IllinoisTimes - Remembering http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-103-1-remembering.html Mon, 22 Jan 18 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Citizen Clarke - JOHN PATRICK CLARKE: Oct. 29, 1930 - Dec. 9, 2017 http://illinoistimes.com/article-19502-citizen-clarke.html Citizen Clarke - JOHN PATRICK CLARKE: Oct. 29, 1930 - Dec. 9, 2017
 Jack Clarke reigned over the State Journal-Register when newspapers mattered.People believed what they read in newspapers when Clarke was publisher of the capital city’s daily paper. Newspaper...]]>
A decent, progressive Republican - JOHN B. ANDERSON: Feb. 15, 1922 - Dec. 3, 2017 http://illinoistimes.com/article-19503-a-decent-progressive-republican.html A decent, progressive Republican - JOHN B. ANDERSON: Feb. 15, 1922 - Dec. 3, 2017
 An old boss of mine died earlier this month. Former Representative John B. Anderson was really more political mentor than boss. I am glad and proud to say that.John B, as he was commonly known a...]]>
A champion of veterans - THOMAS R. JONES, SR.: Nov. 17, 1944 - Oct. 7, 2017 http://illinoistimes.com/article-19504-a-champion-of-veterans.html A champion of veterans - THOMAS R. JONES, SR.: Nov. 17, 1944 - Oct. 7, 2017
 Thomas R. Jones dedicated his life to serving his country and his fellow man. He spent eight years in the U.S. Navy, which included a 13-month tour of duty in Vietnam, followed by a long and dis...]]>
A lifetime of activism for social justice - BARBARA DICKERMAN: May 28, 1927 - March 7, 2017 http://illinoistimes.com/article-19505-a-lifetime-of-activism-for-social-justice.html A lifetime of activism for social justice - BARBARA DICKERMAN: May 28, 1927 - March 7, 2017
 Barbara Dickerman, known as “Babs” to most, had boundless energy and a vivacious personality. She was a crusader for social justice causes in Springfield. Whether it was fighting for fair an...]]>
The judge - JOHN PHILLIP SCHMIDT: Jan. 8, 1965 - Dec. 19, 2017 http://illinoistimes.com/article-19506-the-judge.html The judge - JOHN PHILLIP SCHMIDT: Jan. 8, 1965 - Dec. 19, 2017
 In courtroom wells, they called him judge, or your honor. In casual conversation, it was Schmidy, a man who rarely lost a case and never an election.John Schmidt grew up in Springfield, played c...]]>
His song lives on - JOHN MICHAEL BRILLHART: Nov. 11, 1972 - Nov. 6, 2017 http://illinoistimes.com/article-19507-his-song-lives-on.html His song lives on - JOHN MICHAEL BRILLHART: Nov. 11, 1972 - Nov. 6, 2017
 Two hundred words is not enough. The impact John had on the lives of those he touched during his short time here will always be remembered. He was a proud father of two wonderful daughters, a be...]]>
‘You’ve got a friend’ - M.T. VANN: July 28, 1961 - Dec. 31, 2016 http://illinoistimes.com/article-19508-%25E2%2580%2598you%25E2%2580%2599ve-got-a-friend%25E2%2580%2599.html ‘You’ve got a friend’ - M.T. VANN: July 28, 1961 - Dec. 31, 2016
Strictly on paper, no one should have given much of a rat about Mary Therese Vann.She was a recovering alcoholic and perpetually late. A person who flitted between jobs and businesses and appointments...]]>
‘I’ve gotta guy’ - M.T. VANN: July 28, 1961 - Dec. 31, 2016 http://illinoistimes.com/article-19509-%25E2%2580%2598i%25E2%2580%2599ve-gotta-guy%25E2%2580%2599.html ‘I’ve gotta guy’ - M.T. VANN: July 28, 1961 - Dec. 31, 2016
On New Year’s Eve 2016, I, along with many others, lost a dear friend, M.T. Vann. M.T. was born and raised in Springfield and was a part of so many aspects of this community. Over 800 people attende...]]>
Dapper Dan - DANIEL R. BUCK, JR.: Sept. 29, 1922 - Dec. 7, 2017 http://illinoistimes.com/article-19510-dapper-dan.html Dapper Dan - DANIEL R. BUCK, JR.: Sept. 29, 1922 - Dec. 7, 2017
 They called him Dan, Danny, Danny Boy, Dapper Dan, Mr. Dan and Mr. Buck, and all who knew him marveled at his resilience and the illumination he brought to nearly every conversation. Daniel R. B...]]>
