Christopher Nevin

Christopher Nevin

  • Funeral Date: 5/24/14
  • Funeral Time: 11:00 AM
  • Date of Birth: 3/25/70
  • Date of Death: 4/05/14
  • Funeral Location: St. John's Lutheran Church - Northfield

Christopher Monroe Nevin was born in Buffalo, NY, on March 25, 1970, to Mary Louise (Continelli) and the late Frederick Nevin. Chris was baptized at Harris Hill Methodist Church in Clarence, NY, and confirmed at Columbine United Church in Littleton, CO. He graduated from Chatfield High School in Jefferson County, Colorado, and received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Colorado in 1992.
After graduating from college, Chris served in the Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa from 1992 to 1994. While there, he met and fell in love with Brenda Hand, another volunteer who he would later marry. From 1994 to 1996, Chris and Brenda lived in the Czech Republic, and taught English as a foreign language. They returned to the United States, settling in St. Paul, in 1996, and Chris continued to devote himself to helping others through his work as the volunteer coordinator at the Institute for New Americans (which later became Lincoln International Charter School) in Minneapolis. Chris worked with the school serving as the Director of Volunteer Programs until 2010, and board chair from 2007-2010.
On July 31, 1999, Chris and Brenda married in Northfield on the Hand family farm. Their first daughter, Sophia Marie, was born in 1999, their second daughter, Natalie Rose, was born in 2002, and their son, Miles Brian, was born in 2007. After the birth of their second daughter, Chris and Brenda moved from St. Paul to Northfield so that they could raise their children in a smaller community and be near family.
In 2011, Chris began working for Carleton College, as a building supervisor at a recreation center and for Lutheran Social Services as a direct support professional. While working toward his graduate degree, he volunteered as a Citizenship and ESL teacher and was a board member at Somali Community Services in Faribault, in addition to serving as a facilitator of the Faribault Alliance for Inclusion, Resourcefulness and Equity. In 2013, Chris earned a master’s of public affairs from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. After completing his degree, Chris was employed by Lutheran Social Services as a designated coordinator.
In addition to his passion for helping refugees and immigrants, Chris enjoyed hiking in Colorado, long walks through the Arboretum at Carleton College, spirited conversations with family and friends, and music. However, nothing was more important to Chris than his beloved wife, Brenda, and their three children, Sophia, Natalie, and Miles. Chris loved to cook for his family, baked his family’s birthday cakes, and made many of his children’s Halloween costumes.
Chris, who was known to all as possessing a kind and gentle soul, passed away unexpectedly on April 5, 2014, in Northfield.
Chris is survived by his wife Brenda and their three children: Sophia, Natalie, and Miles; his mother, Mary Louise (Continelli) Nevin; his brother and sister-in-law, Brian Nevin and Tracy Bodden; his mother-in-law and his father-in-law, Darlene (Messner) Hand and Roger Hand; his brother-in-law, Dwight Hand; and his three sisters-in law: Shari (Hand) Cotten, Kim Hand, and Tami Hand. Chris was preceded in death by his father, Frederick Nevin, and his sister, Lisa Guthrie.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00AM Saturday, May 24, 2014, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield with Rev. Pam Fickenscher officiating.  Music will be provided by John Ferguson and Michele Knutson. Visitation will be 3-7PM Friday, May 23, 2014, at St. John’s Lutheran Church and will continue at the church on Saturday one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family are preferred.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home.


  1. Jennifer Baldwin

    My deepest sympathies to the Nevin family at this time. Chris was a wonderful person….. his Colorado friends will miss him very much.

    Love and Light,
    Jennifer Baldwin (Gaither)

  2. regine domish Michael Domish

    with our prayers to all of the family Mike and Regine Domish (grandparents of Brooke and Hannah Domish)

  3. Tonya Miller

    Brenda and kids,
    I want to extend my deepest sympathy to each of you.
    Chris shared many wonderful and loving stories about you. The genuine love was overwhelming.
    He will always be present in your hearts and memories.
    God bless,
    Tonya Miller

  4. Richard Culp

    Brenda, I’m so sorry to hear of Chris’s passing. My thoughts are prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time, and I’ll certainly make a better effort to be in touch more often. Much love! – Richard

  5. Kristen Velyvis

    Dear Brenda,

    My thoughts are with your and your children. I am so sorry about Chris’s passing. I pray that you feel the love and support of so many who were touched by Chris’s wonderful life.

    My most sincere condolences,

  6. Khardiata Tall

    My condoleances to Chris’s family. I am sad to hear these news.

    Chris was a nice and warm person that I am lucky to have met.

    I am from Senegal, so it was nice to get to know somebody in the Northfield community who knows

    about Senegal. He welcomed me here in Northfield, and it was always a pleasure to meet with him and

    talk to him in Wolof.

    Rest in peace Chris!

  7. Ruth Weiner

    Brenda, dear,
    All my sympathy to you and your family.
    Ruth Weiner

  8. Destiny Bryant

    Chris was one of my brother’s (John Bryant) best friends in high school. Chris was at our house a lot. He was an awesome person and we are honored to have known him. We are shocked beyond belief that he is no longer with us. He truly is an angel. On behalf of our entire family, our hearts go out to his family. There are no words to make the pain easier. We pray that it gets easier for you each and everyday. He can not be replaced, but his memory will forever live on in each one of you.

    Our most sincere condolences,

    The Bryant family

  9. Suzanne Leahy

    To all of Chris’ friends and family, Chris had such a wonderful soul. I am so sorry for everyone’s loss. I think of him often. Suzanne Leahy (Kate Leahy Hein’s sister and Chris Hein’s sister-n-law)

  10. Abdou Diouf

    Dear Brenda and children,

    My sincere condolences. It was a blessing to have the opportunity to meet Chris. He was a Great friend and he will be greatly missed. May God bring you peace and comfort you.


    Abdou Diouf

  11. Andrea Risch

    To all of Chris’ family and friends,
    I went to Deer Creek Jr. High with Chris. Loved his quiet, subtle sense of humor. He was a gentle giant.
    Prayers for all of you for your loss.
    Andrea Risch

  12. Julie Renner

    Mary Lou and Brian, I am so deeply saddened to hear of Chris’s passing. I had not seen him along with the rest of the family since they lived in the Buffalo area. We attended Harris Hill Methodist Church together. I remember when Chris’s parents got married and how happy they were when Lisa,Brian and Chris were born. It was amazing to read all of Chris’s accomplishments. My brother Phillip actually gave Brian his first drum set. My Love, Julie Renner

  13. Wendy Wiggins Helton

    Sending prayers for peace in your heart. I’m sorry for your loss

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