Christine Hughes – Grand Forks Herald

Christine Hughes, 93, of Cavalier (and most recently Scottsdale, AZ) died June 25, 2022 at Belmont Village Senior Living Home with her daughter Cathy by her side.

Christine Bjornson was born July 18, 1928 in Cavalier to Matthias and Gwen (Dinusson) Bjornson. She graduated from Cavalier High School in 1946 and attended the University of North Dakota, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in music education. She also earned a master’s degree in music education in 1969. Christine was very proud of her Icelandic heritage and composed choral music to Icelandic poetry as part of her thesis project.

Christine taught music in Lancaster, MN and Manvel, ND before marrying Kenneth Hughes in 1952. They lived in Ishpeming, MI where their children Matt (1955) and Cathy (1957) were born. In 1961 Christine and her children moved to Hillsboro, ND where she taught music and 5th grade for 5 years. In 1966 the vocal music position at the Cavalier School opened and she taught music at all levels until her retirement in 1988. After her retirement she taught private voice and piano for 10 years older. She touched countless

lived through those years and was immensely proud of the success of her students.

Christine was a member of the United Lutheran Church, where she led the choir and played the organ and piano. One of his great joys at school and at church was playing along with the band’s singing. She has also served as musical director/pianist for several Cavalier Community Theater productions and was the first director of the Cavalier Camerata Choir, which produced concerts of Messiah and the 7 Last Words of Christ.

Christine has volunteered on the Cavalier Library Board and the Pembina County Historical Society. She was an accomplished seamstress and craftswoman and belonged to her church’s quilting group. After retirement, Christine enjoyed traveling to Iceland, Norway, Great Britain, Alaska and the United States. One of his greatest joys was visiting family and friends over a meal and coffee.

Christine is survived by her children Matt Hughes, Fargo; and Cathy Hauan (Jim), Scottsdale, Ariz.; 1 grandson, Andrew, Los Angeles, 2 beloved sisters-in-law, June Bjornson and Gertrude Bjornson of Cavalier, brother-in-law Myron Bill, Escondido, CA, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in

died by his parents, his brothers Deane and Robert Bjornson, and his sister Pauline Bill.

A memorial service will be held at Cavalier United Lutheran Church on July 18, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.

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