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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Debra Kay Christianson
June 25, 1956 - May 3, 2018

Place of Birth: Powers Lake, North Dakota
Residence: Powers Lake, ND formerly Williston, ND
Age: 61

Debra Christianson, age 61, of Powers Lake, ND, formerly of Williston, ND passed away May 3, 2018 at Trinity Medical Center in Minot, ND.

Debra Kay Van Berkom was born June 25, 1956 to Robert and Donna (Grubb) Van Berkom in Powers Lake, ND. She attended elementary school and graduated high school in Alamo, ND, along with her brother and sister, Teresa Hoff and Robert Van Berkom. Debra graduated in 1975. She attended college at Williston State College for accounting in 1976. Debra married Loren Riveland in 1978, which brought her first son, Ryan Riveland on October 3, 1980. On May 30, 1986, Joshua Renaker was born to Debra and George Renaker. Joshua passed away on November 27, 1986. Debra married John Christianson in 1987 and together they had two sons, Blue and Ridge Christianson. Blue was born April 22, 1987 and Ridge was born February 6, 1990.
Debra was loved by all that crossed paths with her. When she smiled it would brighten the world. She always had been very close with her sibling, Robert and Teresa. Debra loved to sit at the lake and enjoyed watching the geese with Teresa. She always kept a positive temperament, even when things were bad. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. It warmed to heart to see all of them together. She had many close friends she enjoyed being with, especially Kay Erickson and Karen Nygard. Most importantly, she loved spending time with her significant other, Brad Flaten.
Debra loved music, singing, and dancing. She once said “if you don’t enjoy music, then you must have lost your soul”. She always enjoyed opening her doors and windows to listen to the rain and to let the fresh rainy air in. She never put people down and was always open and understanding. She would listen to everyone and respond in way that would make them feel better.
In her last few years, she stood strong with a smile through a long battle with cancer. After three years of it, she passed away peacefully with family near her at 10:35 pm on May 3, 2018.
Debra is survived by her sons, Ryan (Tyreal) Riveland, Bismarck, Blue (Kayla) Christianson, Sturgis, SD, Ridge Christianson, Fargo; grandchildren, Riece, Falicity, Anica Riveland, Bismarck, Chance Haylee (Sheri Ross) Riveland, Williston, Aubreigh Christianson, Sturgis, SD; mother, Donna Van Berkom, Powers Lake, ND; sister, Teresa (Jim) Hoff, Williston; brother, Robert Van Berkom, Williston; significant other, Brad Flaten, Williston; nieces and nephews, Desi Abernathy and her children, Dillon Abernathy and Daija Penn, Williston, Dustin Ronholdt, Williston, Michael Van Berkom, Williston; sister-in-law, Tammy Lawrence, Trenton; cousins, Cynthia &Tom Laumb, Claudia and Lyle Tande, Kathy & Mark Barenthsen, Sandy & Dean Huseby, and Tammy & Galen Moody, all of Powers Lake.
Debra was preceded in death by her infant son, Joshua Renaker; father, Robert “Bob” Van Berkom; grandparents, Mike (Emma) Van Berkom; great grandparents, Edor (Gina Signe) Grubb.

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Janice Johnson Bunas (Edmond , Ok)
May 8, 2018
Oh Debbie, the stories I could tell...but won't!!
My prayers and sympathies to the family. Rest In Peace friend.
Janice
Alamo class of '75
Lana Thompson (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
May 8, 2018
Stories too numerous to share...I'll never forget your laugh and your love of life. Friends for over 44 years. God has called you home and may you find peace and comfort in his loving care. Sending prayers for your entire family, Lana.
Kayla Kadrmas (Sturgis , SD)
May 8, 2018
Aubreigh couldnt have asked for a better Grandma. I am thankful for having someone special like you in our life. I know you will watch over your "little Viking girl" forever. We will always love and miss you.
Kathy Jo Opperud-Eskro (Billings, MT)
May 9, 2018
There are so many memories growing up in Alamo with the Van Berkoms. School days with Debbie, snowmobiling, playing high school basketball, and a little bit of shenanigans thrown in there! She was a kind soul. My deepest sympathy to Donna, Teresa, Robbie, Debbie's children, and her entire family. She is gone too soon. ~Kathy Jo
Nancy Holgerson (Williston)
May 9, 2018
Donna, Teresa, Robbie and the rest of Debbie's family.
Debbie had a smile that would light up the room and I can hear her laughing like it was yesterday. You have so many fun memories to treasure of Deb. Cherish your memories and they will help you to get through the days to follow. We had so much fun back in the Alamo High School days. Teresa you had the best sister!!!!!
Kristi King (Williston, ND)
May 9, 2018
Oh Deb, I just can't believe you're gone. I'm sad to know I will not see you but know you are in a better place & not in pain any longer. I will hold close all the fond memories. Prayers to your family.
Elaine Esterby (Alamo , ND)
May 9, 2018
Remembering all the special times we had together in Alamo at school, church & living on the same block with all girls then Robby became a brother to all of us. We had lots of birthday party's we even shared our anniversary July 16 together. Many special memories. How kind it was when Debby & Teresa called with such kind words when my son Michael died. My sympathy to all of Debby's family. Debby had the prettiest smile, laugh & was so kind. She will missed by family & friends.
Merlyn & Elaine
Belinda Johnson (Williston)
May 9, 2018
Sad to hear of Debs passing.I have many great memories. She was always smiling, laughing, and of course singing. Give that girl a hair brush an she'd sing all night. Alot of fun times had,she made it happen. Rest in peace my dear friend, we will meet again. Love you always an will never forget you. Your all in my thoughts and prayers.
Suzie Benth Snyder (Williston)
May 9, 2018
My thoughts are with you all. We have many great memories with Deb.she will be missed. Rest in peace Deb. your friend Suzie
Lester O. & Leslyan Ronholdt & Family (Williston , ND)
May 10, 2018
Deb always had a happy smile and loved to chat. Always a good friend. Our deepest condolences on her passing. RIP Deb.
Linda & Lyle Stevens (Williston, ND)
May 10, 2018
Our hearts go out to all of you with the passing of Deb. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Love, Kay
Dennis & Mervel Helgerson
From a few of Deb's Friends
From the Class of 1975
Tammy Hanson
Loris Van Berkom
Kirk & Robyn Soiseth
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