Leslie Ann (Hammer) Curtis

Leslie Ann (Hammer) Curtis, 62, entered into eternal rest Sunday, November 25, 2012. Born in Wilmington, Del., she was the daughter of Marjorie L. (Coplin) Hammer and the late John A Hammer, Jr. A loving wife and mother she was a woman dedicated to her family and education. She acquired her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from the D' Angelo School of Music at Mercyhurst College, Erie, Pa. as a young mother raising three daughters. She was a marketing representative for Continuing Education at Penn State University, The Behrend College and retired in the same capacity from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2009. She had resided in Erie, Pa. for 25 years and in Carbondale, Ill. for 15 years before moving to The Villages, Fla. in 2011. Leslie was currently the manager of the Cavani String Quartet of the Cleveland Institute of Music. As a talented flutist, her love of Chamber music led her to become a vibrant member in the Chamber Music Society in Carbondale, Ill. Leslie grew up sewing and quilting, loved playing golf and pickleball, and spent many hours reading. She was an excited new member of the dragon boat team. Leslie and Dan loved every summer spent at their family lake cottage in Chautauqua, N.Y. Leslie was a faithful member at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Erie, Pa., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Carbondale, Ill., and a new member at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Fruitland Park, Fla. This deep-seeded faith enabled her to be a two-time Breast Cancer survivor. She found her greatest joy in her husband, Dan, her loving daughters and nine grandchildren. She saw the beauty in everything: in nature, in people and in experiences and shared that love with those around her. She is survived by her husband of 43 years Daniel L. Curtis, her daughters, Stephanie L. Howell (Dan) of Erie, Pa., Jonelle S. Joyner (Jim) of Lakeville, Minn., Ann L. Thunell (Christopher) of St. Louis, Mo. her mother, Marjorie L. Hammer of Rockville, Md., her brother, Dr. John A. Hammer, III of Rockville, Md. and nine grandchildren: Hadley, Sam, Kaylee, Alyssa, Ryan, Ainsley, Moira, Cormac and Seamus. Services will be held on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 in Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 2201 Spring Lake Road, Fruitland Park at 2 p.m. Family will receive relatives and friends at a gathering to be held at the church from 12 Noon until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Louis Gateway to Hope Foundation at gthstl.org. Arrangements entrusted to the Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, The Villages. For on-line condolences visit www.hiers-baxley.com

Published in the Erie Times-News on Nov. 27, 2012