Kari Jean (Kloewer) Cornwell was born in Guthrie Center, Iowa to James and Norma Olson Kloewer on June 28, 1976.
Kari grew up in Stuart, Iowa and graduated with the class of 1994. After high school Kari attended Iowa State University graduating in 1999 obtaining her BS degree. She furthered her education at Penn Valley College to become a certified occupational therapist assistant. She worked with patients at Mid-America Rehab. Hospital and Excelsior Springs Hospital. She thoroughly loved her job and the many patients she worked with.
On October 16, 2010 she married Brandon Allen Cornwell. Two children were born to this union, Ava Marie and Cash Allen. After living in Kansas City the family moved to Lawson, MO in 2015 to be near Kari’s family and to raise their children in a small community. Kari had a great love for her family which also included her four legged pets, but her greatest joy was her children.
In June of 2020 Brandon received a new job that brought them to Belleville, KS. Shortly after moving, Kari was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She courageously battled against this horrible disease with a smile on her face.
Kari’s last wish was to take her beloved children to the ocean, sink their toes in the sand, and experience a sense of peace together after her long fight. Even though she didn’t make it to the beach with them, her wish was fulfilled when her husband, children, and friends traveled to the ocean after her passing.
Kari passed away on August 13, 2021, at the age of 45 years, 1 month and 16 days.
Kari was preceded in death by her grandparents Vince & Ruby Kloewer & Donald & LuRene Olson. Uncles Roger Olson, Ron Olson, Edward Kloewer, David Disburg, Dennis Ramsey & Aunt Leona Gibbons.
Kari is survived by her husband Brandon, children Ava & Cash, parents James & Norma Kloewer of Stuart, IA, in-laws Dan & Donita Cornwell of Osborne, KS, sisters Kelly Marnin (Terry) of Stuart, IA, Kim Ross (Clint) of Lawson, MO, brother Kory Kloewer (Becky) of Kansas City, MO, sister-in-law Stori Norton (Russ), and 3 nieces, 3 nephews, 2 great nephews, and a host of extended family and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, August 21st, 2021, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Edward Catholic Church in Belleville, burial will follow at the Belleville City Cemetery.
Visitation will be Friday, August 20th, from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home, where the family will greet friends from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm. Rosary / Vigil Services will begin at 6:30 pm at the funeral home.
Memorials are requested to the Kari Cornwell Memorial, to benefit her children’s future education needs, and may be sent in care of Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home, PO Box 566, Belleville, Kansas, 66935.
Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home assisted the Cornwell family with these arrangements, www.tibbettsfischerfuneralhome.com
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