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Esther Ruth

(nee Steinbrenner) Entered God’s loving arms on Sunday, February 4th, 2018 at the age of 88. Beloved wife of Bernard Christiansen for 69 years. Devoted mother of Chris (Richard) Jaeschke, Dale (Pegi) Christiansen, Sheryl (Gary Sr.) Hickey and Nancy (Michael) Cianciolo. Proud Grandma of Wesley (Megan) Christiansen, James Jaeschke, Peter Jaeschke, Robin (Haiyan) Christiansen, Gary (Micah) Hickey Jr., Katherine (Matthew) Scallon, Michael (Francesca) Cianciolo and Aaron (Hailey) Hickey. Precious Great Grandma of Gary Hickey III, Finnegan Hickey, and David Scallon. Also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Preceded in death by her siblings Henry Steinbrenner, August Steinbrenner Jr., Arthur Steinbrenner, Alfred Steinbrenner, Melita Hinckle, Martha Goglio, Elizabeth Pegan and Sally Welty.

Visitation will be held on Thursday February 8th from 4-6PM with a Service to follow at 6PM at HALES CORNERS LUTHERAN CHURCH (12300 W. Janesville Rd.)

Esther truly lived her faith and shared it with others. She was a volunteer of the Bethesda Lutheran resale shops for over 40 years and was a tireless volunteer at church, serving on multiple boards. She was a talented cook, baker and creator of wedding cakes. She enjoyed many crafts, best known for flower arranging, egging, making Christmons and her famous homemade jelly, but she always found time for friends and family. She will always be loved, remembered and missed.

A special thank you to all the Angels at Linden Grove-New Berlin for their care and love. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hales Corners Lutheran Church or the Bethesda Thrift shop (Hales Corners) are appreciated. You can donate to Bethesda online at

Or mail donations to:

Bethesda Lutheran Communities
600 Hoffmann Dr.
Watertown, WI 53094

Please indicate in memory of Esther Christiansen on the memo line of the check.

Past Comments

Marcia and Don Morman

Lit a candle in memory of Esther Ruth Christiansen


Aunt Esther always had a special place in our hearts, we have very fond memories of her throughout our lives. She was the one who with my Mother-in-law her sister Marty helped plan Bob & My wedding. We were ever so happy to have their help. She actually made our Wedding Shower & Wedding cakes, which turned out beautiful. We would like the family to know that even though we are living in Florida now we are sending our love and sympathy and our spirits & thoughts will be with you! Your Wife, Mom grandma & great grandma was a beautiful soul!! All Our Love! Bob & Marge Goglio

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