Andrea Jean Christiansen
Andrea Jean Christiansen age 57, passed away peacefully, on February 22, 2018, with family present at their Hager City, WI, home. She was born July 4, 1950, in Minneapolis, MN, to parents Margie Scruggs of Rochester, MN and Nicholas Even of Bay City WI. She graduated from Ellsworth High School in 1978, and Stevens Point Collage, WI, in 1983, with two teaching degrees. She married Peder Christiansen in 1983, in Red Wing, MN.
Andi was a "people person" with many friends and interests. She home-schooled their four children, had an artist's gift, was a master gardener, taught guitar lessons, was a vocalist and a substitute teacher at Ellsworth Schools. Andi reached out to children in the area, who were having difficult family circumstances and brought them to the farm for therapeutic day visits. Christiansen farm was a drop off location for injured or abandoned animals. Interspersed with the above, she experimented with bees, making maple syrup and pheasant hunting. Otherwise the Christiansen Dairy Farm kept the family close to home.
IN 2009, Andi was diagnosed with breast cancer that later metastasize into cancer of the liver. She chose a homeopathic regimen of treatment. Her strong Christian faith was ever present.
She is survived by her husband, Pete, children Jonathan (Deb, grand daughter, Kirby), Jenny, Laura and Jeff (Karissa, grand children Perrin and Hadassah), mother, Margie Scruggs, father, Nicholas E. Even, brother, Nicholas J. Even (Kylee) NSW, Australia, brother, Ted Even (Nancy), Rochester, MN and adopted family nephew, Fritz Wester (Becky) Atwater, CA
Andi and Pete raised their family with a strong commitment to Christian Faith, family and community - a legacy that will continue. Their grand children, being their pride and joy, despite her condition, Andi maintained her composure to color and read stories to them and greet visitors. Up to the very last, she had constant care from family, friends (the furthest being Florida), neighbors and Hospice.
Andi's wish was to be buried on their farm, which was accomplished the afternoon of her death by and with the company of family members and friends. An Open House was given 4 days later at the Christiansen Farm with notice given On Line. It was attended by over 250 relatives, neighbors and friends. A wonderful send-off to a much-loved person.
Memorial Gifts, may be given to Allina Health Hospice (non-profit), 1055 Westgate, Suit 100, St. Paul, MN 55114