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Mary E. Curtiss

Mary passed away Sunday, October 15, 2017 at Borgess Medical Center.

The oldest of 11 children, she was born June 1, 1942 in Lobelville, Tennessee to Ernest “Paul” and Alma (Sisk) Mannon. Mary had worked at Parker Hannifin for over 25 years.

In her spare time she enjoyed playing bingo and going to the Gun Lake Casino and playing the slot machines and was always willing to share her winnings. Mary could never pass up a bargain and liked going to flea markets, garage sales and thrift stores looking for the best deal.

She enjoyed decorating for the holidays especially Christmas. Mary collected Disney, M&M and Coca Cola memorabilia along with snowbabies and country music records. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

On September 28, 1963 at the Otsego United Methodist Church she married Leonard Curtiss who survives. Also surviving are her sons, Randy (Carrie) Curtiss, Rick (Teressa) Curtiss, Cary (Nickie) Curtiss and Gary (Susie) Curtiss; grandchildren, Tyler (Rashelle), Jon (Chelsea), Haylie, Hanna, Holly, Devon and Jarred “turkey butt”; 3 sisters, Deb, Dovie and Paula and 4 brothers, Roy, Mike, Henry and Gary.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and brothers, George, Jim and Jack.

Friends may visit with Mary’s family from 4-8 P.M., Thursday, October 19, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where a funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Friday, October 20, 2017 with Celebrant, Bill Rose officiating.

Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego Township.

Contributions in memory of Mary may be made to American Legion Post #84.

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Mike Thomson

October 16, 2017 at 6:16 pm

Its been along time since I’ve seen you Randy, sorry to hear about your Mom.


Mike Thomson (Oswego, KS.)



October 16, 2017 at 7:35 pm

All My Love you were like a Mom to me I will miss you dearly

You and Leonard were so kind to my grandkids Mcdonalds will never be the same

love Julie


Carrie Curtiss

October 16, 2017 at 7:40 pm

I love you Mom! I sure am going to miss you.

Love , Carrieann


Jarred Curtiss

October 16, 2017 at 7:43 pm

I am going to miss you so much Gramma. I will take care of Boppa for you!

Your forever Turkeybutt


Nicole Knowlton John Barnhart

October 16, 2017 at 7:59 pm

I’m so sorry to read this Curtiss family, she was a kind lady!


Janis Rice

October 16, 2017 at 8:12 pm

Mary was a lovely lady and she will be missed by many. Peace to the family.


Lori Hare Pickett

October 16, 2017 at 8:13 pm

Sending my deepest sympathy to all of you. I’m so sorry for your family’s loss.


Sharon Enos

October 16, 2017 at 8:24 pm

Leonard, My mom and I are so sorry to hear about Mary’s passing. She was a very special and sweet friend to my mom. Remember the good times from years ago. Prayers and hugs are with you and your boys. Sharon and Phylllis


Jan Jameson

October 16, 2017 at 9:06 pm

Mary Curtiss was so very dear to me.,and I loved her dearly. We shared so many moments with each other,whether ar work,at Judys,at the fair,at the many stores around. I am honored to have had her in my life.,and I will miss her so very much.

My love and prayers for Lenny(he always let me call him that),and the kids and their families. I am always here for you,if just for a simple chat and beyond.

Rest in Heavenly Peace,Mary!


Brenda Hatten

October 16, 2017 at 9:18 pm

Randy Carrie Cary Nickie & Gary

Our hearts go out to all u such a beautiful woman that’ll b missed dearly. Know we’re here there or wherever for all you as we know your pain. Hugs & love

Joe & Brenda Hatten


Diane berhold Bob johnson

October 16, 2017 at 9:26 pm

She loved getting off work in her earlier year and Carolyn Boss and myself a few others at Olympia restraunt downtown and gathering at Carolyn house we all had a lot of good times but now when I think her is her deep fried turkey that Gary would make Susie loved having them over she’ll be missed prayers for the whole family


Bob Miles

October 16, 2017 at 9:37 pm

Curtiss family sorry to hear of your loss – my thoughts are with you


Shelby shumaker

October 16, 2017 at 9:58 pm

I will never forget the first time i met her! Loved her for the start! She was an amazing woman!! Prayers for your family. Love you all!


Kay Linn Miller Snyder

October 16, 2017 at 10:55 pm

Randy and family I sending my Deepest sympathies to you.

Mary was a special soul.

She was always so kind and always had a lending ear and great motherly advice. You are all in my Thoughts and prayers.



