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Colleen Garvey Kueter, 40

Leominster – Colleen Garvey Kueter, 40, beloved wife of Jens C. Kueter, died peacefully at her home Friday Oct. 17, 2008, after a brief, courageous battle with liver cancer.

Born March 18, 1968, in New Milford, Conn., she was the daughter of Jeanne (Wolter) Garvey Stax and the late Henry Hulton Garvey Jr. She was educated in New Milford, graduating from Canterbury School and receiving a bachelor's degree from Simmons College in Boston.

In addition to her husband and her mother, she will be sadly missed by her beloved children, Anneke Maeve Kueter, 5, and Friedrich "Fritz" Henry Kueter, 2; her stepfather, William Stax; her brother, Henry "Hank" Garvey III and his wife, Mary; her sister, Kendra Garvey Owen, and her husband, Richard; her stepsister, Carol Stax Brown, and her husband, Charles; her stepbrother, William Stax, and his wife, Kathryn; and her brotherin law, Chris Kueter, and his wife, Christine. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews; her godmother, Dr. Joanne Lillis; her mothers-in-law, Janice Goodger, Cindy Kueter and father-in-law Hubert Kueter and Nancy Brooks; several aunts, uncles, cousins and schoolmates; and many friends.

Mrs. Kueter's business career began at GE Capitol in Danbury, Conn., followed by employment with the state of Connecticut, Department of Administrative Services in Hartford, Conn. She later worked at iCast.com in Woburn and Press Access in Boston.

Her interests and accomplishments were many and varied. A self-taught knitter, spinner and wool dyer, she recently started an online business called Spiffy Knits. She spoke fluent French, loved gardening, cooking and web-surfing. An avid reader, diligent researcher and a masterful writer, she possessed a keen sense of humor, wonderful wit, a brilliant mind and a wealth of knowledge. She was also passionate about conservation and environmental issues.

Mrs. Kueter and her husband, Jens, both enjoyed hiking and skiing together and treasured family time. Among her most joyous moments in life were the birth of Anneke and Fritz and the great pleasure of being a stay-at-home mother. Although she was small in stature, she made up for it in her spirit and strength. She was a member of Tiny Lady Cooperative and the Leominster MOMS Club.

Her family thanks the MOMS Club, friends, neighbors and extended family for all the generosity and kindness during this difficult time.

A mass of Christian burial was held Oct. 23 from St. Francis Xavier Church of New Milford, Conn., followed by burial at St. Francis Cemetery in New Milford. Lillis Funeral Home directed arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kueter Children College Fund, c/o Avidia Bank, 53 West Main St., Northborough, MA 01532.

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