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Christian Hans Nielsen, 42, was a wonderfully warm, giving, loving husband, son, brother, uncle, and friend. He passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 20 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Christian was an accomplished fine art painter, a custom furniture designer and builder, musician and avid fisherman.

Christian, son of Holger and Gloria (Frederick) Nielsen, was born on July 23, 1970 in St. Paul, Minnesota. He spent the first three and a half years of his life in Glenwood City, Wisconsin, where he lived on a small farm with his parents and two sisters. In 1974, he moved to Baldwin, WI, where he spent his childhood in a cozy home in the woods on Pine Lake. Christian graduated from Baldwin-Woodville High School in 1988. He attended the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) and graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting. It was here that he met the love of his life, Stevie Rexroth. They were perfect partners through all life’s journeys, including trips to Ireland, Paris, New York City and many days spent on the north shore of Lake Superior.

Christian had a great sense of humor and a wonderful smile. His big hugs would literally lift you right off the ground. We will all miss him dearly.

He leaves his wife, Stevie Rexroth, his mother, Gloria Fern, his sisters Karen Nielsen and Deanna Medenwaldt, stepsister Cyndee Washburn, stepbrothers Jeff and Dan Fern, Stevie’s parents, Duane and Mary-Lou Rexroth, all of the Rexroth family, and many well-loved nieces, nephews, in-laws and amazing friends.

Christian was preceded in death by his father, Holger Nielsen, brother, John Nielsen, and stepfather, Dale Fern.

A gathering was be held on Tuesday, November 11th at the Eagles Club, 2507 East 25th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55406. Memorials may be sent in care of Christian’s wife, Stevie Rexroth, to Associated Healthcare Credit Union, 2545 Chicago Ave S, Suite 311, Minneapolis MN 55404, 612-813-6050.