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Ella Iverson Christiansen
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Birth: Nov. 18, 1910
Death: Apr. 10, 2008

Ella Christiansen
November 18, 1910 - April 10, 2008
Santa Rosa, California

In 1951, a freak tornado blew through the Bloomfield-Two Rock area, knocking down several buildings on the Christiansen chicken ranch.

When the local ranching community quickly turned out to help the family rebuild, a grateful Ella and Peter Christiansen knew how many friends they had, said their daughter Betty Butler of Santa Rosa.

Ella Christiansen, 97, a Petaluma native and lifelong resident of the area, died Thursday in her sleep while at her daughter's Santa Rosa home.

Ella Iverson grew up on a chicken ranch in the Roblar area. She attended Analy High School and then a business college in Santa Rosa, Butler said.

When Hans Peter Christiansen came from Denmark to join the area's Danish community, he began working for Iverson's uncle. They were married and moved to the rolling hills between Bloomfield and Two Rock to run a chicken ranch and raise a family.

As a member of the ranching community, Ella Christiansen belonged to the Two Rock Grange, the Two Rock Sewing Club and the local bridge and lunch club.

About 30 years ago, the couple moved into town, to the Petaluma Estates Mobile Home Park. They joined friends who'd also headed into town. Peter Christiansen died about five years later. Ella Christiansen continued to live in the mobile home park.

Butler remembered her mother as a person who loved to laugh, always had a kind word and was alert and laughing on her last day.

As well as Butler, Christiansen is survived by daughter Doris Lewis of Santa Rosa; brother Duke Iverson of Petaluma; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A celebration of her life will be from 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the Petaluma Estates Mobile Home Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Two Rock Presbyterian Church or the Shriners Children's Hospital, 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento 95817.

-- Randi Rossmann
Published in The Press Democrat April 16, 2008


CHRISTIANSEN, Ella - Passed away in Santa Rosa on April 10, 2008. Wife of the late Hans Peter Christiansen. Mother of Betty Butler (Duane) and Doris Lewis (Stephen) both of Santa Rosa. Grandmother of Sheryl de Leuze (Robert) of Napa, Marilane Bergfelt (Ben) of Napa, Andrea Lewis of Idaho and Keith Lewis (Carolyn) of Canada. Great-grandmother of Brandon, Jill, Nathan, Catherine and Jack. Sister to the beloved Duke Iverson (Ruth) of Petaluma and preceded in death by the late Art Iverson, Iven Iversen, and Anna Christensen. Survived by numerous nieces, nephews and friends. She resided most of her life with her husband on their property near Bloomfield, residing the past 31 years at the Petaluma Estates Mobile Home Park. In 1951 a tornado tore through their ranch in the Bloomfield Two Rock area. Peter and Ella were always thankful for the response by neighbors and friends who came to help. She was a member of the Two Rock Grange, the Two Rock Sewing Club and the Bridge and Lunch Club. The family wishes to express special gratitude to her kind neighbors Betty Castano, Joyce and Dan Johnson, Joe Lemmon, all of her doctors and their staff, especially Dr. Sisler, and the Law Enforcement Chaplaincy. Mrs. Christiansen was 97 years of age and will be missed by all that knew and loved her. A Gathering and Celebration of her life will held on Sunday, April 20, 2008 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Petaluma Estates Mobile Home Park, 901 N. McDowell Blvd. Petaluma, CA 94954. The family prefers memorial contributions be made to the Two Rock Presbyterian Church, 7063 Bodega Avenue, Petaluma, CA 94952 or to the Shriners Children's Hospital, 2425 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95817. The family was served by PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, (707) 763-4131
Published in the Press Democrat from 4/12/2008 - 4/14/2008. 
Created by: Geraldine "Gerry" Hume...
Record added: Apr 20, 2008
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