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Karl Kristiansen

Born: Wed., May 7, 1947
Died: Sun., Dec. 22, 2013

Funeral Service


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Dec. 27, 2013
Location: mfcs South Coast Chapel

Military Honors

2:00 PM Mon., Jan. 06, 2014
Location: Massachusetts National Cemetery

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Karl Kristiansen, 66 of Acushnet MA, died Sunday night December 22, 2013 after a long illness. Born in Hartford CT the son of Karsten Kristiansen and Mildred Goldie. He lived in Acushnet MA most of his life and is survived by his wife Anna L. (Audette) Kristiansen. Daughters Kelly Kristiansen of Middleboro and Kerrie (Kristiansen) Koestner of Acushnet.
 He also leaves behind four beautiful grandchildren, Lauren Ducharme, Jake Medearis, Mollie Medearis and Bailey Koestner.

He was a proud Vietnam Veteran and served on the USS Mansfield. Karl worked for over 30 years at Roth Tech in New Bedford and had recently retired.

Karl will be remembered for his wit, intellect, and loving spirit. He loved being with his family and friends the most. Karl took great joy in spending time with his grand kids. He taught each of them life's most important teachings, how to love, respect and cherish family and friends. He was our moral compass, mentor, confidant and embodied the spirit of patriotism. He was very involved in the NCVA (Naval Cryptologic Veteran's Association). Karl will be remembered and loved by all of his former fellow shipmates. Fair winds and following seas.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, December 27, 2013 from 4p to 8p, with a Memorial service planned, at South Coast Chapel, 158 Middleboro Road, East Freetown, MA 02717. A Military Service with Military honors will take place at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, Ma, on Monday, January 6, 2013 at 2:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, rememberances may be made to Disabled American Veterans. 

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Tim Hofman
   Posted Tue December 24, 2013
Not everyone understands the hardships of serving in the military.

Not everyone understands the joys of moving around the world and seeing so many different places and experiencing so much more of life than many others.

Karl "KMAN" was much more than his experiences. He was passionate and vibrant and yes, outspoken.

Our deepest sympathies and understanding during this time go out to his family and friends.

Please know that pain and sorrow are shared and that he will certainly be missed by all of us.

He will most assuredly have Fair Winds and Following Seas throughout eternity.

My God Rest His Soul.

Eda Marciniak
   Posted Tue December 24, 2013
Karl will be missed by the entire CT Nation.

May he rest in peace.

Kristine Audette
   Posted Tue December 24, 2013
I am sending love and peace to my family. My heart hurts with you all for the loss of such a great Uncle. Uncle Karl, you will be missed and I love you dearly. You will always be with us and you will never be forgotten. All the good memories and your jokes will live on forever. My sincerest condolences Love Krissy xo

Rita Ann Rosa
   Posted Tue December 24, 2013
My deepest sympathy to family and friends of Karl. I was a classmate and played games on facebook with Karl. He was a very caring and kind individual. May his soul rest in peace. We'll see him again. I'm sure that he will be waiting for another reunion.

Monica Brum
   Posted Tue December 24, 2013
So sad to hear about your passing. You and Anna were dear friends of my parents and I always enjoyed when we got together when I was a little girl. I remember you as a gentle soul with a warm smile. So grateful we got to reconnect on Facebook this past year.
My prayers to Anna, Kelly, Kerri and your grandchildren. May their precious memories bring them comfort during this difficult time.
God Bless.

Dan Bonyeau
   Posted Tue December 24, 2013
Your fellow shipmates of the NCVA-NE will greatly miss your personality, friendliness,wit and your efforts and contributions . You will be a tremendous loss.

Revs. Art and Suzie
   Posted Tue December 24, 2013
Dear Anna and Family.
We share in your loss. Karl was a great friend and shipmate. Please let us know if you need anything. We are planning to be there with you and your family on Friday. Peace and Blessings,
Art and Suzie

Ed Carey
   Posted Tue December 24, 2013
Dorothy and I extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family on Karl’s passing. He will always be remembered fondly by us and we are grateful for having had his friendship. He was always there to help with the NCVA-NE and for that I will be forever grateful. He was a caring man who gave a lot to all of us.
Ed and Dorothy Carey

Frank Perrault
   Posted Tue December 24, 2013
To Karl's family: Karl was instrumental in creating a CT website for all us former Bremerhaven, Germany sailors. His work and his contributions to our Navy and the Naval Security Group will always be remembered. May Karl rest in peace with our Lord and may peace be with his family.

Elaine Arruda
   Posted Tue December 24, 2013
May you rest in peace Karl. My deepest sympathy to you Anna, my dearest friend. I hope that all the wonderful memories that your family has will help carry you through this. Love always, Elaine

Norman Landino
   Posted Tue December 24, 2013
My deepest sympathy to all of Karl's friends and family. He will be sorely missed by his NCVA shipmates.

   Posted Tue December 24, 2013
Shipmate your always be remembered for your friendship and fun times we all had together. We know this is hard on the people we leave behind and my prayers and sympathy goes to the friends and family of those you knew.
Fair Winds and Following Seas Shipmate...

