‘She’s Our Hero’: Grand Forks Family’s Mother Who Was Murdered During Custody Swap Speaks Out – InForum
WARREN – The family of 31-year-old Carissa Odegaard wants the single mother of five to be remembered for the person she was to them and so many in the Grand Forks area, not how she died.
Her sister Anna Woinarowicz would like to thank everyone for showing their love during this difficult time.
“My mother said she was the easiest daughter to raise, not for the rest of us,” she said, laughing.
A 31-year-old who has made her children her world, even going back to school to do medical programming and run a photography business. Odegaard’s sister said her sister made being a mother the greatest privilege in life.
“After I left her ex-husband, I watched her build a beautiful life for her and her children, investing in all of their needs. She handled each of their personalities so gracefully and gave them all the tools to succeed while cheering each of them on in their interests,” Woinarowicz said.
A young woman with a compassionate heart and a sensitive mind.
“You could feel the peace of God radiating from her even when things weren’t perfect,” Woinarowicz said.
A family filled with sorrow but also pride as they fought for their children to their last breath.
While we are all heartbroken, we are all very proud of her for standing up for herself and her children. She is our heroine,” said Woinarowicz.
Ödegaard’s family wants everyone to know that the five children are safe.
A GoFundMe has been set up for the children and family of Carissa Ödegaard.