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Wayne Lloyd Christensen, Jr. “Chris”

Passed away on July 3rd, 2020 at the age of 77.

Cherished father of Samantha (Jason Berndt) Christensen and loving grandfather of Alexander Berndt. Further survived by his dear friend Dennis Manley and his former wife Melinda Boucek. Preceded in death by his loving parents Jeanne Christensen (nee Palma) and Wayne Lloyd Christensen, Sr. and fond uncles Joe and Frank Palma.

Wayne held a Bachelor of Science Degree, majoring in Art and Secondary Education from Carroll College and a Master of Art degree from Tufts University and Marquette University. He taught theatre at Brandeis University and Carroll College between 1967 and 1982. Between 1983 and 1991 he resided in Boca Grande, FL where he became a restauranteur, obtained his real estate license, and became a watercolor artist. He returned home to Milwaukee in 1991 where he continued to paint and property manage. No memorial will be held at this time due to Covid-19.

The family will hold a celebration of his life at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions made to the charity of your choice appreciated.

Goodman-Bensman Whitefish Bay Funeral Home
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  1. David Molthen, Emeritus Professor of Theatre Arts, Carroll University 07/26/2020 3:27 pm

    Chris really loved Sam and was most proud of her artistic accomplishments. The veracity of the Otteson Theatre of Carroll College as a model educational theatre was owed to his wise recommendations in its eight years of planning, however, my diplomacy with administration forwarded the project. His artistry was most creative and his direction of e Aristophanes Women in Congress was remarkable. , The Theatre Arts Department topped the 1976 Illinois Wisconsin American Theatre Festival through his collaboration. He was not easy to work with as he was driven by a most professional vision of acting and theatre design allied to a whimsical approach to assaultive nature of theatre. The Carroll Players hold many stories of his uniqueness and the college archives testaments to his success.

  2. Cynthia Qualich, Carroll class of 1981 07/27/2020 5:30 pm

    My sympathy to Chris’ family and loved ones, especially to his beloved daughter Sam . . . he was the proudest of proud papas.
    I will always value Chris’ influence on my education. He rejected mediocrity in any form, and could often be challenging and difficult in the best way: in the pursuit of artistic excellence.
    Rest in peace, Chris, I am grateful to have known you.


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