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Karen Anne Collins Kludt

September 06, 2019 - 00:00
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Dec. 29, 1944 – Aug. 31, 2019

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Karen Anne Collins Kludt of Greensboro died Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Reynolds Lake Oconee Lake Club at 2 p.m. All friends and family are invited to share in the service honoring Karen and her inspiring life. Casual attire will be appropriate. Reverends David Key and Becky Matheny of the Lake Oconee Community Church will officiate at the service. Gary Arnold will provide the music.

A native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Karen was born on Dec. 29, 1944, the daughter of the late C. Donald Collins and Mary Jeanne Berry Collins. Karen graduated from the University of Iowa with a Master’s degree in speech and audiology in 1966 and moved to Milwaukee, where she initially worked at Children’s Hospital. In 1970, Karen married Larry Kludt in Milwaukee. After various moves around the country pursuing their professional careers, Larry and Karen settled in Philadelphia in 1990, where they lived until their move to Greensboro in 2013. Karen was an active member of the Greensboro community, serving in a variety of volunteer positions, including coaching ninth grade students in the Greene College and Career Academy, publishing the Plantation Ladies newsletter, serving on the PLC Board, and facilitating Parent Support Groups in Atlanta and Greensboro, which provide support for parents of children who are struggling with addiction. She also served as a voter registration agent, was an active participant in Second Harvest and continued her management development consulting business primarily in the nuclear industry.

Survivors include her husband, Larry Kludt; son, Randy Cherryholmes of Smyrna; daughter, Keirsten Davidson (Bruce) of Statham; siblings, Teri Pisarik (Frank) of Kenosha, Wisconsin, Anita Sullivan (Bob) of Dubuque, Iowa, Patti Collins of Providence, Rhode Island, Tom Collins (Sandy) of Dubuque, Iowa; four grandchildren, Luke, Lily, Cole and Carson Davidson; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a donation to one of the Greene School District classrooms in honor of Karen (contact Larry Kludt at for details) or any other local community service organization of your choice and/or serve as a volunteer in the local school or a local service organization to honor her memory.

McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, 706-453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.