IllinoisTimes - Remembering http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-103-1-remembering.html Sat, 20 Sep 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 The premier downstate political strategist - KEITH LARKIN TAYLOR Sept. 10, 1948-July 10, 2013 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13273-the-premier-downstate-political-strategist.html The premier downstate political strategist - KEITH LARKIN TAYLOR Sept. 10, 1948-July 10, 2013
A host of prominent Illinois politicos attended the July 16 memorial service for Keith Taylor. Among them were Attorney General Lisa Madigan, former Attorney General Neil Hartigan, former Senate Presi...]]>
A genius in science, art and humor - DR. DAVID SPURGEON SUMNER Feb. 20, 1933-Nov. 24, 2013 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13274-a-genius-in-science-art-and-humor.html A genius in science, art and humor - DR. DAVID SPURGEON SUMNER Feb. 20, 1933-Nov. 24, 2013
 A beautiful Parisian streetscape, a sailboat race on the North Carolina coast, and a peaceful snowfall on frozen Lake Springfield: Those picturesque scenes and many more were the subjects of Dav...]]>
His knowledge took his class to places they’d never been - KENNETH ROBERT FOLKS Dec. 25, 1951-June 5, 2013 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13275-his-knowledge-took-his-class-to-places-they%25E2%2580%2599d-never-been.html His knowledge took his class to places they’d never been - KENNETH ROBERT FOLKS Dec. 25, 1951-June 5, 2013
Ken Folks is missed by me, his coworker, and all the lives he touched in his classroom at Land of Lincoln Goodwill Industries. He was the kind of guy that you only had to meet once, and from then on y...]]>
She kept us all connected - NORMA JEAN THOMPSON April 24, 1934-March 7, 2013 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13276-she-kept-us-all-connected.html She kept us all connected - NORMA JEAN THOMPSON April 24, 1934-March 7, 2013
Spending a lifetime as a devoted wife, mother and grandmother is a small snapshot into why my mom is special to me. We shared a special bond. I would start thinking of her and the phone would ring and...]]>
A sense of place - CARL VOLKMANN Oct. 23, 1933-Oct. 11, 2013 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13277-a-sense-of-place.html A sense of place - CARL VOLKMANN Oct. 23, 1933-Oct. 11, 2013
Carl Volkmann died Oct. 11 after a 15-year struggle with cancer. In October 2012, he received an Alumni Award from his alma mater, Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. Here is an excerpt from the citati...]]>
She was a volunteer from the word go - ELSIEJANE “NING” O’KEEFE Feb. 18, 1922-Aug. 4, 2013 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13278-she-was-a-volunteer-from-the-word-go.html She was a volunteer from the word go - ELSIEJANE “NING” O’KEEFE Feb. 18, 1922-Aug. 4, 2013
“I’m a better person because my life touched Ning’s,” said Elizabeth Kloppenburg of her dear friend, Elsiejane “Ning” Staley O’Keefe, who died Aug. 4.It is a sentiment echoed by many in ...]]>
The Stone that grew seeds and a company - ANDREW RICHARD STONE, SR. June 1, 1958-Jan. 24, 2013 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13279-the-stone-that-grew-seeds-and-a-company.html The Stone that grew seeds and a company - ANDREW RICHARD STONE, SR. June 1, 1958-Jan. 24, 2013
Andy Stone spent his life working and living on and for the family farm, but he was not your stereotypical tractor-driving, cap-wearing farmer. Not content to rest on the well-established laurels of t...]]>
A life of simple distinction - HENRY KRUG III Nov. 3, 1950-Oct. 24, 2013 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13280-a-life-of-simple-distinction.html A life of simple distinction - HENRY KRUG III Nov. 3, 1950-Oct. 24, 2013
Henry Krug III was unique in many ways, but the most remarkable thing about him was the number of lives he touched while living, by his own choice, the simplest life he could. Born to a modest family,...]]>
