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Edward Curran

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EDWARD L. 'JAY' CURRAN, 88 SOUTH BELOIT - Edward L. "Jay" Curran, 88, of South Beloit, IL, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, November 18, 2013, surrounded by his family. He was born January 13, 1925, in LaSalle, IL, the son of Leonard and Joanna (Vester) Curran. Jay moved to Chicago, IL in 1929, where he attended Visitation Catholic grade school and Englewood High School from which he graduated in 1943. He played football and baseball in high school. While in high school, he worked at Silvercup Bakery (various jobs), Palmer's Pharmacy (delivery boy and soda jerk) and Pennsylvania Railroad at nights. Jay was drafted into the Army in September of 1943. After completing basic training at Camp Wolters in Texas, he was sent to the European Theater in early 1944. He served with the 3rd Infantry Division, 119th Regiment, Company D, specializing in heavy weapons. Jay was wounded by enemy fire on August 21, 1944, for which he received the Purple Heart. He returned to his unit in November of 1944; where he went on to participate in the Battle of the Bulge. He finished his service in Magdeburg, Germany, being discharged in August 1945. Upon returning to the states, he went to work for two years for Railway Express unloading boxcars. Jay then decided to enroll at Northern Illinois State Teacher's College (now Northern Illinois University) in 1946. He majored in Social Studies with minors in Psychology and Industrial Arts. While at Northern, he worked at and managed Jimmie's Tea Room. Jay also spent a summer playing minor league baseball in Superior, WI. After graduating in June 1949 (the only one in his family to do so), he worked as a bookkeeper at Chesney Printers in DeKalb, IL, in addition to being a bartender at the local Moose Club. While at Northern, Jay met his future wife, Marie Sabinsky. They were married on December 8, 1951, in St. Mary's Church in DeKalb, IL. Jay and Marie moved to South Beloit where he had taken a job teaching at the high school. In addition to teaching Social Studies and Geography, he also coached football, basketball, track and served as athletic director. He received the teacher of the year award in 1974. He retired from teaching in 1990, after teaching three generations of South Beloit students. Jay enjoyed spending time with his family, all sporting events and was an avid Chicago sports fan. He was a longtime faithful member and lector of St. Peter Catholic Church. Jay was also a member of the South Beloit Public Library board and the South Beloit America Legion Holtz-Hirst Post #288. He was also honored with the key to the City of South Beloit. Survivors include his children, Mark (Lynn) Curran of Wauwatosa, WI, Mary Lynn (Jay) Ragar of Stronghurst, IL, and Kevin (Lori) Curran of Roscoe, IL; six grandchildren, Megan (Joe) Roszak, Mallory Curran, Matthew (Erin) Curran, Joshua (Sara) Ragar, Adam Curran and Ryan Curran; five great-grandchildren, Riley, Macie and Holden Curran, Jack and Catelyn Ragar. He was predeceased by his parents; wife, Marie; brother, James "Bud" Curran; sisters, Patricia Panateri, Cleo Bradley and Leona Flowers; brothers-in-law, Frank Sabinsky, Earle Bradley and Ernie Panateri. A special thank you to Helen Richards, Mike and Cindy Udell, the nurses in the Critical Care Unit at Beloit Memorial Hospital and the staff at Beloit Health & Rehabilitation Center The Rosary will be recited at 5 p.m. Friday, November 22, 2013, in the Daley Murphy Wisch & Associates Funeral Home and Crematorium, 2355 Cranston Road, Beloit, WI, followed by a visitation from 5:30 to 8 p.m. A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday, November 23, 2013, in St. Peter Catholic Church, 620 Blackhawk Blvd., South Beloit, IL, with Fr. Steven Sabo offering the Funeral Mass. Burial will be in Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens, South Beloit, IL. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the family to establish a scholarship fund at South Beloit High School in his name. Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Published in Rockford Register Star from Nov. 21 to Nov. 22, 2013
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Daley-Murphy-Wisch & Associates
2355 Cranston Rd Beloit, WI 53511
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