DeLand, Fla. Vicki Lynne Christensen-Johnston, age 62, of DeLand, Fla., died early Saturday morning, Dec. 7, 2013, at Florida Hospital DeLand. She was lovingly surrounded by her family.
Memorial mass will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, April 26, 2014, at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church with Father Peter Klein officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Blue Earth. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church. Patton Funeral Home & Cremation Service is assisting the family with the arrangements.
She was born on Nov. 17, 1951, in Osage, Iowa, to Don and Lucille Christensen. On Jan. 21, 1984, in Blue Earth, she was married to her skydiving teammate Michael Johnston. She worked in nursing for 37 years, retiring as nursing supervisor of the Cardiovascular Operating Room at Halifax Medical Center as a CNOR CRNFA (certified RN First Assistant - open heart surgery). She was a skydiver for 38 years becoming a Certified Master Parachute Rigger, Instructor, and accomplished competitor with 14 world records. She was a member of AORN, the US Parachute Association and St. Peters Catholic Church in DeLand. She also enjoyed gardening, sewing, scuba diving, caring for others and spending time with her many friends and family including her dog Patches.
She is survived by her husband, Mike; daughter, Christen; son, Daniel; mother, Lucille "Lucy" Christensen; brother, Bill (Laurie) Christensen; nieces, Mariah Christensen, of St. Paul, and Tess Christensen, of Florida; nephew, Caleb Christensen, of Boston; and uncle Gerry (Marianne) Studer.
She is preceded in death by her father, Don Christensen; and infant brother, Stephen Wayne Christensen.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.
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