Rodney Nels Christensen

August 31, 2022
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Rodney Nels Christensen

Age 60, of Penn Yan, NY died peacefully at 4:30 in the morning on August 31, 2022 at the home of his parent’s on Stape Road.

Reflection: Once Again Another Life Has Been Lost By Alcohol Abuse.

Rodney was born June 26, 1962 at Geneva General Hospital to Donald and Phyllis (Carroll) Christensen.  As part of Rodney’s life journey, he chose to stop his dialysis treatment and opened his arms for Jesus to lead him home.

As a young teenager he worked on his Uncle Claude Carroll’s farm and neighbor Lyle Jensen’s farm. He graduated from PYA Class of 1980. He worked for another uncle, Donald Carroll driving truck for Appleton’s (Penn Yan), Universal Appliance (Geneva), Seed Way (Hall), and Hudson Pipe and Pumps (Penn Yan).  He enjoyed his Farmall tractors, his Honda 70 minibike, and his 1963 GMC truck. He was a 4-H member, FFA member, was on the PYA Wrestling Team for one year, and a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Penn Yan.

He is survived by his son Rodney N. Christensen II (Ana) of Florida, daughter Carrie (Ben) Rider of Penn Yan, and son Cody (Penny) Christensen of Penn Yan.  Sister Kay Christensen of Dansville, brother Pastor Todd Christensen, Nephews Theodore and Benjamin  Christensen-Cook of Geneva (Kay Christensen), Parents Donald and Phyllis and his dog Layla.

Grandchildren: Rylyn and Paysen Morris, Lacy Christensen, Nathan and Riley Christensen, Braxson Rider, and step-grandchildren Brayden Rider, Aniyah and Noah Desada.

Rodney is predeceased by his Grandmother Mabel Carroll, Uncles: Rodney, Donald, Claude and Roger Carroll, and Grandparents George and Viola Christensen.

Donations may be made to the Humane Society of Yates County, P.O. Box 12, Penn Yan, NY 14527 or to Ontario-Yates Hospice 756 Pre-Emption Rd., Geneva, NY 14456.

A very special thank you to the nurses at Clifton Springs Hospital on the 1400 unit who cared for Rod while he was there for six weeks. They were kind, patient, understanding, and loving. Also, to the Ontario-Yates Hospice Team.  Especially Nurse Karen Strickland and Nurse Yvonne Hallstead.

May Rodney now find Peace and Happiness. Your family loves you. 

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022 from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m at St Paul’s Lutheran Church, 135 Hamilton St. Penn Yan with a service to follow for immediate family: cousins, aunts. and uncles, Pastor Lori Nickoloff officiating. Committal to follow at Lake View Cemetery.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2022
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John and Joyce Stryker from Dresden New York on Aug. 31, 2022

We ,knew Rodney. As a friend. And neighbor. He always said hi. He will Be safe in heaven

Phyllis Henderson from Victor, NY on Sep. 1, 2022

So very sorry for your loss. Deepest sympathies to you all.

Jeff & Jennifer Jensen from Penn Yan, NY on Sep. 1, 2022

We are so sorry to hear about Rodney's passing. We know he has had a tough time. Yes, I hope he finds peace now. We grew up around the whole family. Please be assured, you are in our prayers. God Bless, Jeff & Jennifer

Judith Scheel from Penn Yan NY on Sep. 1, 2022

Sincere sympathy, Know it has been a difficult road for Rodney and his family. God has taken him home and he is at peace. God is with you, holding you in his arms.

Ron and Mary Johnson from Canandaigua NY on Sep. 2, 2022

Very sorry for your loss Peace to Rodney and all his family

Sandy Moniot from Dresden,NY on Sep. 2, 2022

Sorry for your loss. Rest in peace Rod

Mike Moniot from West Union, SC on Sep. 2, 2022

Sorry to hear of Rod' s passing. Condolences and prayers. I remember Rod from back in the day on PY.. He was a good guy.

Jane and Steve Lieberman from Penn Yan, New York on Sep. 4, 2022

No matter what the age, there seems no rhyme or reason for one's children to pre-decease them. Regardless, this is what occurred in our own family and now, so tragically, in yours. We can only hope that Rodney's next journey takes him to a better place... free of pain and emotional burden and that the excruciating pain and sorrow the Christensen family is currently experiencing subsides sooner rather than later. May your hearts and minds recall previous moments of joy, love and laughter and minimize the heartbreak your family is experiencing today. May you all live and be well through this trying time and may your current sorrow transition to sweet memories of better times... sooner rather than later. Our sincerest condolences on this loss of your son, Rodney. With love... Jane and Steve Lieberman

CherylAnne Enos from Clifton Springs, New York on Sep. 7, 2022

It saddens me to hear Alcoholism claimed the life of another young person. I know your loved one is done with the fight. I, myself, am living one day at a time.
All of you are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending my condolences.

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