Wilma J. Kurtz, 83, of Pioneer passed away Thursday afternoon at her home. She was born on October 11, 1930 in Ransom, Michigan to Harry and Jennie (Edinger) Cramton. Wilma graduated from Waldron High School in 1948. On June 8, 1950 she married Richard C. Kurtz and he preceded her in death.
Wilma was a member of Lakeview United Brethren Church, she also attended Community Chapel in Tavares, Florida. She retired from the Montpelier Hospital in March 2011 after 28 years in the dietary department. She worked as a telephone operator for many years and also as a 4-H advisor for 25 years. Wilma’s life was filled with sewing quilts for charities, cooking, mission work, traveling and watching the “grandkiddos” do most anything.
Wilma is survived by two sons, Philip (Robin) Kurtz of Chino Hills, California and Paul (Kris) Kurtz of Berrien Springs, Michigan; two daughters, Pamela (Cary) Comstock of Allen, Michigan and Portia (Terry) Cogar of East Liverpool, Ohio; twelve grandchildren, Dr. Erin (James Sr.) Kurtz-Arnold, Marci Kurtz (Kevin Hoffman), Lindsay Kurtz, Darin Kurtz, Homer B. (Abby) Hendricks, Shawn (Renae) Hendricks, Jordan (Bernadette) Wise, Jacob Wise, William “Shay” Cogar, Dalton Kurtz-Cogar (Marissa Walter), Christian Cogar (Erika Reed) and Starlynn Cogar; twelve great grandchildren, James Jr., Aaliyah and Jacob Arnold, Lauren and Jay Garrett, Jess, Addy and Ruby Hendricks, Nolan, Eden and Beckett Wise and Johnathan Cogar; special niece, Beth (Eric) Pickford of Pioneer; several cousins, close friends and one great grandchild on the way.
Wilma was preceded in death by her parents, husband Richard, infant son David, and half-brother Kenneth Day.
Donations may be made to Laurel Mission, Lakeview Church New Building Fund or Gentiva Hospice. Online condolences can be left for the family atwww.thethompsonfuneralhome.com.
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