Barbara Marguerite Curnow passed away peacefully August 17, 2016. She was born on November 19, 1933 in Ripley, MI to Ben and Elizabeth Jaehnig. She left the Upper Peninsula after marrying Clayton C. Curnow of Ely, MN. They lived several years in Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo, before moving to Holt, MI to raise their family.
Barb will be remembered as a devoted and loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was an active member and volunteer of the Holt United Methodist Church and worked for nearly 30 years for Holt Public Schools. Even after living in Holt, MI for over 50 years, she always remained a proud Yooper.
If you were blessed enough to be included in Barb’s close circle, you had a trusted confidant, a friend who was fiercely loyal, and a partner in crime – if you needed one. Barb loved playing cards, autumn road trips through the upper peninsula, a good joke told over a cup of coffee, penny slots, feeding and watching her back yard birds, listening to hymns, and every moment spent with her grandson.
Barb was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her son, Daniel C. Curnow; sisters, Ethel Ebert, Charlotte Gigowski, and Eleanor (Tootsie) Anderson; and brothers, Fred, and Irwin (Mort) Jaehnig. She is survived by daughter, Marjorie (Rafael) Davis; daughter-in-law, Lisabeth (Beiler) Curnow; grandson, Benjamin Curnow; sisters, Elizabeth Howells, and Mary Bray; sister-in-law, Bettie (Mort) Jaehnig; many nieces and nephews; and her beloved 17yr old cat, Shadow.
Barb never lost her keen sense of humor, the willingness to be helpful, or her grateful spirit as she journeyed through the stages of Alzheimer’s these past few years. A heart felt thank you to the staff of Grandhaven Living Center and Hometown Home Health and Hospice for helping Barb enjoy her last years with success and dignity.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Holt United Methodist Church in the name of Barbara Curnow.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at Holt United Methodist Church, 2321 N. Aurelius Rd., Holt.
God Speed Barb – We love you.