Artifacts in banner (left to right): Photo of Lydia (circa 1885), Card made by Lydia and her great-grandaughter Linda, Photo of Lydia (circa 1957), and Lydia's cookbook.
Lydia Mast Kurtz
Lydia Mast Kurtz (1870-1961) is our great grandmother on our mother’s side. She is a descendant of Jacob Mast and Nicholas Stoltzfus, early Amish immigrants. She lived all of her life near Morgantown, Pennsylvania. After her husband died in 1923, she kept her family of nine children together and managed their farm. We knew her for reading the entire Bible each year, having the song I Thank the LORD My Maker as her favorite, and disliking red clothing. Her parents were John M. (1829-1901) and Rebecca (Stoltzfus) (1830-1918) Mast.
Lydia Mast Kurtz Death Certificate Lydia Mast Kurtz died on April 6, 1961, at the age of 90 years, According to her death certificate, Great Grandma Lydia died from stomach cancer. At the time of her death she was living in a small apartment attached to her daughter Rebecca's house located on the hill going into Elverson on Route 23. She was predeceased by her husband, Jacob S. Kurtz, who died in 1923. Great Grandma is buried in Pine Grove Cemetery.