Christine Louise (Lawonn) Lindau

Christine Louise (Lawonn) Lindau

August 24, 1945 – June 11, 2020


Christine Louise Lindau (nee Lawonn) was born on August 24, 1945, to Howard and Harriet Lawonn of Seattle, WA.  Christine passed away on June 11, 2020.  Soon after her birth, the Lawonn family moved to Denver, CO, where she spent her childhood.  Christine lost her mom, Harriet, at age 6, but was blessed with her loving stepmother, Velma (Schleh), who raised her. Christine attended Concordia Teacher’s College in Seward, NE and earned her Bachelor of Science in Education.  Christine was a Lutheran schoolteacher in Texas and Michigan, which is where she met Robert Lindau. Robert and Christine were married in Frankenmuth, MI on August 1, 1970.  Robert was ordained as a Lutheran pastor in 1981 and Christine faithfully served as a pastor’s wife for the next 32 years, serving congregations in New Fane, Adell, Sherman Center, and Freistadt, Wisconsin, and Glenwood and Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Christine was the model of a Christian woman, wife, mother, and friend.  She embodied and lived every one of the Fruits of the Spirit.  She is survived by her husband, Robert Hart Lindau, Jr.; her four children, Rebecca Esther Bell (John), Robert Hart Lindau III (Sarah), Christopher Harlan Lindau (Diane), and Timothy Howard Lindau (Bridget); her six grandchildren, who she loved and adored, Bobby, Emily, Grant, Christian, Xander, and Blake; and her four siblings, Bruce Lawonn, David Schleh (Cathi), Susan McDermid (Mike), and Heidi Aurich (Arlie) and her brother-in-law Richard Lindau. Christine was preceded in death by her parents, Howard, Harriet, and Velma Lawonn, and her in-laws, Robert H. Lindau and Shirlee Lindau.

A celebration of Christine’s eternal life with her Lord and Savior will be held Saturday at Zion Lutheran Church, 14205 Ida Street, Omaha, NE 68142 at 2 PM.   A visitation with family and friends will be held prior to the service, at 1 PM.  Memorials in Christine’s name can be made to the Scholarship Fund for Concordia Lutheran High School, 15656 Fort Street, Omaha, NE 68116 or the Methodist Hospital Foundation, 8701 W Dodge Rd Suite 450, Omaha, NE 68114. The Lindau family wishes to convey its gratitude for the loving and compassionate care of the whole team at VNA Hospice.

With Job of old we say, “The Lord giveth, the Lord taketh, blessed be the name of the Lord”.



  • Anna Finley Posted June 11, 2020 9:01 pm

    Pastor and Family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen any of y’all but she was an amazing lady! May God wrap His arms around you during this difficult time. God’s blessings to yall.

  • Roxanne Taggatz Posted June 12, 2020 7:30 am

    The comfort of our Lord be with you. Mrs Lindau, as I knew her, was a very special lady to me. She is my teaching role model and a great model to follow as a pastor’s wife. Our prayers are with you. In Christ, Roxanne (Wurm) Taggatz

  • Gwen Lynne Groenewold Posted June 12, 2020 1:04 pm

    Dear Pastor Lindau,
    We grieve not as others who have no hope. A strong faith comforts and is our refuge. Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your wife. She was a special person. Gwen Groenewold

  • Andy and Val Schmitt Posted June 12, 2020 5:55 pm

    Dear Pastor Lindau and family , we were so sad to hear of your loss of the lovely Chris . She was sweet and charming and just a lovely woman . When we think of you it is of wonderful times past . The boys playing bike tag during the day ,
    And flash light tag at night usually in our yard . It was a very good time in our lives because of you and your family . I remember how our dog Schatzie loved all of you . But her true love was Topher . One sunny day Schatzie was out on the porch going nuts . I went out to see what she was crying about and saw that Topher was home on leave and standing in your drive way . I let her out and she made a mad bee line to him . What great memories and how I admired Chris for keeping her cool with all those boys including ours sometimes . Beautiful memories of a wonderful woman ,
    Her husband an excellent pastor and great kids who I knew would turn out great because of their mama and papa love and prayers to all . You are still all very dear to us .

  • Jim and Nancy Eberhardt Posted June 12, 2020 8:34 pm

    Pastor Lindow and family,
    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family in the loss of your wife, mother and grandmother. Such a sweet lady. We have so many memories of you all while you lived in Adell . May God hold you all in the palm of his hand as you go thru this difficult time.
    Blessings to you all. Jim and Nancy Eberhardt

  • Pastor Martin Greunke Posted June 13, 2020 12:12 pm

    Yvonne and I send our Christian love and sympathy to Rev. Bob…and Dr. Rob…and all the family members of your beloved wife, mother, and grandmother. She taught with our daughter-in-law, Lynn Greunke, in Council Bluffs and I will notify her of Christine’s passing. (She lives in the state of Washington). We thank God for His gift to you of your loved one. May you be comforted.

    Pastor Martin Greunke, Lansing, Michigan (Not too far from Frankenmuth, MI were Bob and Christine were married.)

  • KATHLEEN HOLZHEI Posted June 15, 2020 8:23 am

    Dear Bob and family-I was so surprised to hear in chuch that Chris had passed away. So many memories of when you lived in Richville and we would go to plays at Pit and Balcony, fondue with Jack and Gerry and you came to visit us in Virginia when Don worked for NASA. Thinking of you during this time. Kathleen

  • Curt and Karen Erdmann Posted September 15, 2020 6:52 am

    We just learned of Chris’s passing. She was a fun, loving Christian lady. I remember all the bible studies we had at the parsonage in New Fane. Those memories of you and your family at St. Johns we will always remember. Lots of Hugs.

  • Loiss Manigel Posted January 19, 2021 4:42 pm

    I just learned of Chris’ heavenly journey. While it’s difficult to live on this earth without our loved ones, thinking of them in heaven enjoying total happiness brings joy.

  • Jeanette Lillard Posted June 20, 2021 8:18 am

    I had the honor of knowing Chris in high school at LHS in Denver. Please accept my condolences. Jeanette Lienemann Lillard

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