Kathleen "Kathie" K. Christensen, November 20, 1954 - May 17, 2019

Kathleen "Kathie" K. Christensen
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Kathleen Christensen, 64, died peacefully, surrounded by her family on May 17th, 2019 at her home in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Kathleen was born on November 20, 1954 in Brookings, South Dakota to Clyde and Alice (Berg) Kunze. After moving to a few small towns in South Dakota and Wisconsin, the Kunze’s slowly moved east to settle in Luck, Wisconsin.  Kathleen graduated from Luck high school in 1973, and from Lakeland College with a degree in Accounting. 

Kathleen held several jobs in her lifetime, most recently prior to retirement, as Director at Lakeland College Chippewa Falls Campus.  She touched many hearts and was an inspiration to all who knew her.  She enjoyed golfing, gardening, cooking, music, theater, traveling, and most of all spending time with her family and friends. Kathleen is survived by her husband Joe, her children Michael (April), Leah (Mike), Alison (Shaun) and grandchildren Zachary, Alexis, Abigail, Ashley, Alex, Kaeleeand Caleb.  She is also survived by her mother Alice, brothers, sisters and their spouses, Randy (Meg), Charlie, Ron, Debbie (Phillip), Doug (Deb), Brenda (Steve), Russ (Deb), Karen and many cousins, nieces and nephews. 

Kathleen was proceeded in death by her father Clyde, her sister-in-law Vicki.  

A memorial service will be held Wednesday May 22nd at 1:00 PM at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1120 Cedar Street, Eau Claire, WI with Pastor Josh Toufar officiating. There will be no formal visitation prior to the service at the church. A celebration of life with visitation will be held at Wild Ridge Golf Club, 3905 Kane Road, Eau Claire, WI immediately following the memorial service. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Kathie's memory to: The Wisconsin Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation (https://komenwisconsin.org)

Friends and family may offer condolences online at www.hulkefamilyfh.com.

Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.


  1. Alan and Ann Nielsen May 26, 2019

    We are thinking about all of Kathie's family and friends at this difficult time. Al has wonderful memories of the Kunze's as neighbors. We both share memories of high school adventures with Kathie. Wishing you all strength and peace in the time ahead.

  2. Rhonda Sweeney May 24, 2019

    My condolences to Joe and family. Kathie helped my at Lakeland and she was always kind and helpful. She was truly a gem! My thoughts are with her family.

  3. Jon Connolly May 22, 2019

    Dear Leah & Z and to your entire family. We are sorry for your loss. You've been in our hearts and prayers as you go through this challenging time. We are hear for you if you need and will continue to send our love.

    The Connolly's

  4. Alecia and Chad Borenz May 22, 2019

    Dear Christensen Family,
    All our love and prayers are with you as you say goodbye to your amazing wife, mother and grandmother.
    Kathie's warm and welcoming personality was always a constant over the years, not only for us but all who had the privilege to meet and know her.
    The love and strength that you have shown as a family is truly inspiring. I hope you know how blessed you are to have each other.
    Kathie's light will continue to shine through all of you every day!
    With lots of love and sincere condolences,
    Alecia & Chad Borenz

  5. Grant and Pam Clark May 22, 2019

    We are so sorry for your loss. There are so many wonderful things written here about Kathie. Everyone one of them spot on. Losing Kath has brought great sadness, we loved her dearly. Joe, please know we are here for you to lean on whenever you need us. God be with you all.
    Grant and Pam

  6. DJ Mead May 21, 2019

    Prayers for Kathy and her family was privileged to have known her ????

  7. Robin Lipinski May 21, 2019

    So sorry to here about Kathy. What a wonderful lady. She will be missed by all.

  8. Jan and Jerry Grollo May 21, 2019

    Mike, Leah and Abby...we are so very sorry for the loss of your mom and grandma. Please know that we hold you all close to our hearts and prayers and looking forward to some real good hugs.

  9. Alyson Meyers May 21, 2019

    Had the privilege of meeting Kathie and Joe when I was a roommate with their daughter Alison in college. Kathie always had a warm smile and a kind heart. She loved and was loved dearly by her family and friends. She will be forever missed :-( May her memory be blessed!

  10. George and Tanya Atsidakos May 21, 2019

    Please accept our sincere condolences for your family’s loss. May you be comforted by the love and friendship surrounding you and the treasured memories of Kathie. We are thinking of you and sending love.

  11. Barry Morten May 20, 2019

    My deepest condolence to Kathies family at this time. So sorry to hear of the loss of a wonderful woman.

  12. Andy Brown May 20, 2019

    Joe, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Kathie was such a kind and caring person. The world is a poorer place and heaven richer with her passing.

  13. Gita Sawalani May 20, 2019

    She touched my heart.

  14. Lucy, Andy, Emily and Stephanie Carl May 20, 2019

    Our deepest deepest sympathy for all of you. Kathie was an amazing woman. She will always be remembered fondly. She and Joe always opened up their home for our family and our friends. I’ll never forget the Fourth of July‘s and all the great gatherings we had together. She will be sorely missed. Praying for comfort and know that she’s resting with the Lord right now.
    The Carl Family

  15. Deborah Bilzing May 20, 2019

    I extend my deepest and sincere sympathies to Kathie’s family for their loss. Kathie was certainly one of the bravest women I have ever had the privilege to know and work with. The best times we spent were talking about our grandchildren and Kathie gave me many invaluable pointers as a new grandmother. She indeed, was and will always be a “peaceful warrior”.

  16. Cindy Pfrang May 20, 2019

    I am so sad about the passing of Kathy, she was a dear wonderful person. Will miss her. My condolences goes to you Joe and the family. May you find peach in knowing that she is no longer suffering.

  17. Christina May 20, 2019

    You have so many great memories over your lifetime, and particularly the last few months as you were able to spend time together. Thinking of you and sending hugs your way.

  18. Craig Swoboda May 20, 2019

    Joe and family,
    So sorry for your loss. I really enjoyed knowing Kathy and my time at Lakeland College. She inspired me and Dan Sires enough for us to complete our degrees.
    I hope that offers you some comfort in this difficult time.

  19. Susan Wick May 19, 2019

    My deepest sympathy. I worked with Kathie at Lakeland College. She was a wonderful person and I enjoyed working with her very much. She always spoke of her wonderful family. Ism so saddened by this news.

  20. Carole Pelot May 19, 2019

    Kathie was a colleague of mine when we worked for Lakeland College. What a wonderful and kind person! I've always admired her inner strength, her love of family & friends and really, of life itself. She was a great individual and I consider myself lucky to have known her.

  21. Cassandra Rocha May 19, 2019

    My thoughts and prayers are with uncle Joe and the family! Aunt Kathie was a beautiful and caring women. She will be missed dearly. I will alway have wonderful memories of her.

  22. John Joadwine May 19, 2019

    A wonderful person who will be missed by all.

  23. Beth and Ryan Buxengard May 18, 2019

    Kathie was such a beautiful and generous woman. We will never forget how she often opened her lake home to us. We made suvh great memories there! She will never be forgotten.

  24. The Kevin Johnson Family May 18, 2019

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Joe, Mike, Leah, Allie and the greater Christensen and Kunze family mourning Aunt Kathie’s passing. We are grateful for the memories that we have of her kind and generous heart for our family.