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It is with great sadness that the family of Kari Upton, 93, announces her peaceful passing on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011.

Kari was born March 1, 1918 in Norderhov, Norway to Kristian and Olaug (Jallen) Thomassen Johnsrud. She was the ninth of their 12 children.

In the spring of 1953, Kari came to Stratton, Ont. to visit her brother, Thomas and his family, and her intention was not to stay. However, after being in Canada one year, she decided she would make Stratton her home.

Kari married Fred Upton on June 17, 1955 in Stratton and they made a wonderful couple for a short nine years.

Upon Fred’s passing, Kari took over the daily operations of her husband’s shop, J.F. Upton, pumping gas, repairing tires, and doing paperwork. Kari was a very hard and dedicated business owner until the spring of 1988, when she sold the shop to Shawn McDonald and the business became Stratton Service.

Kari was a devoted member of the Stratton United Church. Her faith was an attribute that she lived on a daily basis.

Kari also loved to play cards and curled regularly until well into her 70s. Together with her special friend, Bill Anderson, they built a cabin on the Little Grassy River in Bergland, Ont., where they spent many special times enjoying the water and tranquility.

Left to cherish her memory are her brother, Engebret (Nora) Thomassen of Honefoss, Norway; sister-in-law and best friend, Linnea Johnsrud of Stratton, Ont.; nephews, Arne (Joan) Johnsrud of Lorette, Man. and Dale (Marg) Johnsrud of Bergland, Ont.; and nieces, Dorothy (Audomaro) Esquivel of Winnipeg, Man., Jean Hipfner of Edmonton, Alta., and Linda Cameron of Thunder Bay, Ont.

Kari also will be missed by great-nieces, Cindy (Jim) Miller, JoAnne Nygard, Suzanne Esquivel, and Cheryl Schwalder; great-nephews, Thomas (Erin), Glenn, and Daniel Johnsrud, Rick and Craig Esquivel, and Grant Hipfner; great-great nephews, Kyle (Alyssa) Miller and Dylan McDonald; great-great nieces, Chelsea Miller and Alyssa Silvaggio; great-great-great nephew, Ryder Miller; as well as many, many nephews, nieces, great, great-great, and great-great-great nephews and nieces in Norway and Canada.

Kari was predeceased by her parents; husband, Fred Upton; special friend, Karl (Bill) Anderson; brothers, Thomas, Ole (Petra), Torleif (Aslaug), and Kristian (Olaug) Johnsrud; sisters, Ellen (Alf) Evensen, Birgitte (Olaf) Berg, Olga (Arne) Vorner, Gudrun (Ingval) Skjerven, Agot (Karsten) Petersen, and Anna (Thor) Moholdt; and sisters-in-law, Dorothy (Richard) Ball, Ethel (Alex) Cameron, and Bertha Morley.

Kari’s memory will not only be treasured by her family, but as well as by her church family and many community members.

A celebration of Kari’s life was held Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011 at 11 a.m. in the Stratton Millenium Hall, with Pastor Peggy Mason officiating.

Internment followed in the Stratton Cemetery.

The honourary pallbearers were Keith Jolicouer, Carson McQuaker, Clark Neilson, Leone Anderson, Linnea Johnsrud, Maxine Mason, Delores Romyn, and Mary Vandenbrand.

If friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to a charity of your choice c/o Northridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 89, Emo, Ont., P0W 1E0.

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