Christin Marie Birkholz was born Sept. 19, 1980 in Fridley, Minn. to Steven and Lou Ann (Stewart) Bell. She graduated from St. Francis High School in 1999 and then attended St. Scholastica, graduating in 2003 with highest honors. In her spare time she enjoyed riding and showing horses, especially her horse Odyssey. She loved spending time with her nieces and nephew, family and friends. In 2006 Christin married Tim Birkholz and they had two beautiful children and she gained a fantastic step-son. Christin loved being a mother and wife and she was a wonderful daughter, sister and friend.
Christin is survived by her husband, Tim; son, Mason; daughter, Bailey; step-son, Logan; parents, Steven and Lou Ann Bell of Isanti; sister, Cassandra (Damien) Schaub of St. Francis; grandparents, Doris Bell of Cedar, William and Juanita Stewart of Oak Grove; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ed and Carron Birkholz of Forest Lake; brother-in-law, Joe (Jinger) Birkholz of Burnsville; nieces and nephew, Chloe, Annie and Jaxson; many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Roland Bell.
Funeral services will be held Monday, Aug. 15, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in East Bethel with Pastor Dan Nordin officiating. There will also be a visitation one hour prior to the funeral Monday at the church. Interment will be in West Oak Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers are Doug Burman, Ryan Bell, Kevin Whitaker, Jeff Schadegg, Barry McDonough and Chris Yoch. Honorary pallbearers are Warren Stewart, Mick Bell and the Metro Transit Police Department. Arrangements were entrusted to the care of Strike Funeral Home – Isanti Chapel.