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Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 12:00 am

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...
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 12:00 am

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...
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 12:00 am

CATHERINE L. STAAB: Nov. 20, 1925 - May 21, 2017

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 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...
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 12:00 am

ALFREDA “FREDA” “ALLIE” KATAUSKI: Oct. 25, 1925 - April 15, 2017

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 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...
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 12:00 am

JOSEPH RAYMOND KLAUZER: Oct. 27, 1952 - April 24, 2017

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 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...
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 12:00 am

DAVID LEACH: Oct. 1, 1952 - April 18, 2017

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 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...
Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 12:00 am

WILLIAM PATRICK CANAVAN: Sept. 25, 1919 - Jan. 8, 2017

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 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...
Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 12:10 am

Reaching out to help military families, or other neighbors, pays much more than it costs

 Military families often suffer from isolation, and the problem is even more pervasive at the holidays. Here’s how one couple went above and beyond to provide love, peace of mind and a few good...
Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 12:09 am

The surprising financial benefits of buying locally

 We humans are social creatures, and nothing highlights our need for human interaction and goodwill like the holiday season. That’s why many shoppers prefer to patronize local stores, where a s...
Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 12:08 am
This is Roy French’s annual Christmas memóir.Mr. Houck came early to the Sangamon Valley while it was still a wilderness without many inhabitants. He came before the land was surveyed so his fields...

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