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Obituary for Donna M. Kutz (Erbe)

We are all deeply saddened to share that DONNA MARIE ERBE KUTZ, 70, unexpectedly passed away on Monday, April 22, 2024. Born on November 16, 1953, Donna spent her formative years in Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey, before establishing her lifelong residence in Manasquan, NJ. She attended Saint Catherine’s Elementary school in Spring Lake and later graduated from Manasquan High School in 1971 where she met her loving and devoted husband, Douglas Raymond Kutz, from Manasquan. Together, they embarked on a journey filled with love, laughter, and shared dreams, most recently celebrating 52 years of marriage. Donna and Doug were blessed with three children, whose lives she enriched with unwavering love and guidance. She began her career at Mutual Aide Savings & Loan in Manasquan, Ocean Pointe Realtors in Sea Girt, countless years of volunteering her time on the Old Mill Elementary School PTA. Over the last 20 years she worked for Alexian Pate as their National Sales Manager where her passion and dedication were instrumental in the company’s success where colleagues became like a second family. Donna was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Manasquan where she also volunteered her time on the church counsel for many years. Donna was known for her generous heart, dedication to her family, and love of travel. Her love of travel started with yearly vacations to Cape May and camping adventures with her husband and children. Later in life she developed a passion for cruising where she traveled throughout Europe and visited many islands in the Caribbean where endless memories were made with loved ones by her side. Donna’s love of life extended to simple pleasures, such as watching sunsets, taking long walks on the beach, and collecting seashells. She had a special fondness for Christmas and family traditions. Her Christmas tree was one that will never be forgotten.

Donna is survived by her beloved husband, Douglas, her three children, Heather & husband Alan Furman, of Saint Johns, FL, their children Madison & Aubrey; Brynn & husband Frank Monteforte of Royal Palms Beach, FL, their children Alexandra & Max; Branden & wife Sarah Kutz of Brick, NJ, their children Avery & Tucker. She is predeceased by her parents, Edna & James Erbe and parent in-laws, Jane & Roy Kutz. She also leaves behind her loving siblings; Diane McKelvey & companion John Wise, Jimmy Erbe & wife Kathy (Bennie) Erbe, Debra Erbe & Kathleen Erbe. She is also survived by her nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends all of whom she cherished deeply. Her memory will live on in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know and love her.

Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation at Orender Family Home, 2643 Old Bridge Road in Manasquan on Friday, May 10, 2024, from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, with a service to start at 1:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, please donate funds to The Ashley Lauren Foundation - Hope and Help for Children with Cancer. Donation checks mailed to 617 Union Avenue, Building 3, Suite 27, Brielle, NJ 08730 or to send condolences to the family, please visit