Curlie Ann Engdahl
1925 - 2019
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Curlie Ann Engdahl

Born: December 8, 1925

Died: December 25, 2019

Curlie Ann (nee Flowers) Engdahl, 94, of Elmhurst, formerly of Villa Park, passed away peacefully December 25, 2019. She was born December 8, 1925, in Paris, TN.

Following training in Nashville she moved to San Bernardino, CA, to work in an aircraft factory. On a blind date she met Lt Robert E. Engdahl of Chicago in 1944. They married May 23, 1945, just before he left for Guam. Following the war, they lived in Chicago. Next was a relocation to Neenah, WI, in 1949, where their three children were born. In 1960 they moved to Villa Park, IL.

Curlie's passion was in making a home for her family and supporting their interests. She was a steadfast member of the Methodist Church in Paris, Neenah, and Elmhurst. She taught Sunday school and was active in the UMW.

Curlie was also very active in the Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Guild. She loved family visits, gardening, bike riding on the Prairie Path, traveling and camping in the north woods. In 1983 she and Bob embarked on an around the world voyage on their 38-foot sailing yacht which they completed on their 50th wedding anniversary.

Curlie and Bob lived at Monarch Landing in Naperville prior to moving to Park Place of Elmhurst in 2012. In her final years, she was in the company of life-enriching caregivers and a supportive community.

Curlie will long be remembered for her engaging smile and gracious manner. A devoted, loving wife, mother and grandmother, she is survived by her three children Cynthia Engdahl (Tony Sekera), Donald (Ruth) Engdahl, and Susan (Donald) Hornbostel; her grandchildren, Matthew Hornbostel and Eric Engdahl; sister-in-law Adrienne (Richard) Berna and numerous nieces and nephews. Curlie was preceded in death by her husband Robert in 2015; parents Mary D. (Fryer) and Walter Crawford Flowers; her sister Mary Belle Norwood; and brothers William Robert Flowers and Walter Crawford Flowers, Jr.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at First United Methodist Church of Elmhurst on Saturday, January 25, 2020. Visitation will be at 2:00 pm; service at 3 pm; reception at 4 pm. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Elmhurst, 232 S. York Road, Elmhurst, IL, 60126. Arrangements by Steuerle Funeral Home,, telephone 630-832-4161.

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Published in Suburban Life Publications on Jan. 17, 2020.
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February 4, 2020
Dear Sue and family:
I am so sorry to hear about your moms passing. She was a warm, friendly person. Our condolences to you and your family.

Kathy Thoma and family
Kathy Thoma
January 17, 2020
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
From the Staff of Steuerle Funeral Home, Ltd.
January 10, 2020
One of the most wonderful and gracious ladies I ever had the privilege of knowing! What a great laugh she had and she was a fabulous listener too. Loved her so much and all of you too. Wishing you great comfort at this difficult time.
Meg ODette
December 30, 2019
Don.. I remember your mom being wonderfully gracious and kind to perhaps the worst garage band in Villa Park, one that frequently practiced in her basement rec room.
Gary Warnimont
December 29, 2019
So sorry for your loss, Susan (Engdahl) Hornbostel and probably especially difficult for your children at this time of year. You and your family are in my prayers.
Gary Reschak
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