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Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 02:56 am

Jan. 3, 2004 – Oct. 10, 2011

On Oct. 10, 2011, Kealy Alexa Carlson was on her way to ballet class when she died in an automobile accident. She was seven years old.

Those of us who knew and cherished Kealy discovered a unique personality embedded in an otherwise typical little girl.

Typically, Kealy demonstrated only a grudging tolerance for fruit and an outright suspicion of the entire vegetable fam...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 02:56 am

April 25, 1963 – July 27, 2011

Greg and his family moved to Pleasant Plains about eight years ago. He is the father of six wonderful kids: Marissa, Caleb, Paige, Blake, Shaina and Colin Graham. He married Julie Jackson on July 25, 1987.

Greg was always a hard-working man, working many jobs. Before retiring due to his health he was an Illinois Supreme Court security officer. Greg had a great number of family and frien...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 02:56 am
Anthony had a smile that would light up any room and a heart as big as all outdoors. Anthony started work at McDonald’s on MacArthur before going to Lindsay’s. Then he pursued an associates degree in culinary arts, attending Lincoln Land Community College, then Joliet Junior College. He earned a bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant management from Western Illinois University...
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CHARLES HARTING PERCY Sept. 27, 1919 – Sept. 17, 2011

For followers of contemporary Illinois politics, the name Charles Percy needs some refreshing. In an earlier day he served as a Republican for three terms in the U. S. Senate (1967-1985) and established a record for independence that today would be admired – or feared. He died Sept. 17 in Washington at the age of 91.

As with most past or former elected officials, the pitched po...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 02:56 am

Feb. 13, 1926 – Sept. 23, 2011

A crowd of sleepy-eyed family members, friends and well-wishers waited anxiously at the Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in Springfield. They were not waiting for a rock star or even the President of the United States, but instead were waiting for the return of the Honor Flight to touch down. My father, Joseph F. Henderson, Jr., was a proud member of that flight. Our family could not have been more...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 02:56 am

Jan. 29, 1933 – May 22, 2011

Jerry Gladu was a national-caliber talent in the world of philanthropic development. He spearheaded the founding – and funding – of the St. Francis Foundation, the endowment for the 13 hospitals of Springfield-based Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS). During Jerry’s tenure at HSHS from 1985 to 1996, charitable giving grew from about $2 million to almost $50 million, and donors...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 02:56 am

ROBERT WALTER GOZA Oct. 23, 1930 – Nov. 12, 2011

It’s almost impossible to talk about the Springfield National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) without mentioning Robert Goza. He was a life member of the national organization and an active member of the local chapter for more than 50 years.

Perhaps his work and dedication to the NAACP is the result of Goza’s experience of being born and raised in ...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 02:56 am

AUBREY CAITLIN BARKER Jan. 17, 1985-Sept. 12, 2011

“Would you like a box?”

Aubrey Caitlin Barker would have appreciated how many folks said yes to doggie bags at a sold-out dinner at Lincoln Land Community College on Dec. 6 to raise money for a scholarship in her name.

Big portions were a hallmark of Caitie Girl’s, the restaurant founded by Barker that succeeded against all odds. Forget fancy sauces artfully...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 02:56 am

May 27, 1929 – April 19, 2011

We lost our mom, Florence Boner, unexpectedly April 19. She was 81, but still very active, volunteering all over town as usual. I had the job of emptying the house and going through all the papers that she and my dad collected for the last 50-some years.

Among the thousands of recipes, greeting cards, newspaper clippings and other papers that I discovered, I found much evidence of all ...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 02:54 am

Celebrating 19 loved ones lost in 2011

About the issue In this last edition of the year, Illinois Times celebrates the lives of just a few of the Springfield-area people who have died during the past year. By reading their stories, you c...

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