Dr. Kari Egge
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Age 45 Of Stillwater, MN Died at home on January 28, 2012. Kari is survived by parents, Robert and Deanna Egge; brother, Kirk and family, and her children, Isabelle (6) and Dylan (8) and their father, Graham Eastmond. She graduated from Mahtomedi High School in 1985 and George Washington University in 1989. Kari earned a PhD in Public Health from Tulane University where she combined studies with HiV/Aids-related projects. In the following years, Kari dedicated herself to international causes. Her career in Humanitarian Aid work spanned over 20 years with Peace Corps, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and the International Division of American Red Cross (AmRC). As part of CRS' Emergency Response Team, she played a key role in numerous emergencies, including the Goma volcano disaster, Afghanistan, Southern Africa drought and the tsunami in Indonesia. In addition, Kari helped train hundreds of emergency responders. Her last posting was to Thailand, working with those in countries affected by the 2004 Tsunami. During her career, she made lasting friendships around the world. Kari was also a loving mother to Dylan and Isabelle, taking every opportunity to introduce them to new cultures and environments. Funeral service at ST. ANDREW'S LUTHERAN CHURCH, 900 Stillwater Road, Mahtomedi on Friday, February 3, 11 am with visitation beginning at 10 am at the church. In lieu of flowers, we encourage donations to Partners in Health (www.pih.org) who champion many of the causes important to Kari. 2800 Curve Crest Blvd., Stillwater 651-439-5511





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Published in Pioneer Press on Jan. 31, 2012.
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February 29, 2012
"To Graham and the kids, my deepest condolences. I've just heard the news from Lucy at CRS Nairobi. I will never forget Kari's kindness, smiles and generosity during the time we worked together at CRS/ERT, Nairobi. I will surely treasure those years and my knowing her in my heart. May God comfort and be with you, Dylan and Isabelle."
Suzan Mwadime
February 13, 2012
To Bob Egge, my long-ago neighbor in Mayville.....I am reading about your loss and feeling so very sad for you and your family..The last time that I saw and visited with you was at an all-school reunion in Mayville...I was last there in 2005 for my 60th ...and now most of those classmates are gone. Norman died in 2004, as I believe you know..You and Andy were his "buddies'although a couple of years younger..I hope that you are in good health, "Bobby"...My deepest condolences to you...in the loss of your daughter..
Ramona Pearson
February 4, 2012
Ms. Kari was a nice woman, she helped me a lot, she took care of us when we needed help. She always made us feel safe and happy, she could be funny, she is a fun person to be around.
Lathan Field
February 4, 2012
Ms. Krai was a very nice and fun person to be around, she was a loving mother and an amazing friend. She help my family through rough times and we were there for her like she was there for us. Now she's looking down at us from beyond the stars and were looking back thinking how amazing she was. And watching over her two funny, and fun children Dylan and Isabell, they were two good friends and was taken verry well of by Ms. Kari.
Thank you for being with us.
Dalton Field
February 4, 2012
I was truly blessed when Kari came into my life. Her beautiful smile always lit up the room as did her generousity. Kari and I were neighbors but quickly became close friends, always sneaking onto our patios with a Gin/Tonic after the kids were down. Talking, laughing, crying, complaining, then ending the evening with a great big hug. Having Dylan and Isthebellbroken as I loved to call her come into our lives as well, the joy was even more. I miss you so much but I have you forever in my heart and I thank God for giving me the honour of being able to call you my friend. You are the most beautiful, caring, loving person I know inside and out. We are lucky to have an angel like you watching over all of us. Thank you my dear friend for being you.
Cyndi Field
February 3, 2012
Kari touched so many lives with her kind words, sense of humor and 'goofiness'. I remember meeting Bob and Chris for the first time in Bangkok at Kari's house and thinking...ah...now I understand where she gets her kindness and witty sense of humor. :) She was an amazing mother, sister, daughter and friend. Kari usually started our conversations asking about how my mom was doing and then went through the list of others. Even during the roughest times she always put others first. I miss her.
Robin Wagher
February 3, 2012
I am so depressed to hear that one of our friend died suddenly. It is a loss for the community as well as her family. I cannot say in words what she has done for those who came to know her. She is gone but she will always be an example for us to live up to in the community service at International level. With deepest sympathy and Prayers to Dr. Kari's Family...
Manan Kotak
February 3, 2012
Bob, Chris and family, I was so sorry to hear about your devastating loss. I'll never forget babysitting Kari. She was darling and delightful as a little girl, and you must have been so proud of the woman she became. Her selfless, humble life is an example for all of us. Praise God for the hope of eternal life, and that you will see her again.
Debbie (Sjoberg) Archer
February 2, 2012
Bob and Chris, As good friends of the Donohoos, we want to send our deepest sympathies to you and your grandchildren with your loss. Kari had a wonderful impact on so many lives and we are glad to have met her. John had a great conversation about Tanzania with her as that is where he is from. We pray for God's presence and comfort during this most difficult time. May you know His deep and abiding love!
John and Jennifer Musokwa
February 2, 2012
Kari was like no one I have ever met. She always, always was thinking about everyone else, only able to sit and just be when she was assured that everyone else had what she thought they might need. She was selfless in every single action, every word; despite her hardships I never heard her utter an unkind sentiment - I would tease her that she was a saint. Now I believe that she actually is. She taught me so much about working in humanitarian aid work – I would travel with her and simply watch her interact, connecting with people, especially at the community level. People from all walks just connected with her, wanting to talk with her, be with her, hear more of her funny Kari stories. On one trip to Indonesia I asked the Head of Programs with the American Red Cross if he needed anything, to just let us know. He said simply, “We need Kari- we need lots more of Kari.” He was spot-on; the world needs a lot more of Kari. I miss my beautiful friend and it is my belief that she continues to delight the world with her funny stories now told through her friends and family and untold beautiful memories of a life that was well-lived and which ended far too short. Chris, Bob and Kirk, thank you for sharing this wonderful creature with us; the world was a whole lot brighter with her in it. Peace and love to your family.
Nancy Claxton
February 2, 2012
Chris and Bob, I am so sorry to hear of Kari's death. I know how proud you were of her many accomplishments and family. Peace be with you.
Susan Asplund
February 2, 2012
From the day we took the kids to Dreamworld in Bangkok until visiting her in winter Minnesota, Kari was always doing things. She made the most of life - a lesson for all the people, who's hearts she touched. And she did it with joy. I will always remember that last night at our house as without prompt she danced a little jig and went into the night.
Marcel Claxton
February 1, 2012
To the Egges: How blessed I have been to have Kari as my life-long friend. Thank you all for letting me be part of your family all these years. Kari and your whole family will always hold a special piece of my heart and my memories. I pray God will give you peace to fill your emptiness. Hugs to all.
Susan Foreman
February 1, 2012
Bob and Chris,

