Karen A. Mudgett
Karen Ann Mudgett, 77, of Traverse City, passed away quietly in her home on Dec. 9, 2019. Karen was born Dec. 14, 1941 in Freeland to parents, Ludwig "Louie" and Anna (Pacek) Rau.
Karen was a registered nurse who received her nursing degree from Saginaw General Hospital School of Nursing in 1962.
After graduation, she worked at Midland Hospital, where she met her husband, Jim, who was an intern. They were married on July 2, 1966. After living on both the East and West coasts while Jim was in the U.S. Air Force, they returned to Michigan and moved to Traverse City in 1970.
After raising her two daughters, Karen went back to work teaching nursing skills at TBA Career Tech Center, sharing her experience and helping launch local youth in successful careers in healthcare. After she retired from TBA, she worked as a clinical skills observer for the state of Michigan to help certify nurse assistants until 2013.
Karen was an avid home gardener with an enviable green thumb. She loved tending vegetables and grew a rainbow of perennials and annuals.
Karen is survived by her daughters, Anne (Scott Furgueson) Mudgett, of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and Jayne (Paul) Weiss, of Ft. Collins, Colorado; grandchildren, Collin Mudgett-Furgueson and Ava and Nate Weiss; her puppy, Sweetie; and other extended family and friends.
Karen was predeceased by her parents; husband, Dr. James I. Mudgett; and sisters, Patricia Henige and Maxine Hensler.
A memorial service honoring Karen will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 2019 at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, 305 Sixth St., Traverse City, MI 49684. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. and continue until the time of service.
Memorials may be directed to Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, 3860 N. Long Lake Road, Suite D, Traverse City, MI 49684 or to Leelanau Conservancy, 105 N. First St., Leland, MI 49654.
The Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation services is caring for Karen and her family; www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
Published on December 12, 2019


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Diane Moore
Dec 13, 2019
Dear Anne and Jayne. So sorry for your loss. I enjoyed your Mom’s company on AT trips. Hoping you have wonderful memories of both your parents. They were kind, loving people. Peace.
Avis Nelson
Dec 13, 2019
Jayne, Anne and your families
My condolences to you in the loss of your dear mom. I am so honored that Karen and I were able to share time together in more recent years and thankful for the years of good friendship
Jane Newman Pepper
Dec 12, 2019
Karen and I graduated from SGH School of Nursing together and shared a first apartment after graduation while working at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. I was just getting ready to write your Mom a BD note. Last year she called for a good catch up visit instead of sending a card. While gaps in time occurred between our visits, I loved your Mom dearly and she loved you girls dearly. I am so, so sorry and my heart hurts with yours! Hugs to you Both and your families. Jane