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Services set for Norman Christensen

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Chesterton resident Norman E. “Stormin’” Christensen, 87, died Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009, after a short illness at home.

He was born March 29, 1922, in Askov, Minn., the son of Christian Thue and Anna Kathryn (Mortensen) Christensen, who preceded him in death.

On Sept. 28, 1946, he married Mary Earley, who survives.

He is also survived by his five sons, Thomas Christensen, Craig Christensen, Lawrence “Pudge” (Brenda) Christensen, Michael (Sharon) Christensen, and Paul (Somhu) Christensen; three daughters, Margaret Christensen (Robert Hanaway), Jane Christensen (Joseph Conrad), and Annette Christensen (Romie Dybas); 22 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Arnold (Mary Jane) Christensen of Port St. Lucie East, Fla.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Earl; and a nephew, Dennis Christensen.

Norman grew up in Chicago and on Oct. 9, 1943, enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps, now the U.S. Air Force, and during his two-year tour flew 42 missions in the Pacific Theater with the 307th Bomb Group of the 371st Bombardment Squadron, as the sperry ball belly gunner in a B-24 Liberator. He ended his service on Sept. 25, 1945, with the rank of staff sergeant. He was a member of the Chesterton Post 170 of the American Legion and a life member of the Porter Post 2511 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

After the war Norman lived in Chicago with his wife, Mary, then settled in Chesterton in the Pinney’s Court neighborhood, where they lived until last year when they moved to Miller’s Assisting Living. For 53 years he worked as a painter and decorator in Chicago. On his retirement he became custodian for St. Patrick’s Catholic School.

Norman was an avid White Sox fan who knew no strangers and always had a smile or helping hand for new friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 7, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. He will be buried at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in the Earley family plot.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, at White-Love Funeral Home, 525 S. Second St. in Chesterton.

Memorials may be made to the VNA Hospice of Porter County, 501 Marquette St., Valparaiso, IN 46383; or to the St. Patrick’s Building Fund, 638 N. Calumet Road, Chesterton, IN 46304.

For information call White-Love at 926-1309.



Posted 9/4/2009