Barbara Marguerite Curnow

Holt, Michigan

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.

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Beth Coulson
August 18, 2016 at 8:19 pm

My dear Aunt, may God keep you safely in his embrace. You are loved and will be missed.

Beth Curnow
August 22, 2016 at 10:38 am

What a journey we had together. Who could have known when we first were introduced by your son, Daniel that Oct afternoon in 1983, how close we’d become or how our lives would be changed.
You are at peace now and for that I am grateful. We will always hold you close in our hearts and in our memories.

Ann (VOLZ) Parker
September 22, 2016 at 9:33 pm

Marjorie, I am so sorry to see your losses in 2016. I can’t even imagine. You’ll be in my thoughts & prayers, that God will ease your pain, like only He can! God loves you so much.


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