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Shirley L. (Kunselman) Ortz

September 1, 1931 ~ August 28, 2019 (age 87)

    Shirley L. Ortz, age 87, of South Bethlehem, passed away Wednesday afternoon, August 28, 2019 at her home, following an illness.

     Born September 1, 1931 in Distant, Armstrong County, she was a daughter of the late Paul and Pearl Bish Kunselman.

     She married Merle Ortz on August 28, 1948 and he preceded her in death on August 4, 1999.

     Shirley was a homemaker, attended the Distant Baptist Church and was a member of the Distant Homemakers.

     She enjoyed crocheting and used her talent to crochet hats for cancer patients

     Shirley loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

     Survivors include two daughters:  Carol Hannold of Fairmount City and Susan Lloyd and Thomas Chandler of New Bethlehem; two sons:  James Ortz of Templeton and Larry Ortz and his wife, Amy, of Fairmount City; 11 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren.

     Shirley is also survived by 4 brothers and a sister:  Edgar Kunselman and his wife, Dottie; Jack Kunselman and his wife, Edna; Donald Kunselman and his wife, Jane; Gary Kunselman and his wife, Bobbie and Alverda Shoemaker and a daughter-in-law, Louise Ortz.

     In addition to her parents and husband, Shirley was preceded in death by a son, Dennis Ortz; 4 sisters and a brother:  Esther, Maxine, Judy, Phyllis Jean and Paul.

     Family and friends will be received from 2-4 and 5-7 p.m. Friday, August 30, 2019 at the Rupert Funeral Home and Cremation Service chapel, 233 Penn Street, New Bethlehem.

     Funeral services will follow at 7 p.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Mike Shaffer officiating.

    Interment will take place in the Kellersburg Methodist Cemetery.

     Online condolences may be sent to Shirley’s family at

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