Dorothy Kurki

January 12, 1935 - August 16, 2010
Dorothy Kurki

Dorothy Jane Prachnaik Kurki passed peacefully from this earth on Monday August 16, 2010.

Dorothy was born January 12, 1935 in Jersey City, NJ and was raised in New Milford, NJ by her parents Joe and Kathleen. Dorothy attended Endicott Junior College which were magical years spent with very special college roommates, Rosemary, Naomi, and Barbara. She went on to graduate from Fairleigh Dickinson University and attended Thomas Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, eventually working at Merck, Sharp and Dome in their research department. While attending school in Philadelphia, she lived at Cole’s House and met her dear friend, Lee Martin and found the love of her life, Harry Martin Kurki. On a blind date, with a lucky toss of the coin Harry and Dorothy began an amazing journey together. Married on April 12, 1957, they spent the first 20 years of their life living in Pennsylvania, primarily Radnor, PA. Summering “down the shore” at Ocean City, NJ, these years north of the Mason Dixon line produced many special friendships and memories. Leaving their winter wear behind, they traveled I-95 in the blizzard of ’77 to Fort Lauderdale, FL where new adventures awaited. Dorothy worked in various professional positions and finally found her home at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale working in the Housing Department. Dorothy loved working with the young artists and professionals of tomorrow. Their energy and enthusiasm for life fueled her. With the passing of her soul mate Harry, Dorothy relocated to Wilmington, NC. She was blessed to make many new friends from The Newcomers Club and her “Gym Buddies.” These relationships sustained her and gave her great joy. A devoted Grandmom and loving mother, Dorothy delighted in the achievements of her children and grandchildren.

She will be sorely missed by her daughter, Allison Ward, and her husband Stuart and their children, Luke and J.J.; her son Peter Kurki, his wife, Mary and their children, Morgan and Jensen; and her grandson, Adam Budd.

With her passing, she is reunited with Harry and her daughter Lisa Budd.

Memorial service will be 11:00AM, Thursday, August 19, 2010 at Pine Valley United Methodist Church.

When you visit the beach on the north side of the Kure Beach Pier, stop for a moment and listen. You’ll hear her voice, she’ll make you laugh, and your life will be better for having encountered her.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401

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  • August 18, 2010
    MARY PISTEL says:
    Dorothy, One of the best friends around. I am one of the crazy "8" when I first moved her she was friendly and made me feel welcome we had the common moving from FLA to talke about. So much love to give and she gave her all she will be missed greatly.

  • August 18, 2010
    Sharon & Joe Hovanski says:
    Our deepest sympathy goes out to Peter, Mary and their family during this difficult time. May God's peace fill your hearts.

  • March 14, 2021
    Maureen Pratt Devlin says:
    I am reading a beautiful letter from your mother to my parents which I came across while engaged in a family history project. Your mother is the first cousin of my father, Paul Pratt (Prachniak). I have what I think are some nice pictures of your father before he was married and of his parents too. Your mother sounds like a wonderful person.