Br. Carol (Ammon) Curfman, 78, of Hustontown, returned home to be with the Lord on Sunday August 1, 2021. She died after a vigorous battle with cancer for 15 months. Loving family and friends surrounded him when he passed away. As a youth, attending Lewisburg Church with her family, Carol connected with God very early in her life. During her cancer treatment, she came closer to God and shared her belief in him. For the past 40 years she has attended Fairview United Methodist Church.
Carol was born in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania on August 17, 1942. Her two teenage brothers predeceased her: A. Richard Ammon and Frederic C. Ammon; and father and mother, Keith Otto Ammon and Florence Kathryn Ammon. From his immediate family, his sister, Linda K. Ammon of Lancaster, PA, survives him.
On July 15, 1978, Carol married Todd’s Walter Lee Curfman. He survives Carol with their two children and two grandchildren – Keith WR Curfman and his wife Stacey (Berkstresser) Curfman and two grandchildren – Henry Grant and Holly Abigail – of Sterling, Virginia, and daughter Megan C. Curfman and her partner Lilah L. Taylor of Charles Town, West Virginia.
Carol is a graduate of Danville High School and Bloomsburg University. She also studied French abroad for a semester in France. She took various courses at other universities throughout her teaching career. She obtained teaching certificates in New York and Pennsylvania. Her teaching career began in northern Pennsylvania, continued in Jamestown, New York, and ended at Forbes Road in Waterfall, where she taught French and English from grade 7 to grade. Grade 12 and introduction to Spanish at the elementary level. Carol retired in 2007 after a 42-year teaching career in Pennsylvania and New York, including 30 years in the Forbes Road School District.
Carol loved to travel. She traveled extensively during her early years of teaching in Europe, the East, Africa and South America. Two trips on her to-do list were Australia and the Middle East, especially Israel. In the early 2000s, she and other teachers from IU 11 traveled to China to teach elementary school students. She collected trinkets and keepsakes from each of the places she visited and enjoyed displaying and sharing them with her students and others. She was known for her elaborate bulletin boards which used some of her collections to inspire students to learn.
Carol loved to teach and she loved her students. She made a real effort to expose the students to cultures that they otherwise would not have had. Through the French Club and fundraising, she has taken students on trips to Europe, Canada, Florida and Williamsburg, Virginia.
Carol dreamed of opening a one-room school museum. She collected old school desks and other objects from the one-room school period. This dream did not come true, but she lent some of her collectibles to be displayed as one.
Carol was a dedicated and loving mother and grandmother. In addition to traveling, his favorite activities were gardening and acquiring various collectibles. Later in her life, she focused on her relationships with people and her family and on reading her Bible and devotions. She will be missed but will join God in heaven.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday August 5 at Fairview United Methodist Church, 2246 North Hess Road, Harrisonville, with the Rev. Rebecca Cutchall and Marsha Bookhamer officiating. Interment will be private in the Center Cemetery, Waterfall. Friends can call at the MR Brown Funeral Home, 301 Pitt Street, Hustontown, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 4, and at the church one hour before the service on Thursday.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Fairview United Methodist Church, 2246 North Hess Road, Harrisonville, PA 17228.
Arrangements are under the direction of MR Brown Funeral Home, Hustontown.
Online condolences and further information can be obtained at www.mrbrownfh.com.