on Oct. 6, 1960, in Waukegan, Ill., the daughter of Virgil and Betty Koester, Green Bay, Wis., and wife of Major General Bryan Watson, Stuttgart, Germany. Her family lived in Wausau, Wis., 1965-1985, and she attended Wausau Schools, kindergarten through high school, graduating from Wausau East High in June 1979. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, May 1984 and was employed by IBM, St. Paul. Kris married West Point graduate Bryan Watson, Dec. 29, 1984, at Grace Lutheran Church, Minneapolis and lived in many Army Forts in the US, Korea and Germany. She was a true Red, White and Blue Army wife, Kris was a Green and Gold Packers fan and could see the games wherever she lived.
Kris is survived by her loving husband, Bryan Watson; daughter, Rachel Watson, Los Angeles, Calif.; parents, Virgil and Betty Koester; father-in-law, Retired Major General Gerald Watson, Jacksonville, Ala.; brother-in-law, Darryl Watson, sister-in-law, Janie Watson and three nephews, Zack, Tom, Sam, all of Acworth, Ga.; two uncles, six aunts, 12 cousins and many, many friends.
Kris was preceded in death by her mother-in-law, Carol Ann Watson; grandparents; six uncles, two aunts and one cousin.
Visitation was at Murphy Funeral Home, Arlington, Va., at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. The Funeral Service was held at the Memorial Chapel, Fort Myer, Arlington, by Chaplain Col. Ron Huggler, 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. Burial will be held at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery.
If you wish to honor Kris, donations can be made in her name to Fisher House Foundation, Inc., 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420, Rockville, MD 20850-5168. Fisher House provides free housing for families while visiting wounded Service Men and Women.
Published by Green Bay Press-Gazette on Sep. 7, 2014.