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Date of Passing: Nov 20, 2021

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It is with great sadness that the family of Solrun (Soli) Christiansen announces her passing on November 20, 2021, at the age of 91.
Soli will be lovingly remembered by her children, Donna (Ron) Sawatzky, Valdine (Grant Rodewald), and Calvin (Isabelle Tarte). Soli was Amma to Keith, Richard (Lisa), Kylee, Kirby and Hans, and Langamma (great-grandmother) to Cayse Sawatzky. Soli will be missed by her brother Donald (Hedy) Bjornson, sister Margaret Tobin (Nils Lindberg) and her sisters-in-law, Runa Bjornson and Nell Bjornson.
Soli was predeceased by her husband Hans Peter Christiansen, her parents and her brothers, Jack and his wife Sveinbjorg Bjornson, Thor and his wife Kristine Bjornson, Siggi and his wife Mary Bjornson, John Bjornson, Franklin Bjornson, and brother-in-law Moe Tobin.
Soli grew up in Arborg, Manitoba. After attending Normal School, she pursued a career in teaching and taught in the Interlake and Dominion City, Manitoba where she met and married Peter Christiansen. Soli retired from teaching in 1977 and then enjoyed 10 years working part-time as a nurses aide at the Emerson Hospital. Soli and Peter spent many winters in Yuma where they enjoyed their social activities and the warm, sunny weather.
In her later years, Soli started showing signs of the onset of Alzheimer's disease. Soli spent her final years at the Arborg Personal Care Home. The family is grateful to the staff at the care home for excellent care and allowing Soli to live with dignity.
A funeral service in her memory will be held on Friday, November 26, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. in the Gilbart Funeral Chapel, 309 Eveline Street, Selkirk, Manitoba. COVID protocols will be taking place. Proof of vaccine and photo identification are required.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Solrun's memory to the Arborg Personal Care Home or Alzheimer Society of Manitoba.

Condolences may be left on her tribute wall at

Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk
in care of arrangements.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 23, 2021

Condolences & Memories (11 entries)

  • Donna, Valdine and Calvin, I was saddened to hear of your mother's passing and send my condolences to you and your families. I have some very special memories of family gatherings at your family home in Emerson so many years ago and treasure them still. When I think of your mother, I see her beautiful smile. - Posted by: Diane Schwartz-Williams (friend) on: Nov 27, 2021

  • My deepest condolences go out to The Honourable Peter Bjornson and to Mr. Ken Tarte, C.E.T. on the passing of Ms. Christiansen. - Posted by: Philip (An Accomplished Special Olympics Manitoba athlete and former Campus Life program student at the U of) on: Nov 27, 2021

  • Donna, Valdine & Calvin, please accept my deepest condolences on your Mom’s passing. I have fond memories of our farm neighbours. Always remembered. - Posted by: Bev Weiss Thomas (Acquaintance ) on: Nov 26, 2021

  • Sending our sympathy and love to all the family. - Posted by: Colin and Patty Wilcox (friends) on: Nov 25, 2021

  • So sorry Margaret & families to hear of Solgruns passing. I remember your sister as a quiet dignified lady but fun loving & with a good sense of humour. Our time together at the Icelantic Festival in Gimli & the many slices of Vina Tarte will always be a fond memory. Our trip to Cuba with your sister & brother remains with me as good times & good memories. With condolences. Lorraine & Ernie - Posted by: Lorraine Kovachik (Friend of Margaret ) on: Nov 25, 2021

  • Our deepest sympathy to Donna, Valdine, Calvin and families. I used to go to the farm with my daughter Kathy to visit and let her play with Calvin. Have many good memories of all of us. Thinking of you all. - Posted by: Joey & Bert Simpson (friends) on: Nov 23, 2021

  • So sorry to hear of your mother's passing, My thoughts and prayers to the whole family, She was a wonderful lady and she will be sadly missed. - Posted by: Paul Roy (co worker of Valdine and Calvin) on: Nov 23, 2021

  • Solrun was a dignified lady that I missed once my husband moved from the Arborg PCH. - Posted by: Norma Cone (Aquaintance at the Arborg PCH.) on: Nov 23, 2021

  • Sorry to learn of Solrun's passing. We would like to send our sympathy to the Bjornson family at this difficult time. Dave & Kathy (Huk) Hepworth, Regina - Posted by: Kathy Hepworth (aquaintance) on: Nov 23, 2021

  • Condolences to you, Margaret, and to all your family as you grieve your loss. I felt sad to read the obituary notice but I also feel glad that I had the opportunity to meet Soli so many years ago. Thank you, Margaret, for inviting me to go along with you to watch the Icelandic Festival Parade and to share a supper with you and your sister. You shared many stories about your brothers and one very much loved sister over the years. I know you will have many memories to share with one another to bring you comfort in remembering her life in the months and years ahead. Thinking of you with sympathy. Shirley Augustine - Posted by: Shirley Augustine (Friend of Margaret Tobin [Bjornson}) on: Nov 23, 2021

  • So sorry to hear of Auntie Soli's passing. May she rest in peace. Sending our deepest condolences to the families of Donna, Valdine and Calvin. - Posted by: Kelly (Bjornson) & Ron Bilawka (Niece) on: Nov 23, 2021

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