Born On: January 18, 1960

Passed On: February 23, 2019

Christine E. Ahlstedt

Christine E. Ahlstedt, age 59, entered into Heaven on February 23, 2019.  She was born on January 18, 1960 as Christine E. Olson. The Olson family eventually moved from Rockford, Michigan to Evart and started the Christian non-denominational Spring Hill Camp.  Christine worked at Spring Hill.  She graduated in 1983 from Ferris University with a food service management degree.  She was the food service director at the camp, overseeing a staff of 35, serving 12,700 meals per week.  Christine married her one and only, Jim Ahlstedt in 1995.  They moved to North Muskegon in 1996.  She continued her food service management career until joining her husband Jim in ownership of waterfront senior mobile home parks in 2001.  Christine and Jim retired in August 2012.  They never raised a family due to medical warnings of developing cancer.  Cancer took Christine’s mother Nancy’s life in 1971, along with Nancy’s two sisters, Christine’s only sibling Mark, two grandparents, and a cousin.  In spite of heeding all precautions, Christine succumbed to cancer.  She was best known as Godly, giving and gentle.  Her greatest joy was being with Jim and Jim’s late parents, Jim and Doris Ahlstedt. She also enjoyed Labrador retrievers, water related activities and travel. Christine and Jim’s residence is on the Big Sauble River, North of Ludington.  A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Sunday, March 10th at 3:00 p.m. (visitation at 2:00 p.m.) at Shoreline Memorial Services, 816 South Mears Ave. Whitehall, MI 49461. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed to the Spring Hill Camp Christine Ahlstedt Memorial Kitchen Fund.

ARRANGEMENTS BY SHORELINE MEMORIAL SERVICES, WHITEHALL (231)-893-5300

Visitation Information


Shoreline Memorial Services--Whitehall Chapel
816 South Mears Ave. Whitehall, Michigan 49461
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Date: Sunday, March 10, 2019
Time: 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Celebration of Life Service Information


Shoreline Memorial Services--Whitehall Chapel
816 South Mears Ave. Whitehall, Michigan 49461
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Date: Sunday, March 10, 2019
Time: 03:00 PM

20 thoughts on “Christine E. Ahlstedt

  1. Bill & Viva Hathaway

    Enoch, Joan, Jim,
    We were saddened to hear of your loss just the other day through friends. Bill & I loved Chris so much and remember her giving spirit and compassion for all. I so remember her gentle smile and laugh. Her humor was contagious. (Reminds me of Bill… that’s just fun!) I so look forward to seeing her again in eternity. We love you all. Know that she is at peace.
    Love in Christ,
    Bill & Viva
    952 Sugar Oak Drive
    Virginia Beach, VA 23462

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  2. David and Nancy Anderson

    So sorry Jim, our prayers has been with you. Her faith was very strong and everyone knew that for sure! There are just no words to say anything you could be feeling but God will get you through.

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  3. Christine Somberg

    Enoch and Joan,

    I am sending many prayers and all my love to you and your family during this time of grief. I am so sorry you have lost your beloved daughter, Christine, to cancer. She is certainly with our Lord Jesus Christ and her life was for his glory. May our Lord carry you through this time of grieving. In the name of Jesus, I pray. I am unable to attend so, sending all my love and prayers.
    Christine Somberg

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  4. Belinda Campbell Hetzman

    Dear Olsons, I am saddened by the news of Chris. There are no words sufficient to describe how precious a friend Chris was to me. She was one of a very few who knew my home life left me desperate and broken. She always took the time to be my friend. If you remember an Easter weekend she invited me to stay with your family. Much to your chagrin Enoch I stayed. It was shortly after you had the accident with the end of your finger. Chris and I were there when you placed your finger over your head and whacked it on the ceiling as you went downstairs. Her reaction to you was memorable. Love and genuine concern. Something I hadn’t experienced in my home life. I was so grateful for her invitation for that time and having the opportunity to be included in your family will forever be held in a special place in my heart. Chris was so caring to me and her kindness will never leave my me. She was a Godsend at a very difficult time. Special people like her shared His love without judgement. She was treating me and many others by the words of ‘love one another’. She embodied those words. Love and Peace to you and your family. Belinda Campbell Hetzman

