Lola Ann Kurtz


SALEM, Ohio — Lola Ann Kurtz, 77, of Salem, died Jan. 29, surrounded by family in her home after a lingering illness of Alzheimer’s.

Born June 3, 1937, she was the only child born to Clarence and Doris Charlton Sheller, in Youngstown.

She grew up in Greenford where she graduated from Greenford High School.

On June 12, 1955 she married Edgar Kurtz and together they enjoyed a life together while raising their family as part of Kurtz Farms.

She grew a large garden, helped on the farm and shared her hospitality to many. Later in life, she became a nurse at Salem Hospital. She was a member of Leetonia Mennonite Church where she led and participated in many of the church activities.

For many years she was a part of the Prison Ministry for Women, sponsored by the Gideon’s, as well as supporting the Gideon ministry.

She served on the Mahoning County Farm Bureau Board for many years.

Survivors include Edgar, children Sherri Goodwin, Dan, Linda Witmer, nine grandchildren and spouses and great-grandchildren.

The family thanks those who have offered care, including Hospice.


Services will be held at Leetonia Mennonite Church Feb. 3 at 10:30 a.m., with pastor Phil Slabaugh, officiating. Burial will follow in Midway Mennonite Cemetery.

Calling hours were held at the church Feb. 2, from 5-9 p.m., with a Gideon service at the close of calling hours.

Memorial contributions can be made to Gideon International. Arrangements were made by the Woods-Rettig Funeral Home, Leetonia. Sign the register and send condolences at


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