Melva Jane (Zerbst) Christianson



Photo/Debbie Rose
Photo/Debbie Rose

(March 11, 1935 - September 24, 2014)


The Lusk Herald
October 1, 2014



Melva Jane Christianson, 79, of Lusk, died Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at Ponderosa Villa in Crawford, Nebraska.

Funeral services were held Monday, September 29, 2014 at Pier Funeral Home, with Pastor Tom Strock officiating.

Melva was born March 11, 1935, in Harrison, Nebraska, to Walter and Mildred (Meier) Zerbst. As a young girl she lived with her family on a ranch northeast of Lusk, on Kirtley Road. She was educated in Node, and graduated from Niobrara County High School in 1953. As a young woman she was active in 4-H and shared her fond memory of winning a trip to Chicago.

On December 17, 1955, she married LeRoy D. Christianson in Lusk. To this union four children were born.

Melva was first and foremost a wife, mother, and homemaker. She was blessed with a green thumb and could make any flower or house plant thrive. She also enjoyed sewing and crocheting.

She did the bookkeeping for D.C. Drilling, the family business, until her health failed.

Survivors include her husband LeRoy, of Lusk; her children: Valerie (Tom) Wasserburger of Lusk, Kelly Christianson of Lusk, Lori (Rod) Milke of Hays, Kan., and Curtiss (Tina) Christianson of Lusk; her grandchildren: Ann (Ben) Bonsell, Lusk; Alex (Kami) Wasserburger, Douglas, Wyo.; Jacob Wasserburger, Sheridan, Wyo.; Kevin Christianson, Laramie, Wyo.; Craig Christianson, Casper, Wyo.; Jasmine Christianson, Lusk; Emilie (Josh) Eaton, Hays, Kan.; Benjamin Milke, Casper, Wyo.; Matthew Milke, Hays, Kan.; Amber Christianson, Chadron, Nebr.; Aaron Christianson, Scottsbluff, Nebr.; and Ashley Christianson, Lusk; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Karlene Weeden, Lewistown, Mont.; a brother, Delbert Zerbst, Chadron, Nebr.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Carl and Cheryll Christianson, Lusk; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

The family suggests memorials to the Lusk/Niobrara Ambulance Service, PO Box 431, Lusk, WY 82225-0431.

Arrangements were entrusted with Pier Funeral Home.




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