We are very sorry to learn recently of the passing of one of Fort St. Clair Kennel Club’s founding members, Virginia Adell Curtner, age 91, a breeder and exhibitor of champion Norwegian Elkhounds. News of Mrs. Curtner’s December 26, 2018 death came from a family member who reported that their mother was “very proud of the club” and often mentioned the great friends she’d had there.
Longtime member Cindy Benson, herself a founder of the club, mentioned that Mrs. Curtner had been a great mentor to her during the 80s and 90s. Cindy went on to say “She went out of her way to help folks that asked. I did many a weekend on the road with her, and and she was generous with her time and experience.”
Mrs. Curtner was living in Norwood at the time of her death, but spent much of her life in Middletown, Ohio where she was active with the Middletown Dog Training Club. She was born April 4, 1927, the daughter of Melville Stanhope Miller and Ruth Buchanan and was married to Raymond Curtner in 1950 in Piqua, OH. They enjoyed 48 years of marriage until Mr. Curtner’s death in 1998. She worked as a secretary at First United Methodist Church in Middletown. Survivors include her daughters, Peggy Buchanan O’Callan and Karen Becker (Mitch) and sons Robert (Debbie) and Kenneth (Jennifer) Curtner; one sister, Carol Moyer; seven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. At her request, there were no services as her body was donated to medical research per her wishes.