Mrs. Karen Utes, age 62, of Buford, GA passed away on Tuesday, June 27, 2006. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Charles Utes. She is survived by her: Sons: Michael C. Utes, Homer, GA, Robert T. Utes, Jefferson, GA; Grandsons: Dustin R. Utes, Oxford, GA, Kristoffer M. Utes, Buford, GA; Brother: Ronald Fischer, Phoenix, AZ. Mrs. Utes was born on March 22, 1944 in Chicago, IL. She was employed with the Gwinnett County Library System and worked in both Buford and Lawrenceville. She was an accomplished pianist, an Alto tennis player and ping pong player. She played in the Senior Olympics and won a gold medal in ping pong and a silver medal in tennis in 2004. In 2002, she won All City Championship in Alta tennis. She was also an artist. She was a member of the Sugar Hill United Methodist Church. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and sister. She was an adventurous person with a very inquisitive mind. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 1, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Rev. Mari Lane Brooks officiating. Interment in Broadlawn Memorial Gardens, Buford, GA. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sugar Hill United Methodist Church or to Odyssey Healthcare of Georgia, 1140 Hammond Drive, N.E., Atlanta, GA 30328 in memory of Mrs. Karen Utes. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133,