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Joan Beutel Christians

Joan Beutel Christians, 84, of Cornville (Sedona), Arizona.

Joanie passed away on March 21, 2014 at her home after difficulties with COPD. She was born on November 18, 1929 in Chicago, IL to Clarence Arthur Beutel & Elna Weig Beutel. 

She attended and graduated from Loring School for Girls, Beverly Hills, IL in 1947, then attended Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, MA.

She married H. Charles Christians July, 1949 lived in Middletown, CT, Wheaton, IL, Los Altos, CA and Hinsdale, IL until Charles death in 1987. 
She moved to Carlsbad, CA in 1989. Soon after she met the Love of her Life, Ronald ‘Ronny’ Butterbaugh they married in Aug. 1997. They moved to Sedona, AZ in 1999 to build their dream home in the Red Rocks.

Skilled at playing Bridge (and Canasta with her Mom), she also enjoyed bowling, golf and enjoyed long walks on the beach with Ronny! She caught the largest Muskellunge (muskey) ever caught by a woman on Home Lake at Dairyman’s Country Club, Boulder Junction, WI the summer of 1969 (35 lbs, 55”) a record that still holds to this day.

Joanie is survived by her husband Ronald Butterbaugh of Cornville, AZ, older brother Clarence ‘Larry’ Beutel Jr. of Batavia IL, and younger brother James ‘Jim’ Beutel of Phoenix, AZ, Sons Daniel James Christians (Donna) of Sandpoint, ID. Henry Charles Christians (Carolyn) of Los Alamos, NM and Daughter Kimberly Christians Peterson (Dennis) of Carlsbad, CA, Grandchildren Dr. Alicia Christians, Travis Christians, Drew Peterson, Dana Christians, Ian Peterson, CR Christians and Tate Christians, Great Grand Daughter Ava Jules Long, numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, friends from all parts of the US, including Suzy Imhaus of Cloverdale, CA, Carol Anderson of Tiburon, CA.

Having suffered the last few years of COPD and on Oxygen 24/7, her advice to all of us was ‘Quit Smoking!’

Particular acknowledgement and thanks goes to her husband ‘Ronny’ who attended to her care 24/7 for the last several years. As everyone comments, “He is an Angel!”

A small family memorial service will be scheduled in the near future. 

Thank you to the Hospice Compassus Care providers in Sedona AZ.

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Daniel Christians on Thursday, March 27, 2014 3:06 PM
I love you and miss you Mom! Thank you for all the care and worry over the years! You will forever be in my heart, may God Bless, and hopefully I will see you in Heaven if I make it (I'm trying :) Love, Danny & Donna
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Donna Luskin on Thursday, March 27, 2014 3:30 PM
You will be missed greatly, by all who knew you. I always enjoyed our talks, I can still remember your laughter and words of wisdom. Even though you are not here on earth you're still in all our hearts. I will always remember your stories & spunk and what a wonderful person you were and always will be wherever you are, lovingly missed and never forgotten! Love Donna
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Barbara on Thursday, March 27, 2014 4:12 PM
I helped Ron and Joan build that dream house in Sedona and used to house and animal sit for them when they traveled.They were and are still, very dear friends.We had some great times sipping wine on the deck and watching the animals Ron spoiled. Especially the animals that used to take peanuts right out of his hand. Joan will be greatly missed, my prayers to Ron and her family.
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Sandra Christians Miller on Thursday, March 27, 2014 8:27 PM
Aunt Joan fly with the Angels! I love you! Your Niece : Sandra Christians
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Gloria Bolte on Friday, March 28, 2014 7:28 AM
Dear Ron, I am sure that my dear Fred was at Heaven's door to greet Joan with a big Aloha. She is in good company for eternity. God bless you and yours.
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Ron on Friday, March 28, 2014 12:04 PM
My Dearest Wife, Joanie we have shared hundreds and hundreds of good times, wonderful times with our families and network of friends for over 19 years. Our daily living and private times together are deep in my heart. You are the most wonderful wife that a man could have. I miss you , I miss you. Until we are together again, I have the support of family and friends. I love you , I love you, and I daily pray for your soul. Love, Ron
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Alicia Christians on Saturday, March 29, 2014 6:45 AM
I talked with grandma that same week that she passed away. I told her a story about her great granddaughter (whom she adored), and she laughed and laughed and said "oh really" with that Chicago accent she still had. I remember snipe hunts and card games, fishing where my greatgrandpa fished. I loved visiting her as a child in Illinois, so different than the Utah mountains-nights filled with humidity and fire flies. I may have attained my love for traveling from those visits. Upon recent times, she has become a motherly figure (since the passing of my own mom) whose advice I cherished. She loved Ava and Aaron and always told me so. She will be sorely missed. Ron, you have been a blessing to her. She will live through my stories I tell Ava and in my heart. Love your granddaughter, Alicia Beth Christians.
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Lee & Lisa Clegg on Saturday, March 29, 2014 2:10 PM
Dear Joan - You are profoundly missed by all who knew you. We will never forget your kindness and that of Ron when we moved into Crimson View. Thank you, dear friend. Rest in peace. With affection, Lee & Lisa
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H.C. (Chip) Christians on Saturday, March 29, 2014 9:27 PM
Oh Mom. What a woman you are. I am so glad you are at peace. You were so loved by so many people. You were so taken care of by one of the finest men I have ever known and I know Ron loved you and looks forward to seeing you again. As we all do. Thanks for loving us. Thanks for my life actually. I will miss our time together. Sunday afternoons will be a little more lonely but I will continue to talk with you. Carolyn thanks you for your kindness to her. All my love Mom
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Larry Beddome on Saturday, March 29, 2014 9:46 PM
Rest In Peace dear Jonnie - And Ron, I know all about the load you carried for the one you love(d)God Loves a lover and you guys were special. Keep looking up Ron. Larry
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jeanne hallbeck on Sunday, March 30, 2014 12:07 PM
dear joanie we have been dear friends for thirty years thro thick and thinpaul and I will miss you and our visits for dinners and later lemon merange pie I am so glad you got our fish and you are in a better plac3e now and will see you soon god bless you both and as I have said many times ron was wonderful we loved you both
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Carol Christians Anderson on Saturday, April 05, 2014 5:06 PM
I love & miss you Joanie! Carol Christians Anderson
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Chip Christians on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 8:33 PM
Merry Christmas Mom. We all think of you often. Miss you. I miss your sly smile and little laugh. You are missed by many and I do hope you are looking down on us with your glasses askew and know how much we miss you. All My Love Mom.
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