Lori Ann Pohanka-Kalama was born in Grafton, North Dakota on January 12, 1971, to the late Larry Pohanka of Park River, ND and Patricia Huber of Linton, ND. At a very young age she moved to Linton where she resided until earning her masters degree as a speech therapist.
Lori was united in marriage with Kelly Kalama in Texas. They lived in various locations following his military career, finally locating in Belton, Texas. The couple was blessed with two sons, Rafe, 14, and Gabriel, 13. The boys were the greatest joy of her life.
Recently Lori was living in Belton, Texas where she combined her careers of being a great Mom and independently managing a speech pathology practice for Kidz Therapy LLC along with pressuring her many other interests.
Lori's life was one of caring and giving, she was a PADI certified dive instructor and trained many, including her two sons. Her sudden death exemplifies her caring and courage. Lori died in a tragic accident while on a search mission for a soldier presumed lost in flood waters. She was serving as a member of the Morgan's Point Resort Underwater Recovery Team, of which she was an active and very respected member. She has successfully carried out several search and recovery missions with them. Her bravery and caring knew no bounds.
Lori is survived by her boys Rafe and Gabe Kalama of Belton, Texas; her mother, Patricia Huber and step-father Don Jahner of Linton, ND; her step-mother Ann Pohanka of Park River, ND; her sister Kate (Terry) Holzer of Linton, ND; step-sister, Xan (Todd) Swenson of Marietta, GA; 3 nieces, Morgan, Payton and Gracyn; 1 nephew, Lukas; and numerous aunts and uncles. She is also survived by a very special friend, Cecil Prime and her "family" in the dive community.
She will be remembered with a memorial visitation to be held from 10 am-8 pm on Friday, April 21, 2017 and 9a-12p on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Harper-Talasek Funeral Home in Temple. A community celebration will be held at 7 pm on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Vista Community Church, 7051 Stone Hollow Dr., Temple, Texas. A second memorial service will be at First Baptist Church in Linton, North Dakota at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, April 25, 2017.
Lori is being honored with full Police and Fire Honors at the funeral home in Texas during local services and with a full detail procession to the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, continuing from the Bismarck Municipal Airport to Linton on Sunday, April 23, 2017.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials in honor of Lori be made to KERC Foundation, PO BOX 10707, Killeen, Texas 76547
Long live the memory of this brave and giving person. She will be missed by many.
To Lori's family,
It's our deepest sympathy that she will b sorely missed, in the small amount of time she was our sons speech therapist we got to know a very special lady and she was tremendous help for my son please accept our condolences
Marsha PetruskaKilleen, TX
Dear patricia and don and family: we are in prayer for at this time. Lori was one year under us at linton high school and she always was so sweet to me. If i can help in anyway with the speech therapy clinic. Pls dont hesitate as i own a private practice speech clinic in las vegas. Much love and sympathies to ya'll.
Linda Horner GanzLas vegas, NV
My daughters and myself will miss her so much. She was a great therapist and a good friend. She had so much love and compassion for everyone she came in contact with.i was so blessed to have met such a beautiful person. We will miss her so much. God now has his beautiful angel with him now.My prayers go out your family.And you will be truly missed. God bless you
Patine ReevesKilleen, TX
Lori was one of the selfless few that put themselves in harms way to help others. My sincere sympathies and condolences to her family and friends.
Ric Holmes - MPR Mayor Pro TemMorgan's Point Resort, TX
The Grapplers Lair family was blessed by Lori's vivacious personality and love for life! She will always be fondly remembered and forever missed by all of us! We pray that Our Lord will comfort you in His loving embrace during this time.
John & Susane MooreSanger, TX
Lori, forever friend, forever in my heart. God bless, until we meet again.
Kerry VosslerFargo, ND
My sincerest sympathies to you all. May God wrap you in the comfort of his arms where he also holds your beautiful Lori!
MelanieWest Fargo, ND
Lori was an important and cherished part of my youth. She was brave and kind and funny and intelligent. Time spent with her was always an adventure! My heart aches for all who love her. I hate thinking of a world with out her in it.
Jeanne Beitelspacher-DavidBISMARCK, ND
We are so very sorry for your loss and will keep you all in our prayers.
Maren EhleyLinton, ND
Our love and prayers to you all We wish we could help. Just know you are surrounded by love and prayers... So very sorry
mike and cori axviggrand forks, ND
I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Lori at Skipcha Elementary School. She became my friend during her time there. She was soo proud of her boys and loved to share stories of them and their animals. When visiting Texas almost two years ago I ran into Lori at the store and we spoke as of no time had passed. I loved her amazing personality and her love for all. I know she fought soo hard for her boys until her last breath. They now have the most amazing guardian angel watching over them! Thank Lori for all that you did and the amazing impact you left in my life! Rest In Peace dear friend! Until we meet again!
Kerri HortonHobart, IN
Pat, Katie, and all of the rest of Lori's family; I am so sorry for your loss. She was far too young.
Bobbi WagnerBismarck, ND
I was fortunate enough to meet and work with Lori while they were living in Colorado. She was always upbeat and looking forward to her next adventure, be it climbing the Incline or playing a game of Phase 10 with friends. I am blessed to have had her as my friend and had the opportunity to know her boys. Even though she moved to Texas, our friendship remained close and she often spoke of her boys and her work diving. She loved both tremendously. She truly loved life and believed in living it to the fullest. Although I will miss our quick texts and long phone calls, I will forever hold those memories in my heart. My condolences and prayers to all of her family and friends.
Megan BettsPueblo, CO
I had the pleasure of working with Lori while she lived in Kentucky. We had many wonderful conversations. Lori always spoke of her boys, and it was obvious what joy her family brought to her. Her smile, with those dimples, brought a smile to anyone. She was always the first one to help out another. She lived a life in bold vivid colors. Anything less would not suffice for such an amazing woman. I am honored to have been able to have worked with her, and call her my friend.
Trish ElliottElizabethtown, KY
I am so sorry for yalls lost and yall are in our thought's and prayers
Tina StroudRogers, TX
please accept our deep condolences for the loss of Lori. although we never met her, we are grateful for her to serve our community. we hope the family finds peace with all she has done in her life, and she will be missed by those who knew her, worked with her and loved her. God Bless the whole family and friends of Lori's.
Priest FamilyMorgans Point, TX