Roberta “Birdie” Kurten

Roberta “Birdie” Kurten, 74, Reynoldsville, passed away March 24, 2021, at Highland View Health Care.

She was born March 6, 1947, in Reynoldsville, daughter of the late William & Martina (Sloan) Leiberton. On August 6, 1966, she married her high school sweet heart Richard “Brad” Kurten, Sr. Together they celebrated 55 years of marriage.

Birdie graduated in 1965 from Reynoldsville-Sykesville High School. She was a homemaker and known as “Aunt Birdie” to lots of kids in her community. She is one of the original members of the Reynoldsville Home Coming Committee.

In addition to her husband, Birdie also leaves behind a daughter, Robin (Tom) Olewnick, Penfield; her angel & granddaughter, Madison Olewnick, Penfield; a sister, Carol Ishman, Reynoldsville; and several nieces and nephews.

She was a member of the Rosary & Alter Society at St. Marys Catholic Church in Reynoldsville and a foster mother with Catholic Charities for several years. Birdie was also a Girl Scout Leader.

Birdie was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Richard Kurten, Jr.; two sisters, Ellen Strouse & Rita Leiberton and a brother, William Leiberton.

There will be no public visitation. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Family suggests donations to Reynoldsville Ambulance Service, 207 E Main St, Reynoldsville, PA, 15851. Online condolences can be made at

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