Vernon Clair Christensen
Mar 8th, 2023
South Yarmouth – Vernon Clair Christensen, passed away on Monday March 6, 2023 at his home with his wife Marybeth and caregiver Mark Donato at his side.
Born on November 19, 1925 in Cedar Falls, Iowa, he was the son of the late Hjalmar L. Christensen and Anna U. Nielsen Christensen. In 1938, the family moved to Hagerstown, Maryland.
Vern served in WWII as a Sergeant Major in the Army Air Forces from 1944 through 1946. Upon return from his tour of service, he pursued his degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland, class of 1950. In 1950 he married Betty Delores Bittinger in Hagerstown, Maryland and started his life-long career with IBM in Hagerstown, Maryland. He transferred to the Poughkeepsie, New York office in 1954 and later to the White Plains, New York office. They had two children, Kurt Vernon Christensen and the late Karl Dwayne Christensen. He was widowed in 1970 and married Mary Elizabeth McCann Pomeroy on April 7, 1973 in Pleasantville, NY and became stepfather to Robert S. Pomeroy.
He retired in December 1988 from the IBM Corporate Group International. He continued to work as a Consultant for the International Executive Service Corps. Along with his wife, Marybeth, they worked, lived and traveled to more than 100 countries.
After spending many summers on the Cape during his working years, he decided to move to South Yarmouth, MA in June 2006 to happily live out the rest of his life. He was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Harwich, MA where he served in many capacities. He was a Fraternal Member of the Poughkeepsie Lodge No. 266, F. & A.M., the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Cyprus Shriners International and the American Legion Yarmouth.
Vern, also known as Uncle Bud, Bud, Buddy boy and Grampy, will be remembered for his love of travel, storytelling and his incredible knowledge and wisdom.
He leaves his wife of 50 years, Marybeth (McCann Pomeroy) Christensen; his son, Kurt V. Christensen (Jane) and his grandchildren Ian Vernon Christensen (Lindsay), Kaitlyn Christensen Sacco (John) and his great-grandsons, John Peter Sacco, Jr and Joseph Vernon Sacco; his stepson, Robert S. Pomeroy (Eleanor); his nephews Lee (Pat) Stine and their son Ned, and Larry (Judy) Stine with their children Sally Pfaeffle and Susie Linderman, and grandchildren. Vern was preceded in death by his son Karl Dwayne Christensen and sisters, Marion and Agnita Stine Schreiber.
Visiting hours will be held Sunday March 12 from 2-4 pm at the Hallett Funeral Home, 273 Station Ave. South Yarmouth, MA. 02664. A Funeral Service will be held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 310 Route 137, Harwich, MA, on Monday, March 13, 2023 at 11am.
Private interment will be held at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Pine Street Centerville, MA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church Harwich MA or to the Yarmouth Food Pantry, South Yarmouth, MA.
My deepest sympathies and prayers to Marybeth and the entire family. We were next door neighbors 35 years ago in Pleasantville, NY. I cherish memories of our dinners where we were regaled with wonderful stories of exotic travels and adventure. I will always remember the kindness and support of your friendship.
Dearest Beth, I am so sad to learn of Vern's death and am grateful it was from you that I heard. Although we only had a couple of times to visit, I remember them fondly. Vern was always so welcoming and understood yours and my connection and gave us space to ramble on about "the old days." He seemed to take as much pleasure in those conversations as we did! Blessings to you. I hold you near and dear in my heart and will say special prayers of comfort for you. Love always, Heather
The Kammerer family sends prayers and love to all the Christensen family members. Our time takes us way back to the Emanuel Lutheran Church days in Pleasantville, NY some 60 years ago. We are so privileged to have shared such fond, lovable memories which we carry now in our hearts.