Anita Rose Christianson
Born in Brooklyn, NY April 22nd, 1942.
Anita was in her Longmont home when she went to meet her "Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ" on July 7th, 2018.
Anita is preceeded in leaving this life by by her siblings Robert Roller, James Roller, Frederick Roller, Janet Roller, Linda Roller, Charles Roller and Josephine "Jerry" Brosnan.
Those of us that remain behind are her siblings Loretta Roller, Carol Rosa, Lorraine Soteropoulos & Gail Roller. Also, her friend Roger Christianson, her children Peter Bendzel, Cathy Bendzel, Lee-Ann Christianson, her daughter-in-law Stacie Bendzel and her stepson Mark Wilmeth. Also her grandchildren Josh Bendzel, Chantelle Benzel, Mathew Bendzel and step-grand child Bethany Wilmeth and her great-grandchild Natialia Gloria Ortiz.
Anita also leaves behind a vast number of treasured family members and friends.
She attended school at Mt. Loretto, S.I.. In her early adulthood she worked at Chemical Bank in NYC where she taught banking to international students. She often told us stories about the great times she had being young in New York City.
Anita originally moved to Longmont, Colorado in the early 1970's. A few years later she moved to Tucson, Arizona where she enjoyed playing baseball and officially received her High School Diploma. After a few years in Arizona she returned to Longmont where she remained for the rest of her life.
While in Longmont she raised her children and worked various jobs including 7-11, Longmont Lanes and the St. Vrain Valley School District.
She had an excellent work ethic.
Anita was very intelligent and inquisitive. She wanted to know all of the interesting and beautiful things that were happening this world. A world she felt very much a citizen of.
She also took her civic responsibilities very seriously. She voted all the way thru to the last election available to her. She wrote Presidents, Congress members, Mayor's and even the Times-Call. She advocated for her rights and the rights of others thru out her life. She also attended protests and marches in her younger years. She was passionate about our Nation. She wanted justice and equity for all.
Anita was famous for her red lipstick kisses. Everyone was intrigued by her Brooklyn accent. Her cooking was amazing. Her unique laugh was recognizable to all who knew her as was her great sense of humor. Both remained with her thru her final days.
Anita would want you to know this part:
Anita was a strong woman of faith. Always clinging to her "Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." Offering constant and intimate prayers until the end of her life here on Earth.
We believe she is in the presence of her Savior right now. She has no more pain. Her tears have been wiped away. She is at peace for eternity.
(On a personal note: I also think she is in a glorious state of amazment in her new home right now. And asking Jesus, her Savior, so many questions.
I can't wait to find out what she's discovered!)
There is a verse in 2nd Timothy that describes her journey of faith so well: "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." 2 Tim 4:7 ESV.
Anita made friends everywhere she went. She made you feel and loved. She accepted you as you were.
We can't measure the lives she has touched thru out her life or how deeply she will be missed.
Even to the end she never gave up on her family , this Nation or her beloved Broncos.
."No matter what!"
A memorial will be held August 7th at 1 pm at Summit Foursquare Church at 703 17th Avenue, Longmont, Colorado 80501.
Anita was a life long sports fan.
Broncos attire, though not required, is appropriate.
In lieu of flowers Anita asked that donations be made to Safe Shelter of St. Vrain. safeshelterofstvrain.org
Safe Shelter of St. Vrain
82 21st Ave STE A, longmont CO 80501