Kristine Nodtvedt Dartnall

January 26, 2022

CHARLOTTE – Kristine Nodtvedt Dartnall went to heaven with Jesus her Savior on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 after a 3 year battle with Leukemia (AML).  She was surrounded by her family.  Kristine enjoyed 21 months of remission, following a successful stem cell transplant from an unknown donor.  She was born on January 29, 1957 in Montreal, Canada to a Canadian mother and Norwegian father. 

Kristine lived in Montreal until she relocated to Charlotte during grade school and graduated from Myers Park High School.  Following her artistic passion, she received her Bachelors of Environmental Design in Graphic Arts from NCSU, then her MBA at UNCC.  She joined the sales and marketing team at IBM, working for 13 years in the Charlotte Regional office focused on the banking industry and multi-media development.

Always sharing joy with family and friends, she spent many years as Foo-Foo with the Carolina Clowns.  She and her husband, Robert met in the singles class at Myers Park United Methodist Church, making special, lifelong friendships, singing in the chorale and soon marrying.   She participated in the Community Bible Study which was a passion for Kristine that grew her already strong faith in Jesus; their support was invaluable during the couple’s grief path following the loss of their son, Andrew Christian.  Robert and Kristine raised two children, Adam and Grace, at Church at Charlotte (New City Church) where she was involved in Women’s Ministry programs.  Encouraging and supporting her kids’ academics and activities in multiple sports, drama, cheerleading, art was always a favorite, special time for her; and nothing was more important than the one-on-one conversations shared with them as they grew up.

Kristine valued the strong relationships with girlfriends from high school and the women from the church family home group, always enjoying meaningful conversation and celebrations with lots of laughing.  Despite her jovial personality, Kristine was a bookworm, willing to try any literature style with her well-used library card, but focused on exploring the Bible and spiritual enrichment. 

Kristine was always looking at the fun side of a situation, “Misery is Optional” was a statement adopted from a close friend, often said in the serendipity of unplanned or changing events or avoiding the mundane of ordinary life.  Small joys of fresh strawberries, raspberries, beautiful flowers, sunset skies, made her smile, as she taught others to trust the Lord and that things will “be alright”.  We all enjoyed seeing Kristine spend time with fun music playing in her art studio, whether creating cards to share or just having fun exploring new skills and techniques.  Admiration of her artistic passion led many others to visit museum exhibits around the world together – including Hockney in Houston and Van Gogh in Charlotte during the past difficult year of fighting her Leukemia relapse.

She enjoyed numerous trips with her friends and family to the beach, mountains, around the US, Canada and internationally, but always relished the many trips to spend time to visit her large extended family in Norway. Attending the Nodtvedt family reunion together with Robert, Adam and Grace was a treasured highlight.

She will be remembered for her bubbly joyous nature, big smiles, close relationships, and dedication to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Be Encouraged!

Kristine is survived by her husband, Robert Dartnall Jr; children, Adam Joshua Dartnall and Grace Olivia Dartnall and brother, Paul J. Nodtvedt and his wife, Ann Todd Nodtvedt.  She was predeceased by her parents, John Martin and Anita Benson Nodtvedt and their son, Andrew Christian Dartnall.

A memorial service to celebrate Kristine’s life will be 2:00 PM on Sunday, January 30, 2022 at Carmel Baptist Church, 1145 Pineville-Matthews Road in Matthews.  The family will receive friends following the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be offered in memory of Kristine to Be The Match ( or Atrium Health Foundation, Attn: Integrative Medicine, Healing Arts, 200 East Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203 or Wycliff Bible Translators, Attn: Memorial/Ukrainian Sign Language, P.O. Box 628200, Orlando, FL 32862.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences may be shared at

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  • Chilton Stewart

    I was truly saddened to hear of Kristine’s passing. I will always remember her bubbly personality; if she had a bad day one would never know it. Robert and kids, I’m so sorry for your loss but rejoice that God welcomed her with open arms. Her spirit will live on in all of you.

  • Regina Clark

    Kristine and I met in Hickory, NC in 1982. We formed a lasting friendship and my heart is truly heavy. I'll continue to pray for Robert, Adam and Grace. She was one of a kind; such a big heart!

  • Dan Busch

    Dear Robert I have many fond memories of you and Christine---and the struggles you endured in your involvement at Kindermourn. What still stands out is yours and hers strong faith and belief in Jesus Christ. When we worked together , I always knew that we had a strong ally and partner helping us grow that Jesus is still wide awake and watching over your family.---and will never leave! Another memory--- Christine used a word I had never heard before "noodle" I meant ponder. think about it a little longer, don't rush to judgement, wait, be patient, and most importantly--PRAY about it. Many times in my life , I have both applied that to myself and to others with whom I was working "Slow Down "says "NOODLE" I will always treasure our connection and how the two of you loved each other! Peace and Prayers and Gratitude

  • Margaret “Melody” Howell

    Dear Robert and family,
    It is with joy and sadness that I remember our beloved “Foo-Foo.”
    I remember her lovely home off of Park Road, her adorable basset hound “Rumple” and her happiness at meeting and marrying Robert.
    What fun we had with Carolina Clowns bringing joy and laughter to folks who needed a smile and a gentle humor.
    May the Lord bless you and the family with comfort and hope at this difficult time.
    In His Name,
    Rev. Margaret Howell

  • Tim & Jo Ackerman

    Sending up our heartfelt prayers for Robert and the kids as well as all of her family. Kristine was a joyful person with a great smile who will be missed by all would knew her. We will thinking of our Charlotte Family today as her life is Celebrated.

  • Ragus

    Foo Foo was a wonderful clown because she was a wonderful person. She made many smile and laugh and she is doing that for God. Robert, Adam, Gracie, you were blessed with her. Know you are in my prayers. God bless and keep you.

  • John & Ellen Byers

    During the past couple of years Robert, Kristine, Ellen, and myself, have become prayer partners for each other. The exercise of faith, prayer, and encouraging each other has been profitable. While our prayers of healing have not been answered in an earthly realm they have been answered in heaven. While I don’t pretend to understand God’s ways I know we can rest in His perfect will. Ellen and I are doing so and we continue to pray for Robert and the family, that they will continue to do so as well. Be encouraged in your grief - Thank God the best is yet to come.

  • Mickey and Jennifer Thomas

    Jennifer and I are sorry to hear about the passing of Kristine. We are keeping you and your family in our prayers.

  • Sparkle

    Foo Foo was a special clown.

    My heart is sad.

    My heart rejoices that she is now walking in the light of our Lord - Jesus.
    I remember seeing her and the family at the Thanksgiving parade! We all ( her clown cousins) made sure to go over and greet everyone! I can see her smile!
    Know that I am thinking of you and your precious family.


  • Denise A Womack


    I met your lovely wife Kristine at LCI's art class via Zoom. I also met you when you brought her to the studio of Manuela for a get together/party several months ago. I was so sad to hear of your wife's passing. My very deepest sympathies to you and your family. May God continue to hold your wife in his arms. Peace be unto you.

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