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Obituary: Esther Christensen

Esther (Chace) Christensen, 99, of Williamstown, MA, died peacefully with her family at her bedside on March 15, 2010. She was born Jan. 22, 1911 in Everett, MA, a daughter of the late Warren O. Chace and Mary F. Chace. She grew up in Everett and Medford, MA, and graduated in 1928 from Everett High School and in 1932 from Simmons College. She was employed at Simmons College from 1933 to 1938 as an assistant in the president’s office.

Esther married Ralph C. Christensen on Sept. 14, 1938 in Medford, MA. They were married for 65 years and lived in many places including Virginia, North Carolina, the Panama Canal Zone and Port Washington, which was home for 52 years. Soon after Ralph died in 2003, Esther moved to Williamstown, MA, to be near her daughter’s family.

Esther had many interests and passions. She enjoyed travel and traveled extensively throughout the world over the years. She was an avid sports fan and was always up on current events. She enjoyed and was accomplished at sewing, knitting, needlework and cooking. She loved the ocean and the many summer vacations with extended family on Cape Cod. She treasured time with her family and was a devoted grandmother. She enjoyed people, was a delight to be with, and loved a good laugh.

Survivors include two children, Warren Christensen and his wife Louise of Port Washington, and Jane Stuebner and her husband Erwin of Williamstown, MA; four grandsons, Paul R. Christensen of Port Washington, Eric Stuebner of Westbrook, CT, Andrew Stuebner and his wife Cristina of Fresno, CA, and Scott Stuebner and his wife Amanda Muir of Philadelphia, PA; one great-grandson Nolan Andrew Stuebner of Fresno, CA; 17 nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Warren F. Chace.

A celebration of Esther’s life will take place at a later date. Memorial donations are suggested for the charity of the donor’s choice through the Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, WEST CHAPELs, 521 West Main St., North Adams, MA.