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Agnes (Barta) Kurtenbach

Agnes (Barta) Kurtenbach

Agnes (Barta) Kurtenbach, 78, Rapid City, passed away on Thursday August 15, 2013 at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Agnes was born on January 24, 1935 in Forestburg, SD to John and Grace (Rogers) Barta and graduated from Artesian High School.

On April 24, 1957 she married Jim Kurtenbach, Sr. in Artesian. They lived in Mitchell where their three children were born, Jim (Luke) Jr., Raymond John and Mark.

In 1972 they moved to Iowa and then to Nebraska in 1974. In 1976 they settled in Rapid City, where she cleaned motel rooms so that she could be home with her boys after school. She loved her boys very much and was proud of them.

In 1984 she went to work at Rapid City Regional Hospital in the housekeeping department. She started working at Black Hills Regional Eye Institute in 1986 and worked there for over 15 years. They terminated housekeeping in Oct. 2001 and she began working for Dr. Wright, Cris Matthews and Dr. Slingsby. They were like a second family to her and she always said "she would be ever grateful for them taking her in, such wonderful people and a great place to work."

Agnes was a member of St. Therese Church and Women of the Moose.

She is survived by a son, Jim (Luke) and wife Patty of Rapid City; two grandchildren, Matthew and Megan Grace; three great grandchildren, Matthew, Taylor and Carson and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sons, Raymond John in 1963 and Mark in 1997, husband, Jim Sr. in 1986 due to a construction accident and her brother, Richard.

Visitation will be from 5pm to 7pm on Monday, August 19, 2013 at Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City with a rosary at 7pm.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 am on Tuesday, August 20th at St. Therese Catholic Church in Rapid City with Father Bill Zandri as Celebrant. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

Feel free to come dressed in casual attire as Agnes was a casual person.

An online guestbook is available to sign at