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Josephine Marie Curfman



     Josephine Marie Curfman, 88, of Keokuk, IA died Sunday, November 4, 2012 at the Montrose Health Care Center in Montrose, IA.

She was born on June 9, 1924 in Keokuk, IA the daughter of Clarence and Minnie Bell Green Clark.  She first married Delbert Stevenson in 1944 in Keokuk, IA.  On August 28, 1970 Josephine was united in marriage to Herb Curfman in Kahoka, MO.  He survives.

Other survivors include two daughters, Bonnie Webster and her husband Russell of Wyaconda, MO and Mary Jo Columbus and her husband Albert of Keokuk, two sons, Terry Stevenson and his wife Isabelle of Picayune, MS, and Jack Curfman and his wife Diane of Carthage, IL, twenty-one grandchildren and thirty-nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son, Michael Stevenson, her twin brother, Joseph Clark, three sisters, Pearl Clark, Mary Sowden and Dixie Holman, two brothers, George and Everett Clark.

She was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Keokuk.  She was also a charter member of TOPS.

Josephine had been employed at St. Joseph Hospital and Keokuk Area Hospital in Keokuk, for twenty-five years, retiring in 1986.

She enjoyed traveling, especially trips to Branson, MO.  She also enjoyed doing word search puzzles and taking walks.  She was famous for her snow cones and cotton candy and she and her husband Herb sold them at events in the community including the Keokuk Street Fair.  Josephine was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and cherished the time she spent with her family.

Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday at the Sand Cemetery in St. Francisville, MO with Reverend David Turner officiating.

There will be no visitation.

Memorials may be made to the Sand Cemetery.

The Vigen Memorial Home in Keokuk, IA is in charge of arrangements.

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