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Marion B. Kurtz

Mar 27, 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 Feb. 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 Sept. 18, 1988.

Although she 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.

Mrs. Kurtz 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; 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.

Funeral services were held March 21, with her pastor, the Rev. Michael R. Gardy. Burial was in Harmony Cemetery, Milton.

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 one’s choice.

The family was assisted Grenoble’s, Muncy.