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Karin Joy "Kari" Bowerman

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Karin Joy "Kari" Bowerman Obituary
SOUTH KOREA – Karin "Kari" Joy Bowerman, 27, died on Monday, July 30, 2012, of respiratory failure in a hospital in Nha Trang, Vietnam. Kari was on a weeklong holiday with a friend when both women became ill, reportedly the result of a poisoning, and passed away suddenly.
Kari was born on May 13, 1985, to Garry and Lynne Bowerman, both of whom preceded her in death. She graduated from Badger High School in Lake Geneva, Wis., in 2003, and from Winona State University in Winona, Minn., in 2008. Kari taught English to elementary students in South Korea from 2009 until her death.
Kari was a bright light of happiness, a bundle of fun and brought joy with her wherever she went. She was courageous, adventurous and spirited, and wanted to see what the world had to offer. Living and teaching in South Korea was an amazing professional and cultural opportunity for her that she embraced for all it had to offer.
Kari loved her students in Tiger Class, Dolphin Class and Giraffe Class, and had a gift for making learning a fun adventure for them. Kari forged many friendships with people far and wide, regardless of nationality, age, gender or ethnicity. She was a true global citizen and friend of the world. She made us laugh with her antics and humor, and she brightened our days with her sparkling eyes and contagious smile. Kari – adored sister, cherished friend, radiant creature – we miss you so much. We forever will keep in our hearts the joy and love that you shared.
Kari is survived by sisters, Ashley Bowerman, Jennifer Jaques and Jodi Jaques; brother, Curtis Hare; grandmother, Velma Jacobs; uncles and aunts, including Laura Chuzum; nieces, Malyssa Square and Abigail Jaques; nephew, Donaven Jaques; and other extended family.
A graveside service will be at noon Saturday, Aug. 25, at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lake Geneva, Wis.
Published in the Northwest Herald on Aug. 19, 2012
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