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Louise (Kirtz) Massey

Mrs. Louise (Kirtz) Massey
Mrs. Louise (Kirtz) Massey, 91, of Staunton, wife of the Rev. W. Albert Massey, died at 5:25 a.m. Sunday, February 14, 2010 at Brightview.

She was born January 31, 1919 in Augusta County, a daughter of the late Russell R. and Mary (Mowry) Kirtz.

She was a graduate of Mary Baldwin College and received her Master’s in Education from James Madison University.

Before retiring from teaching, Mrs. Massey taught locally at Shelbourne and Beverley Manor schools, and National Business College in Roanoke.  She also taught in Pennsylvania.

She was a member of Parkway Wesleyan Church.

In addition to her husband, family includes her children, Ronald and Anne Massey of Urbanna, Beverley (Massey) and Rev. Leland Collins of Winchester, and Ray and Kathy Massey of Dallas, Pennsylvania; three brothers and sisters-in-law, John R. and Beverly Kirtz, Paul W. and Dottie Kirtz, and Phillip and Billie Kirtz; four sisters, Glenna (Kirtz) and Charles Carroll, Hallie (Kirtz) and Dr. Melvin Dieter, Katherine Gilbert, and Rebecca Demasters; three grandchildren, Michelle Massey, Michael Massey, and Kristin Massey; and two sisters-in-law, Ruth and Reuben Jenkins, and Marie Malcomb. 

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Agnes Gunsalus, Jeanne Skorupski and Grace Puffenbarger.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 17, in Parkway Wesleyan Church by Pastor Barry Lawson.  A fellowship luncheon will be provided following the service.  Interment will be private.

Active pallbearers will be Rev. Doug Gunsalus, Rev. David Gilbert, Marvin Thorne, Jan Jones, Benjamin Jenkins Jr., and William Samuel Massey.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Henry Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Parkway Wesleyan Church, Building Fund, 1987 Springhill Road, Staunton, VA 24401, or to AMC Hospice of the Shenandoah, c/o Hospice House, 64 Sports Medicine Drive, Fishersville, VA 22932.

Condolences may be made online to the family at

posted 02.15.2010

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