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  5. Darla Martin Cederberg

    Enoch, Joan, Jim, and Olson family, my heart is with you in this time of loss and remembering. I have appreciated the many memories shared on this site. A fond memory I have of Christine, then Chris was when she taught me 3 hem stitches. I was on my own, living at Spring Hill and in charge of the kitchen. Chris with those beautiful, long Olson fingers was an amazing seamstress. I asked if she would teach me how to hem a pair of slacks. She brought her tools and gave me an A+++ lesson. There are many more stories, but please know that I share your loss for your dearly love Christine. We grieve in the hope of Christ. We will see her again.

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  6. Katie Greenough

    Jim, Enoch, Joan and family, my deepest sympathies for your loss. Chris set a profound example for me in my life. She exemplified a generosity of spirit, service to others, and gentle nature that has blessed so many lives. Gods peace to you in this difficult time.

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  7. Cathy (Diller) Schrock

    Enoch & Joan, Jim, my sincerest condolences to you on the loss of your beautiful Christine! I worked at Spring Hill on the work-study program in the fall of 1984 and met Chris then. It was talking to her and taking Mark’s theology class that opened me up to going to college, which I did in January 1984. Then a few summers later, Chris called me and said she needed some help in the kitchen and would I like a summer job? Of course I jumped at the chance! She was so patient, calm, professional, and gracious in the kitchen, which could be hectic at times, and that grace under pressure really made an impression on me. I can only imagine that is how she approached her illness. Over the years we lost track of each other, but I’ll never forget Chris or who she was in Jesus, and I can’t wait for the day we meet again.
    I will keep you all in my prayers, asking God to give you His all-sufficient grace as you face each day’s grief journey.

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  8. Bud and Elaine McCalla

    So sorry for your loss but rejoice that she is finally home with her Lord. She made an impact on so many lives. We were privileged to know her during our 8 summers at SHC and look forward to meeting her once again in heaven! ….All because of Jesus. Bud and Elaine McCalla

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  9. Wendy Meister-Louria

    I am at a loss for words. Though I remember Christine from many years working with her at camp, I also remember our childhoods, when she was “Chris” and she and Mark were the “big kids” I wanted to be like. I remember feeding the fawns Alfie and Alice that were taken care of at camp after their mothers were shot, VBS for the staff kids in the fish hatchery with Mrs. Niergarth, and days she spent at our house with my mom when her mom was so sick. I pray for all of you that are left behind – that as you live in your grief and shed your tears, you will also smile and laugh, that in your anguish, you will somehow find peace Our ability to experience these opposites is one of the great beauties of humanity. Know that you are loved, and we are weeping with you.

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  10. Karen Van Klompenberg

    Jim, Enoch, Joan, Loren, JP, and extended family,

    I heard, and am so very sorry for this tremendous loss. Chris was a sweet, and kind soul, yet the big goals she set and followed through with, the calculated maneuvers to one-up certain other staffers with practical jokes, and her high personal standards always told me she was not just a softie. I enjoyed the summer we spent doing outdoor cooking together (except for her insistence that I get every fire started with only kindling and a single match at 6:30 in the morning!) I will be keeping you my prayers, that you may be sustained by God’s tremendous love in the midst of the loss. Love you all.

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  11. cathy afman

    I am so sorry Jim, Enoch and Joan, I have not had the privilege of meeting you Jim but I think Chris was such a special person. Her smile would light up her whole face and you just wanted to see it because it was so contagious. I loved my years at Spring Hill and Chris was a big part of that joy. She helped me go skiing with the high school kids when they went and I was well beyond high school. She was so giving and kind. She held my daughter when she was born so lovingly, it touched my heart. She taught me how to short sheet her parents bed when they were away and asked me to stay with the kids for a few days. It’s a good thing she kept reminding me that I was the adult. I never saw her turn down an opportunity to serve and that taught me to step out and try. She was so quiet but the firmness of her faith spoke loud and clearly. I wish we would have stayed in touch but I know that one day we will meet again. I wish I could be there to celebrate her life but I am unable to. I will pray for your healing and I am so thankful that she was part of my life. She made a difference in my life and I thank you Enoch and Joan for raising such a godly woman.

