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Dorothy Christenson

Dorothy I. Christenson, 92, of Dwight, passed away at 4:50 a.m. Monday (Feb. 11, 2019) at Heritage Health: Therapy and Senior Care, Dwight.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Dwight United Methodist Church, Dwight. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service also on Friday at the church. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, Dwight, following the services.

Dorothy was born April 13, 1926, in Streator, a daughter of August and Emma Sorensen Humbert. She married Robert J. Christenson on March 2, 1946. He preceded her in death in 2007.

She is survived by four children, daughter, Carol (Michael) Hutchings, Morris; sons, Donald (Darnell) Christenson, Dwight; Thomas (Becky) Christenson, Dwight; David (Barb) Christenson, Oshkosh, Wis.; nine grandchildren, James (Audra) Christenson, Brian (Alelie) Christenson, Jason (Katie) Christenson, Kevin (Kristal) Hutchings, Christen (Kurt) Pfeifer, Kara (Josh) Ode, Blake (Beth) Christenson, Mark (Jennifer) Christenson, Kathy (Doug) Patton; 15 great-grandchildren; sister, Jean Louis, Dwight; sister-in-law, Anna Mae Humbert, Odell; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert Christenson; son, John Christenson; brothers, Harry Humbert, Robert Humbert, Donald Humbert; sister, Edith Jacobsgaurd; brother-in-law, Vince Louis; daughter-in-law, Doris Christenson; sisters-in-law, Helen Humbert, Dottie Humbert; granddaughter, Linda Christenson.

Dorothy worked as a head cook for the Dwight Grade School for many years. She graduated from Dwight schools. She was a member of the Dwight Methodist Church and the Dwight Methodist Women's Group. Dorothy was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved to brag on her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her hobbies were cooking and baking, especially for big family gatherings. Also, she was an avid bridge player, enjoyed a game of Scrabble, working crossword puzzles, and cheering on the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bulls in their prime seasons. Her most talented accomplishments were crafting her trademark amazing quilts for herself, her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, which she passed on to her daughter Carol.

She and her husband Bob spent winters in Texas for 25 years where they enjoyed all their snowbird out-of-state friends.

Memorials in honor of Dorothy may be made to the United Methodist Church of Dwight; Heritage Heath, Dwight; or the Kankakee Valley Hospice.

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