Arvilla Christensen

On Sunday, Dec. 31, 2023, Arvilla Christensen, 93, of Suring, passed away under the attentive care of her family and Unity Hospice.

Arvilla was well known for her hospitality, always offering fresh homemade pies and vegetables from the garden. She was instrumental in establishing a family business and keeping it going for nearly 50 years. Many will smile at remembering her ability to get things accomplished.

On April 29, 1967, she was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Her love of God and neighbor and the promise of a restored paradise on Earth motivated her to share this hope with many in the community.

Arvilla will be missed by her sons, Howard (Karen) Christensen and Jeffrey (Nancy) Christensen; daughter, Toni (Kurt) Zastrow; granddaughter, Heidi Brickner; and grandsons, Michael (Jin Hee) Christensen and Jonathan Christensen.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell; father, Earl Fletcher; mother, Lillian Fletcher; and sister, Jeanette Gross.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 506 Chestnut Ave., Oconto Falls, from 1 p.m. until the memorial service at 2 p.m. with Kurt Zastrow officiating. Arvilla will be interred in the Breed Union Cemetery.

Gruetzmacher Funeral Home in Suring is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be expressed at

A special thank you to all members of Unity Hospice for their attentive care to Arvilla and her family. The family would also like to extend a special thank you to Sandra Bannister and Mackenzie Wozniak whose exceptional loving care added great enrichment to Arvilla’s past few years.