Obit -- Curtis

Katherine Curtis

Katherine (Katina) Curtis, age 80, of Effingham, formerly of Watson, passed away at 6:27 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham, Illinois.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 at Watson United Methodist Church in Watson. There will be a one-hour viewing prior to the service. Jim Whitaker will be officiating. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at Watson United Methodist Church.

Memorials may be made to Watson United Methodist Church, American Cancer Society or the donor’s choice.

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Katina was born on September 20, 1937, in Yorkville, Ohio, the daughter of Thomas and Helen (Zumbandis) Marconis. She was an active member at the Watson United Methodist Church where she loved attending Tuesday Morning Bible Study. She was very creative and resilient. In her later years, even after losing most of her eyesight, she took great joy in crocheting hats and donating them to various organizations, schools, or anyone that needed them.

She is survived by her son, Michael Jacobs; three daughters, Mary Ann Holland, of Effingham; Michelle Arnold (husband Chuck), of Watson; and Teresa Curtis, of Madison, Wisconsin; one sister, Anna Sevigny, of Lancaster, Ohio; five grandchildren, Matthew Arnold (wife Kristy), of Effingham; Candace Wortman (husband Jesse), of Indianapolis, Indiana; Drue Van Meter (husband Bobby), of Parker, Colorado; Louis Koester ( wife Rachel), of St. Louis, Missouri; and Jennifer Holland, of Madison, Wisconsin; six great-grandchildren, Lyla and Liam Van Meter, Eva Koester, Avery Arnold, Risher and Rowen Wortman and two nieces, Cecile Audry and Toni Sater.

Katina was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Helen Marconis; brother-in-law, Leon Sevigny; and nieces, Helen Sevigny and Jeanne Hutchinson.