Deceased Information


    Ruth Kurtz

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    Sunday, April 18, 2021 (After Sunset)


    Friday, April 23, 2021


    11:00 AM


    Arlington Memorial Park



    The funeral service will be held outdoors. Masks and distancing is required even if fully vaccinated.

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    Meeting ID: 894 7611 1622 Passcode: 322669

    Ruth R. Kurtz of Kennesaw, Georgia died on Sunday, April 18, 2021. She was 95. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Raymond D. Kurtz, to whom she had been married for 65 years. She is survived by two daughters, Diane K. Allgood, of Canton, Georgia, and Carolyn A. Kurtz of Milton, Georgia; and three sons, Stuart A. Kurtz (Marcia) of Marietta, Georgia, Jack S. Kurtz (Wendy) of Statham, Georgia, and Paul D. Kurtz (Ellen) of Seneca, South Carolina. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Her greatest joy in life was her family.

    Ruth was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on January 25, 1926 to Lillian and Jacob Levy. She married Ray in 1946, and she and Ray immediately started their family. Her five children range in age from 59 to 73. After growing up in New York City and marrying Ray, she and her family moved from New York City to Atlanta in 1956. Shortly after moving to Atlanta, she became actively involved in the Jewish Women’s War Veterans Auxiliary, a charitable organization. She worked as an executive secretary for the branch chief of Family Planning at the Centers for Disease Control, a job from which she later retired.

    As a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, she tirelessly gave her love and cheerful persona to all of her family and friends. While she will best be remembered for her loving character, she will also be remembered as a character. She had a sense of humor Joan Rivers would envy and exhibited it until the very day of her death. The matriarch of the Kurtz family will be deeply missed.

    Graveside services will be held on April 23, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at Arlington Memorial Park with Rabbi Steven Lebow officiating. Arrangements have been made by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, Atlanta, Georgia, (770) 451-4999.

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  • The Dressler Family

    May the memories of our loved ones remain for a blessing.

  • Steven M Crafton

    I loved my Aunt Ruth. She and my mother were best friends while we were growing up. When we were experiencing economic difficulties, my Aunt Ruth would have my brother and I to dinner frequently. My mother had to work but Aunt Ruth was always there for us. Later she gave my wife and I an engagement party. As we moved from Georgia we lost touch but she was always in my thoughts and prayers. She may not have been my Aunt by family but she was always my Aunt by love. She lived a long and fruitful life. Our lives were enriched by knowing her. I will pray for her soul for the rest of my life!

    April 29, 2021 , 08:15 PM

  • Connie Bajek

    I am so sorry for your loss. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    April 26, 2021 , 07:11 PM

  • Dan Jacobs

    I think I first met Ruth in 1962 when Diane and I started dating and I was 18. So If I figured this right I have known her for 59 years. The first time I learned that Ruth was very much in control of things happened right before Diane and I got married. I'm not going to discuss the details let's simply say I was unhappy and went to see her at the Merchandise mart where she worked. I told her if she wouldn't agree to do something I wanted I would cancel the wedding. Well let me tell you she told me off right then. She said don't threaten me young man, I'll cancel the damn wedding myself. Needless to say I walked away with my tail between my legs. That was just the beginning of my learning Ruth was a strong woman. Over the years I came to love and respect that strength. I tried to see her when we moved away as we returned to Atlanta. I think we saw her last when we were here for Josh's wedding in August 2019 before Covid interfered and the whole world turned Topsy turvy. As she aged in recent years and began to forget things she never failed to tell me I was still her favorite son in law and she loved me.  That was even when I was her ex son in law. Some of you may know that my youngest daughter Jessica is in LA studying to be a Rabbi. When I told her of Ruth's passing she said something to me that was so true that I have to repeat it here. She said she was always a fireball and not just because of the color of her hair. I think that sums it up better than anything I could ever come up with. I love Ruth with all my heart and she will be in my memory for as long as I live!

    April 23, 2021 , 09:00 PM

  • Joyce Tenenbaum Shevin

    Paul-I did not know your mother but she sounds like she was a beautiful woman, loving and loved. We should all live such a fulfilling life. I hope that the wonderful memories of your time together serve as a blessing and comfort to you and your family. May her memory be for a blessing.

    April 23, 2021 , 01:10 PM

  • chuck and becky henry

    sending our love and praying for peace and comfort for your family during this time. Isaiah 41:10

    April 23, 2021 , 12:27 PM

  • Shelly B

    Dear family and friends of Mrs. Ruth Kurtz - extending my prayers to you all.

    April 22, 2021 , 07:47 PM

  • Shelly B

    Dear family and friends of Mrs. Ruth Kurtz - extending my prayers to you all.

    April 22, 2021 , 07:47 PM

  • Jan Brookmire

    The entire Kurtz family knows how much I loved Ruth.She was my friend, mentor,confidant and teacher. I will always cherish our times together.( The 6th child.) Rest In Peace, my friend ???

    April 22, 2021 , 12:30 AM

  • Jan Brookmire

    The entire Kurtz family knows how much I loved Ruth.She was my friend, mentor,confidant and teacher. I will always cherish our times together.( The 6th child.) Rest In Peace, my friend ???

    April 22, 2021 , 12:26 AM

  • Dale Russell

    We are so sorry to hear this news, but what a life Ruth lived! Her sense of humor was legendary. I can't remember ever seeing her when she didn't make me laugh. And that smile lit up a room like a spotlight. She was wicked smart, fun, and feisty. She raised an amazing and quite large family! She may be gone, but she will never be forgotten. Dale and Debbie Russell

    April 21, 2021 , 08:11 PM

  • Dana Jolivet

    My “Aunt” Ruth, was certainly a character. She was feisty and funny and made a mean brisket!! She honored me by being my godmother and my flower “girl” at age 72 years young. I know she will be remembered in so many great ways and will be missed immensely.

    April 20, 2021 , 06:33 PM

  • Janet Mills

    Sending our condolences to the entire Kurtz family on the loss of your mother and grandmother. She was a fierce and spirited woman whose light will continue to shine. May her memory be a blessing. Janet and Tony Mills

    April 20, 2021 , 06:00 PM

  • Harold Rosenbaum

    I am so sorry for your lost, Stuart. May her memory be a blessing during this period of mourning.

    April 20, 2021 , 02:25 AM

  • Reva and Steve Schuster

    Our condolences to you and the whole family. We are thinking of you all at this time of loss...of Ruth, a mother and grandmother and great grandmother. May her memory be a blessing and a comfort to you.

    April 19, 2021 , 08:16 PM

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