Leona Blanch Curell

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Leona Blanch Curell

  • Birth 23 Jun 1884
  • Death 9 Oct 1942
  • Burial Palestine, Crawford County, Illinois, USA
  • Plot Sec 1 Row 11
  • Memorial ID 108459355

Miss Leona Curell, for many years technician at the Ikemire Clinic and recognized as being highly skilled in her profession, died at the clinic at 4:45 o'clock Friday morning. The deceased, who was 58 years of age, was brought to the clinic here from St. Luke's Hospital in Chicago at her own request. Obviously she wished to spend her last inevitable days in the institution where she began her professional work and of which she was considered much a vital part by Dr. J.A. Ikemire, himself, as well as many patients she served.
Miss Curell was born June 23rd, 1884, in Crawford County west of Palestine, the daughter of Daniel and Rhoda Curell. As a girl she entered newspaper work, then took a business course in Champaign and in 1909 took employment in the office of Dr. Ikemire which was located over the old First National Bank. Her first work there was office work. In 1910 she took a laboratory course at the First Graduate Hospital in Chicago under the famous Dr. Zeit. This was followed with an E-Ray course at Wesleyan University.
Resuming her association with Dr. Ikemire she was technician in a new office where the clinic now stands and was often consulted by Dr. Ikemire in planning the clinic. The clinic was opened in 1927 with Miss Curell as technician and substantially as assistant superintendent.
Under Dr. W.R. Cubbins, of the St. Luke's staff in Chicago, who did much surgery here, Miss Curell became an expert anesthetician and to other hospital services added this assistance in surgery.
Ten years ago she was offered a position at the large Clinton Memorial Hospital at St. John's Mich. She was connected with that hospital when she suffered the illness which proved her last.
Miss Curell is survived by one sister and two brothers, Mrs. George Kinney, of Palestine, and Elmer Curell of Palestine and George Curell, of Terre Haute, Indiana. The funeral services was held at the First Methodist Church Sunday afternoon under the ministry of Rev. G.R., Goodman and Rev. Paul D. Ott. Burial at Oak Grove Cemetery.


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  • Created by: Cathy
  • Added: 14 Apr 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 108459355
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Leona Blanch Curell (23 Jun 1884–9 Oct 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 108459355, citing Oak Grove Cemetery, Palestine, Crawford County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Cathy (contributor 47100569) .