Paul Christenson

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Paul Francis Christenson, age 57, of Waukee, and formerly of Storm Lake, died June 15, 2011 in Johnston.

Funeral Mass will be held Monday, June 20, at 10 a.m. at the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Storm Lake. Visitation will be held Sunday, June 19, from 3-8 p.m. at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake with a rosary at 3:30 p.m. and a vigil service at 7 p.m. Burial will be in the Oakland Cemetery in Peterson. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.

Paul Francis Christenson was born June 28, 1953 in Storm Lake, the son of Bernard and June (Beck) Christenson. As an infant, Paul was baptized at the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Storm Lake. On Oct. 30, 1960 Paul received his first communion and on May 19, 1965 he was confirmed.

Growing up, Paul attended St. Mary's Catholic School where he graduated in 1971.

On Dec. 11, 1973, Paul was united in marriage to Mary Dean in Storm Lake. Together, they were blessed with one son, Ryan.

Paul continued his education at Western Iowa Tech Community College and then started his trade as a journeyman for Seiler's before opening his own business as Christenson P & H in 1980. In 1999, they moved to Waukee, and he continued working in the plumbing industry.

Paul taught classes in furnace and air conditioning for many years. He was a fixit guy and loved to tinker and get old things up and running. Paul also enjoyed golf. He loved his family and treasured the time he was able to spend with them. Paul will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Mary Christenson of Waukee; son, Ryan Christenson of Jackson, Tenn.; brothers and sisters: Philip (Maryanne) Christenson of Loveland, Ohio; Mark (Barbara) Christenson of Albuquerque, N.M.; Kathy (Joe) Nemmers of Forest Lake, Ill.; Donnabelle (Jeff) Romatoski of Woodbury, Minn.; Jim (Laura) Christenson of Adel; Frank (Kris) Christenson of Van Meter; Rose (Mark) Janes of Tampa, Fla.; Marica (Joey) Davis of Apollo Beach, Fla.; and John (Bonne) Christenson of Austin, Texas; numerous nieces and nephews; extended family and many friends.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.