Kari M. Sutter

December 20, 1971- January 13, 2013

Visitation: Visitation will Tuesday from 5-9 pm, with family present 6-8 p.m., at Anderson -Jones-Corcoran in Harrisburg.
Service: A celebration of life service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 16, 2012 at Anderson-Jones-Corcoran Funeral Chapel, Harrisburg, SD

Kari M. Sutter, 41, passed away January 13, 2013 at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls surrounded by her family. Kari Maureen Sutter was born on Dec. 20th, 1971 in Sioux Falls, SD to Kenneth E. and Sharon C. (Sorensen) Sutter. Kari attended Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls and continued her education at Huron University and Colorado Technical University. In 2003 she started KMS concrete and loved spending time behind the scenes maintaining the company books. Her love of the outdoors extended to all seasons and included her work. If it was snowing you would be sure to see her out plowing snow for businesses or just helping out a friend or family member in need. Kari received a degree in Criminal Justice graduating with Highest Honors in January 2011. Kari enjoyed: hunting, fishing, Taekwondo, beading, and spending time with family and friends. Her passions included: her dogs, cooking, gardening, canning, going to NASCAR and Outlaw Sprint Car races. Her friends and family grateful for having shared in her life: daughter KarLee (Zach) Gutnik, son Michael Kerska, ex-husband and partner Allen McLaughlin, step-son Cole (Ashley) McLaughlin, step-son Corde McLaughlin, step-son Cade McLaughlin, Father Ken (Ruthi) Sutter, brother Scott Sutter (Sherry Hofer), brother Jeff (Julie) Sutter, and her very best friend of thirty three years Tracy Wuertz. Kari was preceded in death by: Mother Sharon (Sorensen) Rollag, grandmother Maureen (Eiserman) Fenstra, grandparents Kenneth and Helen Sutter, and grandfather Russel Sorensen.

A celebration of life service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 16, 2012 at Anderson-Jones-Corcoran Funeral Chapel, Harrisburg, SD.  Visitation will Tuesday from 5-9 pm, with family present 6-8 p.m.,  at Anderson -Jones-Corcoran in Harrisburg.  www.harrisburgchapel.com


32 condolences have been left

  1. Thoughts and prayers to the family. May your wonderful memories of Kari surround you in comfort. Kari was such an inspiration to all of her pink sisters. We will always miss her. I know she is a smiling angel in Heaven. May you rest in peace Sweet Kari.

  2. I am sorry for the lost of a wonderful woman. Am so sorry we could not make the funeral. Our hearts goes out to all the family members. I enjoyed all the stories I have heard about her.I know for sure you have an angel watching over everyone and smiling at you. Jo Anne & Dean

  3. I’m so sorry, I only knew Kari from TKD and always enjoyed her sense of humor and smiles. I’m grateful to have known her.

  4. Sincerest condolences for Kari’s family & friends, all who knew & loved her. She was truly exceptional, will be missed & remebered always by many.

  5. We want to send our deepest Sympathy to all of Kari’s family
    as you celebrate her life today.
    God Bless all of you and may you find Peace in the wonderful
    memories you have.
    John and Connie Jacoby

  6. My deepest sympathy to the family. Kari is now at peace and soaring with the Angels…hurts to lose another Pink Sister but she is no longer suffering. Kari, you were an inspiration to all of us and a brave warrior….I always admired your spunk and hope that one day we will meet again. Hugs!

  7. So very sorry for your loss. Your family has lost 3 very beautiful and strong women over the last several years. There is some comfort in them all being together again. Kari was such an inspiration and I’m sure you’re all so very proud of her fight. Peace to all.

  8. Rest Easy my Pink Sister, prayers sent up for strength and peace for your family .

  9. To all of Kari’s Family,
    I knew Kari as PinkKari09 from the CSN website. I have followed her journey from beginning to end, thank you KarLee for keeping us up to date at the end of her life here on earth. Kari inspired not just me but a lot of women on the Cancer Survivor Network. We will miss her deeply and send our “miles of love” her way. What a beautiful woman inside and out, she will remain in my prayers along with all of you. Thank you for sharing her with us.


  10. Mike,
    We were so sad to hear about your Mom. She was so proud of you. I could see that when you graduated from High School. Treasure all those memories. You are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless!

