Sally Ilene Christopherson, age 81 of Lake Vermilion – Tower, died Sunday, July 18, 2021 at Edgewood Vista Senior Living Center in Virginia. She was born September 27, 1939 in Virginia the daughter of Roy and Ruth (Salminen) Rankila; was a graduate of Virginia Roosevelt High School, Class of 1956; and earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Minnesota- Duluth. Sally married Ralph F. Christopherson on December 22, 1962 at Gethsemane Evangelical Lutheran Church in Virginia. She was a longtime resident of Virginia, moving to Lake Vermilion – Tower in 1988. Sally was employed as a Teacher for the Virginia School District, was an entrepreneur, the Office Manager for Ferrellgas; and returned to teaching as a substitute teacher in the St. Louis County School District. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tower and PEO Chapter DX. Sally enjoyed ceramics, painting, the Minnesota Vikings, and anything outdoors. Her greatest joy came from spending time with her family.
Sally is survived by husband of 58 years: Ralph Christopherson; children: Amy (Todd Vlasaty) Christopherson of Coon Rapids, and Chad Christopherson of Maple Grove; grandchildren: Nick Christopherson, Jack Vlasaty, and Cassidy Christopherson; brother: Gary Rankila of Minneapolis; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her “in-laws” Ralph and Bernice Christopherson.
The Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 23, 2021 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tower. Pastor Erika Foss will officiate. A Gathering time for family and friends will begin one hour prior to the service at the church.
Memorials are preferred and may be directed to Immanuel Lutheran Church, PO Box 466, Tower, MN 55790.
Family services provided by Bauman-Vermilion, A Bauman Family Funeral Home in Tower. To share condolences online, please see: www.baumanfuneralhome.com .
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Immanuel Lutheran Church
PO Box 466, Tower MN 55790