LeeAnn C. Christian

SMITHS MILL – LeeAnn C. Christian, age 63, of Smiths Mill, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, at her home surrounded by family.

Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Janesville, with Rev. Dr. Larry Griffin and Pastor Paul Muther officiating. Interment will be held in Smiths Mill Cemetery.

Visitation will be 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Arnoldt-McRaith Funeral Home and Crematory of Janesville, and one hour prior to services at the church on Monday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Mayo Clinic Health System Hospice Program of Mankato, Children’s Home Society of Minnesota, Poverello Foundation at St. Mary’s Hospital, or to the donor’s choice.

LeeAnn Christine was born Dec. 9, 1949, in Fairmont, Minn., the daughter of Vernon and Carlean (Plumhoff) Tietje. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church. She attended school in Fairmont and graduated from Fairmont High School with the class of 1966. Following high school, LeeAnn first attended college in Iowa for nursing prior to receiving a degree in secretarial training from Mankato State University. LeeAnn then began her 37-year career at MSU as secretary of the Dental Educational Program. On May 6, 1972, she was united in marriage to Steven John Christian at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fairmont. He preceded her in death on May 1, 1997. LeeAnn had a lifelong passion for horses, first beginning at the age of 9. She was a member of many saddle clubs and also enjoyed training Arabians along with and boarding horses. LeeAnn also enjoyed reading, antiquing and mostly, spending time with her family.

She is survived by her daughter, Miriam (Andrew) Storjohann of Janesville; four grandchildren, Cassidy Eden, Tyler John, Scott James and Nicholas Andrew; her parents, Vernon and Carlean Tietje of Fairmont; her sister, Beverly Tietje of Rochester; and many aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her infant siblings, Claudia and Douglas; and by her husband, Steven.

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