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Emily Siera Kurtz
  • Lincoln Developmental Center
    862 Crahen Ave NE
    Grand Rapids, MI 49525

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“Kathy and Len, my heart, thoughts and prayers are with you during the anniversary of Emily's passing. You are a blessing to many others, daisy ”
1 of 28 | Posted by: Daisy Haskamp - Rio Rancho, NM

“Dear Kathy, You did an amazing job with the gift that God lent you in Emily's life. I pray that you are finding peace and healing for her loss and...Read More »
2 of 28 | Posted by: Daisy Negron Haskamp - Rio Rancho, NM

“Kathy it has been so long since we lived next to each other on Spring. Your life turned a very different way after you moved. I got married and...Read More »
3 of 28 | Posted by: Kathie Kats-Martin - Grand Rapids, MI

“Dear Leonard and family, I read of the passing of your beautiful daughter and felt I needed to touch base, it has been a very long time since you...Read More »
4 of 28 | Posted by: Becky Lindeman - Arcadia, MI

“May Emily's family and friends find comfort with Jesus' words at John 5:28, 29. ”
5 of 28 | Posted by: Charles Schuttig - FL

“I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of a person who undoubtedly was part of the nucleus of the Kurtz family's' hearts and lives. I remember rejoicing...Read More »
6 of 28 | Posted by: Julie Wolf - Marquette, MI

“My sincere sympathy on the passing of your "beautiful" daughter and sister, Emily. Although I only met her a couple of times, she made a great...Read More »
7 of 28 | Posted by: Greta C. Heugel - Sparta, MI

“May you find comfort and peace in your loving memories and knowing that others care. Emily will forever live in your hearts. ”
8 of 28 | Posted by: Louise Miller - Rockford, MI

“I remember Emily as having such a sweet disposition and countenance about her. She will be missed. Our prayers are with all of you. Jim and Sue...Read More »
9 of 28 | Posted by: Susan McCorkle - Palmdale, CA

“Dear Leonard & Kathleen,Sorry to read about Emily. Its sad to see this happen to someone so young with so much to look forward to. The pictures...Read More »
10 of 28 | Posted by: Corey

“Think of your child, then, not as dead, but as living; not as a flower that has withered, but as one that is transplanted into others, and touched by...Read More »
11 of 28 | Posted by: Christine Cole - Rockford, MI

“Our beautiful "Princess Emmy" is now the "Princess of the Angels." I still think of her coming to St. Ann's Home when she was an infant and making...Read More »
12 of 28 | Posted by: Rita Totoraitis - Grand Rapids, MI

“The Divine M was such a sweet and gentle spirit, she brought love to everyone she met. One of the many things I will miss about Emily is watching...Read More »
13 of 28 | Posted by: Shelly Winney - Grand Rapids, MI

“Emo bo beemo, or Emily bean. What a joy and privledge to have known her and provid care for her. She made me laugh more times then I can count. I...Read More »
14 of 28 | Posted by: Beverly Bosserman - Caledonia, MI

“Dear Kathy, Len, and Anna, You three have shown us all how to love deeply, hope greatly, and care without regard to your own needs and wants. You...Read More »
15 of 28 | Posted by: Pat and Gary Papke - Grand Haven

“Kathy, Len and Anna~ Our hearts and prayers go out to you in your time of sorrow. It was always a pleasure to see Emily enjoying the outdoors in her...Read More »
16 of 28 | Posted by: Tamara and Mark Faccio, Hannah and Jack - MI

“Dear Kathy, I look forward to hearing from you. Enjoy your friends and family as they wrap you in God's love. He is there to comfort you. You have so...Read More »
17 of 28 | Posted by: Daisy Negron-Haskamp - Rio Rancho, NM

“Anna, You and your family are in my prayers. Love you!!! Mrs. Hodges. ”
18 of 28 | Posted by: Pamela Hodges - Rockford, MI

“Kathy, Len, Anna and Taryne know that you are in our prayers that the Lord's peace will comfort you through this difficult time. "Do not let your...Read More »
19 of 28 | Posted by: Reid and Daisy Haskamp - NM

“While I'm not sure if I met your daughter.....I'm sure I have seen her when I have been at the school. Please know our family will keep you in our...Read More »
20 of 28 | Posted by: Wendy S. Scholten - Belmont, MI

“Just like a mother is not supposed to have a favorite child, as a hospice volunteer, I should not have any favorites when it comes to those I help...Read More »
21 of 28 | Posted by: BJ Larson - Ada, MI

“Thinking of you and your family Len during this time. Our prayers are with you. ”
22 of 28 | Posted by: Hilary (Markham) and Brian Mckie - MI

“Emily will always have a place in my heart , i will remember her little whale calls and smiles love always september ”
23 of 28 | Posted by: september - grant, MI

“Dear Kathy, Len, Anna & Taryne, You are in my thoughts and prayers. I have memories of Emily from babyhood to LCD. It has been such a pleasure to...Read More »
24 of 28 | Posted by: Marti Delong

“Kathy, Len, & Anna, There really are no words to say at a time like this. Please take comfort in knowing that Emily's life was enriched daily by...Read More »
25 of 28 | Posted by: Diane Heemstra

“Dear Kurtz family, I was so sad to hear of Emily leaving us. She was a beautiful & happy student; such a pretty singing voice and a pretty smile....Read More »
26 of 28 | Posted by: Heidi Baweja - Holland, MI

“Emily, thank you for always reminding us the pleasure of the simple things in life: walking with our dog, watching passing cars, listening to kids...Read More »
27 of 28 | Posted by: Sampson family

“Emily was such a happy girl and I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to have her in my classroom this year. Thank you, Kurtz Family, for...Read More »
28 of 28 | Posted by: Pam Seymour - Wyoming, MI

KURTZ – Emily Siera Kurtz, age 15, of Belmont, MI passed away on Tuesday, September 17, 2013.

Emily was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Leonard R. Kurtz, James P. Toppe, and Paul H. Eggert.

There are no words to describe the impact Emily had in all the lives she has touched.

She will always be loved and deeply missed by her parents, Leonard and Kathleen; sisters, Anna Kurtz and Taryne Haskamp; brother-in-law, Adrian Haskamp; grandmothers, Bernice Kurtz and Jeannine Eggert; aunts and uncles, Coleen and Jim Fralick, Michelle and Steve Zaworski, Mike Toppe, Patti and Keith Christopherson; cousins, Kris Toppe, Alena, Eric, Rachel, Faith Christopherson, Noah Toppe; nephews, Anthony and Alexander Haskamp; and many additional family members and friends; her faithful Hospice volunteers, and dedicated teachers and staff at Lincoln Developmental Center, (and all beloved pets).

Funeral Services will be held at 1 pm on Friday, September 20 at the Stegenga Funeral Chapel, 1601 Post Dr, Belmont.

Emily's family will greet relatives and friends two hours prior to the service at the Funeral Chapel.

Interment in Plainfield Township Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan or Lincoln Developmental Center.

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Plainfield Township Cemetery

Belmont, MI 49306