Karen Ann Kelleher | 05/23/2024 Obituary 2024

Obituary: Karen Ann Kelleher (nee Judge)

Obituary: Karen Ann Kelleher (nee Judge)

Lakeville, MN Resident Passes Away at 80

Lakeville, MN – Karen Ann Kelleher (nee Judge), 80, passed away peacefully on May 23, 2024, surrounded by her loving family. Karen lived a full and vibrant life marked by her unwavering passion for learning, creativity, and spending quality time with those she cherished.

Early Life and Family

Karen was born on August 8, 1943, in Minneapolis, MN, to Christy and Delores Judge. She grew up in a close-knit family with four siblings: Gail (Robert) Baker, Gregg (Patricia), Kirby (Judy), and Chris Judge. Together, they formed a strong bond that would last throughout their lives.

A Passion for Learning

Karen possessed an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and a deep appreciation for the arts. She was an avid reader and spent countless hours exploring diverse literary worlds. Her passion for learning extended beyond books as she regularly visited museums to immerse herself in history, culture, and art.

Creative Endeavors

Karen’s creative spirit shone through her love of crafting. She found joy in creating beautiful handmade items, often experimenting with new techniques and materials. With each finished piece, she shared her artistic vision and brought joy to others.

Family and Friendships

Karen’s life was enriched by the love of her family and friends. She leaves behind her three daughters, Tamara (Paul) Smith, Talla (Ken) Antonczak, and their father, Thomas Kelleher. Her grandchildren, Devin Smith, Hannah Smith (significant other, Graham Sullivan), Tarra (Kyle) Schnaible, Spencer Angle, and Kelly (Shawn) Cope, brought immense happiness to her life. Karen also cherished the time spent with her great-grandchildren, Brantley, Mason, Brooks, Logan, Bryson, Amaya, and Katie.

A Life Well-Lived

Karen’s life was a testament to her love of learning, creativity, and the importance of human connection. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her, and her memory will forever be cherished.

Visitation and Interment

A gathering of family and friends will be held on Wednesday, May 29, 2024, from 4-6 PM at the White Funeral Home, 12804 Nicollet Ave S., Burnsville (952-894-5080). Her final resting place will be at Lebanon Cemetery, Apple Valley.


Those wishing to express their condolences to the family may do so online at www.whitefuneralhomes.com.