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Marion B. Kurtz

Mar 19, 2009

Marion B. Kurtz, 85, of Muncy, went peacefully to meet her Lord on Wednesday, March 18, 2009. She was an inspiration of courage to others in her six-year battle with colon cancer and met every challenge that came her way with determination and dignity.

Born February 22, 1924 in Milton, she was a daughter of the late Warren and Ella (Nicholas) Batdorf. On June 5, 1942, following graduation from Milton High School, she married her high school sweetheart, James M. Kurtz, Jr. They celebrated 46 years of marriage, before his passing on September 18, 1988.

Although Marion previously worked at the former Chef Boy-ar-dee and the former J.J. Newberry, as well as the Milton School District, her heart was at home. There she enjoyed laughing and telling stories to her grandchildren, and, more recently, watching her great-grandchildren grow. “Grandma” also loved baking and sharing her delicious sugar cookies.

Marion was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Muncy. She was fond of traveling with her friends on bus trips and was a member of the Ramblers Club. She was also a member of the Milton Chapter 77 Order of the Eastern Star.

Surviving are four children and their spouses, Patricia (Charles) Klobe of Milton, James (Twila) Kurtz of Watsontown, Debra (Marshal) Frye of Muncy and Fred (Cindy) Kurtz of Milton; 12 grandchildren, Steven (Jill) Klobe of Memphis, TN, Stephanie (Frank) Tobin of Ashland, Stacey (Wayne “Andy”) Andrews of Williamsport, Jamie Kurtz of Watsontown, Cassie (Larry) Miller of Allenwood, Jennifer (Michael) Freeborn, Dawn (Mark) Evans, Valerie (Thomas) Gordner and Matt (Nichole) Frye, all of Muncy, Heather (Dante) Osborne and Hayley (Corey) Hutchings, all of Baltimore, MD and Mandy (Shawn) Hartman of Milton; and 12 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one sister, Gloria Powell of Punta Gorda, FL and one sister-in-law, Susan Batdorf of Carlisle, and seven nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a brother, Thomas Batdorf.

Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 21, at her church, 602 S. Market St., Muncy, where the funeral will be held at noon. Officiating will be her pastor, the Rev. Michael R. Gardy. Burial will follow in Harmony Cemetery, Milton.

The family welcomes flowers; however, if desired, memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 602 S. Market St., Muncy, PA 17756 or the Lycoming Unit American Cancer Society, 1948 E. Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701 or a charity of your choice.

The family is being assisted by Grenoble’s, 121 S. Main St., Muncy.