OBITUARY

Curtis William Dalaba

July 23, 1955September 25, 2020

Curtis William Dalaba of DeWitt, Michigan knew that you need just three things to be happy in this world: love of God and family, something to do, and hope for eternity. Curt loved with his whole heart – he loved God, his Word, and all of His people, his wife, Anneliese, and his children and grandchildren. In fact, his early devotion to God led him to the love of his life. As the new pastor at Anneliese’s church, frequent Sunday lunches with her family full of conversation and laughter were the start of their 33 years of marriage. Curt always made time for others and made sure they knew they were important to him, listening intently before providing his own words of wisdom without judgment. He was a man unafraid of showing emotion, gladly joining in laughter and tears. He loved welcoming others into his home and his heart.

Curt’s greatest accomplishment was pastoring an international church in East Lansing that embraced people from every culture, race and walk of life. Striving to reflect heaven on earth, Curt lived a life of obedience to God and faithfully served throughout his life. Beyond his calling to the church, Curt had a love of learning. Teaching himself sign-language and German, Curt became fluent in both. Whether reading, writing or traveling to new places, he enjoyed experiencing and learning about different cultures. He left his mark on all who knew him. A lover of poetry, doodling, and letter writing, Curt collected fountain pens and journals, often sharing them as gifts with others. Curt lived a life full of hope that his idea of heaven would one day become a reality. Curt desired that everyone in this life would be accepted with open arms. To this end, he dedicated himself to building a community where everyone is treated the same no matter their nationality, race or opinions. His devotion to God built the foundation for lasting friendships, loving relationships, and a nonjudgmental way of living that has provided a beautiful example for his family and friends who know that life will never be the same without him.

Born July 23, 1955 and departing this life on September 25, 2020, Curt was preceded in death by his grandparents, Stanley and Velma Lee, John Dalaba and Hester Dalaba Capwell. The love, support and guidance he gave will be remembered and cherished by his surviving family: his wife Anneliese Dalaba; children Amanda (Alireza) Ghanbarpour and Brendon (Kelsey) Dalaba; grandchildren Brayden, and Lukas Dalaba and Leila Ghanbarpour; parents, Oliver and Virginia Dalaba; and sister, Bonnie Dalaba Carter. A Memorial Service will be celebrated on Friday, October 2, 2020 at 12 pm at Mount Hope Church, 202 S. Creyts Rd., Lansing, MI. The Dalaba family will receive guests two hours prior at the church. Those desiring may make contributions to Assemblies of God World Missions, Memorial Fund Account # 891166(62), 1445 N. Boonville Ave., Springfield, MO 65802-1894. Online condolences at www.grdewitt.com.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, October 2, 2020

  • Memorial Service

    Friday, October 2, 2020

Memories

Curtis William Dalaba

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Bill Carter

October 15, 2020

Condolences to the family. Curt and I connected in Europe in 1980 and did a week of sight seeing through Austria, Liechtenstein, Germany & Switzerland. His fluent German made it a breeze! We had some fun times as two single guys in the ministry! My Oldest sister Karen Lovell worked with him in Children's church back in Warren Ohio during the 80's.

Doug Cluxton

October 15, 2020

Memories of Curt always bring a smile and feelings of gratitude for his life. He was a man of deep devotion to God, his family, and a multitude of friends. I was so sad to learn about his illness and passing. What a tremendous loss for his dear parents, his sister, Bonnie, for Anne and their entire family. Curt was an inspiration, a model of faith and one who reflected the love of God to all whom he met. His death is a deep loss and my heart goes out to all those who will miss him so much. Praying for God's comfort and peace to surround them.

Brian Cluxton

October 12, 2020

I'll always remember Pastor Curt fondly from our families' time together in Warren when I was growing up. He was such a great man and lit up a room with his enthusiasm, intelligence, and humor. Praying for the entire family

Tony and Betty Raffa

October 11, 2020

We will greatly miss our times together with Curt at our regional and national gatherings. He IS an outstanding man of God and a model of strength through meekness and humility. In other words, he was a model of Christ-like character and love. While our time together here is at an end, we rejoice in the knowledge that this is not goodbye- but "see you soon!"

We love you Anne and are praying for you and your family.

Randy Gilman

October 7, 2020

I enjoyed my talks with Pastor Curt because he listened with both ears, his eyes, and his heart. That meant a lot to me.

Emily Wolf

October 2, 2020

I will always remember Pastor Curt as my first shepherd. He was lead pastor at Greater Lansing First when I started attending. One great memory was when he baptized me. The tank's heater broke and the water was freezing. I still decided to get baptized, and I'll never forget about him joking like it was the Titanic and there were ice bergs floating by.

I also remember the missions banquets and how he would eat some crazy foods like a 100 year old egg! He was always warm and friendly. His love for both Jesus and people clearly shined as a light. I am so grateful to know him and and his beautiful family. May God give peace to his family that surpasses all understanding.

Love,
Emily.

Patricia smith

October 2, 2020

May God bless you and may His peace be always with you. I was bless to know Pastor Curt for a short time I attended the church
Where he was a pastor and thought he was very kind and caring. He will be greatly, missed
By so many people he touched lives including mine. I enjoyed our conversations. They were
So encouraging. Although, my heart will miss him. I know he is with the Lord more alive then ever. Be comforted and know you will see him again. Peace and Love and healing to you all.
May the Lord bless you and keep you always.
Lovingly,
Trish smith,

Dave and Irma Snyder

October 2, 2020

We weep with you today as we watched the beautiful memorial service for Curt. But praise God, joy comes in the morning! We share that blessed hope! Wonderful memories of Curt flood our minds and they are too numerous to put in one post. We admire his many years of faithful ministry to God and on a personal side are so grateful for his impact on the children of First Assembly of God, Warren, Ohio. Our son, Eric, loved Pastor Curt! I (Dave) do a lot of walking for exercise, and sing to myself while walking. Many a morning I find myself singing, “Thank You Lord for This Fine Day” thanks to Pastor Curt! We were blessed to serve with him and are blessed to call him friend! Love to all the Dalaba Family! Dave and Irma Snyder

Vickie Balding

October 2, 2020

CURT AND I BECAME FRIENDS WHILE ATTENDING CBC!! WHAT A BLESSING HE WAS TO MY LIFE!! WE SHARED FAMILY STORIES, PRAYER REQUESTS AND PUTTING ASIDE TIME EACH DAY TO PRAY WITH EACH OTHER!! MY LIFE WILL NEVER BE THE SAME ! YOU WILL BE GREATLY MISSED! HEAVENS GAIN!! UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN MY FRIEND!!!


Laura McLean

October 2, 2020

Dear Anne, Amanda, Brendon, Pastor Ollie and Virginia, & Bonnie. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Pastor Curt taught us both so much and were blessed to know and learn from him. A truly annointed and delightful man of God. May God hold you close to His loving heart & give you peace & strenght. It gives us peace knowing Pastor Curt is with His Lord & Savior. This is just the beginning for Curtis Dalaba. Well done good and faithful servant. God bless you all dear Dalaba family. Love, Steve & Laura McLean

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