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Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 12:04 am

Remembering the lives they lived

It is our tradition to reserve our last issue of the year for remembering some of the Springfield-area people who have died in the past year.

Those we include here are people who have come to the attention of our writers, and others brought to IT by readers answering our call to memorialize their loved ones in these pages. This year, with some hesitation, we introduced a modest fee for the reader-submitted remembrances, and that seems to have been accepted, judging by the number of submissions.

These people were not all prominent or well known – although some were – but they were all prominent to their families and in the circles they inhabited. Each life has an important story. The lives chronicled here remind us that each one makes a contribution to the community fabric and each one will be missed.
Together these remembrances can represent all the hundreds who departed in 2017 having made Springfield a better place by the lives they lived.

–Fletcher Farrar, editor and publisher

JOHN PATRICK CLARKE
JOHN B. ANDERSON
THOMAS R. JONES, SR.
BARBARA DICKERMAN
JOHN PHILLIP SCHMIDT
M.T. VANN
JOHN MICHAEL BRILLHART
DANIEL R. BUCK, JR.
JOHN ALLEN LEWIN
MARY JEAN LINK
JOSEPH “PETE” MORRISON
DREXELLEN ARMSTRONG
SUMANTA MITRA
MARY SHAFFER
STAN ZIELINSKI
GEORGE KENNEY
CHRIS DURBIN
JIM FORSTALL
DICK GREGORY
LISA CANNON
CATHERINE L. STAAB
ALFREDA KATAUSKI
DAVID LEACH
JOSEPH KLAUZEN
WILLIAM PATRICK CANAVAN

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