Kari Ann (Dokken) Schultz, 32, of Amherst, passed away surrounded by loved ones on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, after a courageous three-year battle with brain cancer. She leaves behind her loving husband, Adam, and their two beautiful daughters, Alexa and Ada. Having her girls so close in age was a little unexpected, but now it turns out was the biggest blessing. The girls share a special bond with each other. This brought Kari peace.
Kari was born on Jan. 1, 1987, in La Crosse, Wis., to Mark and Elizabeth (Wieser) Dokken and grew up as one of six siblings. She graduated from Spring Grove High School in 2005 and continued her education at South Dakota State University in Brookings, S.D., where she graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Her life as a Fillmore County Public Health nurse was meaningful and important to her. So important, that she went back to work twice. Once after her brain surgery, and a second time after she fell and broke her collar bone. Her colleagues welcomed her back, stood by her side, and gave her strength.
Kari and her husband, Adam, met in 2008 and were married Sept. 18, 2010. Adam and Kari built their dream home in Amherst and filled it with beautiful girls. Kari was an incredible wife, mother, daughter, sister, granddaughter, aunt, nurse and friend. Kari's life was too short, but the quality of her life far exceeded the quantity of time she was given.
Kari was present in the moment and appreciated the small things in life. Her motto was "Grateful for today." We are thankful for her wisdom and will cherish her memory. We will miss her so very much.
She is survived by her husband, Adam; daughters, Alexa and Ada; parents, Mark and Elizabeth Dokken; siblings, Sonya (Josh) Moen, Jack (Beth) Dokken, Joe (Hannah) Dokken, Maria (Dillan) Vosika, and Jenna Dokken; grandmother, Janice Dokken; mother and father-in-law, Denise and John Dahle; brother and sister-in-law, Andy (Megan) Schultz; nieces and nephews, Simona, Emelia, Archer, Maddox, Carter, Brynlee, Norah, Claire and Craig; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends that loved her.
She was preceded in death by her father-in-law, Curtis Schultz; maternal grandparents, Al and Malinda Wieser; and paternal grandfather, Manford Dokken.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 at Henrytown Lutheran Church, rural Canton. Rev. Dean Safe will officiate and burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the church and from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Thursday before the service at the church.
Memorials may be given to a scholarship fund that will be used for Alexa's and Ada's education.
McCormick Funeral Home, Caledonia is assisting the family and online condolences may be given at mccormickfuneralhome.net.