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Obituary: Thomas Lee Christofferson Sept. 19, 1949 – March 9, 2019

on March 19, 2019 - 9:20am

THOMAS LEE CHRISTOFFERSON Sept. 19, 1949 March 9, 2019

Thomas Lee Christofferson of Austin, Texas, formerly of Fredericksburg, Texas, died peacefully on Saturday, March 9, 2019 after a courageous battle with cancer.

A service in celebration of Tom’s life will be held in Fredericksburg at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church on Tuesday, March 26th at 1:00 p.m.

Tom is survived by his loving wife, Janice, son Justin, (Nicole) of Oklahoma City, OK, step-daughter Amanda Ontrakarn (Mike) of Austin, Texas, step-son Nick Voltin (Deanna) of Spring Branch, Texas, grandsons Colt Christofferson and Grant Ontrakarn, sister Verne (Gary) Palmer of Torrance, CA, niece Alexa (Dennis) Brierley of Torrance, and nephew Terry (Danielle) Palmer of Castro Valley, CA.

Tom was born in Compton, CA, on Sept. 19, 1949, the son of Kenneth and Kathleen (Kay) Christofferson who both preceded him in death. Tom was raised in Torrance, CA, and moved to Los Alamos, NM, in 1976 to continue his career in high school guidance and counseling. There he met Janice, whom he married in 1992, and they formed a blended family. He later became the principal at McCurdy Mission School in Espanola, NM, and Chamisa Elementary School in Los Alamos. After he and Janice retired from education, they moved to Fredericksburg, Texas, in 2005.

Tom continued to pursue his hobbies of touring with Janice in his Model-T Ford and motorcycle riding. He and Janice also enjoyed traveling to Europe, Asia, Canada, and Mexico during their retirement years. Community involvement was important to Tom. He served on the Good Samaritan Board and in the Community of Hope at St. Barnabas. He coordinated the Books for Babies reading program of the noon Rotary Club, and participated in many house-building mission trips to Mexico and New Orleans. He also enjoyed serving as a guide for Texas Wine Tours, helping young people determine career paths through testing and counseling, and rooting for his beloved San Diego Chargers.

Tom touched many lives and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He left this world a better place by showing kindness and love for others without judgment. If desiring to make a donation, please consider the Good Samaritan Center of Fredericksburg, the Hill Country Needs Council also of Fredericksburg, or Habitat for Humanity.