Dorothy Anne B. Christianson


Relationship to conference: Wife of retired elder, Rev. Lyle T. Christianson, who died in 2014, and mother of Rev. Diane Christianson, who served in the Minnesota Conference from 2013 to 2020. 

Date of death: Feb. 4, 2023 at age 96

Arrangements: A memorial service will be held on March 3 at 2 p.m. at Centennial UMC (1524 County Road C2 W, Roseville). Visitation will be both one hour before the service and immediately following the service.

Appointment information: Rev. Lyle T. Christianson was ordained as a deacon in 1952 and as an elder in 1953. He served Minnesota churches in Long Prairie, Clotho, Bemidji, St. Paul (Centennial UMC), and Golden Valley. He also served the Minnesota Annual Conference as conference council director and a district superintendent of the former Metro East District. He retired in 1991. Rev. Diane Christianson is a member of the North Carolina Annual Conference who served Champlin UMC and Faith UMC in St. Anthony before retiring in 2020.

Mrs. Christianson was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Lyle T. Christianson. She is survived by her children, Diane (John Tolson), David (Kate Winsor), Janet Johnson (Gary), and Paul (Laura Smith); eight grandchildren; four great-granddaughters; and many nieces and nephews.

Messages of condolence can be mailed to David Christianson, 2 Thrush Lane, North Oaks, MN 55127, or emailed to Rev. Diane Christianson at

Memorials are preferred to The Lyle & Dorothy Anne Christianson Scholarship Fund at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Emma Norton Services, Presbyterian Homes Foundation, Johanna Shores Employee Education Assistance Fund, or Centennial UMC.

An obituary will be available next week on the O'Halloran & Murphy Roseville Memorial Chapel website.

Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

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