Ms. Nyirandege Karikwisengo passed away the afternoon of January 20, 2020 at the age of 64, in Magna, Utah. Nyirandge was born on January 1, 1956, in Burundi, a country located in the Central Eastern region of Africa. She married her husband Nkunzimana Murengera in 1970, while still in Burundi. Burundi experienced much civil war, and in 1994, another civil war broke out causing Nyirandege to seek refuge and safety in Tanzania. She continued to struggle as a refugee in Tanzania, where she lived for 15 years. She was blessed with ten children, seven of whom are still living: Murengera Kidura, Ciza Tranquaille, Tranquille, Diomede Nkurikiye, Sibomana Nkwanko, Samuel Cuciro, Veronica Minani, and Sinzohaba Cesalia. She was lucky with 15 grandchildren. She was also blessed with 2 great grandchildren.
The Refugee Resettlement Organization and the United Nations started a census in the refugee camp where she lived, and Nyirandege’s was one of the lucky families to be selected to settle to a third country, as her permanent home country. They migrated to Utah in 2008. Nyirandege was a mother of faith, and because of her faith and strong testimony about Jesus Christ, she continued to worship the Lord for the blessings she had in her life. Nyirandege and her family joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Utah in 2008. Nyirandege lived an amazing life, but not without its difficulties. She thanked God every day, every hour and every minute. She always wanted God to know that she wished to be the mother of all children, because she had known how it feels to live without a parent’s love. She was a wife, grandmother, and a close friend to many in our community.
Nyirandege has accomplished so much in her life. She wanted her children to live in a safe country; she made that happen. She wanted to live a gospel life; she was able to fulfil that through the Church. Nyirandege was a woman of hope, who kept smiling even when life was challenging. Nyirandege was a hard-working woman, who ran miles just to protect and provide for her family. She made sure that her children ate good food, wore proper clothing, and got to school on time. Nyirandege was a shining example in the community. She was always there for others when she was needed. She had strong faith even in her final days. She will be missed because she touched the lives of many.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 25 at 11 AM in the LDS Chapel, 3800 So Main St., Salt Lake City. A viewing will be held one hour prior to services.
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