Kristine White Obituary

Kristine Noel White
Kristine Noel White

October 7, 1972 - September 19, 2017
Born in Etherville, Iowa
Resided in Tubac, Arizona
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Kristine White, age 44, of Tubac, Arizona - formerly of Milbank died on September 19, 2017, in Portland, Oregon.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, October 7 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Milbank. Father Gary DeRouchey will officiate, and burial will be in the Milbank City Cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Friday from 5 - 7 p.m. at Mundwiler Funeral Home and continue at the church on Saturday, one hour prior to the Mass.
Music will be provided by Nancy Johnson, organist,and the St. Lawrence Funeral Choir. The urn bearer will be Mike White.

Kristine Noel White was born on October 7, 1972, in Estherville, IA. She was the birth daughter of Gail Hoffmann. At the age of six weeks, she was adopted by Noel and Julayne (Dahlgren) White. Kristine grew up in Milbank. When she was about 10 or 12 years old, she would set up chicken screens and jump over them. That was the first sign she’d be interested in hurdling! She graduated from Milbank High School with the Class of 1990, where she was a star athlete in track, basketball and volleyball.

Kristine continued her education at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. She graduated Cum Laude in 1997, earning a degree in journalism with a minor in graphic design. In 1999, Kristine moved to Arizona where she began a career in radio advertising in Tucson and Green Valley. She could sell you the Brooklyn Bridge, she was so good!

Kristine’s her birth mother, Gail Hoffmann, reached out to Julayne and Noel and asked if she could meet Kristine. They eventually met and enjoyed a good relationship.

Kristine enjoyed a photography career, owning her own studio in Tubac. She photographed weddings, quinceañeras, and families. She captured people’s emotions in the moment and their essence came through in her pictures. In 2013, Kristine moved to Hawaii, got married, and lived there for three years before moving back to the mainland. Kristine dearly loved her two dogs: Hannah and Shy Shy; and her cat, Buster.

Kristine exemplified fortitude, fire, and fight. When Kristine turned 40, she challenged herself physically and mentally at a surf camp in Nicaragua. Despite primitive lodging and rough waves, she never gave up.

Kristine suffered from an insidious disease called depression. It attacked her mind with other horrible complications for most of her life. She fought incredibly hard to beat it. This disease took her beautiful mind and heart and soul and chewed them up so bad, so many times. And she kept beating it back each time because she was a fighter. She had a passion for life and she had tremendous love in her heart. And also because so many of you were her family and friends who loved her and supported her and kept telling her she was strong and wonderful and loved and needed. But depression stole her mind from her and left her with a huge loss. A loss of hope. A loss of self-esteem. And after this disease stole these things from Kristine, it replaced them with pain and hurt so deep, so visceral and so relentless, it ended up being fatal.

Kristine is survived by her husband, Michael Barney of Hawaii; her parents: Noel and Julayne White of Corona, SD; her brother, Mike White - and his wife Darla Truitt of Portland, OR; two nieces and one nephew: Dakota, Nathan, and Kaitlyn; her birth mother, Gail Hoffmann of Minneapolis, MN; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, and many dear friends. She was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents; aunts: Betty Jo White and Kay Keller; and cousin, Cory Neu.




Mundwiler Funeral Home
1003 East 4th Avenue
Milbank, SD US 57252
Friday, October 6, 2017
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Mass of Christian Burial
St. Lawrence Catholic Church
113 6th Street South
Milbank, SD 57252
Saturday, October 7, 2017
10:30 AM
Milbank City Cemetery
Milbank, SD
Saturday, October 7, 2017
11:45 AM