Frederica “Rica” Christensen, 1942-2019

On Sunday, May 19, 2019, Frederica “Rica” Lois (Elliott) Christensen, loving wife and mother, passed away at the age of 76.

Rica was born July 27, 1942, in Somerset, PA, to Frederick and Lois (Ringler) Elliott.

Rica received her B.A. in English and Spanish from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania in 1964.  She taught high school and elementary school for several years.

On February 13, 1965, Rica married Donald Christensen at First Presbyterian Church in Las Vegas, NV, and together they raised 2 children, Lori and Eric. After living in multiple states, they settled in LaPorte, IN, in 1987. Rica loved to travel with her husband, Don, and together they put many miles on their van visiting warm, sunny places. Rica enjoyed volunteering at LaPorte Hospital and finding out the life story of everyone she met. She never met a stranger. Rica was a prayer warrior at First Baptist Church in Kingsbury, IN. Her “church family” was very dear to her.

Rica is survived by her loving husband, Don, and their two children, Lori Klukowski (Matt) and Eric Christensen (Jackie), and three grandchildren, Ana, Becky and Michael.

Preceding her in death were her father, mother and brother, Frederick Elliott.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 8, at First Baptist Church of Kingsbury, 4988 S. Range Rd., Kingsbury, IN. Lakeview Funeral Home and Crematory, LaPorte, is handling arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Rica’s favorite charity, Children International,, P.O. Box 219055, Kansas City, MO 64121.

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One Response to “Frederica “Rica” Christensen, 1942-2019”

  1. Darlene

    May 21. 2019

    It was my pleasure to know and love Rica the last several years! She was an absolute joy to visit every week! I will miss her deeply! Heaven will be a better place with her there waiting for the rest of us! Good-by my friend! RIP

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