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Karen Kleckner dies at 38

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Karen Lynn Kleckner, 38, of Silverthorne, died Aug. 10, after a struggle with cancer. She was born December 11, 1971 in Elgin, Illinois to Herman and Marian (Schmidt) Grotemeyer of West Dundee, Illinois. She graduated from Dundee Crown High School in 1988 and moved to Breckenridge shortly thereafter. Karen continued her education at Colorado Mountain College and transferred to Colorado State University. She graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.

After college, she managed a group home for mentally disabled people and enjoyed the challenge of helping people and being able to attend to their needs. She returned to Summit County, working in retail sales, property management, and running her own cleaning business.

Karen loved the amenities of the high country, learning to ski at an early age, and enjoyed hiking, biking and camping. She also had a strong affection for animals including cats, dogs, fish and even a few ferrets. She enjoyed music and concerts, and had been known to kick up her heels at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Karen had the gift of being able to greet people with a smile, whether a friend or a stranger, and she would always put their needs or concerns before her own. She loved her family, her husband, Bill, and her stepchildren Jennifer and Tom as if they were her own.

She is survived by her husband William Kleckner, mother Marian Grotemeyer and brother Steve Grotemeyer of West Dundee, Illinois, brother Jim Grotemeyer and wife Kathy, nephews Timothy and Peter of Breckenridge, stepchildren Jennifer and Tom Kleckner of Frisco. She is preceded in death by her father Herman “Bud” Grotemeyer and infant sister Barbara.

A celebration of her life will be held Aug. 20 at the Silverthorne Pavilion. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the service starting at 6:30.

A memorial fund has been established to assist with the medical expenses. Donations are accepted at any 1st Bank location or by mailing to: Karen Kleckner Memorial Fund, PO Box 1652, Breckenridge, Co. 80424


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