Jean Elizabeth Kurtenbach of rural Chatsworth, IL, passed away on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 12:25 PM at her home with her family by her side after a six year battle with a brain tumor.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 10:00 AM at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Chatsworth, with Father David Sabel officiating. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at the Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Chatsworth from 5:00 – 8:00 PM, with a rosary recited at 4:45 PM. Additional visitation will be held on Wednesday morning from 9:00 AM until the time of services at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Burial will be held at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Chatsworth. Memorials may be made in memory of Jean to Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute c/o Northwestern Memorial Foundation, 251 E. Huron St., Gaiter Pavilion 3-200, Chicago, IL 60611.
Jean was born on August 7, 1951 in Fairbury, IL a daughter of Andrew and Elizabeth (Fehr) Meister. She married Thomas Kurtenbach on August 4, 1973 in Chatsworth, IL.
She is survived by her husband: Thomas Kurtenbach of rural Chatsworth, IL; one son: Andrew Kurtenbach of Pontiac, IL; two daughters: Tammy (Matt) Miller of rural Campus, IL and Teresa (Luke Thoensen) Kurtenbach of Silvis, IL; three grandchildren: Hannah, Holden and Hayden Miller; four brothers: John (Nancy) Meister of Ashkum, IL, Martin (Margie) Meister of Fairbury, IL, Duane (Karen) Meister of Ashkum, IL and Leroy (Marsha) Meister of Fairbury, IL; seven sisters: Evelyn (Harold) Neukomm of Fairbury, IL, Helen Meister of Fairbury, IL, Mary (Dave) Gilman of Pontiac, IL, Bernice (Pete) Hinrich of Clifton, IL, Alice (Glenn) Saathoff of Ashkum, IL, Barb Meister of Homosassa, FL and Becky (Gary) Merkle of Ashkum, IL and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister in infancy.
Mrs. Kurtenbach was a hog and grain farmer with her husband for over 30 years. She was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Chatsworth, where she had been a member and former officer of the Alter and Rosary Society and had been in the choir. She was an avid volunteer. She was a loving and selfless daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother.
The family wishes to extend a thank you to OSF Hospice and her three caretakers: Ann Wegrzyn, Joan Marie Shepard and Sharon Huber for all they have done for Jean and our family throughout this journey.