Obit - Steve A. Kurtz Sr.
SPJST Vestník, 17 Jun 2009 , page 15
In Memory of Steve Kurtz, Sr.
Steve A. Kurtz, Sr., age 85, of Yoakum passed into eternal rest on Wednesday, April 15, 2009 .
Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. , Friday, April 17 at Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home.
Funeral mass was celebrated at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 18 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Reverend Matthew Huehlefeld officiating. Interment was held at Hillside Cemetery in Cuero under the direction of Thiele-Cooper Funeral Home in Yoakum.
Pallbearers were grandsons Shawn, Jason, Jeremiah, Gaberil, Matthew, and Ricky Kurtz, and Wayne Perez. Honorary pallbearers were Carlton Migura, Kevin Millorn, Mark Shadborn, Andrew Young, Kyle Henry, Craig Barta, Mark Jobb, Jeff Falcon, Pat Sobotik, Dan Jemelka, Rick Beem, Edward Brzozowski, and Dr. James Drost.
Mr. Kurtz was born on December 18, 1923 , in the Midway community to the late William and Joseph Michalec Kurtz. He attended South Mustang, Old Sweet Home Beasley Schools , and Baldwin Business College . He worked as a bookkeeper for 38 years at Cudahy Packing Co.; for Cuero Feed Store in Cuero; and for Hiller Plumbing and Air Conditioning from which he retired in 1985.
He was a charter member of the Yoakum VFW Post; Sweet Home American Legion Post 571; and DAV Yoakum Post. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Mr. Kurtz was also a member of SPJST Lodge 63, Sweet Home since 1942.
He was a veteran of World War II from March 4, 1943, to October 25, 1945, making the landing on Normandy Beach in France on June 6, 1944, receiving the Campaign Medal with five Bronze Stars and Bronze Arrowhead, Good Conduct Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge GO63 HQ 1st USA 27 September, 1944, three Overseas Bars Battles, Normandy-Northern France-Ardennes-Rhineland Central Europe GO33 WD45, Award of the Croix de Guerre with Palm, and in 1997, Mr. Kurtz received a 50th Anniversary Medal from the French government for making D-Day.
Survivors include his wife of 33 years Helen (Seifert Beran) Kurtz; daughters, Susan Grant of Victoria; Sharon Dianiska and husband Myron of Sugarland, and Melissa Miller and husband Rusty of Huntington, Pennsylvania; stepdaughters, Diana Dlouhy and husband Harvey of Shiner, and Debra Zinke and husband Mark of Yoakum; sons, David Kurtz of Wharton, Steve Kurtz, Jr. and wife Beverly of Victoria, Robert (Bobby) Kurtz and Richard Kurtz, both of Cuero, and Michael of Lakeland, Florida; 19 grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; and sisters Frances Wenske of Moulton, Emily Brom of Houston, and Dorothy Gast of Navasota.
He was preceded in death by his first wife Lorraine Wentrcek Kurtz; parents; brothers Bill, Victor, Henry, and Rudie Kurtz; sisters Mrs. Edward (Bessie) Heidaker; Mrs. Steve (Maggie) Pavlica; an infant sister; one granddaughter; and one grandson.
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