Zora S (Sokolovich) Kurtz

February 18, 1932 ~ June 7, 2019 (age 87)

fallZora S. Kurtz, 87, of Pleasantville, formerly of Blairs Corners, Knox PA, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, June 7, 2019.


Born on February 18, 1932 in Aliquippa, PA she was the daughter of Theodore and Katherine Sonavec Sokolovich.


She was a graduate of McKees Rocks High School and Duquesne University where she earned her degree in Elementary Education.


She was a member of St. Michael Church in Fryburg and also attended St. Titus Church in Titusville.


Zora was a homemaker, a substitute teacher and also taught piano lessons for over 50 years. She enjoyed spending time with her children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


In 1955 she was married to Cyril Kurtz, her lifetime friend and partner; and he preceded her in death on July 12, 2015. Also surviving are her seven children: Mary Kurtz Klinger and her husband James of Harrisburg, PA; Susan Kurtz Batson and her husband W. Brayton “Buck” of Pleasantville, PA; Theresa Kurtz and her husband Rick Chew of Natrona Heights, PA; Cyril George Kurtz and his wife Chang Kum Cha “Hyun Hee” of Augusta, GA; Adelle Kurtz Benjelloun and her husband Najib of Mechanicsburg, PA; Cynthia Kurtz and her husband Paul Fernhout of Edinburg, NY; and Beverly Kurtz Folmer and her husband James of Germantown, MD. Also surviving are ten grandsons, eight granddaughters, five great-granddaughters and four great-grandsons. In addition, she is survived by a sister Mary Warden of Bangor, ME; a brother Theodore Sokolovich and his wife Joan of Monaca, PA; two sisters-in-law Grace Kurtz Konchar, and Kathy Wurms Kurtz, as well as many loving cousins, nieces and nephews.


Zora was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Milan and Eli Sokolovich, sisters Diane Kaldon and Theodora Sokolovich.


Friends will be received at the Faller Funeral Home, Inc. in Fryburg on Tuesday from 7-9 pm and also on Wednesday from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm.

Mass of a Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 am on thursday at St. Michael's Church in Fryburg, with Rev. Joseph Czkarowski, pastor presiding.

Interment will be in the St. Michael's Cemetery following the Mass.


Memorials in Zora's honor may be made to the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research, online at


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