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Newkirk & Whitney Funeral Home

318 Burnside Ave, East Hartford, CT

OBITUARY

Gail Smith Christensen

April 29, 1930February 23, 2017
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Gail Smith Christensen, 86, widower of Dorothy (Mercer) Christensen, of East Hartford, passed away on Feb. 23, 2017. He was born April 29, 1930 in East Hartford, a lifelong resident and was son to the late Thomas and Ethel (Smith) Christensen. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. Gail was retiree of Connecticut General "CIGNA" and had worked as a pressman in the printing dept. for many years. He was also a lifelong member of First Congregational Church in East Hartford and a past member of the East Hartford Exchange Club. He is survived and will be missed by his children; Thomas Christensen, Nancy and Neil Farina, Susan and Joseph Brueckner and Douglas and Sue Christensen, a brother, Ronald and Loretta Christensen, his seven precious grandchildren: Arron and Megan Christenson, Nicole Christensen, Jesse Christensen, Travis Brueckner, Kyle and Keisha Brueckner, Sheena Brueckner, Julia Brueckner and fiancé, John Tanaka, step grandchildren: Jessica, Adam and Matthew, six sweet great grandchildren; Aiden Christensen, Lily Christensen, Hunter Christensen, Riley Brueckner, Vik Brueckner and Isabelle Brueckner and many nieces and nephews. He was also predeceased by his sister Janice Arbuckle and brothers, Rae and Arleigh Christensen. A time of visitation will be held Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 10-11am followed by a Prayer Service at 11am at Newkirk and Whitney Funeral Home, 318 Burnside Avenue, East Hartford, Pastor Kelly, presiding of First Congregational Church. Burial with military honors will follow in Silver Lane Cemetery, East Hartford. For directions, online messages, detailed obituary and to view his tribute, please visit www.newkirkandwhitney.com.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, February 28, 2017
  • Prayer Service Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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Mary Ellen Fitzpatrick

April 21, 2017

Tom, Nancy, Sue, and Doug, I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. I have fond memories of him and your Mom from when we were kids in the neighborhood. I hope you can take some small comfort in knowing they are reunited.

Sheri Gousse

April 5, 2017

Tom and Doug, So sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. So many great memories of your family growing up. My sincere condolences in this trying time. Sheri Gousse

Gail Rinaldi

March 3, 2017

Nancy and family,

We are so sorry for the passing of your father. May he rest in peace. Our sympathy and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Love,

Gail and Joe Rinaldi

George O'Hara

March 1, 2017

I truly enjoyed knowing Gail and working with him at Connecticut General/CIGNA in the printing/reprographics planning unit 1980-1984. He was such a great guy, a wonderful storyteller, kind and generous to others. I considered him as a mentor in some ways at that period in my life.

Great picture! He often spoke so proudly and enthusiastically about his days in the navy.

My sincere condolences to his daughter Nancy whom I also met at CG when she was a security guard and the rest of Gail's family. I am certain that he will be missed as he was well thought of and respected by so many who knew him.

February 28, 2017

Sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. Have lots of good memories with the Family. Our thoughts and condolences are with you all. Uncle Fred and Aunt Marie.

Tammy Lackouskas

February 27, 2017

Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.

Lenoir

February 26, 2017

Please accept my condolences on your loss. May your memories comfort your heart; and God help your family during this time of sorrow. Isa.41:13

February 25, 2017

May God's loving kindness and comfort help you and your family through this very sad time Psalms 29:11

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