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Karen Kay Kessinger, 72

| October 13, 2021 12:00 AM

Karen Kay Kessinger, 72, passed away Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, surrounded by the love of her family. She is now home with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Karen was born Nov. 16, 1948, in Whitefish, to Louise (Bee) and Helen Fortin.

Karen went to grade school in Coram and high school in Columbia Falls. She went to barber school when her daughters grew up, and was a barber until the time of her retirement.

Karen married John Kessinger on Dec. 30, 1967. They enjoyed 39 years together before John passed away in 2007. During their marriage they raised two daughters, Wendy and Michelle.

After John passed away Karen was blessed to have Ron Lamoreaux as her companion until she passed away. They enjoyed many winters together traveling to Arizona and Texas.

Karen was a true treasure who will be missed by so many people who loved her. She was especially proud of her family. She enjoyed many things in her life including camping, water-skiing and long days on the lake.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Helen and Bee Fortin, and her husband John Kessinger.

She is survived by her brother Larry Fortin and his wife Erna and their family; her brother, Gary Fortin; her companion, Ron Lamoreaux; her daughter, Wendy Caldwell; her daughter Michelle Pullen and her husband Jim; her grandson, Seth Caldwell and his wife Mariah; her granddaughter Jamie Caldwell and her husband Blake; her grandson Jesse Caldwell; her granddaughter Natali Martin and her husband Michael, her grandson Zackery Becker; her grandson, Jareth Pullen; and her grandson Curtis Caldwell and his wife Amy. She is also survived by many great-grandchildren and her bonus son, Jeff Lamoreaux and his wife Heather and their family.

Memorial services will be at Darlington Funeral Home on Saturday, Oct. 16, at noon. There will be a viewing from 11 a.m. until noon.

We want to thank the wonderful staff at Logan Health ICU, as well as all of the loved ones who cherished our sweet mom, grandmother, sister, aunt, friend and companion. She will be forever missed, forever loved.