Charissa Dianne Kucera


Charissa Kucera, 60, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, May 18, 2021.

Charissa Dianne Kucera was a strong woman who lived a life of adventure. Born in Seattle, Wash. on Jan. 19, 1961 to Paul and Carole Claassen, she was the youngest daughter and third sibling in a family of four children.

Charissa was a natural caretaker who worked as a nurse and nurtured her daughters and many treasured pets over the years. In 2011 she moved her life from Seattle to Christmas Valley to fulfill her dream of living off the grid. She flourished in Christmas Valley and met her love, John Widenoja, with whom she recently celebrated a 10th anniversary. She also grew a loving community of friends.

She is survived by: John; her daughters, Aurelia Kucera and Morgan Williams; parents, Carole and Paul Claassen; her siblings, Dulcie and Lark Claassen and Kali Kucera, who all love and miss her deeply.

A Celebration of Life will take place on Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. at Hank’s house located at 87142 Christmas Valley Hwy, Christmas Valley, OR

Memorial contributions can be made in Memory of Charissa at UNICEF, 101 Montgomery St. Suite 625, San Francisco, CA 94104 also, to New Beginnings, PO Box 346, Christmas Valley, OR 97641 or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Desert Rose Funeral Chapel is overseeing the arrangements. Condolences may be expressed, or the guest book signed online at

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