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KURTZ, Irma (nee Bleau)

Irma (nee Bleau) passed away peacefully February 8, 2017 after a short illness. Irma was born April 14, 1932 in Ponteix, SK and married John Kurtz, the love of her life, on April 25, 1950 in Regina SK. They moved to Moose Jaw, SK in 1974 to start the family business, Moose Jaw Packers and to BC in 2004 to be closer to their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, the joy of her life. Irma worked in several areas of the Regina Health Care system including radiology and pharmacy, and as the accountant for Moose Jaw Packers. She was a true spiritual humanitarian all her life. She volunteered in the Catholic Women’s League of Canada for over 44 years, as an Extra-Ordinary Minister of Holy Communion and pastoral hospital care provider, for the Pregnancy Crisis Line, and the Salmon Arm Thrift Store. Irma was an addiction sponsor and support group leader and donated to numerous charities, Cancer Society, Red Cross, Canadian Diabetes Association, Heart and Stroke, and BC Children’s Hospital, and sponsored several foster children in developing countries. Irma, John and family enjoyed many years at the family cabin at East Trout Lake in northern Saskatchewan. We would often find mom visiting friends, reading by the fire or sitting on the deck birdwatching and enjoying the serenity. Irma and John loved travelling and spent 23 winters at their second home in Mexico. Our family are avid Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Fans and mom will be cheering for them from Heaven.

Predeceased by her parents, Horace and Irene Bleau, brothers Arthur, Donald and Orphil, and sisters Annette, Alice, Eva, Madeline, and Regeande. She will be remembered and sadly missed by John her husband and their children, Gregory Kurtz (Theresa), Deborah Kurtz (Alan), and Donna Kurtz. Also left to cherish her memory are grandchildren Lucas, Trina (Adam), David (Conni), Cameron (Alisa), Matthew (Becky), Natalie, and Alexandra (Jeff) and 13 great-grandchildren. Irma will be dearly missed by her only surviving sibling, her little sister Elaine, and her many beloved nieces, nephews and friends.

The family wishes to express deep gratitude for the excellent care provided by the many physicians, nurses, and staff of the Kelowna General Hospital Emergency Department and 6 West. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Irma Kurtz may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation www.heartandstroke.ca, 1-877-882-8582, or the University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus School of Nursing Irma Kurtz Memorial Fund

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  • Larry Hunt says:

    Donna, John, Debbie, Greg and family, I only found today of Irma’s passing. I am truly devistated. She was one of the Greatest women I have ever had the pleasure of knowing and loving. She was simply the BEST!!!!! I remember so many Christmas Eve feasts at the Kurtz home after mass. I truly felt one of the family. I will like all of you have Irma in my heart. God Bless all of you.

  • Irma Kurtz says:

    My condolences for your loss. Your departed and I shared the same surname and relatively unusual forename which makes her loss personal to me, too, I wish that we had met to share friendship deeper than our names. Irma Kurtz (the second).

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