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In Memory of Chris Lein


1-4PM - Saturday, October 31, 2015 at O'Connell Funeral Home in Hudson

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Christopher B. Lein, age 40, of Minneapolis, MN, died suddenly on October 24, 2015 at his home in Minneapolis.

Chris was born on May 21, 1975 to Lewis and Jacalyn (Davison) Lein in St. Paul, MN. He graduated from Park Center High School in 1993. He recently began classes at Dunwoody College, studying Engineering Robotics. In 2010, Chris purchased a house in North Minneapolis, and was passionate about renovating it. Aside from his studies, Chris was an avid Minnesota Wild Fan, loved working with electronics, and spending time with his two cats. He was a very sociable person, had a great sense of humor and could make you laugh, and cherished time spent with his family and friends. 

He is survived by his father, Lewis (Rebecca) Lein; sister, Bobbi Sue Frelix; grandmother, Ramona (Davison) Johnson; aunt and uncle, Tammy (Roger) Norelius and Clark (Nancy) Lein; and many other aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. He is preceded in death by his mother, Jacki Davison; grandparents, J. Philip (Otelia) Lein and Leo B. Davison; and cousin, Jess Norelius. 

A Gathering of Family and Friends will take place from 1-4 p.m., October 31, 2015 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 S. 11th St., Hudson, WI. Interment at Willow River Cemetery.

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    • I am so sorry to hear of Chris’ death. Though we have not crossed paths for decades, my heart goes out to my cousin Lewis and family. I am hoping the comfort of friends and family will help you through this very difficult time.

    • I have known Chris since he was in junior high. My daughter Stacy was one of his closest friends. Chris was practically part of our family throughout their school years. I did not see him as often during his adult years, but when I did, it was as though no time had passed. He always had the biggest hug and an, “I love you” for me. I remember one day years ago, Chris myself and my husband went shopping for new lamps for my living room. And it was a completely normal thing. He was a genuine, funny, loving part of our family. I feel so sorry for the void this will leave in my daughter Stacy’s life. She loved him so very much. God bless you Chris…you will be greatly missed by many.

    • I met Chris when we were both 17. It was a really pivotal point in my life. From the excitement of the moment we first meant, my life changed forever. New feelings, new experiences, new friends and many firsts. I learned so much from the role he played in my life, both the good and bad. Chris was somebody that you could never forget. His sense of humor, his creativity and inventiveness, his bravery and strength… And the heart behind his big smile. These are the things I will always remember in him. Although our lives drifted in different directions, his role in my life was bigger than he probably ever knew. Thank you Chris. You will be missed. But I think you’re in a better place now, where your sprit can finally soar.

    • Facebook has been a resource for me to connect with old PC classmates. I remember one year in the library at Park Center we had a brief conversation and discussed about me living my truth and being who I was without fault. That moment is one of the fondest memory I have kept from high school.
      My heart goes out to those who knew him best and was lucky enough to have him in their lives on a regular basis.

    • Trying to pay tribute to someone who is so alive in your memory is a daunting task .
      I met Chris in the 7th grade. We both auditioned for the school play. We became fast friends, spending hours on the phone, laughing, and building a history that would span 28 years. He spent everyday at my house bringing me to and from school in his beloved first truck and would often stay and listen to music, spend time with my family, eat over and do those simple things that turned friends into family. we remained each other’s sounding board and support system even when our lives branched off from high school and I met my future husband and he had a busy social life and job. We had a sleep over the night before my wedding, and spent the whole morning together before he stood up with me in marrying my husband. I think it was my way of sharing the best day of my life up until that point with him. Chris truly new everything there was to know about me and would give me his opinions and advice always with the best intentions in mind. I’m a somewhat guarded person with expressing love and affection reserving it for my most close friends and family… Chris has taught me to try to love more freely and express your love for those you care about with ease. There was not a phone call or meeting that took place without him telling me he loved me. He also had this way of making me feel so important, when we would get together he would meet me with the biggest hug and enthusiasm … He always just made me feel so loved and accepted just as I was. As we got older we saw each other less, and would go periods without talking but even after weeks and weeks involved with very different lives we would reconnect with the same ease as we would become those teenage kids that sought each other out all those years ago. It’s too hard for me to let go of him… He’s my comfort zone and safe spot … So I’m just going to let him live and be happy in my memory because there is no replacing him. I’m comforted thinking he’s at peace, happy, and waiting to give me a giant hug when we meet again. I will love you forever mr. Tummnis … It’s impossible to think of life without you on my caller id