Wanda (Cumbee) Christenson

July 25, 1935 ~ July 1, 2021 (age 85)


Wanda L. Christenson , née Cumbee, passed away peacefully in her home, surrounded by family at the age of 85. She joins the love of her life, her beloved husband, Oliver “Duke” Christenson, who passed away September 23, 2020. She was the loving mother of  Gerry Neill, Nancy (Mike) Hullinger, Donna (Brett) Zischke, Bernie (Stefani) Christenson, Brenda (Patrick) Keeley, Barbara Barsi, and Steven Christenson. She was cherished by 27 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren who called her their “GG,” 10 great-great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, brother, Bud (Pat) Cumbee, and sister Marilyn (Jim) McIlvoy. In her professional life, Wanda held many important roles.  She was a woman of faith.  Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. Wanda took pride in being a mother, a grandma and a great grandma. It kept her young at heart. She was generous and thoughtful beyond measure. She was preceded in death by parents, Evelyn “Granny” and John “Papaw '' Cumbee,  sister-Judy Lamonto and children Larry Christenson, Terry Fredrickson, Michael Mroz and granddaughter Mary Kate Keeley. Her spirit will live on in all of those who knew her. Visitation will be Wednesday July 7, 2021 from 9:00am until time of Funeral Service at 12:00pm Pastor Jamie Deuser of the Church @ Southland Officiating at the Maher Funeral Home, 17101 71st Ave in Tinley Park (located in the Old Tinley Library). Interment Beverly Cemetery.


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