Margaret W. Kurz

Teacher, Librarian

Margaret Williams Kurz, 74, an English, history and religion instructor who taught at St. John Baptist de la Salle parochial school in Chillum for more than 30 years until her retirement in 1997, died of cancer June 10 at the Washington Home hospice. She lived in Washington.

Mrs. Kurz began her career at St. John's in 1964 as a substitute fourth-grade teacher and was promoted to full time the following year. While she spent most of her career teaching students in the fourth through eighth grades, she also served as the school's librarian and social studies curriculum chairman.

From 1997 to 2003, she worked as a part-time librarian at Nativity Elementary School in Washington.

Mrs. Kurz was a native of Milwaukee and a history and English graduate of Marquette University. As a young woman, she worked as a "girl Friday" at a hosiery company in Milwaukee.

She moved to the Washington area with her husband, Donald J. Kurz, in the late 1950s and volunteered as a Girl Scout troop leader over the years.

In the 1960s and 1970s, she served as a precinct chairman of the Democratic Party in Chillum. Her interests included bridge and visiting Ocean City.

Her husband died in a car accident in 1960.

Survivors include two sons, Donald Kurz of Laurel and Michael Kurz of Elizabeth City, N.C.; and a granddaughter.