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Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 12:01 am

JEFFREY HOFMANN June 24, 1952-April 17, 2013

Despite spending the better part of his working life as a radio personality, Jeff Hofmann wasn’t much for the limelight.A fight with cancer is never easy, but Hofmann did it with grace and wit. Didn...
Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 12:01 am

RICHARD ROGER “DICK” MORSE Feb. 24, 1944-May 28, 2013

Dick Morse of Springfield was “green” before it was even a thing.The influential architect helped create a community of environmentally conscious designers and participated in the renovation of nu...
Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 12:01 am

VIVIAN EDNA MCGINNIS Jun 26, 1959 – Aug. 7, 2013

She fought like a girl but lost. My beautiful daughter, Vivian Edna (Raridon) McGinnis, was born June 26, 1959 to Richard and Evelyn (Bumgardner) Raridon of Middletown. She went to school at Middletow...
Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 12:01 am


My mother was born in Vicksburg, Miss., but she had been a resident of Springfield since the age of 2. Most people old enough may remember her as the daughter of the Hay Homes Legend “Virgin Mary Ha...
Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 12:01 am

RILEY GRAHAM SEVERNS Nov. 3, 1997-Aug. 10, 2013

Beloved son of Richard and Dana Severns of Rochester, Riley Severns, from the moment he set foot on this earthly blue sphere on Nov. 3, 1997, until his departure for his heavenly palace on Aug. 10, 20...
Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 12:01 am

GRACE ELEANOR MURDOCK Aug. 16, 1918-March 14, 2013

Grace Murdock, you could say, was a real pistol.Upon her death at 94 last spring, Murdock’s son, Mitchell, found a .22-caliber gun in her nightstand at Concordia Village, where she lived the final d...
Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 12:01 am
 About the issueOur annual end-of-year obituary issue offers in-depth portraits and personal remembrances of just a few of the hundreds who have passed from the Springfield scene this year. There...
Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 12:01 am
 We lived in a frame house in Hickory Hollow during our younger years. We had many interesting experiences there, especially in the wintertime.Brother Jack and I woke up early on a dark and cold...
Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 12:01 am
Grand performances move HustleDeception, denial and blind ambition are at the core of David O. Russell’s American Hustle, a wildly ambitious, relentlessly engaging and darkly humorous tale that feat...


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