Mrs. Joan Curtis (1935 - 2019)

Be the first to share your memories or express your condolences in the Guest Book for Mrs. Joan Curtis.
Service Information
Barron Funeral Home
133 Wylie Street
Chester, SC
Memorial service
Saturday, Sep. 14, 2019
1:00 PM
Chester ARP Church
159 Wylie St
Chester, SC
View Map

Much beloved Joan Gail Ostedt Curtis, a.k.a. "Tweak," 84, passed away Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at her home, surrounded by family and love.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Chester ARP Church, 159 Wylie St., Chester, with Pastor Clint Davis officiating.
Born March 1, 1935, in Cicero, Ill., Joan was the daughter of the late Dorothy K. and Elmer Ostedt. She graduated from Morton High School and studied English and Home Economics at Valparaiso University. There she met a young Navy veteran recently returned from the Korean War, Robert (Bob) Eugene Curtis, during a fraternity prank, fell in love and married in 1955. As she raised her three children, Joan went back to school and graduated from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville with a major in education. She worked as an elementary and middle school teacher, often as a much sought after long-term substitute. During her career, she taught in Illinois, South Carolina and Florida public schools and volunteered as an ESL tutor. Joan's special gifts included the ability to make a house a home; the grace of being that one trusted relative or friend who could connect with everyone and follow-up with phone calls, cards and home baked goodies; her magical green thumb and lay-botanist expertise; and her infamous quilts that she tailored to each individual's favorite colors or personal designs. Her three most sacred places on this earth, no matter where she lived, were her church and faith community, her kitchen and her garden. To all, Joan was the rock and cornerstone of her family, known for her unbreakable belief that "it will all work out," and her customary concern after finishing one of her delicious meals, "Did you have enough to eat? Do you want a ham sandwich?"
Joan is survived by her brothers, Bob McKinley and wife Renee (at Spring Green, Wis.), Tom McKinley (at Los Angeles) and Jimmy McKinley and wife Judy (at Twin Lakes, Wis.); her husband, friend and partner of 64 years, Robert "Bob" Curtis (at Chester); two daughters, Cynthia (at Lancaster) and Susan (at Fort Lawn); son, John Curtis and wife Mary Ann Curtis (at Melbourne, Fla.); and grandchildren, Danielle Curtis (at Colorado Springs, Colo.), Sabrina Williams, husband Clark and baby great-grandson Jace (at Savannah, Ga.), Elizabeth Anderson (at Orlando, Fla.), Jacinto Pena Curtis (at Lancaster), Jose Amel Pena Curtis (at Fayetteville, N.C.) and Heather Eddy, husband Rob and sons Robby and Titus (at Oil City, Penn.).
She was preceded in death by brother, Kenneth McKinley (at Lyons, Ill.).
Memorial donations may be made to Chester ARP Church, P.O. Box 174, Chester, SC 29706.
Barron Funeral Home in Chester is serving the Curtis family. Online condolences may be made to the family at

Published in The News & Reporter on Sept. 11, 2019
bullet Teachers
Give others a chance to express condolences. Not right now.