OBITUARY

Richard A. Kurta

November 26, 1941March 27, 2021
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Richard A. Kurta, age 79 of Shalersville, passed away Saturday, March 27, 2021, at UH Portage Medical Center.

He was born November 26, 1941, in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, to parents Andrew and Marie (Fiffick) Kurta. Richard was a devout Catholic who was a former member of St. Michael’s Parish and current member of St. Joseph’s Parish in Mantua. Mr. Kurta retired from UPS after 30 years of employment as a driver.

Richard was a talented musician who played the saxophone, beginning at a young age with the Kurta Family Band, and then several other bands throughout his life. He also enjoyed classic cars, shooting his guns, and was a HAM Radio operator. Most of all, he cherished the time spent with his family, especially the family vacations to Myrtle Beach and the time spent boating at their home on Lake Milton.

On March 24, 1961, he married his beloved Ellen “Arlene” Pulice, and they moved to Cleveland to start their family. In addition to Arlene, Richard is survived by his children: Tim (Justina) Kurta and Richelle (Frank) Scopilliti, his grandchildren: Andrew (Amanda) Kurta, Rhea (Teb) Jagger, Maria Suprenant, Olivia Suprenant, Stephanie (John) Giel, Chris Phillips, Zach Phillips, Gabe Phillips, Frank Scopilliti Jr, Nathan Scopilliti as well as his great-grandchildren: Kaelib, Dominica, and AJ. He is also survived by his sister Maxine (Robert) Yohman along with many adoring nieces and nephews.

Friends and family will be received Friday, April 9, 2021, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM and 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home, 703 E. Main St., Ravenna, OH 44266. Mass of Christian Burial is at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 11045 St. Joseph Blvd., Mantua, OH 44255, celebrated by Reverend Ed Stafford and Deacon Gerry Scopilliti on Saturday, April 10, 2021, at 11:00 AM. Entombment will follow at St. Mary Cemetery in Ravenna.

Condolences and memories may be shared at www.wood-kortright-borkoski.com.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, April 9, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, April 10, 2021

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Lois Sabol-Sherlock

April 7, 2021

I’m so sorry to hear of Richards passing. I grew up with Richard as I lived around the corner from him. We had many fun times together as kids. My two brothers and I were over his house or he was at ours! We walked to religion classes every Saturday morning in any kind of weather unless Mr. Kurta felt sorry for us and drove us all to St. Mary’s! That was a fun time for all of us! The best of memories are slowly going away.

RIP Richard
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Ted Barnett

April 4, 2021

My thoughts are with the family of Rich Kurta. I played in the band at North Union High School with Rich. He was an upperclassman who was very kind and welcoming to me. I admired him because of his integrity and leadership.

Tammy Singer

April 2, 2021

I am so very honored to call Uncle Dick my Uncle. He was such a great man. Very humble and certainly very funny. Very very kind. So devoted to his family and faith.... I will miss him.My prayers go to Aunt Arlene and family.. I love you all. Rest with God. Until we meet again. Love Tammy

Carole Daniels

April 1, 2021

To our beloved brother-in-law Who was faithful to his religion a wonderful husband and father grandfather and great grandfather God received another angel in heaven he was the best person all around we will miss him very much we love you Carole and RazAnd families

claire morey

March 29, 2021

My heart is just breaking...he was wonderful...everything a man should be to all who loved and knew him. Much love to all of the Kurta's. Life certainly is not getting easier. Xxoo

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Biography

Richard A. Kurta, age 79 of Shalersville, passed away Saturday, March 27, 2021, at UH Portage Medical Center.

He was born November 26, 1941, in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, to parents Andrew and Marie (Fiffick) Kurta. Richard was a devout Catholic who was a former member of St. Michael’s Parish and current member of St. Joseph’s Parish in Mantua. Mr. Kurta retired from UPS after 30 years of employment as a driver.

Richard was a talented musician who played the saxophone, beginning at a young age with the Kurta Family Band, and then several other bands throughout his life. He also enjoyed classic cars, shooting his guns, and was a HAM Radio operator. Most of all, he cherished the time spent with his family, especially the family vacations to Myrtle Beach and the time spent boating at their home on Lake Milton.

On March 24, 1961, he married his beloved Ellen “Arlene” Pulice, and they moved to Cleveland to start their family. In addition to Arlene, Richard is survived by his children: Tim (Justina) Kurta and Richelle (Frank) Scopilliti, his grandchildren: Andrew (Amanda) Kurta, Rhea (Teb) Jagger, Maria Suprenant, Olivia Suprenant, Stephanie (John) Giel, Chris Phillips, Zach Phillips, Gabe Phillips, Frank Scopilliti Jr, Nathan Scopilliti as well as his great-grandchildren: Kaelib, Dominica, and AJ. He is also survived by his sister Maxine (Robert) Yohman along with many adoring nieces and nephews.

Friends and family will be received Friday, April 9, 2021, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM and 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home, 703 E. Main St., Ravenna, OH 44266. Mass of Christian Burial is at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 11045 St. Joseph Blvd., Mantua, OH 44255, celebrated by Reverend Ed Stafford and Deacon Gerry Scopilliti on Saturday, April 10, 2021, at 11:00 AM. Entombment will follow at St. Mary Cemetery in Ravenna.

Condolences and memories may be shared at www.wood-kortright-borkoski.com.