Arnold (Stewart) Christiansen

Obituary of Arnold (Stewart) Christiansen


August 28, 1936 - Lethbridge, Alberta

April 20, 2022 - Calgary, Alberta


Stewart Christiansen of Calgary, AB, passed away on Wednesday, April 20 at the age of 85 years.


Stewart graduated from Turin High School in 1954.  After high school, he worked at a variety of jobs in southern Alberta including a bank teller, land surveyor and heavy equipment operator.  He then began his career working in grain elevators, initially with the Alberta Wheat Pool in both Brocket and Tempest as an assistant. He managed his first elevator on the Piikani Nation (formerly the Peigan Nation).  From there he moved onto Armada, Acadia Valley, and Calgary. Stewart started his career with the United Grain Growers (UGG) in 1968 in Wimborne, transferred to Trochu in 1972 and retired in 1994.  Stewart was a dedicated volunteer firefighter with the Trochu Fire Department.  Through his work and volunteering, Stewart made lifelong friends.


In his free time, Stewart enjoyed camping, fishing, golfing, curling, travelling, gardening, and playing cards, especially with his wife Cheri.  Stewart and Cheri, who were married for over 62 years, had an active retirement in Olds, their fifth wheel, Strathmore and then in Calgary.


Stewart is survived by his son Doug (LeAnne) Christiansen of Edmonton, AB, daughters, Laura-Lee (John) Keltie of Deep Bay, BC, and Kim (Mitchell) Zumwalt of Calgary, AB.  Grandpa Stu is very proud of his eight grandchildren - Bruce Christiansen (Daylyn Bohme), David Powell (Kelly Miller), Amanda (Matt) New, Jensen Keltie, Logan Keltie, Andrew Zumwalt, Shannon Zumwalt and Hannah Zumwalt - and his one great-granddaughter Chloe Christiansen. He will also be missed by his brother Gary (Rita) Christiansen and sister Melva (Ken) Osterman as well as numerous extended family and friends.


Stewart was predeceased by his wife Cheri, mother, Mildred Christiansen, father, Elmer Christiansen and brother, Ronald Christiansen.


Funeral Services will be held at McInnis & Holloway (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North, Calgary, AB), on Friday, May 6 at 2:30 p.m. Reception to follow in the Hospitality Centre at the Funeral Home.


Family and friends who are unable to attend in person are invited to join Stewart’s service streamed live (see below) on the day of the service. For those who are unable to view live, a recording of the service will be posted. Condolences, memories, and photos can also be shared and viewed here.


Thank you to the nurses, doctors and healthcare staff at the Peter Lougheed and Foothills Hospitals and especially to the Dulcina Hospice in Calgary for the wonderful care they provided Stewart in his last days. 


If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to St. Marguerite Manor – Dulcina Hospice or the Trochu Fire Department (Box 447, Trochu, AB T0M 2C0).


In living memory of Stewart Christiansen, a tree will be planted by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area located at 194001 – 160th Street W, #20 in Calgary



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