‘It’s OK. Everything will be all right.’ - MARK ALEXANDER MACDONALD May 21, 1963-May 28, 2013 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13281-%25E2%2580%2598it%25E2%2580%2599s-ok-everything-will-be-all-right%25E2%2580%2599.html ‘It’s OK. Everything will be all right.’ - MARK ALEXANDER MACDONALD May 21, 1963-May 28, 2013
“isn’t easy being a man / all those lines we paint / to the endless amusement / of those who live between them” – from Mark’s poem “Lines”Mark visited Illinois the year the Mississippi f...]]>
Bill Shea was the man to see - WILLIAM C. SHEA Dec. 30, 1921-Dec. 14, 2013 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13282-bill-shea-was-the-man-to-see.html Bill Shea was the man to see - WILLIAM C. SHEA Dec. 30, 1921-Dec. 14, 2013
Remember when the Nazis tried to take over the world? Mr. Shea was one of many who answered the call to prevent that from becoming a reality, as part of the D-day invasion. Remember when you needed ga...]]>
She simply walked out and did what had to be done - ANN ELIZABETH SEFCIK WOOLSEY July, 28, 1928-Nov. 30, 2013 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13283-she-simply-walked-out-and-did-what-had-to-be-done.html She simply walked out and did what had to be done - ANN ELIZABETH SEFCIK WOOLSEY July, 28, 1928-Nov. 30, 2013
 Ann rushed in where others feared to tread, whether it was leaving the comfort of the familiar for places unknown, or climbing a fence to rescue Bounce, the pug, from a stamping, snorting bull. ...]]>
A kind and caring sidekick - JEFFREY HOFMANN June 24, 1952-April 17, 2013 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13284-a-kind-and-caring-sidekick.html A kind and caring sidekick - 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...]]>
A pioneer of sustainability - RICHARD ROGER “DICK” MORSE Feb. 24, 1944-May 28, 2013 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13285-a-pioneer-of-sustainability.html A pioneer of sustainability - 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...]]>
She fought like a girl but lost - VIVIAN EDNA MCGINNIS Jun 26, 1959 – Aug. 7, 2013 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13286-she-fought-like-a-girl-but-lost.html She fought like a girl but lost - 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...]]>
As war escalated in Liberia, life became increasingly difficult - TECUMSAY JUMO ROBERTS, SR. Nov. 26, 1923-May 6, 2013 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13287-as-war-escalated-in-liberia-life-became-increasingly-difficult.html As war escalated in Liberia, life became increasingly difficult - TECUMSAY JUMO ROBERTS, SR. Nov. 26, 1923-May 6, 2013
Sisters Gifty Smith and Yarvo Roberts say their childhood home in Liberia was so full of familiar faces that they didn’t know which people were actual relatives. “Those in need came to our house a...]]>
‘I’m down but I’m not out!’ - CECILE MARIE WOODSON-WHEATLEY May 22, 1935-May 26, 2013 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13288-%25E2%2580%2598i%25E2%2580%2599m-down-but-i%25E2%2580%2599m-not-out_%25E2%2580%2599.html ‘I’m down but I’m not out!’ - CECILE MARIE WOODSON-WHEATLEY May 22, 1935-May 26, 2013
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...]]>
The Pied Piper of kids - RILEY GRAHAM SEVERNS Nov. 3, 1997-Aug. 10, 2013 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13289-the-pied-piper-of-kids.html The Pied Piper of kids - 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...]]>
A law-and-order woman - GRACE ELEANOR MURDOCK Aug. 16, 1918-March 14, 2013 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13290-a-law-and-order-woman.html A law-and-order woman - 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...]]>
Remembering the lives they lived http://illinoistimes.com/article-13313-remembering-the-lives-they-lived.html Remembering the lives they lived
 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...]]>
End of a newspaper era - DAVID C. COPLEY Jan. 31, 1952-Nov. 20, 2012 http://illinoistimes.com/article-10858-end-of-a-newspaper-era.html End of a newspaper era - 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...]]>
