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Brian John Curtin
  • April 02, 1949
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  • October 14, 2017

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Brian J. Curtin, 68, of New Smyrna Beach FL. went to his eternal rest on October 14, 2017. Brian passed away after a brief fight against pancreatic cancer. He went peacefully at home with his beloved wife, Mary Jo, at his side. Brian was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend to many. Born on April 2, 1949 in Sioux City, IA, Brian was the first of seven children to Raymond and Maxine Curtin.  The family moved to Sioux Falls, SD where Brian grew up, graduating from O’Gorman High School.  Upon graduation he volunteered for the Navy, serving honorably in Vietnam as a Navy Medical Corpsman then in the Navy Reserves until his retirement from the Navy.  Upon returning from Vietnam, Brian attended the University of South Dakota where he received his Criminal Justice degree.  He worked for and retired from the South Dakota State Penitentiary in many roles including correctional officer, counselor, prison farm manager, and working with many programs relating to prisoner rehabilitation.  After moving to Minnesota, Brian continued his career in the correctional field and retired from the Washington County Jail in Stillwater, MN.  When he retired, he took up his last job driving elderly people to doctor appointments. He always said he “loved his little old ladies” Through mutual friends, Brian met his wife Mary Jo in Sioux Falls, SD.  They married on January 2, 1982.  They celebrated 35 years of marriage this past January.  They enjoyed their quiet Saturday mornings, cruises with friends, and going on adventures together.  They became the proud parents of their beautiful daughter, Melissa, on December 4, 1983.  The family moved in 1996 to Minnesota where Brian could indulge his love of hockey as a season ticket holder for the Minnesota Wild.  Brian enjoyed participating and watching many different sports. Over the years, Brian was a member of golfing and bowling leagues in Sioux Falls and then enjoyed bowling in New Smyrna Beach where he made many friends.  Brian will always be remembered by family and friends for as a gentle soul with his unfailing kindness and willingness to help anyone, anytime. Brian and Mary Jo moved to New Smyrna Beach in December 2014.  Brian loved living in Florida, calling New Smyrna Beach his paradise and stated that the last two years were the best years of his life. Brian is survived by his wife, Mary Jo and his daughter, Melissa of Vadnais Heights, MN. He is also survived by his sister, Linda Behrmann (John), Chattanooga, TN, Maureen Curtin, Sioux Falls, SD, Sharon Hoiland (Mark), Sioux Falls, SD and Paul Curtin (Juanita), Sioux Falls, SD.  Brian will be missed by all of his nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. Brian was preceded in death by his parents Raymond and Maxine Curtin, and his brothers, Rex and Bruce Curtin.

A memorial service will be 2:00 PM Friday, November 3 at St Odilia Catholic Church 3495 Victoria St N, Shoreview MN 56716. Visitation will begin at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Pancreatic Cancer Research, American Heart Association, or veteran service charities.  Thank you to special friends, Norm and Sue Silfkin and Lori Elder, who have provided great comfort and support to Mary Jo at this difficult

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In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Pancreatic Cancer Research, American Heart Association, or veteran service charities. 

Thank you to special friends, Norm and Sue Silfkin and Lori Elder, who have provided great comfort and support to Mary Jo at this difficult time.


Service

Location:
Sacred Heart Church

Date & Time:
October 24, 2017 at 11:00 AM


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  1. Jessica Swanson lit a candle:
    03 Nov 2017
    Lit since November 3, 2017 at 11:50:06 AM

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  4. Liz Woodsend says:
    30 Oct 2017
    Mary Jo, I saw Brian's obituary at FNB today, where I work, as I was out of town last week, and missed the Argus. I am so sorry for your loss, and so shocked to see this. I remember having fun with you guys at Woody's and my wedding; he was so fun loving. My sincere condolences; I know he will be sorely missed.
    Liz

  5. Alvin Meyer says:
    29 Oct 2017
    Dear Mary Jo - First, I am very sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I wondered where you and your family had moved to, but I didn't expect to find it out by reading the obituaries. Blessings to you.

  6. Alvin Meyer says:
    29 Oct 2017
    Dear Mary Jo - First, I am very sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I often wondered where you and Brian & family moved to, but I didn't expect to find out by reading the obituaries. Anyway, I am still in South Dakota. Blessings to you. Alvin Meyer.

  7. Deb Dede says:
    26 Oct 2017
    Mary Jo, Melissa and Curtin family....
    You are in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time. I have know Brian since I have known Maureen and as everyone knows that has been forever! If you are a friend of a Curtin you are a family member for sure. I feel blessed to have know Brian through the years as a great guy, husband, father and friend to many. He lives on with the Lord!!!!

  8. Deb Dede lit a candle:
    26 Oct 2017
    Lit since October 26, 2017 at 10:35:49 PM

  9. Ed Ligtenberg says:
    26 Oct 2017
    Mary Jo - Sorry to hear about the loss of Brian. Brian and I worked together for many years at the State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls. We had fun working together and could always count on Brian to get any job done right and professionally. You and your family have my sympathy. May the Lord bless and keep you during this difficult time.

  10. Pat & Mike Burke lit a candle:
    24 Oct 2017
    Lit since October 24, 2017 at 10:25:23 AM

  11. Gary Williams says:
    23 Oct 2017
    Mary Jo, Heard the sad news from Collen R. I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  12. Carmen & Wayne Rasche says:
    22 Oct 2017
    Mary Jo, to you and Melissa, we offer our heartfelt sympathy in hope that this will somehow comfort you and ease your sadness. We are so very sorry for your loss.

