Karissa Schauer


Karissa Margaret Schauer, 32, of Bismarck, passed away January 5, 2022, at a Bismarck hospital.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, January 8, 2022, at Church of Corpus Christi, Bismarck, ND.  A Livestream of the Service will be available at www.corpuschristibismarck.com.  In honor of Karissa, please wear her favorite color purple if you have it.

Visitation will be held Friday from 5:00-7:00 PM at Bismarck Funeral Home, with a Vigil Service and Time of Sharing starting at 7:00 PM. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the service.

Karissa Margaret Schauer was born on September 16, 1989, to Kirk and Marcia (Feist) Schauer in Bismarck, North Dakota.  She entered this world as a strong little girl surviving a heart surgery at 7 months old. Karissa attended school in Bismarck graduating from Century High School in 2008.

She enjoyed her time in the Special Olympics with bowling and swimming being her favorite sports.  Proudly she supported her team, Purple Queens Team, for Designer Genes in the Buddy Walk every year, and was also honored to be their spokesperson.  She was also the spokesperson for Giving Hearts Day in 2018 and touched many hearts and was given a trip to Disney World. Karissa loved to color and watch movies. Karissa also enjoyed arts and crafts, especially on Sundays with her mom after church and brunch.  She was featured for her artwork on the local news network where she was proud to be “famous” for her TV appearance.  She routinely volunteered at Heaven Helpers. She also enjoyed volunteering at Seeds of Hope, and Door of Hope Daycare.

She had many one liners, and had a great sense of humor. She was very proud to be her own guardian so she could be independent. With a heart of gold, strong in faith, unconditional love, sweet and gentle soul to the core, she impacted many lives. Whether you were her friend, family, or someone she just met, she would hold a special place for you in her heart.  She thought of the staff as friends/sisters, her mom and dad her comfort buddies, and her brother, bro; always believing they were her “perfect match” in life and God knew what He was doing when He gave them to her.  Karissa’s family soon realized what a special gift they were given.  Always having her priorities right, she believed with every fiber of her being the best part of her life was being with family. She would often say, “I’ve got the good life”.

Karissa will be dearly missed by all who knew her!  And, as she would say, “Right back at ya.”

Karissa is survived by her parents, Kirk and Marcia; brother, Austin; and his girlfriend, Shelby DeCann; grandparents, Alexander and Julia Feist; Janice Zachmeier,”Auntie”; uncle, Joe Zachmeier; three special cousins, Lisa Steidl, Sara Johnson, and  Kara Zachmeier. She is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Vernon and Marsha Schauer.

The family would like to thank everyone who took care of her at Sanford Health, Pride, Community Options, and the Anne Carlsen Center for their outstanding care, love and support they always gave to Karissa.

A special Thank You to “Auntie”, for the countless hours of support, and making sure all our needs were met during Karissa’s hospital stay, We will be forever grateful.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite Bismarck food pantry, soup kitchen, or food bank in memory of Karissa.

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You were an angel on earth and now you will be a shining star in heaven I love you so much and you will always be in my heart. We are so blessed to have had you be such a big part of our life and you will always be in our hearts forever love you so much sweet angel. Love Toni

Karissa , Always touched my heart with her sweetness and smile. I always enjoyed seeing her at swimming at the YMCA. Marcia I am so sorry for the loss of your girl, your daughter. May you be comforted with good memories.
Your old card making friend,
Margaret (Maggie). Laib

Marcia, Kirk, and Austin. So sorry for your loss. Karrisa was a very special girl with many accomplishments. I’m sure she will be truly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.

I went to Pioneer with Karissa and have thought of her a lot recently. I am very sorry to hear that she has passed. She sounds like she had great accomplishments throughout the years and will be missed by many! Prayers to your family.


Marcia and family – I am so sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful soul.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Marcie, Kirk, Austin and family:
My deepest sympathy. I will keep you in my prayers. Rest assured she will be one lining all in heaven! Love you!

Kirk and Marcia, we were so Very sad to hear of your loss! You are in our thoughts and prayers. May you find strength and peace in the days ahead. We know words can’t take away the hurt your feeling, but we want you to know how much we care. Sending you love and strength in this time of loss!

You will be missed with special Olympics and community options.

We were lucky enough to have gotten to meet Karissa but through distance not fortunate enough to really have gotten to know her. What we can say is she had a beautiful smile and big personality! We can now see what an amazing woman and remarkable life she lived! Kirk, Marcia and Austin, our hearts break for you. Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs. Hope you can find comfort in all the wonderful memories and amazing accomplishments Karissa achieved. She truly was a beautiful spirit.

From your Arizona family,
The McMullen’s
Jay, Steph, Kenna, Brady & Mallie

I’m sure going to miss Karissa’s sassy attitude and big heart. I’m so glad to have met such a kind soul. I picture you in heaven dancing away listening to music sipping on juice somewhere warm.
Until we meet again, May you rest in peace, beautiful angel.

I had the wonderful experience of being a DSP for Karissa for nearly a year. We both taught each other so much and she was a true inspiration with every event we encountered during our time together. God Bless her family and know I and many will never forget her special attitude to life .

My dear cousin Marcia – I am sending you my prayers. I am so sorry for your loss – memories of growing up with you came flooding back in thoughtful shares about Karissa”s special gift for bringing joy. My thoughts are with you.

Dallas and I loved Karissa, she always had a smile and was a friend to all the Special Olympics athletes. I hope she meets Art up there as he really enjoyed her.