OBITUARY

Sarah A. Kurtz

April 28, 1917February 3, 2019

My Mom, Sarah Alice (Hostetler) Kurtz, for the past 65 years, has lived at 1975 Mae St., Orlando, FL, went Home to be with the Lord. She is preceded in life by the passing of my father, Henry Max Kurtz on June 27, 2007. Sunday, February 3 early mornin, she waited for one final "Mornin Mom" and a kiss to the forehead and then soon after she was with God! No visible pain, passing in her sleep.

She was born in Middlefield, Ohio on April 28, 1917 to a Loving Father, Sam M. Hostetler, and Mother, Sarah Schrock, members of the Old Order Amish Church. Predeceased by sisters, Mary (Byler), Katie (Miller), Clara Hostetler, Edna (Miller), and Amanda (Yoder); and brothers, Henry, and Ben. Still with us today is half sister, Betty (Mullet) and half brother, Sam Jr.

Mom had 4 sons, Frederick H. (deceased), Ronald L., Jeffrey A., and Stephen W., 14 Grandchildren, 31 Great, 23 Great Greats, 2 Great Great Greats with one on the way!

Mom & Dad were raised Amish but as late teens began attending the Assembly of God Church. They married and left Middlefield, Ohio. They lived in Norfolk, VA for a spell then came to Orlando, FL in June, 1952. Thank you, Jesus! :)

Orlando, what a wonderful town and time to live and grow up in! Many great memories! So thankful for the Orange County Public School system and the City Beautiful! Having a Mom with her main focus in being a loving and supportive Mother, a faithful wife, wonderful homemaker, Kaley elementary school volunteer, Church baby holder and kitchen helper. She didn't have any personal activities, clubs, or hobbies. She never cursed and very few unkind words were ever spoken. Never gossiped or shown any envy for those with more material possessions. I grew up sharing with 2 brothers a 10' x 10' bedroom with bunk bed. No problem except for rolling off top bunk during the night, was a long way down! Mom was not a "fancy" cook but all the meals were stick to your ribs healthy and tasty! No dishwasher or dryer we had a clothes line and a sink! We always had used cars that were just good enough and able to carry my brother Steve and I back and forth to Ohio each year to visit family on their farms, which was always a treat for us city boys. The farm life of the Amish was so interesting, I still remember my first interactions with the farm animals and farm smells! 😊 They say I as a young boy used to always ask, Mom when are we gonna get a farm?

Mom was special, as I’m sure yours was also! I could talk to her about any and all subjects! She was the neighborhood taxi for us and our friends. Trips to the public swimming holes like Lake Lorna Doone, John Long Pool, Sanlando and Rock Springs. Wekiva was still a hidden spring from most except for us locals. Regularly you would see Sarah with carful of boys headed to the Vogue or Beacham theatres for a 2 for 1 or 6 RC bottle caps weekend summer special movies! She rarely said no! All my friends loved her. One of my more memorable punishments was when she sent me to find a branch to bring her to make a switch for my fanny for pickin on Steve.

She was a faithful wife to my Dad though rarely did we see a lot of physical affection, love contact between them, she was always showing love by her faithful child rearing, good housekeeping, meal prep, taxi driver, nurse and confidant and bookkeeper, and bill payer. She was busy! But always for others!

She made friends wherever she went! She could always say something to put a smile on your face and in your heart! She had dozens of acquaintance like friends but was so busy raising kids and taking care of Dad which was a full time job, she never belonged to any clubs, or had personal activities for herself? Sad but true she always put others first!

She loved to drive and continued till she was 97, her and her big old bronze color Lincoln Continental. She would go to Publix regularly mainly to say hello to all her friends there!

In her later years she also was a caregiver/server to several different ladies at the Towers whom loved her for her hard work and companionship.

Mom and I were quite a team attending the YMCA Silver Sneakers exercise faithfully at ages 96 -99 We also loved our regular attendance at Church Northland and Pastor Joel Hunter and Pastor Vernon. We always sat in seat 7 & 8 front row center rear. Mom was a magnet for welcoming souls who saw their own Mother in my moms aura. She was known as the white glove lady that would always give you a thumbs up and big smile!

God blessed her in many ways, he knew he could always count on her to help lift someone’s spirits, to light up a room with here sincere smile, to show love to a couple dozen grandchildren, to stay in his word that she learned and accepted at an early age! Even though her first King James bible was taken away by her father, he saying it would make you too smart, she already knew the truth! She loved Jesus!

So now I can rest assured that when she arrived in paradise she was greeted by God, and he said, "Well done my Good and Faithful servant! Welcome Sarah!! You're Home now!"

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, February 16, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 16, 2019
  • Committal Service Saturday, February 16, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Potluck Gatherin' Saturday, February 16, 2019
REMEMBERING

Sarah A. Kurtz

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Melanie Santare-Vallillo

February 16, 2019

I have had the fortunate honor to call the Kurtz’s my neighbors for the last 22 years! I can still remember hearing Mr Kurtz’s voice calling” Sar-ah “from the driveway. We will certainly miss seeing Mrs Kurtz on her daily walks enthusiastically waving her hands hello to us! She was the epitome of kindness and positivity! Much respect to Jeff for his incredible devotion every day to her care. He truly is an inspiration and an honorable son! We had wished to be there today but had a conflicting obligation. Thoughts and prayers to you all! ~Melanie Santare-Vallillo

Tom Vaughan

February 16, 2019

Always will remember her for her pleasant smile and hospitality when i would visit Steve before an evening of trouble. The nicest lady i have ever known. And she raised some great kids. Rest in peace

Stephen Kurtz

February 15, 2019

Stephen Kurtz

February 15, 2019

Stephen Kurtz

February 15, 2019

Stephen Kurtz

February 15, 2019

Joanmarie Seacord

February 14, 2019

It was an honor, a privilege and a lot of FUN having Sarah in my Silver Sneakers class for several years at the Downtown YMCA. I loved her willing spirit to try all the exercises but especially her sense of humor and supportive" thumbs up" with her lovely white gloves, when I would check in to make sure she was OK. One time when I asked the very repetitive question during class, "are you OK, Sarah"? She responded , "I'm just trying to sober up". I loved her smile and her hugs. Thank you, Jeff for bringing Sarah to the Y all those years and for your example of steadfast dedication and care for your elderly parents. You are a devoted and faithful son.

Anita Coogan

February 14, 2019

Anita Coogan

February 14, 2019

Anita Coogan

February 14, 2019

She loved flowers and kitty cats just as much....

FROM THE FAMILY