  11. Family & friends of Kari:
    I never had the good fortune to know Kari. Her Grandfather, Ken, who rose through the ranks of the trade, helped get me enrolled in the Carpentry Apprenticeship program, when he was with the Bureau of Apprenticeship & Training. I was also a neighbor of Ernie Sutter…a guy who could keep up with guys less than half his age. I also met Kari’s dad, Ken, when he was involved with motorcycles. Kari kept that tradition of hardworking, capable Sutters an ongoing thing. Cherish your memories of her and rejoice in that her race is won….til you meet again..Beyond the Sunset.

  12. My sincere condolences to Kari’s family. She was a pink sister to many of us on CSN and Facebook. She was always there to support and encourage us. She will definitely be missed. Sending “miles of love” to Kari and her famiy. xoxo Jean 0609

  13. RIP Kari….Like a caterpillar, you fought the confines of the caccoon (cancer) and now you are free. Free to spread your butterfly wings in a painfree world. You will be missed. We will think of you when we see the butterflies.

  14. I sooo wish I could be there!! My thoughts and Prayers are going out for KarLee, Mike, and the rest of the family!! Kari’s love for y’all was so great that words can’t even describe it, and I always admired her for that! Now she can go be the true Angel she always has been, in which I told her she was since the time we met!

  15. our deepest condolences for your loss. just remember that your ” loved ones are never dead as long as they are remembered” that is what i believe. Now she can be in peace and free from pain be greatful for the time you shared.

  16. Ken and Ruthi, Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this difficult time and know that God knows and cares for you and will help you thru it all. Her battle is over and in a little while you shall meet again. Remember the good times they grow more precious as time goes by.

  17. We are saddened by the loss of our dear Pink Sister. My prayers and condolences are with the family.


  18. Ken, Sharon and family,
    Words can not begin to express your deep loss! I remember as always being a bouncy happy child when you guys lived next door to Lee and Cathy! Always happy!
    You all have my deepest prayers and sympathies!

  19. Ken, Sharon and family,
    Words can not begin to express your deep loss! I remember as always being a bouncy happy child when you guys lived next door to Lee and Cathy! Always happy!
    You all have my deepest prayers and sympathies!

  20. Al & Family – Know Kari will be with you always – she will be waiting for you in heaven…May the peace and love of god be with you today and always……

  21. Ken, Ruthi & family, we are very sadden by your loss but Kari is in a much better place now. It was so nice to have met her. Take care.

  22. We are so sorry.Our prayers are with you and your family. Be strong, thinking of you

  23. My heart goes out to your family in this time of need. I am very sorry for your loss.

  24. Many thoughts and prayers for your family and friends Kari. This world will certainly miss your bubbly personality and bright smile. Rest In Peace Sweet Girl <3
    Vicky ~

  25. Dear Family. I didnt know Kari long, but when I did get know her I loved everything about her. She would come into our grooming salon to spend time with my sister (Amy). I have known Karlee for sometime, and I can tell that Kari was a great mother. Karlee, you should be very proud of your mom. She was an amazing Woman. Her zest for life was always present. I have never known anyone as strong as her. She will truly be missed by all. My prayers and love to you all.

  26. Ken, Ruth and family……….We want to extend our sympathies to you all. Kari was such a great person and so full of life. We remember her and our daughter Julaine having such fun together when they were little at Saddle Back Race track. They sure could get into trouble together. Will remember getting to see and visit with her at Kens birthday party. Her battle with cancer is over and she is in a better place dnow.

  27. Ken, Ruthi, Scott & Jeff,
    Betty & I offer our deepest condolences and are praying for your family. God Bless you all.

  28. Ken, Ruthi, Scott & Jeff,
    We are thinking and praying for you. God Bless all of you.

  29. Kari will live on and on just like the song in Titanic (My Heart will go on), me and KarLee sang together at their house when we were young! Kari was and is a beautiful light in our hearts and will always shine for us, we will see you soon dear friend. So we can make more laughs and memories in the Kingdom of Heaven!! Love you always Tesslia and Family

  30. KarLee and family of Kari: We were so saddened to hear about your mom passing away. With God’s arms around her, she will no longer feel the pain and suffering. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you celebrate Kari’s life and mourn her passing. Kari, may you rest in peace.

  31. Ken, Ruthi, and family—You know I am thinking of you–keep the good memories. We had such a good time when she was in Texas with us–she made us all smile. Stay strong.