I was so saddened to hear of Kari's passing. Although I did not really know her she obviously was a most remarkable women and a daughter to be extremely proud of. May God bring you peace at this difficult time.
William Crammatte
February 1, 2012
Chris and Bob: Our hearts go out to you and your beautiful grandchildren. I can't imagine how difficult to lose your child and then to know that her children have lost their beautiful mother.
I only know that my grandparents were everything to me when my mother was gone and I could have no greater love for them. We are here if you need us and may the love you've lost remind you of how lucky you are to have had such a joyous person that you have loved in your life.

God's peace be with you and Bob and Kari's children.

Beckie Salmen
January 31, 2012
Bob and Chris, words cannot express the sorrow you must be experiencing. I counted it an honor to know Kari and to hear about her relief work. She was a living witness to me of what it means to use your God-given gifts for the benefit of humanity, especially those who live on the margins. God's peace guard your hearts and minds.
John Keller
January 31, 2012
To the entire Egge family,

My heart goes out to you all at the loss of Kari. She was an extremely talented and caring woman. In reading all of the posts left on facebook it is so obvious the love she has spread around the world. May you find comfort in knowing that she has changed the world.

God Bless,
Kirsten Eigenfeld
January 31, 2012
Bob and Chris, you raised Kari to be a wonderful and caring woman who lived a much fuller life than most. She was a beautiful blend of the two of you with her great smile and sense of humor and her interest in helping others. She is gone far too soon, but she leaves behind a great legacy with the positive impact she had on so many people. She did so much more with her life than most of us will accomplish in our lifetimes. Our love to all in your family who will especially miss her.
Dave Gibbons
January 31, 2012
Dear Egge Family,

I am so sorry to hear of Kari's passing. May you be comforted by your treasured memories of her. I pray that God will give you all peace in the difficult days ahead.
Darcy (Johnson) Metz
January 31, 2012
I am deeply saddened, and extend heartfelt prayers for the Egge family. Everyone who knows the Egge family has been touched by their love and deep friendship -- beautifully exemplified by Kari's life.
Bob Pechman
January 31, 2012
My deepest sympathy goes to Kari's family. I can't imagine losing a child, no matter what the age. Chris and Bob, you've endured so much and I pray you will get through this and find some peace at some point. For Isabelle and Dylan, I know your grandparents and uncle will help you to always remember your lovely mother. She was one great lady!! And Kirk, you have been the rock holding them all together. You and your family helped bring happiness to this sad situation. God bless you all. I will miss Kari.
Judy Ruth
January 31, 2012
I had the pleasure of working with Kari and our professional relationship quickly became a personal friendship. Kari's warm smile and engaging spirit were inspiring to everyone that knew her and I know so many people whose lives benefitted as a result of her generous spirit.
Mike Culligan
January 31, 2012
I was a colleague of Kari at CRS. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. Love and prayers to all of her family.
Kim Burhop-Service
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