Kathie Marie Christians age 60 of Westbrook passed away Friday, July 1, 2016 at the lake in Park Rapids after an extended battle with antisynthetase syndrome. Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 8 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Westbrook. Visitation is one hour prior to services at the church. Burial is in the Westbrook Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Westbrook Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Kathie Marie Christians was born February 25, 1956 in Westbrook, Minnesota to Mike and Irene (Steen) Zinda. She graduated from Westbrook High School in 1974. Kathie grew up bowling and setting pins at Mike’s Corner in Dovray for her parents’ business. On June 22, 1985 Kathie married Keith Christians. She worked at the Windom Hospital and Westbrook Hospital for many years. Kathie worked for the City of Tracy for the past 12 years. She was a life-long resident of Westbrook where she served on the Library Board and as president of the VFW Auxiliary for a number of years. Kathie enjoyed bowling, reading, and spending time with her family. She loved flowers and gardening, making crafts and cards, scrapbooking, quiltmaking, and embroidery. Kathie was an avid sports fan of the Twins, Vikings, Gophers, and other teams.
Kathie is survived by her husband Keith of 31 years; daughter Kendra (Marcus) Schweigert of Westbrook; stepsons: Curt, Larry, Jeff, and Travis Christians; daughter-in-law Rachel Christians; grandchildren: Lindsay, Walker, Wyatt, and Macie; great grandchildren: Kaiden, Cambree, and Chase; siblings: Beverly Risacher of Albertville, Dennis (Jane) Zinda of Big Lake, Gary (Pat) Zinda of St. Paul, and Joel (Mary) Zinda of the Twin Cities; and many other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents Mike and Irene, brother Mark, and brother-in-law Richard Risacher.