Adrienne E. Kortz
January 4, 1933 – July 15, 2020
Adrienne Whigam Eager Kortz was born on January 4th, 1933 in Middletown, New York to the late Honorable Samuel W. Eager, and his wife, the late Muriel Whigam Eager. She was the third of four children, her brothers Samuel Jr. and Gerald who preceded her death, and her sister, Joan who is married to Frank Marshall and resides in Austin Texas.
In 1952, While attending Edgewood Park, she met Leon Lester Kortz on a blind date. He was a cadet from Litchfield, Minnesota attending nearby West Point. She always said that their first kiss was all it took. They were married June 9th, 1954 at her parents’ summer home in Yankee Lake, New York.
Life as a military wife was challenging, and she made every move easy on their children: Nancy Elizabeth, born in Middleton, New York; Laura Lee (Tucker); born in Frankfurt, Germany; Gregory Alan born in Dayton, Ohio and Analiese, born in Alexandria, Virginia.
In 1975, Leon retired from the Air Force as a Lt. Colonel and moved the family one last time, to Greensboro, North Carolina. Giving Adrienne the freedom to travel to New York or Florida to visit with her parents, while they were still living. She became a grandmother with the birth of Robert Eugene Tucker in 1976, Leandra E. Kortz in 1981, John Anthony Kortz in 1982 and Michael Christopher Kortz in 1990.
Her first and only great grandson, Chase Brae Kortz was born in 2002, and at such time she wanted to be called Gigi. He was followed by his sisters Shayla Adrienne Mariner in 2005, Amara Elizabeth Williamson in 2018 and cousin Annabelle Cooper Kortz in 2019.
Her favorite holiday was Christmas because she loved poring over catalogs to get each of her family a gift from her and Leon and Santa, including her son-in-law Bear Boyhan. She started in January and there were many Christmases, where she forgot where she hid her presents.
Her other family members include sister Joan, sisters-in-law Irene Davis, Elaine Merila and Fritz Simmons and brothers-in-law Frank Marshall and Jim Merila. To her many beloved nieces and nephews, she was Adie. They all agree that she was a great cook, fun to be around and had a sly wit when she told stories of her life.
From the cup of coffee, she had every morning, to the glass or two of wine she had every night, she filled each day taking great care of her family and enjoying life. She loved to read, especially mystery thrillers, watching her favorite TV shows and working on crossword puzzles. In her later years she loved trips to casinos. She never won anything big, but thoroughly enjoyed playing the slots.
To her bowling team members belonging to the two leagues she was on up to the sudden ending of league play due to Covid, to the people of All Saints Church she had meals with; to the co-members The Moose Lodge located on New Garden Road in Greensboro, she was affectionately known as Ade. They will remember her fierce competitiveness, her lively conversations, and her love of playing games. She lived with a sparkling personality and generous spirit. She will be missed by everyone who knew her.
Adrienne Whigham Eager Kortz died at home on July 15th, 2020 after surviving breast cancer and battling bone cancer. A memorial service and a celebration of food and spirits will be held in September at All Saints Episcopal Church. The exact date and time will be posted at a later date.
Funeral Services will be held at a later date.
Adrienne E. Kortz
July 17, 2020
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Adrienne. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope we can be back together in church someday soon.