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PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- Laura Curless, 100, of Pittsfield, died Monday (Jan. 24, 2011) in the Eastside Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Pittsfield.

She was born the second of nine children Oct. 10, 1910, in Fall Creek to Arthur Perry and Bertha Helen Berger Hollenbeak. She married Donald O. Curless on Feb. 23, 1933, in Macomb. He died July 22, 2001.

Laura was a registered nurse at Blessing Hospital in Quincy and a dietician at Illini Hospital in Pittsfield. She was a nurse at Brown Shoe Co. in Pittsfield during World War II and in 1939 moved from Quincy to the farm in Pike County. She was a member of United Methodist Church of Pittsfield.

She graduated from Atwood, Kan., High School and the Blessing Hospital School of Nursing. She was a member of the Pittsfield Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Thursday Dance Club, charter member of the Old Orchard Country Club, and founded the student hot lunch programs in the local schools. She enjoyed playing in the Thursday Bridge Club and water skiing.

Survivors include two sons, Kent (Ginny) Curless of Pittsfield and Mike (Rose) Curless of Kimball, Neb.; two sisters, Betty (Dale) Killebrew of Pittsfield and Evelyn Jean of Kileen, Texas; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald, in 2001; four brothers; and two sisters.

SERVICES: 4 p.m. Thursday in the Niebur Funeral Home, Pittsfield, with the Rev. Tom Wilbur conducting. Burial of ashes will be at a later date in West Cemetery.

VISITATION: 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home.

MEMORIALS: United Methodist Church of Pittsfield, West Cemetery, or Blessing Hospice of Pike County.

ARRANGEMENTS: Niebur Funeral Home, Pittsfield; info@nieburfh.com.

Condolences may be expressed online at www.whig.com.

Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Jan. 26 to Jan. 28, 2011
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