July 11, 1922 ~ July 2, 2009
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.
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