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Dr. John Gary Christensen

August 19, 1932 - February 10, 2020

    February 14, 2020 | 3:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Friday
  • Yurs Funeral Home 1771 West State Street (Rte 38) Geneva
  • Funeral
    February 15, 2020 | 11:00 A.M. Saturday
  • St. Patrick Catholic Church 400 Cedar Street St. Charles
  • Burial Location
    Mt. Carmel Cemetery Hillside

John “Gary” Christensen, M.D., Sr., died peacefully on Monday, February 10, 2020, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was 87 years old.

Gary was born on August 19, 1932 in Evanston, Illinois, to Madeline (McCarthy) and Andrew “Knute” Christensen.

He is survived by his wife and soulmate of 63 years, Dolores (Stevens); children John (Sue) of Wheaton, Mary (Bob) Wittig of St. Charles, Jean (and friend Dave) of Burr Ridge, Therese (Dave) Danner of St. Charles, and Tom (Melissa) of Wheaton; 16 adoring grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and brother Tom (Jeanne) of Willow Springs. He will be remembered and missed for his joy of life, sense of humor, generous heart, and caring ways.

Gary received his undergraduate degree in biology from Loyola University Chicago, and his Medical Degree from Loyola Stritch School of Medicine. He served 2 years as a medical officer in the United States Marines, stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He enjoyed a long, fulfilling vocation as a physician, and was respected and loved by his many patients and colleagues.

Gary and Dolores were inseparable as loving parents and life partners. Together they raised a close-knit family, frequently gathered family and friends for a cookout or casual party, worked hard, regularly found time for a little golf or a trip together, and would drop everything to help a friend or family member in need. Gary enjoyed hard work, especially delivering babies or working outside on a home project on a hot summer day. He also enjoyed many hobbies over the years including golf, tennis, photography, scuba diving, fishing, sailing, hunting, and woodworking—and more than anything, enjoyed bringing others along to join him in the fun and the great outdoors.

Gary was perhaps best known for his kindness and always being there to help, and was sought out by his family, friends, patients and colleagues for his advice and remarkable wisdom. His wonderful laugh frequently rang through the room, and he readily chuckled when others poked fun at him. He taught us to live life full of family and friends, love and laughter, hard work and joyful play, and abundant gratitude and happiness.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. on Friday, February 14, at Yurs Funeral Home, 1771 West State Street, Geneva, Illinois. A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 15, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 400 Cedar Street, St. Charles, Illinois, followed by interment at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois.

The family is forever grateful to Gary’s beloved caregiver and true friend Adrienne, his kind and attentive assistants Bozena and Ewa, and his compassionate nurse Stacey and her team from Grace Hospice, for the gifts of love, dignity, and respect that they conferred upon him.

Donations may be made in lieu of flowers to Little Sisters of the Poor.

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Chris & Larry Conroy from PENTWATER, MI

"What a beautiful tribute. Losing a parent is never easy but joyful when we trust in Christ's promises. We are so sorry to hear of Gary's passing and pray you are comforted in your joyful memories of better days."

Bonnie Schuring from Elgin, IL

"The Schuring family would like to send their condolences to the the Christensen family. We are so sorry for your loss. Adrienne spoke very highly of Gary and Dolores and the family. You folks are one of her favorite families she has had the privilege to care for."

Mary Nigro from Geneva, IL

"Rest in Peace, dearest friend. How lucky we have been to have had you in our lives. And we got to watch all the adventures and misadventures which you so enjoyed! My deepest sympathies and love to all the family, Mary"

Tim Credille from St. Charles, IL

"Dr. Christensen was a wonderful, soft-spoken, gentle soul. Right after the Christensen family moved into Westhaven subdivision in the early 60s, both he and Delores became great, life-long friends with my parents. All my siblings and I have outstanding childhood memories with the entire Christensen clan. Dr. Christensen also provided invaluable comfort and counsel to our mother during those last dark days when my father passed away from cancer on 2006. He was a man of great humor, compassion and dignity, and he will be truly missed."

Cathy and Jerry Potter from Roswell , GA

"Jerry and I are sadden to hear of your Dad’s passing. He raised a wonderful family and how Blessed are all that knew him. I also enjoyed the Christensen home and the warmth I experienced. May all of you be comforted by God’s peace and love and may you carry your memories always in your heart. Psalm 116:15 precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints."

Desiree Nigro Zola from Scottsdale, AZ

"How the Nigro family loved Dr. Chris! Our years on Mayo next door to one another created such wonderful, happy, fun memories. Dr. Chris was always there to greet you with a big smile and that great laugh of his. He was one of the kindest men I've ever had the privilege of knowing. His love for Mrs. Chris, John, Mary, Jeannie, Therese and Tommy was always so evident. He LOVED big! Dr. Chris was a wonderful friend to my dad. The memory of his last visit with my dad is etched in my heart. Thank you, Dr. Chris for loving your friends so well. I think the nickname of "Dr. Love" that Murph coined, fit very well. Love to all, Desiree"

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