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Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 12:00 am

LISA “LU” CANNON: Aug. 18, 1984 - Nov. 24, 2017

 Ryan Cannon met his future wife, Lisa, through an online dating site. “That was about three or four months before her cancer resurfaced,” he said.Nicknamed “Lisa Lu” (short for her maide...
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 12:00 am

CATHERINE L. STAAB: Nov. 20, 1925 - May 21, 2017

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 Catherine Staab had just seven nieces and nephews, but if you included the people who called her “Aunt Catherine,” that number would have been in the triple digits. She never knew a stranger...
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 12:00 am

ALFREDA “FREDA” “ALLIE” KATAUSKI: Oct. 25, 1925 - April 15, 2017

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 She was a ray of sunshine whose sparkling eyes never met a stranger. My mom, Alfreda “Freda” “Allie” Katauski – a timeless beauty with a heart of gold and passion for fun.Growing up in...
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 12:00 am

JOSEPH RAYMOND KLAUZER: Oct. 27, 1952 - April 24, 2017

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 On April 24, 2017, Springfield lost one of its greatest treasures, Joseph Raymond Klauzer. In 64 years of life, he touched many hearts. If you knew Joe, you were blessed with an amazing friendsh...
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 12:00 am

DAVID LEACH: Oct. 1, 1952 - April 18, 2017

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 With a shock of red hair, a full white beard and the body of a Weeble, children would often call Dave Leach “Santa Claus.” He was jolly and filled with joy. You would always walk away from D...
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 12:00 am

WILLIAM PATRICK CANAVAN: Sept. 25, 1919 - Jan. 8, 2017

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 I met Uncle Bill in the summer of 1962 when I was 3½ years old. My parents, older sister and I had made the trip from Springfield to Uncle Bill and Aunt Nan’s home in Connecticut. When we arr...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 01:24 pm

SCOTT CHARLES WILLIAMS June 16, 1955 – Nov. 5, 2016

Scott Williams’ fingerprints are all over homes in Springfield. He helped family and friends. He finished basements, moved drains, changed garbage disposals, built smokers, added ductwork and unclog...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 12:28 am

DONALD E. BAILEY March 6, 1936-Nov. 9, 2016

While a high school student in Petersburg, Don Bailey performed in Forever This Land at Kelso Hollow Theatre (now Theatre in the Park in New Salem) and directed the junior class play at Petersburg’s...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 12:27 am

DENNIS LEE “DENNY” POLK June 17, 1955 – May 29, 2016

 When Denny Polk passed away of acute myeloid leukemia this past spring, he left behind a 30-year legacy in area real estate as well as an indelible impression on those who encountered him. By al...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 12:26 am

RAY “BEN” BENSON HAGER Oct. 12, 1961 – Jan. 10, 2016

 I wish you could have known him. But then again, perhaps you did … or perhaps he touched your life – or the life of someone you love – and you never knew it. For you see, Ben Hager was bor...

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