A second chance ends - SHARY ELIZABETH ALWARDT March 4, 1989-Nov. 16, 2012 http://illinoistimes.com/article-10859-a-second-chance-ends.html A second chance ends - SHARY ELIZABETH ALWARDT March 4, 1989-Nov. 16, 2012
Shary Elizabeth Alwardt never gave up.She was born with a hole in her heart, which was bad enough. She also had pulmonary hypertension, a rare condition in which arteries that carry blood to the lungs...]]>
BECKY AUSTWICK - Dec. 18, 1964 – Sept. 17, 2012 http://illinoistimes.com/article-10860-becky-austwick.html BECKY AUSTWICK - Dec. 18, 1964 – Sept. 17, 2012
Remembering Becky is an everyday thing. When someone made you laugh so much it hurt, you want to bring back that memory as much as possible. I heard of her passing and I had to wrap my brain around it...]]>
CAROL ANN WITHERBEE CRAY - Jan. 26, 1956 – Aug. 26, 2012 http://illinoistimes.com/article-10861-carol-ann-witherbee-cray.html CAROL ANN WITHERBEE CRAY - Jan. 26, 1956 – Aug. 26, 2012
My mama, Carol Ann Witherbee Cray, was a beautiful, strong and caring soul. The smile on her face could light up the darkest of rooms. Her life had many obstacles along the way; she however never let ...]]>
YVONNE LOUISE SALAY-TYSON - Mar. 8, 1989 – Nov. 3, 2012 http://illinoistimes.com/article-10862-yvonne-louise-salay-tyson.html YVONNE LOUISE SALAY-TYSON - Mar. 8, 1989 – Nov. 3, 2012
“When I met Yvonne it wasn’t long after my father (had) passed away and I was very depressed … Yvonne taught me how to love instead of hate. She was so free-spirited … it was...]]>
JEREDEAN STYERS - June 6, 1954 – Sept. 7, 2012 http://illinoistimes.com/article-10863-jeredean-styers.html JEREDEAN STYERS - June 6, 1954 – Sept. 7, 2012
What makes my grandmother special to me is the unconditional love she shared with me and our family. By this, she will never be forgotten. My grandmother was a woman you could never get by with disres...]]>
A tireless advocate of education as the key to success - DR. GORDON A. SMITH May 8, 1933 – July 26, 2012 http://illinoistimes.com/article-10864-a-tireless-advocate-of-education-as-the-key-to-success.html A tireless advocate of education as the key to success - DR. GORDON A. SMITH May 8, 1933 – July 26, 2012
I can do all this through him who gives me strength (Philippians 4:13).And through his faith in Christ, Gordon Smith did much. He lived a long, full life. His achievements were many, as were the lives...]]>
MARGARET E. VANGEISON http://illinoistimes.com/article-10865-margaret-e-vangeison.html MARGARET E. VANGEISON
I am honoring my grandmother, Margaret E. VanGeison from Pawnee, who was born on Sept. 30, 1913, and passed away on Oct. 17, 2012. Margaret was 99 years young when she left this earth to be with her h...]]>
CATHERINE BIERBAUM-CALWELL - Nov. 6, 1919 – Nov. 26, 2012 http://illinoistimes.com/article-10866-catherine-bierbaum-calwell.html CATHERINE BIERBAUM-CALWELL - Nov. 6, 1919 – Nov. 26, 2012
Aunt Catherine was born on Nov. 6, 1919. She was not a famous poet, actress, singer, dancer or celebrity. She was our Aunt.She married Thomas Calwell in 1949. He preceded her in death in 2007. They ha...]]>
The cycle of life - GROVER E. EVERETT Nov. 3, 1941-Nov. 15, 2012 http://illinoistimes.com/article-10867-the-cycle-of-life.html The cycle of life - GROVER E. EVERETT Nov. 3, 1941-Nov. 15, 2012
Grover Everett had at least one James Bond moment.It came at a Lincoln air show in 1988, while Everett was still in his skydiving phase. He was second in line, jumping right after someone who was goin...]]>
She made many friends, and her friends became friends with each other - NANCY LEE GANGULI March 1, 1944 – June 22, 2012 http://illinoistimes.com/article-10868-she-made-many-friends-and-her-friends-became-friends-with-each-other.html She made many friends, and her friends became friends with each other - NANCY LEE GANGULI March 1, 1944 – June 22, 2012
“Thanks for my walk upon the dust and stone / of this earth, to have fought for air, light and beauty / of my imperfect but so precious world.”Nancy Ganguli’s words and adoration tou...]]>