Bill Kursinsky passed away peacefully on Monday, January 7, after a tragic fall from a ladder at his Phoenix home. He was born in 1940, the third of five sons, to Clifford and Dorothy (Moy) Kursinsky, on a farm in Palms, Michigan. Bill attended Hunt Rural Country School for his first three years and then attended St. Peter and Paul School in Ruth Michigan, where he graduated in 1958. He was very proud of his farm roots in Michigan.
In 1966, he entered the Army Security Agency and served for four years, often referring to those years as the best four years of his life, particularly the three years he spent in West Berlin. While serving in West Berlin, Bill met and married his wife, Gerri Segulia, who was from Butte, Montana. They would have celebrated 50 years of marriage in June. He loved to travel, and he and Gerri took many wonderful trips over the years. After the Army, he began a successful career in the commercial insurance industry that started in the Detroit area and during that same period, he earned his BA attending night school at the University of Detroit. He and Gerri migrated to Phoenix in 1976, where he continued his career in the commercial insurance industry.
Over the years Bill was a member of the Elks and the Knights of Columbus. Prior to his retirement in 2006, he began volunteering as a “Navigator” at the Phoenix International Airport which he enjoyed for 10 years. Bill joined Rotary International and continued to be very involved until his death. He was a very caring and devoted volunteer for Hospice of the Valley in Phoenix.
Bill was proud to have been a Big Brother to four young boys in the Big Brother Organization. He continued a friendship with his first “little brother” all of his life.
Bill is survived by his wife, Gerri of Sun Lakes, Arizona.
Funeral Mass and burial will be held in Butte, Montana this summer.