FREDERICKTOWN — Barbara Ann Kurtz, 55 of Fredericktown, passed away at her residence Jan. 31, 2019, surrounded by her family.

She was born Sept. 23, 1963, in Barnesville, to Robert and Doris (Cunningham) Hankey.

She spent her childhood years in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where she considered home. She had a passion for horses. As a teen, she rode hunter and jumper horses in the Maryland-Virginia show circuit. In 1982, she graduated from Gettysburg Area High School and married her high school sweetheart, Matthew Kurtz and moved to Mount Vernon to attend Mount Vernon Bible College.

Over the years, Barbara has been very involved in the community. She was a preschool teacher at Faith Lutheran Christian Preschool. She was a progressive and inclusive 4-H Adviser in the Dog and Horse programs. She cared and nurtured for many 4-H students. For many years, she taught Children’s Church and played flute, together with her family, in the worship band at Mount Vernon Foursquare Church. Along with her canine partner, Alli Collie, she offered a reading program at both Mount Vernon Public Library and Fredericktown Elementary School. They also visited local college de-stress events and were regular visitors at the Mount Vernon Developmental Center.

She taught basic dog obedience and beginner dog agility to dozens of people over the past 15 years. In the last year, she enjoyed playing her flute and piccolo in the Mount Vernon Community Band. If you had a chance to meet Barbara, you would remember her love and compassion for children and dogs.

Barbara is survived by her husband of 36 years, Matthew Kurtz; a daughter, Natalie (Brian) Sekavec of Mount Vernon; a son, Nicholas Kurtz of Newark; mother, Doris Hankey; grandchildren, Alessandra and Andreas; a sister, M. Kathleen (Randy) Sell of W.Va.; aunt, Marjorie Reedy, and an uncle, Richard Cunningham. She was loved greatly by many nieces, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Friends may call on Monday, Feb. 4, from 5-8 p.m. at Lasater Funeral Home, 11337 Upper Gilchrist Road in Mount Vernon, where funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Mound View Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Barbara’s memory to: Knox Community Foundation Scholarship Fund.

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