Kurtz, Neal Joseph
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Neal Joseph Kurtz of Pawling, NY, died peacefully and surrounded by family on May 1, 2014 at Danbury Hospital. His beloved wife, Edna Irene (Currie) Kurtz passed away 4 ½ hours later.
He was born in NYC on January 28, 1929, a son of Edmund and Sarah (Fitzpatrick) Kurtz. He met his beloved wife, Edna, while they both worked at Lord & Taylor in NYC. They married on June 18, 1950 and their love affair never ended.
He joined the Navy at the age of 17 and then became a NYC Police Officer for 24 years serving at the 108 and 110 Precincts and the Latent Fingerprint Unit. He then was the Chauffeur for the President and Chairman of Phillip Brothers in NYC before his long deserved retirement. Most of all he was a loving father and husband.
Neal is survived by his loving daughter, Patricia Forger, of Bethel, CT and her husband, Jeffrey, who he always treated as his son. He is also survived by his sisters, Gertrude McCartney of the Bronx, NY and Dorothy Reyman of Sherman Oaks, CA. He also is survived by many loving nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Stanislaus Kurtz and Theodore Kurtz and sisters, Marie McAteer and Josephine Dechiaro.
He was a die-hard NY Yankees fan and he and his wife enjoyed watching the games and offering his coaching advice through the television.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations in his memory be made to the Maryknoll Society, PO Box 304, Maryknoll, NY 10545-0304.
Many thanks to The Village at Brookfield Common, Brookfield, CT, his second home, for the wonderful care and kindness.
The funeral will be held at St. John's Roman Catholic Church, 39 East Main Street, Pawling, New York at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 8. Burial will follow at Quaker Hill Cemetery, Pawing, NY.
The family will receive friends at Horn and Thomes, Inc. Funeral Home, 83 East Main Street, Pawling, NY on Wednesday, May 7 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Information may be found online at:hornandthomesfuneralhome.com.
Dad, I know you had to bring Mom home with you. I will always love you.
Published in News Times from May 5 to May 7, 2014