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The Telegram
  • Karen Frances Urtz

  • Karen Frances Urtz, 65, a longtime Ilion resident, passed away on Sunday, June 30, 2013, at St. Luke's Home, New Hartford.

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  • Karen Frances Urtz, 65, a longtime Ilion resident, passed away on Sunday, June 30, 2013, at St. Luke's Home, New Hartford.
    Karen was born on August 7, 1947, in Ilion, NY, the daughter of the late Vincent and Elizabeth (McCall) Urtz. Karen was raised in Ilion and graduated from De Sales High School, Utica, Class of 1965.  She received a Bachelor's Degree in Education from the College of St. Rose and a Master's Degree in Reading from SUNY Plattsburgh. For over twenty years, Karen taught school and was Vice-Principal at Holy Name Catholic School in Ausable Forks, NY. In 1995, she returned to Ilion and worked as a case manager at Mohawk Valley Nursing Home and later at Herkimer County Office for Aging. She retired in 2011.
    Karen is survived by her sister, Suzanne (Stephen) Getman, of Ilion; brothers, Ronald (Karen) Urtz, of Ilion, Kevin (Frances) Urtz, of Upland, CA, and Joseph Urtz, of Cohoes, NY. She is also survived by nieces and nephews, Katherine (Michael) Morris, Amy Getman, Elizabeth Getman, Jennifer (Chad) Polus, Christopher (Nikki) Getman, Nathaniel (Meghan) Getman, Michael (Kelly) Getman, Kevin (Marla) Getman, Jon Urtz, Jesse (Alexis) Urtz, Joseph (Stephanie) Urtz, Brian and Mark Urtz; 16 great-nieces and nephews; and many cousins and friends.
    She was predeceased by her parents and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
    The family extends deep appreciation to Manzurul Sikder, MD, and the wonderful staff at Slocum-Dickson Oncology, especially Cindy, Crystal, Darren, Patty and Sharon, and the wonderful staff on Clark North at St. Luke's Home. Thanks also to cousins, Pam Gydesen and Ann Cotter; friends, Sam and Mary Ellen Surace; and neighbors, Fred and Pete and Marianne Lee.
    Karen will be greatly missed. She is, and always will be, the heart and soul of our family.
    Family and friends may pay their respects on Sunday, July 7, 2013, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., Town of Frankfort, Ilion, NY (315) 894-8000. A Memorial Mass will be held on Monday, July 8, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. at Saints Anthony and Joseph Church, S. Main Street, Herkimer, officiated by Rev. Thomas Lawless, Pastor. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Frankfort.
    The family is being cared for by Harry J. Enea, Jr., Funeral Director.
    To add to Karen's online condolences, please visit www.eneafamily.com.
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