Duwayne L. ‘Cotton’ Christiaansen

Aug. 21, 1938 - Jan. 23, 2009

Duwayne "Cotton" Louis Christiaansen fought cancer with the same passion and optimism with which he lived his life. He died Friday, Jan. 23, 2009. He was born Aug. 21, 1938, in Waukesha, to Leona (Hermann) and Gordon Christiaansen, and lived his entire life in Waukesha.

The nickname "Cotton" was given at an early age when he was a blond boy that enjoyed hunting and fishing with his brothers. He married Suzanne Abbott on March 29, 1960. Together, they raised four happy children and were surrounded with grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Suzanne Christiaansen; children, Jeff (Diane) Christiaansen of Casper, Wyo., Jennifer (Hugh) Wabers of Madison, Robin (Troy) Peterson of Brookfield and Courtney (Andy) Pederson of Germantown; brother, Bob Christiaansen of Verona; grandchildren, Jeffery Allan Christiaansen II, Kelly Nicole Christiaansen Seeley, Christiaan Wabers, Rachael Wabers, Jack Peterson, Drew Peterson, Ben Peterson, Anna Peterson, Molly Pederson, Ryan Pederson, Megan Pederson and a special baby to be born in June (Pederson); and great-grandchildren, Wyatt Cook (Seeley) and Madeline Cook (Seeley).

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Gene Christiaansen and Gordon (Jim) Christiaansen.

Duwayne spent nearly his entire career in the appliance and electronics business, first as a partner with his father-in-law, and then as owner of Abbott Appliance in Waukesha. He also worked at Colders, and finally found his most special home at Silica Appliance in Fond du Lac. His business associates were like family, and their care and concern throughout his battle was touching to him as well as the rest of the family. Cotton’s most special gift was his ability to see the good in people and to help people feel good about themselves. He made friends easily and held them close to his heart. His love for nature, gardening, golfing, fishing and reading kept him happy through his final days. But his greatest love was for his grandchildren. His devotion to them ran deep and he will live on in their spirits.

Visitation will be held from 3:30 p.m. until the 6:30 p.m. memorial service Tuesday, Jan. 27, at Church and Chapel Funeral Home, 380 W. Bluemound Road (at highways J and JJ, four blocks south of Interstate 94), Waukesha, with the Rev. Beth Neel officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to AngelsGrace Hospice, the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County or The First Tee of Milwaukee, a program designed to impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf.

Church and Chapel Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 549-0659 or visit www.churchandchapel.com to view the online obituary, leave condolences or receive directions.