Christina Monique Ryd Wallerstedt

January 09, 2011

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Birth Day: February 20, 1987
“I Gotcha’ Day”: September 16, 1994
Adoption Day: May 22, 1995
Entrance to Heaven Day: January 9, 2011

Christina Wallerstedt left this life and entered heaven to meet her Lord Jesus Christ on Sunday, January 9, 2011 at Mercy Hospital Medical Center in Des Moines. She died suddenly of a saddle pulmonary embolism. Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, January 14 at First Federated Church, with a light lunch to follow. After lunch family and friends will travel to Union Cemetery in Boxholm, Iowa for burial. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, January 13, at Hamilton’s on Westown Parkway in West Des Moines.

Christina was born in Sioux City, Iowa. She fell in love with Eeyore and stuffed frogs at a very early age and enjoyed dressing up as a clown. Her mischievous grin and antics always made people laugh. She enjoyed writing poetry and you can read some of it online at

In high school, Christina became somewhat of a “drama queen” by participating in musicals and theatrical productions. She graduated in 2005 from Des Moines Christian School (DMCS) and continued her education at Hannibal-LaGrange College in Missouri, graduating in 2009. She worked at Wells Fargo in the Equity Retention Department.

Her friendly smile, sense of humor and zest for life was infectious, and she will be greatly missed by her family and many good friends.

Christina is survived by her parents, Steve and Sherrie Wallerstedt; her fiancé, Frank Howard; her grandparents, Ken and Pat Wallerstedt, Bud and Shirley Collins; and her biological grandmother, Grace Engelhart; her aunts and uncles, Rex and Karen (Wallerstedt) Voegtlin, Jeff and Karla (Wallerstedt) Taber and Kathy Wallerstedt; and her cousins, Josh Taber, Bethany (Taber) Stillwell, and Sarah, Rachel and Jessah Taber.

Memorial contributions may be made to the “DMCS Scholarship Fund” in loving memory of Christina. Online condolences may be made at You may leave personal memories of Christina on the Facebook group “In Memory of Christina Wallerstedt”.