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  12. Diana Woodland

    Dear Jim, Enoch, Joan and family,
    What a huge loss to not have Christine in your lives at present. She was such a fun spirited woman (of course how could she not be with you Enoch as her dad?) Our days and summers as campers and staff at Spring Hill were Incredible. Did you know Christine came and briefly visited me in Chicago after attending the Restaurant Show with my sister Darla? We lived on one of the safest and shortest blocks in Lincoln Park. I’m quite sure Chris was terrified; in part due to all your old stories Enoch. I have fun memories of Chris and yet I am so very sad for your loss.
    Chris told me how she was hoping for God’s healing touch. It’s hard to release someone you love so much. We don’t chose these homecomings and therein lies the sorrow.
    May God touch your hearts with comfort. May He bring the bittersweet touch of beauty; gratitude and hope as you mourn the loss of Christine. Praying for healing and Jesus touch in your lives.

    In sympathy and love,

    Diana (Martin) Woodland

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  13. Wendy Badeau

    Jim, Enoch, Joan, and family, my heart hurts for all of you for your loss. Working at Spring Hill for years provided me the blessing of knowing Christine. She truly was a light and had such a heart to serve in everything she did. I remember serving in the kitchen with Chris; she always had an encouraging word and made even what some would see as the most mundane work, fun. Your family holds a special place in my heart, and though I look to the day when we are all reunited, my thoughts, prayers, love & hugs are with you in this temporary, but painful waiting time. Christine made such a difference in so very many lives. My prayer is that through Christine’s passing, more will come to know the Christ she loved and served so joyfully.

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  14. Frank and Carol Becton

    Precious memories of serving, and swimming with Christine at SpringHill fill my thoughts. Her smile lives in my “mind’s eye!” I remember her joy when she met Jim!
    Frank and I send heartfelt prayers for your grief, thankfulness for Chrstine’s life, and joy for her in her home-going.
    Lovingly,
    The Bectons

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  15. Wendy Garfield Hellenga

    Dear Enoch, Joan and family, I’m so sorry to hear about Christine. She was such a sweet spirit and wonderful person. I can still see her driving Marks truck and being her height she had to look between the steering wheel and dash to see. I couldn’t help but laugh every time. Enoch I’m so sorry you’ve had to outlive your children, Ill be praying for you. Wendy Garfield Hellenga

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    1. David and Debbie Frank

      Enoch and Joan…and Jim,
      We are sorry to hear this news, although Christine is now cancer free and rejoicing in her Lord. Our tears were also flowing when we thought of that young girl we know up at Spring Hill. What a wonderful woman she turned out to be. Jim, our hearts are with you as well. We did not know you, but we can imagine your struggle. May the Lord be with you in the days ahead.
      The Olson family has been one of the closest to our hearts over the years. God be with you all, for His glory and honor.

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  16. Tom Brohm

    I was sad to hear this news. Chris was a vital part of the ministry at Spring Hill camps. She demonstrated a servant’s heart. As I reflect on my time at camp, I find myself smiling a gentle smile recalling teasing her and laughing with her in a variety of events. It was my pleasure to know her and find memories that warm my heart. May the lord continue to bless others in your passing as He did in your passionate living.

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  17. Karen Panse McNees

    So sorry, Jim, Enoch, Joan and family! Living for eight summers at Spring Hill allowed me to know Christine as someone I looked up to and shared ministry with! Chris was one of my counselors on a co-ed canoe outpost trip; a special memory, where her testimony and love for her family and God really impacted me! She made a difference! Hugs and prayers!

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