Victor Noppe

October 16, 2017 at 11:40 pm

Curtiss family I am deeply sorry for your loss, and have all of you in my thoughts and prayers. The world lost a very wonderful and bright light. Mary always had a way of making every thing around her seem much brighter. I will miss her with all my heart.


Nancy Videnieks

October 16, 2017 at 11:51 pm

Curtiss family my heart is with all of you. I will miss Mary with all my heart. She was my best friend. She always made the best of everything and always made any day seem special. Every outing always seem to be more fun when she was around. Leonard you will be in my thoughts and prayers.


Deb Lovett

October 17, 2017 at 6:10 am

So sorry for your loss.My thoughts and prayers are with you all.


DONNA Jones Vinson

October 17, 2017 at 11:41 am

I love you Mary always enjoyed being around you. Rest in peace cousin. Sorry i cant be there but your in my thoughts. Prayers for the family .


jeff hammann

October 17, 2017 at 4:27 pm

To All of Mary”s family = You are in my thoughts and prayers ,,i worked with her @ Parker,,, She Always made me laugh and “Usually’ had a quick smile 🙂 / when she didnt & I’d ask ‘whats wrong,,, just give her a minute Then She ‘d Let Me Know!!! i was ALWAYS Glad it WASNT ME she was upset @!!! i have always missed her since She retired!!! May she Rest in Peace


Pam Morse

October 17, 2017 at 6:19 pm

Randy and family, So sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom. May you find peace and love in the wonderful memories she has left you with.


Jackie Warnez

October 17, 2017 at 6:30 pm

My thoughts are with Randy and family. My condolences.


Cheryl (Oge) Knapp & Jim Folk

October 17, 2017 at 8:32 pm

Sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. Your memories will help see you through. Just remember to laugh at the things you know she would be amused by.


Joyce Van Atta

October 17, 2017 at 10:04 pm

Leonard & family,

So sorry to hear about Mary’s passing. I did not know she was ill. I am currently in New York and will not be able to attend the services. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Mary is one lady I shall never forget as she was always the friendly person to everyone and will be missed very much.


Julie Guthrie

October 18, 2017 at 12:09 pm

So sorry to hear about Mary’s passing. She was an amazing lady who always had a smile and story to share. I will pray for all of you for comfort.


William Welch

October 18, 2017 at 1:37 pm

Prayers for the Curtis’s family. She wil be missed. I was fortunate to see her and give her a hug last week when she was visiting my sister at the hospital. Shows how compassionate a woman she was. Truly remarkable lady. She will be missed but her memories will last for generations. We love you Mary and know you are an angel watching over the family. R.I.P. my friend….



October 18, 2017 at 1:59 pm

So sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. She will be missed. Always loved seeing her and you (Leonard) when you came in Goodwill when I used to work there. Always knew how to make me feel better when I was having a blah day. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


Richard & Brenda Lund

October 19, 2017 at 10:15 am

Sorry to hear of your loss Leonard. Mary always had a smile on her face.


Barry Broadhurst

October 19, 2017 at 9:12 pm

Always enjoyed the time spent when we were kids. Kinda sad we drifted apart throughout the years. Aunt Mary was always fun. I know all will miss her deeply. Say hi to Grandma and Grampa Curtiss for me.


Sam and Norma

October 19, 2017 at 9:22 pm

We will miss you Mary

We didn’t go to often to McDonalds on Sunday night, but I Know

everyone there will be missing you too.



October 20, 2017 at 11:27 am

So sorry for the loss of such a wonderful woman. Thoughts of Mary always make me smile. Her love for her grandchildren came pouring out of her with stories she would tell when we’d bump into each other in town. I still crave her spaghetti and corned beef & cabbage from Sunday dinners – so many years ago!

My thoughts & prayers go out to the Curtiss family.


Teressa ~ Big Momma

October 21, 2017 at 2:25 pm

Mary Lou ~ We love you deeply!!! We miss you so much already!! We will keep you living in our hearts through stories and prayer!! Love you tons!!! <3



October 22, 2017 at 10:19 pm

We so miss you!! <3

Love you Mary, always & forever!


Judy Shumaker

November 5, 2017 at 8:05 pm

Gary, I did not know your mother, and I only know you from the High School kitchen, but wanted you to know that my thoughts and sympathy are with you and your family on the loss of your mother. May your special memories help guide you through the coming weeks and months. Take care.



December 13, 2017 at 12:52 pm

I just heard of mary’s passing I’m so sorry for your loss leonard and family. She was always kind to me and made me smile all my years working at Goodwill and even after at meijer while I worked there.


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