Donald Lawrence Curtis, 83, of Ellsworth, Mich., formerly of Shelby Township, died on Oct. 11, 2013, at Munson Medical Center surrounded by his loving family.
Don was born on June 21, 1930, in Detroit, Mich., to Helen and Lawrence Zielinski (Kerney). He graduated from Saint Anthony's High School in 1948 and went on to earn both a BS (1952) and a DDS (1956) from the University of Detroit. Donald then joined the United States Air Force and was stationed at Alconbury Air Force Base in England where he met his wife of 53 years, Joanne Elliott Curtis. They were married in 1960 in Royal Oak, Mich., and moved to Shelby Township, Michigan, where he raised four children and practiced dentistry for more than 30 years until his retirement in 1993. Don was a member of the Macomb Dental Society and the Michigan Dental Association. Once retired, Don and Joanne moved to Ellsworth, where they lived on the shore of Lake Michigan and enjoyed the sunsets for many years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Helen and Lawrence Zielinski; his sister, Betty Zielinsky Acierno; and his son, Thomas Curtis.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Charlevoix, Mich. The family welcomes all to visitation at the church beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, immediately preceding the Mass.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to either Webber Heart Center, c/o Munson Foundation, 210 Beaumont Place, Traverse City, MI 49684; or Petoskey Public Schools Athletic Department, c/o Petoskey Public Schools, Attn: Gary Hice, 1130 Howard St., Petoskey, MI 49770.
The Winchester Funeral Home in Charlevoix is handling the arrangements.