Joyce passed away on Monday, August 12, 2013 after a short illness in San Francisco Kaiser Medical Center surrounded by family.
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She was born on Feb. 14, 1934 in Texas to Ina and Linzy Hudson and moved to Strathmore as a young girl. After graduation from Strathmore High School she married Robert Kurz, Sr. on Feb. 16, 1952. After Robert's 4 year stint in the Navy they settled in Strathmore to work for the family business, Kurz Trucking Service. In 1982 Joyce and Robert moved to the Bay area to start a second trucking company and worked together there until their retirement.
After retirement they enjoyed traveling in their RV full time for almost 10 years before settling in Santa Rosa, CA to be closer to family.
Joyce was a long standing member of the Porterville Emblem Club and was President in 1963-64.
She was preceeded in death by Robert in 2011 after 59 years of marriage. She is survived by her children Robert Kurz, Jr. of El Sobrante, Russ & Connie (Kurz) Berringer of Santa Rosa and grandchildren Rob & Samantha Kurz of Pinole, Shannon and Megan Kurz of El Sobrante as well as Doug Berringer and Caroline Pugh of Santa Rosa and Keith and Rebecca Berringer of Oakdale. Great grandchildren Cali and Skate Kurz were such a joy to her and she loved being with all her family and especially her dog Rosie.
A graveside service will be held to honor Joyce on Friday, September 20, 2013 at 11:00 at the Lindsay-Strathmore Public Cemetery with a celebration of life luncheon at the Porterville Elks Lodge to follow.
Donations can be made to the Crippled Children's Fund through the Porterville Elks Lodge, P.0. Box 808, Porterville, CA 93258.
Published in The Porterville Recorder on Aug. 29, 2013