  13. Mary Ellen Herold says:
    21 Oct 2017
    So many great memories of a wonderful cuz. Brian, enjoy your heavenly reunion with all your loved ones who have gone before. Deepest sympathy to Mary Jo, Melissa, all the cousins, and everyone who knew and loved Brian. Love, Mary Ellen

  14. Val Larson and Harlan Hubers lit a candle:
    21 Oct 2017
    Lit since October 21, 2017 at 10:49:45 AM

  15. Donna Skiba says:
    20 Oct 2017
    So sorry for the loss of a great guy.. I knew him years ago thru the Kasten family. Brian was a very kind soul and could make anyone laugh. So sorry for your loss.

  16. Nancy Maloy-Sheets lit a candle:
    19 Oct 2017
    Lit since October 19, 2017 at 10:50:54 PM

  17. Jackie Doehling says:
    19 Oct 2017
    RIP Brian, I always enjoyed catching up with you at the Wild games. Have missed you and those great hugs so much and Mary Jo and Melissa I’m so sorry for your loss. Peace and prayers and strength for you through this time.

  18. Jackie Doehling lit a candle:
    19 Oct 2017
    Lit since October 19, 2017 at 10:41:20 PM

  19. Patrick Clark says:
    19 Oct 2017
    SO many good memories growing up as cousins! Although we didn’t get to know you or Melissa that well we knew right away that Brian had picked his soulmate when he picked you Mary Jo. May His grace comfort you and Melissa in this sad time.

  20. Juanita Binder says:
    19 Oct 2017
    His Journey's
    Just Begun

    Don't think of Him as gone away-
    His Journey's just begun,
    life holds so many facets--
    this earth is only one.
    Just think of him as resting
    from the sorrows and the tears
    in a place of warmth and comfort
    where there are no days and years.
    Think how he must be wishing
    that we could know today
    how nothing but our sadness
    can really pass away.
    And think of him as living
    in the hearts of those he touched---
    for nothing loved is ever lost
    And he was loved so much.

  21. Juanita says:
    19 Oct 2017
    Mary Jo & Melissa My heart goes out to you both. Brian was so loved
    and a very special person. It was my honor to know Brian. He will be so missed in our bowling leagues. He always had a smile,and I loved seeing that every week. Prayers are with you both.

  22. Cammy Winkler says:
    19 Oct 2017
    Mary Jo, Melissa, and extended family: my deepest sympathy to all of you in your loss of one of the nicest guys ever. Brian was so sweet and a fine edition to the Freking clan. Sending hugs and prayers.

  23. Cammy Winkler lit a candle:
    19 Oct 2017
    Lit since October 19, 2017 at 10:54:48 PM

  24. Diana Erlenbusch says:
    19 Oct 2017
    MaryJo, Melissa and all Brians family: RIP Brian, you are loved and will be missed. May God be with you all giving you comfort and peace! We have all lost a wonderful person! Love you MJ and Melissa!

  25. Diana Erlenbusch lit a candle:
    19 Oct 2017
    Lit since October 19, 2017 at 10:18:59 PM

  26. Answered Prayers Project Family says:
    19 Oct 2017
    Mary Jo,
    I have never met you or Brian but through Lori we have followed your journey and feel we know you. Out hearts hurt for you. Out prayers cover you.

  27. Missie Herriges-Davis says:
    19 Oct 2017
    In being a life-long close friend of my mother, Patricia Turco-McEntee, Brian is in many beautiful memories. What a wonderful human being! I am heartbroken.

  28. Nancy Glavan says:
    18 Oct 2017
    My heart is broken for my beloved friend, Linda, at the passing of her brother, Brian. My thoughts and prayers are also with Brian's wife, Mary Jo, and his daughter, Melissa. I spent many a happy time in the Curtin household when I was in high-school. I have fond memories of Brian escorting me to my first formal dance. I will miss knowing Brian is around and hearing about him and his family when I talk with Linda. I will continue to think of them often.

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    18 Oct 2017
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  34. Gene Majka says:
    17 Oct 2017
    Rest in peace fellow doc.

  35. Judy Kirkman says:
    17 Oct 2017
    Dear Mary Jo & Melissa,
    Please know how sorry and saddened I am by the passing of Brian. I have very fond memories made over the years when you lived in Sioux Falls & Vadnais Heights. You are in my thoughts and prayers now and in the days to come. May God comfort you and grant you peace. My sympathies to you and all the family. Love and hugs.
    Judy

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    17 Oct 2017
    Lit since October 17, 2017 at 10:57:15 PM

  37. Mary Marche says:
    17 Oct 2017
    Mary Jo, Melissa, and family you have lost a wonderful husband, father, brother and uncle. May you hold him forever in your heart. My prayers for you as you grieve and celebrate his life.

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    17 Oct 2017
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    17 Oct 2017
    Lit since October 17, 2017 at 10:13:28 PM

  41. Shirley Hast says:
    17 Oct 2017
    So sorry to hear about Brian. He was a good friend back in the day. My sympathy to his family.

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    17 Oct 2017
    Lit since October 17, 2017 at 10:55:04 PM

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  44. Lori Elder says:
    17 Oct 2017
    Brian will be sooo missed by so many people he touched. I'm so lucky to call him my dear friend from many years ago when we all hung out together in Sioux Falls. A quiet man who touched so many lives. My heart breaks but I know Brian is at peace. Much love and prayers to Mary Jo and Melissa. Love you lots, Lori

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    17 Oct 2017
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