Kari Torjesen MALCOLM
1925 - 2014
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Kari was born in Shanxi, China in 1925, the daughter of Norwegian missionaries, Peter and Walborg Torjesen. She attended Chefoo School in Shandong and was interned in Shandong Compound during World War II. Having received a B. A. from Wheaton College and an M. A. in English literature from the University of Minnesota, she taught at Northwestern College in St. Paul and at the National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan. Kari married Bob, the love of her life, in 1954. They lived in Hinkley, Minnesota and Orangeburg, New Jersey, where Bob had pastorates. From 1959-1974, they were missionaries in the Philippines. There Kari helped found an employment agency and a free clinic for the poor, led Bible studies for political prisoners, and supported Bob's work as trainer of lay leaders. On their return to the US in 1974, Kari resumed teaching at Northwestern College. She then wrote three books published by InterVarsity Press: Women at the Crossroads, Building Your Family to Last and We Signed Away Our Lives (a biography of her missionary parents). Given her passion for encouraging women to use their gifts for the kingdom of God, she was often invited to speak at colleges, seminaries, and church gatherings of various sorts. She was active as a founding member of Christians for Biblical Equality (CBE), a national organization promoting a biblical view of gender equality. Kari intensely loved her family and many others—especially her granddaughters, Elisa and Sara. Even with Alzheimer's at St. Anthony Park Home, she loved and was loved, not only by the staff from many nations in God's world, but especially by Bob, her lover, who spent many hours of each day with her. Preceded in death by her brothers Edvard and Torje. Survived by husband of 60 years Bob, brother Hakon (Karen), daughters Kirsten (Paul) and Lois (David), grandchildren Elisa (Ricardo) and Sara (Jim), great-grandson Jacob, recent step-grandchildren Sarah and Molly, and many other dear extended family members. Service Wednesday 11:00AM at Hope Presbyterian Church, 7132 Portland Ave. S. Richfield. Visitation one hour prior to service. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Evergreen China Service, www.evergreenchina.net. Morris Nilsen Chapel 612-869-3226 www.morrisnilsen.com

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Published in Pioneer Press on Oct. 5, 2014.
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September 16, 2018
How can we express our thanks for writing "Women at the Crossroads"? May this book continue to inspire our wives and daughters and rightfully confront us men to change.
Willem van de Ven
November 24, 2014
What an incredible human being. such love in one body!! Bob and family, my love and hugs to you. I am very fortunate to have met you and Kari at St. Anthony's while my Mom, Jean Sweet, was there.
Alexandra Sweet
November 22, 2014
Women at the Crossroads absolutely changed my life . . . and the lives of all those my ministry has touched. So grateful for her courage and wisdom. Blessings to her family and friends . . .
October 9, 2014
Kari was such an inspiration and encouragement to so many InterVarsity staff women and students via her books and speaking at InterVarsity events. We want your whole family to know that we join you in celebrating her life and ministry. Our prayers are with you.
Blessings from InterVarsity's National Women's Council
October 6, 2014
My love to you Bob, as Karii now watches over us all.
Jean Gregg (daughter of Virginia and Jack Masko)
October 5, 2014
Bob I wanted to tell you how sorry I was to hear about Kari&to let you know I will never forget that awesome smile she flashed everyone! I enjoyed seeing you&Kari at St. Anthony park home when my mom Irene was there.I wish you&your family Peace&Strength at this sad time.
Joyce Holzem
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