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Born: January 24, 1915

Death: August 14, 2014

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Rev. George Curtsinger

    January 24, 1915  -  August 14, 2014

Life Legacy

Father George Curtsinger, the oldest priest of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth, died peacefully on Wednesday, August 14, 2014.

Friends and family will gather for a vigil service at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17th, at Thompson's Harveson & Cole Funeral Home. The Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, August 18th, at St. Patrick Cathedral, Bishop Michael F. Olson, celebrant. Following the mass there will be a graveside service at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

The second of eight children, George Curtsinger was born on January 24, 1915 in Dallas, to Eugene C. and Josephine Bomba Curtsinger.

Fr. Curtsinger was ordained to the priesthood as a Discalced Carmelite on October 11, 1952, and incardinated into the Diocese of then Dallas/Fort Worth on December 22, 1959. He served in numerous parishes in Wichita Falls, Longview, Dallas, and McKinney before being named chaplain at St. Joseph Hospital in 1967. The beloved priest lived across from the hospital and Catholics flocked from all over the diocese to join him daily in celebrating the Eucharist. During that time, he helped originate St. Joseph's Hospice, now known as Community Hospice. He believed that these were the most wonderful years of his life. After the hospital closed in 1994, Fr. Curtsinger served as chaplain at St. Thomas More College until 2010.

A veritable renaissance man, Fr. Curtsinger was a gourmet cook, pianist, and most notably, a photographer, poet and writer. One such publication was a volume of poetry by St. John of the Cross, The Spiritual Catholic, illustrated with his own photographs taken in Spain, Portugal, Greece, California and Fort Worth.

Fr. Curtsinger is suvived by his sisters, Teresa Rossi and Mary Rose Wright; nieces and nephews; beloved caregiver, Chris Wallace; and longtime cherished friend, Renee Johnson.

Gifts in his memory may be made to: The Priests Care Fund of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth, 800 W. Loop 820 S., Fort Worth, Texas 76108.