Obituary: John Edwin Christoffersen, Ed.D.


Dr. John Christoffersen, 82, passed away peacefully on May 26, 2017.

He was born on Sept. 11, 1934 to the late John and Violet (Tennyson) Christoffersen in Portage, Wisconsin. John was a 1952 graduate of Tampico High School. Following his graduation he attended Western Illinois State College in Macomb, IL, where he earned both a bachelor and master’s degree in Education. In 1971, John earned his Ed.D. in education from Indiana University. He went on to become as Assistant Professor at Western Illinois University for 30 years.

John is lovingly survived by his wife of 58 years, Marlene (Vannatta) Christoffersen; daughter, Angie of Dallas, TX; son Mark Christoffersen (Amy) of Westfield, IN; and daughter, Lisa McKee (Randy) of Yorkville, IL. He is also survived by 7 grandchildren; Nick, Andrew, William, Corey, Ketra, Kyriae, Jessica; and one great granddaughter, Kayli.

John is preceded in death by his parents, sister, Jane and brother, Harley.

Services will be held at East 91 Street Church on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m.., with the service immediately following.

Donations may be made to East 91st Street Christian Church in memory of John Christoffersen.


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