Order Flowers now for guaranteed delivery before Judith 's visitation.
Judith Ann “Jude” Kurtz
Judith Ann “Jude” (Schramm) Kurtz, 66, of Danville, succumbed to a long, courageous battle with lung cancer on November 24th, 2021 at home surrounded by her devoted husband and loving daughters.
The daughter of the late Albert and Hedwig (Kowaleski) Schramm, Mt. Carmel, Jude was born at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville on January 21, 1955. During her formative years, she was very active. Participating in the Mt. Carmel High School Marching Band as an alto saxophone player, Jude traveled around the country performing at many concerts and events. Additionally, she took part in the High School Drama Club performing in plays; her most notable role being Ado Annie in Oklahoma. After graduation in 1973, Jude began her 30+ year career at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.
During her tenure at Geisinger, Jude worked as a front desk greeter, a phlebotomist and finally transitioned to the Information Technology (IT) department as an analyst. Continuing to transcend the ranks, Jude became part of the original team to learn the IT computer program, Epic, which introduced a new way for medical records to be created, filed and stored. An extremely hard-worker and passionate about her job, Jude served many different departments within Geisinger; earning her finalist rankings in the Miss Geisinger Pageant and an Employee of the Month accolade for her dedication. Following her departure at Geisinger, Jude transitioned into a freelance consultant and assisted in the constructing and implementation of Epic at multiple hospitals around the country.
While one might say work was her passion, her family was her world. Jude’s roles as wife, mother and grandmother were what she would say brought her the most happiness and joy. Fiercely loving, loyal and protective she created an environment that was warm and encouraging; embodying attributes of a true role model and friend. Instilling values of kindness, tradition and empathy to her girls was her life’s work while also ensuring there was lots of laughter and affection. Jude would be the first to admit her heart was the most content when “her chicks were home” and her house was full.
Jude took great pride in personal style and her home. Always impeccably dressed, she was an avid shopper and enjoyed the hunt for “great buys”. All who entered her home were welcomed with a smile and energetic greeting. She took pleasure in entertaining and was an incredible cook. Lingering aromas of her latest decadent delight from her worn-in, charred recipe book constantly filled the house. Despite her enjoyment of hosting, Jude was most satisfied by a quiet evening cuddled up next to her hubby, Gary with their laps full of dogs.
Although her schedule was over-flowing and she was fighting her own fight, Jude made it a weekly priority to give back. She went back to her first home, Geisinger and became a volunteer in the Oncology department. Coined “The Wig Lady” by many patients and staff, Jude worked alongside the American Cancer Society to provide wigs for those undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Buzzing around the treatment floor, she restocked snacks, handed out blankets and pillows, served drinks or simply sat by the patient's side to hold their hand and provide comfort. Jude quickly became a beloved fixture among the staff and patients alike.
Besides her momentous ability to give, what would draw you in the most was Jude’s infectious spirit. Her friendly and outgoing nature, selfless generosity and true compassion for others attracted her a vast network of friends, colleagues and acquaintances. She will be deeply missed, but will forever radiate her love within our hearts.
Jude is survived by her husband, Mr. Gary L. Kurtz, Danville; her daughters, Claudia and Natalie Paolinelli, of Brooklyn, NY; her step-children, Mr. Christopher Kurtz and wife, Maggie, of Sunbury and Mrs. Lisa Bingaman and husband, Chad, of Northumberland along with grandchildren, Nigel and Averie. Additionally, Jude is survived by her brother, Mr. Mark Schramm and wife, Mollie, of Venice, Florida and her two sisters, Mrs. Kathie Berard, of Burlington, Vermont and Mrs. Susan Barnes and husband, Don, of Goldvien, Virginia.
A celebration of Jude’s life will be held on Friday, December 3, 2021 at Roat-Kriner Funeral Home, Danville. A welcome gathering from 12:30-2PM will be followed by a Memorial Service officiated by the Reverend Karla Leiby from 2-3PM. All are welcome to join the family in a reception held at the Pine Barn Inn from 3-6PM.
The family would like to personally extend their gratitude to Rajiv Panikkar, MD and the entire Knapper Oncology staff for their consistent dedication, empathy and quality care throughout Jude’s cancer journey.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests memorial donations to the American Cancer Society or the ASPCA in Jude’s name.
So sad for your loss. Barbara Depkin Plews MCAHS. class 1973
Barbara Plews Dec 4 2021 6:43 PM
A candle was lit in memory of Judith Kurtz
Malcolm Holt & Colette Jones Dec 3 2021 7:50 AM
I'd like to first send my love and prayers to the Kurtz Family. My heart is broken for you, your family and friends. I had the pleasure of working with Jude while she was at NYC Health & Hospitals. She truly was a delightful person to work with. She had the best snacks! She and I connected during her time there since my uncle was also sick (before knowing of her prognosis). She always made it her duty to ask how I was doing and comforted me during my time of sorrow. She gave the best hugs. I will miss looking over my cubicle and seeing her jump, laugh and smile. I scared her often, haha! As we say in the Marines, Never Above You. Never Below You. Always by Your Side. Rest in Peace Jude.
Jose Guillermo Dec 2 2021 9:51 AM
Jude and I became close friends while working in NYC. We lived in the same apartment building, were cubicle mates and went to dinner together often. We laughed, hugged and supported each other through some tough times.
Covid hit and we had to move out of NYC to work from home. We missed seeing each other, and instead talked several times a week, sometimes troubleshooting an issue or just family updates.
I will never forget Jude's generous love and kind heart. She is truly a gift from God. I am missing her already.
Gary, and the girls - so very sorry for the loss of beautiful Jude. May the memories of her help you throughout the rest of your life.
Will see you soon.
MAC + Steve
MAC - Mary Ann Cavener Dec 2 2021 9:16 AM
I had the privilege of meeting Jude when I was going through chemo for 8 months at Knapper in 2018. She showed such compassion, always with her lovely smile and caring conversation, a true angel.
Celia Van Voorhis Dec 2 2021 8:36 AM
Claudia & Natalie, I'm sending you all love and light during this difficult time. Your mom was a fighter and an incredible woman and she raised you two ladies to be the same. It was a pleasure knowing her through you. May she her spirit guide you through your journey and let her light continue to shine.
Rachel Wilson Dec 1 2021 11:45 PM
Sympathy Gift courtesy of Michael Fegley. Group of 10 Memorial Trees Planted In Loving Memory of Judith Ann “Jude” Kurtz.
Michael Fegley Dec 1 2021 9:59 PM
A candle was lit in memory of Judith Kurtz
Valinda (Swaboski) Bowman Dec 1 2021 9:57 AM
So sorry for your loss. I remember Jude from the Mounties and all the good times and travels we shared marching together in perfect 'Mt. Carmel Mountie' harmony.
John Pivarnik Dec 1 2021 8:58 AM
I was so sorry to hear this sad news. My thoughts will be with you in this time of grief.
I can still remember the first time I met Jude in a meeting shortly after starting work at Geisinger. She had such a positive, can do attitude. I remember thinking, "If these are the type of people I will be working with, we will get so much done, and have so much fun." I was lucky to work with Jude on many projects. May the memories you have sustain you now, and forever.
Dave Yablonski Dec 1 2021 5:59 AM