First responder - JOHN ALLAN LEWIN: Dec. 13,1957 - Oct. 31, 2017 http://illinoistimes.com/article-19511-first-responder.html First responder - JOHN ALLAN LEWIN: Dec. 13,1957 - Oct. 31, 2017
 If you were to mention the name Al Lewin anywhere in the central Illinois emergency services community, there would be instant recognition. For many years, Al served the Illinois State Police, a...]]>
A song in her heart - MARY JEAN (BROWN) LINK: Jan. 14, 1927 - Aug. 24, 2017 http://illinoistimes.com/article-19512-a-song-in-her-heart.html A song in her heart - MARY JEAN (BROWN) LINK: Jan. 14, 1927 - Aug. 24, 2017
 Mary Link was born with a song in her heart to parents Fred C. and Myra Fern (Garrett) Brown, both of Springfield, an expression of joy she carried with her all of her 90 years. She was a pianis...]]>
Black gumbo - JOSEPH L. “PETE” MORRISON: Aug. 9, 1933 - Dec.5, 2017 http://illinoistimes.com/article-19513-black-gumbo.html Black gumbo - JOSEPH L. “PETE” MORRISON: Aug. 9, 1933 - Dec.5, 2017
 The day wasn’t perfect.There was wind, with high gusts forcing a 40-minute postponement. And Cambest’s feet weren’t in the best of condition. Can you take a quick lap with the water truck...]]>
He elevated the human side of medicine - SUMANTA MITRA: Aug. 3, 1938 - Nov. 27, 2017 http://illinoistimes.com/article-19514-he-elevated-the-human-side-of-medicine.html He elevated the human side of medicine - SUMANTA MITRA: Aug. 3, 1938 - Nov. 27, 2017
 Dr. Sumanta (Shuman) Mitra died as he had lived – peacefully. He died in his sleep next to his wife, Lynn. Thankfully, he did not suffer or struggle. His death was unexpected and its cause unc...]]>
She held many titles - DREXELLEN “DREX” (BEGGS) ARMSTRONG: Oct. 19, 1945 - Jan. 15, 2017 http://illinoistimes.com/article-19515-she-held-many-titles.html She held many titles - DREXELLEN “DREX” (BEGGS) ARMSTRONG: Oct. 19, 1945 - Jan. 15, 2017
 My mom had the biggest heart and was a phenomenal woman. Mom graduated from the U of I and received her master’s from SIUC. She was proud that three generations of women in her family had rece...]]>
Groundbreaking comedian, dedicated activist - RICHARD CLAXTON GREGORY: Oct. 12, 1932 - Aug. 19, 2017 http://illinoistimes.com/article-19516-groundbreaking-comedian-dedicated-activist.html Groundbreaking comedian, dedicated activist - RICHARD CLAXTON GREGORY: Oct. 12, 1932 - Aug. 19, 2017
 “The only good thing about the good old days is they’re gone.“– Dick GregoryDick Gregory, who passed away in August at the age of 84, had the rare gift of combining humor with social com...]]>
Crusader for higher ed, anti-racism, justice - JAMES FORSTALL: March 19, 1931 - March 3, 2017 http://illinoistimes.com/article-19517-crusader-for-higher-ed-anti-racism-justice.html Crusader for higher ed, anti-racism, justice - JAMES FORSTALL: March 19, 1931 - March 3, 2017
 Jim Forstall just had this twinkle in his eyes and a smile that drew one into him. Whether it was at a meeting of the Chamber’s Business Education Partnership discussing ways business and educ...]]>
Optimistic to a fault - LISA “LU” CANNON: Aug. 18, 1984 - Nov. 24, 2017 http://illinoistimes.com/article-19518-optimistic-to-a-fault.html Optimistic to a fault - 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...]]>
Everybody called her Aunt Catherine - CATHERINE L. STAAB: Nov. 20, 1925 - May 21, 2017 http://illinoistimes.com/article-19519-everybody-called-her-aunt-catherine.html Everybody called her Aunt Catherine - CATHERINE L. STAAB: Nov. 20, 1925 - May 21, 2017
 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...]]>
Spread love everywhere you go - ALFREDA “FREDA” “ALLIE” KATAUSKI: Oct. 25, 1925 - April 15, 2017 http://illinoistimes.com/article-19520-spread-love-everywhere-you-go.html Spread love everywhere you go - ALFREDA “FREDA” “ALLIE” KATAUSKI: Oct. 25, 1925 - April 15, 2017
