Penn Yan — Gail R. Christiansen, 85, of Penn Yan entered into eternal life to be with her Lord and Savior unexpectedly on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, surrounded by her loving family.


Calling hours will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 8 at Weldon Funeral Home. Additional calling hour will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 9 followed by a Celebration of Gail’s Life at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church.


Memorial donations can be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church 135 Hamilton St. Penn Yan.


Gail was born Dec. 6, 1934 to Clarence and Margaret (Thompson) Sutherland, graduated from Penn Yan Academy class of 1952. Gail married the love of her life, Harold, Oct. 19, 1952. Together they continued the family tradition of dairy farming on the homestead, “CHRISTI Farm.” Gail was a “hands on” partner with Harold, helping with all the work on a dairy farm. While Gail had a true love of the land and animals, it could not compare to the love and devotion she had for God and family.


She is remembered by family and friends for her faith in God, her belief in only the good in all. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother as evident by her continuing support of her family’s interests and activities.


Gail had a love for music. She sang in the community chorus and with St. Paul’s Choir for most of her adult life. She enjoyed singing hymns with family and friends.


She is survived by her loving children, Guy (Kathy), Paul, Kim (Terry) Carlson, Pat (Mike) Christensen, Jon (Marti), and Carey (Rich Ott) Rivera; grandchildren, Tim, Dan, and Ryan Christiansen; Steven and Chris Carlson; Martin, Brian, and Preston Christensen;


Megan, Cody, and Wyatt Christiansen, Patrick and Amanda Rivera; and Zackarie Ott;


great-grandchildren, Erin, Remy, Emery, Maeve, Fiona, Charlotte, Logan, Matthew, Cadence and Aurora; in-laws, Bea Christensen Jim (Dottie) Christiansen, Ralph (Pam) Christiansen, Dave (Mickie) Christiansen, and many nieces and nephews, including her faithful companion, Buddy.


Gail was predeceased by her husband, Harold (2015); parents, Clarence and Margaret Sutherland; in-laws, Paul and Agnes Christiansen; brothers, Donald (Joan) Sutherland, Kenneth (Jackie) Sutherland; in-laws, Elsie Johnson, Anton, Arnie and John (Polly) Christiansen, Vera (Doc) Champlin, Lilian (Ken) Owen, June (Elford) Braman.


The family sends a special thank you to Karin, Bernie and Stella for their love and care.


Condolences can be left at weldonfuneralhome.com