Louise and Paul Palmisano
   Posted Wed December 25, 2013
Although we have never met, the USN brings us attachment and also the sadness at the closure of his time in this world. May God keep all of you in His loving care at this very sad time an d carry you through the days ahead.

Bryce F. Lockwood
   Posted Wed December 25, 2013
So very sorry to learn of Karl's passing, Anna. He was a dear friend though only for such a short time. That "little boy grin" would easily win your heart. Our prayers are with you and the grandchildren as they have been through Karl's long and heart-wrenching illness. May our Heavenly Father give you comfort and peace.

Robbie Ducharme
   Posted Wed December 25, 2013
So sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathy to the Kristiansen family. Robbie, Dave Ducharme and Family

Elaine Brightman
   Posted Wed December 25, 2013
Dear Anna, Kerrie and Kelly:
I have such fond memories from years past,'m and I sorry I cannot be there in person for support, but know you are in my heart, and prayers .
I hope that your wonderful family times and memories will give you strength through this difficult time. Big Hugs to all of you.
Love, Elaine

Louise Kelley
   Posted Thu December 26, 2013
Karl was a very good soul and will always be by your side Anna.
May you find warmth in the arms of all who knew and loved him.
We will all miss him.

Christina Ciurej
   Posted Thu December 26, 2013

SHADES OF ELEGANCE was sent by ASCnet.

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. --The ASCnet Board of Directors and Staff

Pat Kershaw
   Posted Thu December 26, 2013
Words cannot express how I feel about the loss of such a good friend..Karl I will miss our late night "chats" on facebook. We will certainly miss all the good times we all had together and all the trouble you and i could get into without even trying.... Anna and family we are so sorry for your loss....Love you..

carolyn cabral
   Posted Thu December 26, 2013
My deepest sympathy to you Anna and your family. It's so hard when someone passes on. He is in God's hands now may he rest in peace. Again so sorry for your loss, love C.C.

Anita and Vic Knorowski
   Posted Thu December 26, 2013
Dear Anna, We were very sorry to hear of your and the family's loss. Karl will be remembered as a dedicated, compassionate, and patriotic shipmate, a devoted family man and a great friend. Our deepest sympathy to you and the entire family.

Mike & Deb Field
   Posted Thu December 26, 2013
Kerrie, our deepest sympathies to you and your family during this very difficult time. We will keep you in our prayers.

Ann-Marie Marcelino
   Posted Thu December 26, 2013
My prayers are for your family to find peace in a time of great sorrow.

John and MaryAnn Hogan
   Posted Thu December 26, 2013
Dear Anna and Family: We are saddened to hear of Karl's passing. He is such a fighter, we were sure he would win this battle. We only have a few years memories of his wit and compassion..the great job he did with the NCVA-NE website, the fun at our reunions...he will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time.

Norman Gunderson
   Posted Fri December 27, 2013
Please accept my deepest sympathy, Karl will always be remembered by everyone that knew him as a true and honest friend.

Ray Ferreira
   Posted Fri December 27, 2013
Karl, I met up with you at New Bedford High School. You had a good group of friends, always laughing and a friend to all who knew you. I am glad that I saw you and your wife, Anna, again at the NBHS 65 Class Reunion. R.I.P. my friend, you will be remember by every heart you touched.

Lynne Foley
   Posted Fri December 27, 2013
Anna, Kelly & Kerrie,

My deepest sympathies to you and your families at this most difficult time and may the memories you shared be held close to your heart at this time.

May he rest in peace,
Love, Lynne

Carol and Ray Mc Manus
   Posted Fri December 27, 2013
Dear Anna and family,
We are very sad and feel your loss, Karl was an enormous loss to us all. His contributions with the web services and general ability to join anyone in any conversation. His humor and wit was admired and appreciated by all. Karl is one of the principle reasons that this chapter of the NCVA has their own challenge coin.
Fair winds and following seas our friend.
You and the family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Mike and Melinda Monteiro
   Posted Fri December 27, 2013
Our deepest condolences to Ann and the family, we were totally shocked to hear of Karl's passing. Ann you and your family are in our prayers. God Bless you all. Karl, Rest in Peace. We will always remember your wit and sense of humor, you will be missed.

Mike & Melinda

Alan & Deborah Coutinho
   Posted Sat December 28, 2013
Karl's service to the NCVA New England was exceptional. His and Anna's friendliness and ability to assist in whatever endeavor the association requested were always evident. His humor and presence will be missed.

Our heartfelt sympathy to the family.

Kent and Janet Beach
   Posted Sun December 29, 2013
Anna and family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Karl will be greatly missed by us all. He was such a loving, vibrant and caring person who gave his all to everything he did. We will miss him as part of the NCVA-NE but hope that Anna will continue to be a part of our family. If there is anything we can do please don't hesitate to let us know.

Mervi Fantasia
   Posted Mon January 06, 2014
Dear Anna and family:

Karl was a wonderful person. Phil and I always SO enjoyed talking with him, particularly the last couple of years in the Rhode Island clam bakes. We want to extend our deepest sympathies to you and your entire family. May God comfort you all at this difficult time. With Love, from Medfield, Mass.

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