Christopher M. Tetzlaff, age 21, passed away on Monday, January 20, 2020 in Orlando, FL.
Christopher was born October 18, 1998 in Green Bay, WI. He was known for his goofy yet photogenic poses in pictures spanning from his young years into adulthood. He enjoyed family trips to the Northwoods, and spent many childhood hours exploring the forests of Crivitz and St. Germain, WI. He loved spending time on and near the water, paddling kayaks or canoes, swimming, fishing and building intricate sandcastles on the beach.
He graduated from Bay Port High School in 2017, where he played trumpet in the school’s marching band. Also involved in Bay Port’s German Club, Christopher was able to travel throughout Germany and Austria, visiting Hamburg, Berlin, Munich and Vienna with the group.
After high school, Christopher continued his studies at UW–Whitewater and majored in Biology. He was an active member in the Wisconsin Army National Guard with the rank of Private 1st Class. He loved music, and wrote that the hardest part of Army basic combat training was being unable to listen to his favorite artists. Christopher wanted to help others, and worked to become an active-duty combat medic and first responder. He became NREMT certified through his Army medic training.
Christopher is survived by his parents Steve and Paula (Gooding); sister, Abigail; grandmothers Marge Tetzlaff and Gayle Gooding; aunts Julie Tetzlaff, Stacie Christian and Tricia (Pete) McGinty; uncle Steve Gooding; and cousins Becky, Annie, Hailee, Olivia, Nolee, Devon, Claire, Brody, Quinn, Amelia and Simon. He is also survived by great-aunts and uncles, and numerous good friends from Bay Port, UW–Whitewater and the Army.
He is preceded in death by his grandfathers Michael Gooding and Robert Tetzlaff, and great-grandmothers Lenore Miller, Ruth Kuiper and Margaret Gooding.
Christopher’s immediate family would like to express deep gratitude to other family, neighbors, co-workers and friends who have provided their love, support and condolences.
A celebration of life will be held at Lyndahl Funeral Home on Saturday, February 1 from 1-4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial funds will be established in Christopher’s name for two local charities.
Expressions of sympathy, memories and photos may be shared with Christopher’s family on his tribute page at www.lyndahl.com.
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