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Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 02:56 am

DAVID C. COPLEY Jan. 31, 1952-Nov. 20, 2012

David Copley was last.He presided over Copley Press, one of the last large family-owned newspaper chains in America, and had no heirs. The company got its start in Illinois in 1905, when Ira Copley, h...
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 02:56 am

June 23, 1949 – Nov. 8, 2012

Cilla Sluga was a radical, a rebel, a rabble rouser, a revolutionary. She was also a daughter, mother, friend and lover. She died suddenly Nov. 8. She died much too young. There are still people with ...
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 02:56 am

April 19, 1944–Oct. 18, 2012

Mike was truly a wonderful and selfless man. No matter what challenges he was facing at any given time, he always had a warm smile, hearty laugh and a story to share with anyone who was near him. He w...
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 02:56 am

Feb. 22, 1918 – Aug. 7, 2012

I lost my grandmother, Edna May Garner, on Aug. 7, 2012. She was born on Feb. 22, 1918, and was 94 years old when she passed. My grandmother practically raised me, and was the lifeline of my Dad&rsquo...
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 02:56 am

Oct. 1, 1925 – Nov. 3, 2012

“What a wonderful life” is hopefully what my dad is saying up in heaven. He sure did his best to give his four children a wonderful life growing up and for that we are thankful this holida...
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 02:56 am

Dec. 16, 1948 – Aug. 22, 2012

Most of the people who knew Donna probably only knew one or two aspects of her multifaceted personality, or only met her in one of her several vocations.As a massage therapist (she was voted Spri...
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 02:56 am

ETHEL S. GINGOLD Nov. 23, 1918 – July 28, 2012

Few people go out of their way to fight someone else’s fight. Even fewer people devote their entire lives to that pursuit. Ethel Gingold of Springfield was one of those people. She died July 28,...
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 02:56 am

Nov. 8, 1930 – Feb. 2, 2012

My mother was born in Pinar Del Rio, Cuba, and came to the United States in her early teens. She immediately fell in love with America, and was determined to make a better life for herself here. She m...
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 02:54 am

Celebrating 22 loved ones lost in 2012

Each year when we put together our end-of-year obituary issue, I find myself wishing I had known these people, or known them better. I’d see Dr. Gordon Smith at community meetings, but never kne...
Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 05:30 pm

The true story of a Depression-era Christmas trip to a better life in Illinois

“It takes a worried man to sing a worried song,It takes a worried man to sing a worried song,It takes a worried man to sing a worried song.I’m worried now but I won’t be worried long...

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