Patricia Kurtz

Patricia Kurtz Obituary

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Age - 77

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September 11, 2023

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Middletown, PA

Patricia Kurtz, 77, of Elizabethtown, passed away peacefully on Friday, September 8, 2023. She was born Saturday, March 9, 1946 to the late Charles and Dorothy (Deffenbaugh) Berry. Patty attended Elizabethtown School. Most recently she would enjoy doing puzzles in her spare time. More than anything she was a loving daughter and friend. Services will be private at the connivence of the family and burial will take place at the Church Hill Cemetery next to her mother.

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