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October 31, 2013

Karla Jean Szkutak, 51


Georgetown — Karla Jean (Twedt) Szkutak, 51, of Georgetown, passed away on October 28, 2013, at home following a courageous and lengthy battle with multiple myeloma. Cherished wife of Edward Szkutak, loving and enthusiastic mother of Emma and Rebecca Szkutak. She is survived by her brother, David Twedt, and his wife, Jacqueline of Colchester, Conn. Born in Providence, R.I. and raised in Attleboro, Mass., she was the daughter of Donald and Jeanne (Laforest) Twedt of Attleboro Falls, inheriting from them her keen sense of humor and trademark quick wit. Karla was a 1984 graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. While working as an engineer and Product Manager for AT&T, she earned an MBA from Northeastern University. After leaving the work force to raise her two daughters, she subsequently earned a second Masters Degree from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in Education. Returning to the world of numbers where she was so adept, she began teaching Math, first at Ipswich High School, then more recently at Haverhill High School. Her passion and caring for the students segued her into becoming a High School Math Coach with the Haverhill Public Schools when she curtailed her hours to part-time. An avid swimmer, Karla also enjoyed biking and hiking.

ARRANGEMENTS: A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, at First Congregational Church of Georgetown, 7 Andover St., Georgetown, MA.

Calling hours will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, at Conte Funeral Home, 14 Pleasant St., Georgetown, MA. For directions or to offer online condolences please visit www.contefuneralhomes.com. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Karla J. (Twedt) Szkutak Scholarship at WPI, c/o WPI Gift Recording, 100 Institute Road, Worcester, MA 01609 or to Mass General Hospital (with memo designation to Dr. Noopur Raje Research Lab), c/o MGH Development Office, Attn: Lindsay Simpson, 100 Cambridge St., Boston, MA 02114.