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Obituary for Brent Douglas Christianson

Brent D. Christianson September 12, 1951- May 13, 2020 Brent Christianson- Poet, Partner, Pastor, Parent, and Friend died May 13, 2020. Brent was born September 12, 1951, in La Crosse, Wisconsin to Casper and Dorothy (Beck) Christianson. Brent attended La Crosse public schools and graduated from Luther College and Luther Theological Seminary. He is dearly loved by his wife Rebecca, his daughters, Johanna (James), St. Paul, MN, Leah (Dan), Minneapolis, MN and Elisabeth (Jeremiah) Oakland, CA, grandchildren Silas and Emilia, his brothers John (Norma), Lakeville, MN, C. Owen (Linda), Decorah, IA, Paul (Anita), Hazlet, NJ, Robert (Kathleen), La Crosse, WI […]

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Brent D. Christianson
September 12, 1951- May 13, 2020
Brent Christianson- Poet, Partner, Pastor, Parent, and Friend died May 13, 2020. Brent was born September 12, 1951, in La Crosse, Wisconsin to Casper and Dorothy (Beck) Christianson. Brent attended La Crosse public schools and graduated from Luther College and Luther Theological Seminary. He is dearly loved by his wife Rebecca, his daughters, Johanna (James), St. Paul, MN, Leah (Dan), Minneapolis, MN and Elisabeth (Jeremiah) Oakland, CA, grandchildren Silas and Emilia, his brothers John (Norma), Lakeville, MN, C. Owen (Linda), Decorah, IA, Paul (Anita), Hazlet, NJ, Robert (Kathleen), La Crosse, WI and sisters Marianne (Kate), St. Paul, MN, Cindy (Tim), Brownsville, MN, and Dee (Dave), Golden Valley, MN, as well as many nieces, nephews, extended Smith family, and friends.
Brent served as parish Pastor at Immanuel Lutheran, Watertown, WI, Trondhjem Lutheran, Lonsdale, MN, St. John’s Lutheran, Webster, MN. Brent served as Campus Pastor at ISU, Normal, IL, and University of Wisconsin-Madison.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Christian. Family services have been held and a Memorial Service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers please consider a gift to the Carbone Cancer Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Trondhjem Lutheran Church in Lonsdale, MN, or a local charity of your choice.
God in your Mercy, Hold him in Love.

Arrangements by Bierman Funeral Home and Crematory. biermanfuneralhome.com.

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6 Comments

  1. Frank W Anderson

    Thank you for sharing Brent with the church and the world. I loved knowing him and miss that he will be in the world creating and challenging us all to be more…

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  2. Millie Collins

    My deepest sympathy to Becky and his family. I will miss seeing his poems on FB. He helped Mark so much during his journey of the same dreadful disease. It’s a blessing to know they are not suffering anymore and are in God’s arms. Praying for comfort and peace for you at this time.

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  3. Gayla Christianson

    Our sympathy for Brent’s family. Peace, Rolf & Gayla Jean Christianson

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  4. Ethan and Jan Erdman

    As members of Christ Luther Church, Spring Green, WI, we came to know Brent Christianson through his often couple times year visits (as well as serving on Synod committee with him). He would come to tell us of Lutheran Campus Ministry and to serve as supply pastor . His well thought out messages where always interesting informative, and welcomed.
    On one such occasion, Brent stepped to center aisle, as always with no notes, and began the sermon. It wasn’t long before he sensed he had lost his audience. Everyone seemed to be looking past him. He turned around to see what we were looking at and saw, on the arm of the stained glass cross, a bird building a nest. He turned to us, laughing, said, “Well…,” and began a most meaningful extemporaneous message regarding the bird and the cross, and God providing for us. It was a wonderful experience.
    A kind intelligent man, with a sense of humor and great wit, Brent should have heard by now, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Our sincere sympathy to all of Brent’s family,

    Ethan and Jan Erdman
    Spring Green, WI

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  5. Leah Groehler

    We just heard about Brent’s passing and are so sad for Becky and the girls. Brent married us in 1999 and I would periodically see him around Madison and hear about his visits with my father – typically burgers at a local tavern.

    Our thoughts are with you. He was a very special person.

    Leah Groehler

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  6. Rob Malewicki, current LUAD President

    Pastor Christianson served as Lutherans United Assisting after Disasters’ (LUAD) first Chaplin and gave Council members much good guidance. He always gave enlightening and inspiring devotions at each LUAD Council meeting with such wonderful stories behind each one. LUAD was tremendously moved and motivated by his spiritual insight. His service was especially inspiring because it came after his cancer diagnosis. Whenever he led the devotions his courage and determination shone through. His approach to life was an inspiration to all of us. It was in the details of his life that his true personality came through. He always asked about our lives. It was then that his love and concern for others could be felt. He enjoyed baking and we fondly remember that he often brought homemade “specialty ” bread to the meetings. During rides to and from the Council meetings he was full of observations about God’s good creation and the mission of LUAD. LUAD Council members are contributing to a gift to be given to the Carbone Cancer Center in his honor. We miss him and pray for his family as he rests in the bosom of his and our Lord.

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