Suzanne Ash Kurtz departed this life on Wednesday, November 12, 2008. Born November 15, 1948 in Oxnard, California as Nora Suzanne Bishop and named after her two grandmothers. The daughter of Pat Bishop and Bert Kaulbach. Married to Edward Kurtz on July 10, 1989, Suzanne became the daughter in law of Thomas and Rebecca Kurtz. Suzanne and Eddie were blessed during their marriage with two sons, Andrew Jacob Kurtz and Samuel Adam Ash Kurtz, both still living at home. The love for her two sons and the desire to continue to be their mom is what kept Suzanne fighting so hard to continue her life as long as possible.
Suzanne had an enjoyable and interesting ride during her earthly adventure, including working as a lawyer practicing in both civil and criminal litigation. During that period of her life Suzanne managed to achieve 3 hole-in-ones playing her favorite weekend sport of golfing. Suzanne attended Tulsa, McClain High School. Suzanne then attended the University of Tulsa for both undergrad and law school, and for a small portion of her law schooling, she attended Oxford University in England. Before law school, Suzanne worked as a legal secretary and paralegal for Hall Estill. After law school, Suzanne was a member of Evans, Johnson, & Ash, and then Ash & Wilson. After practicing law for several years, Suzanne realized the joy and benefit she could bring into the world by performing adoptions, and created and operated two adoption agencies, Kalamazoo & Baby Too, and Appletree Adoptions. Many children are in loving homes where they are wanted, loved, and they will grow into productive and happy young men and women because of Suzanne’s efforts. Suzanne’s most recent years led her to want to spend more time at home with her sons and to help in their schooling, and she took a job as in-house counsel for A G Equipment Company, which gave her more time to work from home and be with the boys. She worked as in-house counsel for A G Equipment Company up until her death. Even then, she had to stay as busy as she was before, teaching a class called Teen Law to teenagers (she often said teaching teens was the profession she probably enjoyed most in life, next to being the mother of Adam and Andrew). After Suzanne was diagnosed with Leiomyosarcoma, she founded the LMSarcoma Direct Research Foundation, which is still successfully operating and is working to help find the cure for this unfortunate disease which took her life and the life of so many other wonderful people. There are still many fighting to survive this disease and you can help by visiting www.lmsdr.org and making a donation to help Research. Please send donations to the foundation in lieu of flowers to:
LMSarcoma Direct Research Foundation
Post Office Box 52697
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74152
You can also make a donation on
the Donation page.
A celebration of Suzanne’s life will be held, and for those who knew and cared for Suzanne, she would be proud to know you attended her celebration. Bring funny stories if you have them… and bring a hug to share with her family and friends. Suzanne knew how blessed she had been in this life. By her marriage to her husband, Ed Kurtz, she became one of the lucky people who received a bonus from the marriage in the form of 4 previously born children of Ed Kurtz, who would now become her children as well. Although Dana, Tommy, Jen and Lisa are all grown and not living in the home, Suzanne often stated what a wonderful gift she received in marrying Eddie and being blessed with these outstanding young men and women as part of her life and could even proudly tell the world she was their mom too. And through her wonderful grown children from this marriage, Suzanne became a grandmother. The last addition to the Kurtz family was Charles, who was adopted by the hearts of all the family members and who Suzanne calls her Marine son.
Thank you to Suzanne’s friends and family…. Ofira, Janet, Cathey, Grady, Molly and Philip, Joe, and on and on and on… it would take a full newspaper page to try and list all those stellar people in Suzanne’s life who were always there for her. She loved you all and often stated that you were the wind beneath her wings. There is no doubt that if love could have saved Suzanne, she would still be here today.
Her final request was:
Remember me with a smile….
we will Suzanne… we will … in loving memory.
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About Leiomyosarcoma Support & Direct Research Foundation This fund was created out of love, to help others win their battle with leiomyosarcoma by funding LMS specific research. Leiomyosarcoma Support & Direct Research Foundation (LMSDR) raises donations for Leiomyosarcoma research and patient support. We advocate directly with sarcoma researchers to study leiomyosaroma. We offer the largest moderated support group online for leiomysarcoma, where patients and loved ones get the latest LMS news and personal support. The LMSDR’s website offers local support groups, details of what we do, the research we have funded and many resources for the Leiomyosarcoma community. The LMSe Alerts is our monthly newsletter, offering more updated clinical trials, news and community events. The Leiomyosarcoma Lifeline is our new blog, featuring patient stories and our well-known Long Term Thriver stories.
We collaborate with researchers and other organization to reach our mission and vision of finding treatments that will work. We have created the Leiomyosarcoma Tissue Bank for researchers to study our disease, the Leiomyosarcoma Patient Registry to collect data, and ran successful blood collections for study. We have brought patients and loved ones together from all over the world for education and support at our Leiomyosarcoma patient conferences, in Denver, Colorado, San Francisco, California, New York City, New York, and Maui, Hawaii. Please stay in touch with our website for more upcoming events sponsored by Leiomyosarcoma Support & Direct Research Foundation.
Leiomyosarcoma Support & Direct Research is an all volunteer organization. We are proud to have the minimal amount of expenses as possible, to ensure your money goes directly to funding promising research for Leiomyosarcoma specifically. You can volunteer, put on fundraisers, promote LMS awareness and ask your employer for matched funds. Please consider helping us Work, not wish, for treatments that will work for us. We have been a 501(C) (3) since 2006 and a tax-free charity.