Harriet “Hazel” Christophersen, 85, of Whitewater passed away on July 3, 2018 at University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison.

Harriet was born in Whitewater to Harry and Anna (Rohloff) Hanson on October 11, 1932.

Harriet married Ronald Christophersen on September 26th, 1953. Harriet loved crocheting and was a “master” crocheter. She spent hundreds of hours crocheting afghans, blankets, and scrubbies. She loved watching sports. College Basketball was her favorite as well as watching the Milwaukee Brewers and Green Bay Packers. She loved northern Wisconsin and for many years the family camped in northern Wisconsin and eventually, she and Ronald purchased a small mobile home in Woodruff. She enjoyed fishing and socializing with her “up north” friends. She spent many weekends taking her granddaughter Melissa up north and introducing Melissa to the beauty and serenity of “up north”. In the latter years, Melissa purchased a mobile home in the same trailer resort. As Harriet was unable to drive herself up north, Melissa returned the favor and took Harriet up north to her trailer where she and Ronald made so many memories.

Harriet also loved her trips to Gulf Shores Alabama. For many years, she and Ronald took family vacations to Gulf Shores. Many memories were made and in 2016 she was able to spend Thanksgiving in Gulf Shores.

Harriet enjoyed a long and loyal working career. Harriet started working at Whitewater Electronics in 1955 as a production supervisor and in 1981, the company obtained new ownership and became Universal Electronics. She was retained by the new ownership and worked as a production manager, shipping supervisor, and customer service representative. She retired in November 2016 completing a very prosperous 61-year working career for the same company.

She is survived by her son, Steve (Lynn) Christophersen and Grandchildren: Melissa (Brent) Zanzinger, Dustin Christophersen, Beth (Tom) Parsons, Andy (Kylie) Kirchner. Great Grandchildren, Isaiah and John Zanzinger, Lacey and Tessa Christophersen, Ryan, Luke & Max Parsons, and Elliot Kirchner. She survived by her sister Mary Mack; several nieces and nephews.

Harriet was preceded in death by the love of her life, husband Ronald; brother Donald and sister Margaret.

The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to Fort Healthcare, Alden Estates, Jefferson EMT Service, Med Flight and UW-Madison Neurosurgery ICU doctors and nurses.

Visitation will be at Nitardy Funeral Home, Whitewater from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m on Thursday, July 12th. Services will be at 1st English Lutheran Church in Whitewater at 11 a.m. Friday, July 13th with visitation from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Burial will be at Hillside Cemetery in Whitewater.


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