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Dawn E. Abernathy

January 10, 1953 ~ September 22, 2021 (age 68)


Dawn Elise (Christianson) Abernathy, 68, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away peacefully with her husband by her side on Sept. 22, 2021.  She was born January 10, 1953, in Sturgeon Bay to Millard and Iris Christianson. Her family then went on to move to Plymouth, WI where she graduated from Plymouth High School. She went on to earn her Bachelor of Science Degree in Botany from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. While at Madison, she met the love of her life, Robert A. Abernathy and they were married on June 2, 1984.  Together, they raised two sons, Kelsey S. Abernathy and Shea E. Abernathy. Her boys were her pride and joy. After moving back to Door County, she worked at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay in Residence Life where she later retired in January 2020.

Dawn loved the outdoors, going for walks, gardening, being a homemaker, canning, cooking and going out for dinner.  She also enjoyed traveling and taking her annual trip to Jamaica. Becoming a Grandmother to Brooks and Brecklyn was one of the greatest highlights of her life. Many will remember her for her joyful laugh and carefree lifestyle. 

She is survived by her husband Rob, two sons, Kelsey Abernathy, Madison, WI and Shea (Carly) Abernathy, Hartford, WI; one granddaughter Brecklyn Abernathy; one brother Chad (Mary) Christianson, Elkhart Lake, WI; father Millard Christianson, Sturgeon Bay; in-laws, John Abernathy, Arena, WI, Brian (Joyce) Abernathy, La Crosse, WI, Mike (Pam) Abernathy, Wheaton, IL, Kitty (Steve) Huber, Rockville, MD, Colleen Abernathy, McHenry, IL, Maureen (Mike) Rayunas, Mundelein, IL, Mark (Dawn) Abernathy, Mundelein, IL, Mary (Dave) Risetter, Stevensville, MI, Bill (Nicole) Abernathy, Mundelein, IL; and her dog, Tosh.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Iris; and a grandson, Brooks Abernathy.

A private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  In-lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin ( )  

Special thanks to Unity Hospice and Door County Medical Center for the wonderful care and support.

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