Obituary: Kari Lee VanLandingham |

Obituary: Kari Lee VanLandingham

Kari Lee VanLandingham, Dec. 23, 1968 – April 19, 2009. Born in Truckee, Calif., the daughter of the late Dick VanLandingham of Truckee, and Joleen Torri of Sattley, Calif.

Kari was a life long resident of Truckee and Sierra Valley, attending schools in Truckee, Sierraville and Loyalton, graduating from Tahoe-Truckee High School in 1987. She attended Butte Community College and did a semester abroad. She lived in London for four months and from there toured Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, and the USSR ” Moscow and Leningrad.

She enjoyed animals, especially horses, the outdoors, wildlife, fishing and hunting. She was a member of Treasure Mt. 4-H, showing sheep, steers and horses and selling market animals, Sierra Valley Roping Club, being the Rodeo queen in 1986, and the Sierra Valley Sportsmen’s Club, organizing Ft. Bragg fishing trips and other club activities. After refining her fishing skills in the creeks of Sierra Valley, her love of fishing took her to Naknek, Alaska, and the Texas Gulf.

After a three-year illness, she passed away peacefully at her mother’s home in Sattley, under the care of Tahoe-Forest Hospice. She is survived by many loyal friends, her mother, Joleen, sister, Kim Torri, niece and nephews Jenacee, Cyle and Cole Torri of Calpine, cousins in Northern and Southern California, and her beloved horse, Smoky.

A memorial service for Kari will be held at the Sierraville Community Church on April 25, 2009 at 1 p.m. Private internment in Alaska will follow at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Kari’s name may be made to the Tahoe-Forest Hospice, Treasure Mt. 4-H, Plumas-Sierra Cattlewomen’s Scholarship Fund, or the Sierraville Volunteer Fire Department.

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