Bartz, Kathryn Mary, a 57 year resident of the South Bay, living in Manhattan Beach, passed away on Thursday, July 2, 2009. Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Kathryn was 86 when she passed on. Kathryn was the eldest of seven children born to Jerome and Marie Rieth. She graduated from Mt. Mercy Academy in 1941, moved to Los Angeles with her family in 1945, and married Arthur William Bartz in 1947. Kathryn was a member of American Martyrs Catholic Church. Kathryn was the mother of 12 children and was predeceased by her daughter, Kathy Mary Jr. She is survived by her 11 children, Bill Bartz, Richard Bartz, Kristine DeGonia, Tommy Bartz, Patrick Bartz, Mary Lloyd, Gerardette Beach, Susie Hardwick, Robert Bartz, Judy Ward, and Annette Louder. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and 3 sisters. Kathryn and Arthur William owned and operated a business, Taco Bueno for 5 years in Manhattan Beach. She continued to work and support her children retiring from Hughes Aircraft in 1985. During this time she strived to continue her education, and graduated from El Camino College in June 1982 at the age of 59. She worked as a pre-school teacher and cared for her grandchildren. Kathryn will be especially remembered for her quick wit and her perseverance to survive the obstacles of daily life. More than any of her accomplishments, she was a loving and proud mother dedicated to caring for her children and grandchildren. She will be loved and missed by those whose lives she touched. The Memorial Service will be held at Rice Mortuary in Torrance on Saturday July 11, 2009 at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Miracle Flights for Kids. Please use this website, www.LAfuneral.com to send the family messages, share memories, or to obtain directions to the services.

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  1. Cousins, In all the years that have passed since we were small children who played together and saw each other often, I have always remembered your mom, my Godmother, as a spectacular, loving, and caring women. I am so very sorry to hear of your loss and pray that God may grant you peace and strength. Please remember that as long as your mom remains in your heart, she will always be with you. Jerry

  2. To my cousins, I am sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. I wish I knew what to say, but I know she will always be in your heart and you will feel her love. Dorothy

  3. To my Nieces & Nephews, I was very sorry to hear about your Mom, even though she wasn’t in good health, I know it is very hard to lose someone you love. I world like to attend the memorial, but I am not well enough to make the trip there. My prayers are with you. Love, Aunt Betty

  4. We understand how difficult it is to begin to miss those special moments in time and those special hugs. Please know that our loved ones are waiting to share even more of them with us in a better place. We wish to extend our love and strength to all of Aunt Katie’s family and friends. Sincerely, Ed and Kris, Shane, Crystal, Shawn, Kyle and Cassie Rhoads.

  5. I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the entire Bartz family. I first met Kathy when she was babysitting for my kids now and again and I always enjoyed her company. I saw her more frequently when she came to Hughes Aircraft, and I believe I may have even brought her the job application and then giving her a ride to work on occasion after she was hired. I always admired Kathy’s strength and good humor and her devotion to her family. You so rarely ever get the chance to meet someone like her and it was absolutely my honor to have known her.

  6. Dear Sue,Randy,Courtney, & Ryan, Words cannot express how deeply saddened we are at the loss of your mom, mother in law (like a mom to you too Randy) and grandma. We just hope that soon all the sorrow will be replaced by all the wonderful memories you have of her. Birthday wishes to you, Ryan, and to your grandma. God Bless you you all. Love you all soooo much, Marty and Stephanie

  7. To All My Cousins, How proud you must be of your mother. What a wonderful influence she must have had on your lives. May her stregnth, courage and love be with you always. My prayer for all of you is to be blessed by her memories and strengthened by her love. Jeanne, Joel and family

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