THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Betty A. (Piso) Christenson
Betty Ann Christenson, 82, of Suring (Town of Breed) passed away peacefully at home with her husband by her side on Friday, Jan. 31.
Born in the Town of Breed on Aug. 19, 1931 to the late Stefan and Justyna (Kuzemka) Piso, she grew up there where she married LeRoy Charlie Christenson on Aug. 23, 1952. They moved to Neenah in 1957 to raise their family.
Her passion was her Ukrainian heritage and Ukrainian eggs, being nicknamed the Egg Lady. She was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship as a Master Artist by the National Endowment for the Arts in 1996. She was then invited by the Smithsonian Institute to represent Wisconsin and her Ukrainian Art at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington DC in 1998. Her legacy lives on in the National Archives in Washington DC for future generations to enjoy.
She is survived by her husband, LeRoy Charlie, of Suring; six children, Cindy (Don) Long-Schultz, of Appleton, Mark Christenson of Suring, Steve (Lynn) Christenson, Jeff (Ann) Christenson and Sarah (Robert Will) Christenson, all of Neenah and Phillip (Shawn) Christenson, of Seymour; eight grandchildren; three siblings; a twin sister, JoAnn (Jerry) Puhl, of Appleton, Connie (Frank) Dambowy, of Minnesota and Nicky (Susie Mueller) Piso, of Milwaukee; a special sister-in-law, Hilda (John) Piso; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by five siblings, Howard Piso, Ken Piso, Mary Sandberg, Anne Wolke and John Piso.
Visitation was held at St. Michael Catholic Church in Suring on Wednesday, Feb. 5 from 9 a.m. until a Memorial Service at 11 a.m. with Sister Marla Clercx officiating. Gruetzmacher Funeral Home in Suring assisted the family with arrangements. A memorial fund has been established.