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Kaarina Jager: From foreign exchange student to involved citizen

October 13, 2012 • Local News


Kaarina Jager. Jessica Palmer Photo

Kaarina Jager’s life reflects her philosophy of perseverance, education, spirituality and service to community. She volunteers for Wings of L.I.F.E. and started her own Neighborhood Watch group after her home was burglarized 20 years ago. She is still her neighborhood’s watch captain. She sets up meetings, brings in speakers from the fire department, police department, even the county extension department. “I’ve tried to be a benefit to my community.”

Jager was born in Kemi, Finland, a town 50 miles south of the Arctic Circle. “It had short, short summers and cold, cold winters. I skated on the ice of the Baltic.” She recollects skiing to school. Her family moved to Mänta in the Southern Lake District when she was in high school.

Jager also has an overwhelming devotion to God, Christ and church. She spent much of her life as a missionary. She has traveled extensively both as a student and a missionary, going to Israel, Sweden, Iceland, Norway, Italy, Estonia, France, South Korea, Austria, Germany and England. She met her husband, a fellow missionary, in Paris. Their work brought them to the U.S.

“My husband was killed 30 years ago in Albuquerque by a drunk driver,” she said. Jager was left alone with two children, ages 1 and 2 years, but she did not give in to her grief. Instead, she Login to read more

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