Chris Walsh of Mora, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, July 17, 2009 at the St. Cloud Hospital. He was 24 years old.
A FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, July 25, 2009 at the Grace Lutheran Church of Mora with Rev. Doug Larson presiding. VISITATION will be from 10:00am to 1:00 pm at the Church on Saturday.
Christopher Michael Walsh was born April 10, 1985 at the Naval Hospital in San Diego, CA to Kevin and Marianne (Zeitler) Walsh. He lived in San Diego, then Concord, CA until age seven. The family moved to Minnesota in 1992 and lived in St. Francis, then settled in Mora in 1994.
Chris attended Mora Schools, graduating in 2003. He attended Pine Tech and received his EMT certification in 2004 and worked for Pine City and Kanabec Ambulance Services as an EMT. Chris went back to school while still working for Kanabec, and received his AAS degree in Para medicine from St. Cloud Tech in May of 2008. He was then hired as a paramedic at Kanabec and North Memorial Ambulance Services.
Being a paramedic was his true calling; Chris loved people, was compassionate, caring and excellent at what he did. He admired, loved and had the utmost respect for all of his co-workers. Chris really loved being a paramedic.
Chris met Becky Larson while they were both working as EMTs at Kanabec Hospital. They shared over 3 years building a life together that ended much too soon. They were an adorable couple and Chris loved Becky very much. She was the love of his life.
Chris deeply loved his family and friends to no bounds. He had the biggest heart. He was a devoted son, brother, grandson, uncle and friend. He was larger than life, a comedian; he lit up the room when he walked in. There was never a time when he couldn’t make anybody laugh. He will be so dearly missed – words can’t even describe.
Chris loved the outdoors; he was a true sportsman. Fishing, hunting and golf were his passions. Chris also enjoyed cooking and singing. We all loved to hear him sing.
Chris was preceded in death by his great grandparents Charles Bernard Harvey and Jane Walsh, Walter and Lillian Zeitler, and Ada and Harry Woods; grandfather Walter Zeitler; and many aunts and uncles.
He is survived by his significant other Becky Larson; mother Marianne Walsh (Paul Ellingson) of Mora; father Kevin (Carol) Walsh of Cannon Falls; grandparents Tom and Judy Walsh of Pine City, and Betty Zeitler of Hawthorne, CA; brothers Dan (Beth) Parga of Becker, and Tristen Ellingson of Mora; sister Shayla Walsh of Mora; step-brother Adam Nelson of Cannon Falls; step-sisters Minda, Moria and Jennifer Nelson of Cannon Falls, Kari Nelson of Princeton; nieces Samantha and Lilyana Parga; Becky’s parents Don & Laura Larson of Mora; Becky’s sisters Jennifer Larson of New York and Katie Jo Larson of Mora; Chris’s beloved buddies Bare, C.J, Charms and Gracie; plus many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Chris, you will be forever in our hearts, souls, and memories; a part of our lives forever and an angel watching over all of us. We love you Chris Cakes, Chops, Heavy C, Big Teddy Bear. Until we meet again, may you find eternal peace and love.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 25th at Grace Lutheran Church in Mora. Rev. Douglas Larson officiated. Pianist was Cathe Erhardt. Soloist was Dan Carlson. Pallbearers were Dan Parga, Tristen Ellingson, Don (Buzz) Larson, Paul Ellingson, Scott Peterson, Mike Walbridge, Goldy Thiel, Mike Krone, Garey Pankonin and Gregg Ollestad. Honorary pallbearers were Thomas K. Walsh, Harvey J. Walsh, William W. Zeitler, Tim Turner, Christopher J. Walsh, Anthony J. Walsh and Kyle Lyon. Interment was at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.