Roberta "Birdie" (Sloan) Kurten

1947 - 2021


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


Reynoldsville Ambulance Service
207 E. Main Street, Reynoldsville PA 15851
Tel: 1-814-653-8746

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Vickie Rafferty

March 25, 2021 8:06 PM

My "Aunt Birdie" was always quick to laugh and join in good fun, but I'm never in my lifetime going to forget the day I wrecked my car waving to her and "Uncle Brad"...she said I was the only person to ever go out of their way to wave to her...laughing as she said it...but only after she made sure I was okay. Will miss you, my dear. Heaven has surely gained an angel in Aunt Birdie. 

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