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Kari Louise Irmen, 62, of Carrington, ND, passed away Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at Carrington Health Center after a courageous two-year battle with cancer.

Kari was born on July 10, 1958 in New Rockford, ND, to Lester and Sherrile (Midgley) Larson.  She graduated from McHenry High School in 1976.  She attended Josef’s School of Hair and operated The Hair Hut in McHenry for many years.  On March 22, 1980, Kari married Don Irmen; they made their home in Carrington.  Kari and Don were blessed with two children, Jessie and Joseph.  She was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend.

She loved spending time with her seven grandchildren, having sleepovers, tea parties and designing their fairy garden.  Many will remember her loud voice cheering on family and friends at events.  Those close to Kari will miss her amazing cooking.  She made the best caramel rolls.  Kari’s other hobbies included gardening and genealogy.  Her genealogy research led to two trips to Norway where she met some treasured friends and family.  She loved traveling, collecting sea glass at the beach and was known to bring home unique rocks.

Kari is survived by her husband Don, a daughter Jessie (Kody) Lura, Carrington and a son Joseph (Kadee) Irmen, Sykeston; seven grandchildren Kyah, Paisley, Jayd, Gracyn Lura, Weston, Berett, and Kase Irmen; parents Lester and Sherrile Larson, Carrington; a brother Wesley (Tawnya) Larson, Carrington, five sisters Denise Leapaldt, Rochester, MN, RoxAnn (Robert) Marcellais, Rochester, MN, Kim (Bill) McLees, Highlands Ranch, CO, Jean Puppe, West Fargo, ND, and Shereen (Tim) Stark, West Fargo, ND; along with many nieces, nephews and close friends.

Kari is preceded in death by her mother-in-law and father-in-law Anna and Joseph Irmen.

In lieu of flowers the family would like donations to go to the CHI St Alexius Health Carrington – cancer assistance fund for cancer patients of Carrington Health Center.

A Visitation will be Friday, May 21, 2021 from 12:00PM – 5:00PM at Evans Funeral Home, Carrington and will continue from 6:00PM – 6:45PM, followed by a Rosary Service at 6:45PM and a Vigil Service at 7:00PM all at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Carrington,

Her Graveside Service for family and friends will be held Saturday, May 22, 2021at 10:30AM at Carrington Cemetery, Carrington, ND.

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  1. Don and Family. so sorry to hear of Keri”s passing. She was a wonderful person and will be missed by many. May she rest in peace.

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  2. Don and family,
    We were sad to hear about Kari. Prayers and hugs.

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  3. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one, Kari. Her long journey with cancer has led her home and into the arms of family that welcomed her.

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  4. So sorry to hear of Kari’s passing. We’ve both known her for many, many years and always enjoyed being around her. Such a sad time for your family. Please remember all of the fantastic memories you have of her and the good times. We are glad that you had the last 2 years with her, she fought a courageous battle and knew her time was precious. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.

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  5. At Shereen and Tim’s wedding, Kari pulled me aside and said: “Come with me to the kitchen. All the sisters are there.” I felt like I was invited to the cool kids table. 💛

    Sending your whole family strength and peace.

    Deepest condolences,
    Shauna and Nick Wimer

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  6. I was so saddened to hear of Kari’s passing. I had looked forward to seeing Kari when we come to Carrington in June. Kari and I enjoyed many conversations about our ancestors and shared a love of our Norwegian heritage. My dream would have been to go Norway with her and Tawnya. My sympathy to the family. May the memories you share comfort you during this difficult time.

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  7. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. May you find peace in the wonderful memories that you shared together. – Julie Miller

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  8. I am so sorry to hear of Kari’s passing. I will always treasure our wrestling days. The moms became such good friends. Every time we would see each other we would reminisce and talk of grandkids.. I could only wish I was half the grandma she was. My prayers and thoughts are with you all

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  9. Our Deepest Sympathy to all of you in the passing of Kari. She was the best neighbor and friend when we lived in Carrington. Thinking of all of you during this difficult time. Hugs

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  10. Kari ~ you will be missed by so many. I smile when I think of your FB posts.

    Kari and I had a lot in common… our love of flowers #1. She would often share her water lilies with me and other perennials. I enjoyed her lovely garden tours !
    We were both “the loud moms” when our sons were wrestling but she beat me in the loud department by quite a bit LOL.

    I send my sympathy to the entire Irmen family.
    RIP Kari.. I’m sure you are doing cartwheels with the angels right now.

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  11. Dear Don and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear Kari. She was a wonderful person. We were so happy to get to know Kari, when she and Tawnya visited us in Norway. Two wonderful people that we became so fond of.
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. Love you all.❤️🇳🇴🌹

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  12. Kari was a special person with a big smile and an even bigger heart! RIP, my friend! You made an impact on those who knew you!

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  13. Don & family,
    So very sorry to hear of Kari’s passing. Arch & I send our sympathy & prayers. Rest In Peace Kari.

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  14. I am so sad to hear of Kari’s passing…We had never met but learned we were cousins through Ancestry. We shared a lot of pictures and history…I will miss our conversations through messenger…….Love and Hugs to the family

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  15. So sorry to hear😥I met Kari in Rjukan, Norway. A lovely lady❤️My deepest condolences to her family❤️

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  16. Don and family,
    I’m so sorry to hear about Kari passing away. She was an amazing lady. I will miss her. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  17. Sending our deepest sympathy and prayers to all of you. Our hearts are broken in the passing of Kari. May all the fond memories bring a smile to your hearts. Hugs! RIP Kari.

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  18. I enjoyed Kari..still have some of her flowers she shared with me to transplant..I was in awe of her flowerbed and backyard. She also helped me years ago get into Mayo clinic..I think she knew someone. Last time I saw her was in Leevers..and we laughed about being dinosaurs..still writing checks for everything..not liking debit cards. She was a neat lady..many prayers and hugs to her family…Lisa

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  19. Jean and family, we are so sorry. our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

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  20. My thoughts and prayers are with you all!! Cherish your memories and she will be with you always!! God’s peace!

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  21. Sincere Sympathies from the Caroline Anderson Families

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  22. Dear Don & family

    My deepest condolences to all of you ❤️
    I was only a kid when I first met Kari. I remember her powerful voice and what a nice person she was. I met her on her first trip to Norway. I was 11-12 years old. Unfortunately I did not get to meet her and Tawnya when they re-visited Norway in 2018 to stay
    with my parents. Even though we didn’t meet, I felt like we knew each other. She always liked and commented nice words on my instagram. Thank you so much, Kari. ❤️

    Rest in Peace

    Thoughts & prayers from Norway 🇳🇴

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  23. Don and family, Les and Sherrile and family, We are sorry to hear of Kari’s passing. We all have lots of great memories of Kari to treasure. We are sending our condolences and prayers.

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  24. Don and family. How sad to learn Kari has passed. We will miss the brightness her personality brought to all that knew her. We will keep you in our prayers.

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  25. We are so sorry in hearing of Kari’s passing. Our hearts and prayers go out to Don and the families. Rest in peace, dear Kari.

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  26. May she rest in peace, her battle is now over and she will be greatly missed. God bless all of you at this very sad time.

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  27. I am very sad, she was Great at everything, Hugs to all.

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  28. Our sincere condolences to the entire Irmen and Larson family. Kari is someone who will definitely be remembered. I grew up with her, and have lots of fond memories from our time as “kids”. We’ll keep you all in our prayers over the coming weeks.

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