 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...]]>
Straight up and real - JOSEPH RAYMOND KLAUZER: Oct. 27, 1952 - April 24, 2017 http://illinoistimes.com/article-19521-straight-up-and-real.html Straight up and real - JOSEPH RAYMOND KLAUZER: Oct. 27, 1952 - April 24, 2017
 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...]]>
In rock n’ roll heaven - DAVID LEACH: Oct. 1, 1952 - April 18, 2017 http://illinoistimes.com/article-19522-in-rock-n%25E2%2580%2599-roll-heaven.html In rock n’ roll heaven - DAVID LEACH: Oct. 1, 1952 - April 18, 2017
 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...]]>
A hero and a gentleman - WILLIAM PATRICK CANAVAN: Sept. 25, 1919 - Jan. 8, 2017 http://illinoistimes.com/article-19523-a-hero-and-a-gentleman.html A hero and a gentleman - WILLIAM PATRICK CANAVAN: Sept. 25, 1919 - Jan. 8, 2017
 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...]]>
Remembering the lives they lived http://illinoistimes.com/article-19529-remembering-the-lives-they-lived.html Remembering the lives they lived
It is our tradition to reserve our last issue of the year for remembering some of the Springfield-area people who have died in the past year.Those we include here are people who have come to the atten...]]>
Take things that come, and turn them around for good - MARY SHAFFER Nov. 11, 1949 - Dec. 8, 2017 http://illinoistimes.com/article-19530-take-things-that-come-and-turn-them-around-for-good.html Take things that come, and turn them around for good - MARY SHAFFER Nov. 11, 1949 - Dec. 8, 2017
 Mary passed away of ALS after battling it for just over two years. ALS is a debilitating disease that also took her sister, Linda, in 2015. Mary knew what the disease would do but she said, “I...]]>
A magnet that drew people together - GEORGE KENNEY June 4, 1937 - Dec. 16, 2016 http://illinoistimes.com/article-19531-a-magnet-that-drew-people-together.html A magnet that drew people together - GEORGE KENNEY June 4, 1937 - Dec. 16, 2016
 I met my late father-in-law, George Kenney, on Thanksgiving Day 1986 at Washington Park. It was the beginning of a friendship that would last for 30 years. Many of you may have known George as a...]]>
Dedicated volunteer - STAN ZIELINSKI Nov. 19. 2017 - Sept. 28, 2017 http://illinoistimes.com/article-19532-dedicated-volunteer.html Dedicated volunteer - STAN ZIELINSKI Nov. 19. 2017 - Sept. 28, 2017
 Stan Zielinski was a lifelong learner with many interests – soccer, the arts, cooking, family and the military to name just a few. He retired after a long career in marketing, sales and associ...]]>
That extra mile - CHRIS DURBIN Dec. 31, 1956 - Nov. 17, 2017 http://illinoistimes.com/article-19533-that-extra-mile.html That extra mile - CHRIS DURBIN Dec. 31, 1956 - Nov. 17, 2017
 I first met Chris Durbin in1986. We remained close friends for the next three decades. He died unexpectedly in his sleep on Nov. 17 at his home in Monticello.When we met, both of us were living...]]>
A man of the stage - DONALD E. BAILEY March 6, 1936-Nov. 9, 2016 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18085-a-man-of-the-stage.html A man of the stage - 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...]]>
A softer side of a larger-than-life player - DENNIS LEE “DENNY” POLK June 17, 1955 – May 29, 2016 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18087-a-softer-side-of-a-larger-than-life-player.html A softer side of a larger-than-life player - 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...]]>
Born with the heart of a healer - RAY “BEN” BENSON HAGER Oct. 12, 1961 – Jan. 10, 2016 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18088-born-with-the-heart-of-a-healer.html Born with the heart of a healer - 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...]]>