Sunday, June 29, 2014

Mary June Griffith Nesbitt

Mary June Griffith Nesbitt, 93, passed away at 6:10 a.m. on Friday, June 20, 2014, at St. John's Hospice. She was born June 10, 1921, in Galesburg, Ill., to Harold Griffith and Ruth Shotwell Griffith.

Mary June attended the University of Illinois, where she lived in the 4-H House and received her Home Economics undergraduate degree in 1943. In 1972, she received her master's degree from Sangamon State University (currently the University of Illinois at Springfield). 

Early in her career she taught Home Economics in Chenoa, Mason City, and Pawnee, Ill. She then spent 30 years in Springfield at Lanphier and Springfield High Schools before retiring in 1983. 

She was a member of First Church of Christ Scientist in Boston, Mass. She was also a member of Philanthropic Education Organization (P.E.O.), Chapter ES, in Springfield, an organization that promotes educational opportunities for women. Mary June did significant traveling in North America, having visited all 50 states and all 13 Canadian provinces and territories.

She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her children, Byron Nesbitt of Springfield and Edith Nesbitt of Cypress, Texas; her brother, Harold Junior Griffith of Galesburg, Ill.; three grandchildren, Jennifer (husband, John) Styrsky, Sean Nesbitt, and Bill Nesbitt; and five great-grandchildren.

Per Mary June's request, no ceremonies will be held. Cremation will be accorded by Lincoln Land Cremation Society. A private family graveside service will be held at a later date in Galesburg, Ill.


Memorial contributions may be made to Mary McKee Educational Fund, c/o Teri Travis, 2061 County Rd., 2400 North, Thomasboro, IL 61878, 4H House Alumni Scholarship Fund.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Hella Maria Holman

PUEBLO, CO - Hella Maria Holman passed away at age 99, April 4, 2014, while living in Pueblo, Colo. She was born Hella Maria Hochstadter in Berlin, Germany, Nov. 28, 1914. After the end of WWI, her parents settled in Munich, her father's hometown. She attended primary and secondary schools in Munich and graduated from the Gymnasium. After her education was completed, she worked for the Deutsche Acadamie. 

Her future husband, John, was a medical student at the University of Munich; and they met because Hella was seeking American English conversation and he responded to the newspaper help-wanted ad. In 1937, she emigrated to the United States, due to the threats of war and the increasing repressive Nazi politics. Her parents followed her to the U.S. in 1938 and 1939. She lived in New York City and married John in 1938, after he completed his studies and returned to the U.S. Until the outbreak of WWII, when her husband was drafted into the medical corps of the U.S. Army, they lived in various parts of New York City and during the war in Austin, Texas. 

After the war, they settled in central Illinois, first Pawnee, where John started a medical practice, then Springfield in 1947, which was their long-time home. She was active in all aspects of a public life. In Pawnee 1951, she was responsible for starting a library in the former city hall. In Springfield, throughout the time she lived there, she was active both as a member and in leadership roles in the Medical Auxiliary, the Art Association, and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. Until her death, she was a lifetime community board member of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. 

In addition to art and music, she loved to write and while in New York wrote for the German language newspaper the Staats-Zeitung und Herald and in Springfield wrote a series of essays for the Bulletin of the Sangamon County Medical Society from 1967 until 1974. In 2004, the essays were published in book form "From Month to Month" and in 2013 she published her memoirs "Episodes of a Life". In late 2011. 

Due to declining health, she moved to Pueblo, Colorado, where almost all of her immediate family now lives. She continued to follow her great loves: music, reading, and writing, in spite of failing eyesight and hearing. She was very happy living with her family in Pueblo, but she also continued to communicate with and missed her lifelong friends and life in Springfield and Munich, her other great love about which she often reminisced. 

She was preceded in death by her father, Otto R. Hochstadter, in 1958, her mother, Olga L Hochstadter, in 1974, and her husband, John Holman, M.D., in 1995. Surviving are her sons, Andrew P. Holman (Vera) and Robert L Holman (Laura); four grandchildren, Andrea Weyersberg of Schwabisch Gemund, Germany, Justin Holman (Bronwyn), Shana Holman-Hanna (Steve) of Las Vegas, Nev., and Rachel Holman-Langseth (Eric) and three great-grandchildren in Pueblo. In Germany, three great-grandchildren, several cousins, and a Goddaughter in Munich survive her. 

The family wishes to extend heartfelt gratitude to Cindy Orgaz and Jaye Ordaz for their loving and loyal care to Hella, and many thanks to the staff and residents at Primrose Retirement Center and Sangre de Cristo Hospice. Funeral services are to be held in Springfield, Illinois. A celebration of her life is planned at Primrose on Friday, April 25. The date of her memorial services in Springfield will be announced on a separate date. At her request, donations to the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, instead of flowers, may be made in her memory.


Memorial tributes may be posted at the SJR Legacy page for Hella Holman.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Richard Hollis


In Memory of Richard A. Hollis 
January 1, 1940 - March 31, 2014 
Obituary by Ken Hollis, Richard’s brother

Richard Hollis was a fighter—he had to be! At age 19, he began his lifelong struggle with severe mental illness. You see, he was a member of a very unfortunate minority—those who are stricken with schizophrenia, which afflicts 1 of 100 people throughout the world. 

Perhaps you have read about soldiers who have volunteered for military service and later suffered from post-traumatic stress syndrome after being in combat. Well, talk about traumatic stress, Richard did not volunteer for combat but he had to fight battles against his inner demons every day for 50+ years. And fight he did! 

Whether while attending the University of Montana or later Illinois College, from which he graduated with honors, all the while hearing and being tormented by voices only he heard. I'm sure he was often made fun of by young students who couldn't begin to understand. He had to try so very, very hard each and every day. 

Before becoming sick, he was a very good athlete, and a Little League teammate of his later said that Richard could throw a baseball thru a brick wall and was perhaps the best little league baseball player in Springfield when there were only some 12 teams in the whole city. He pitched for the Red Comets, coached by his father H. B., which lost the city championship game to a team called the Mud Hens when he was 12. 

He later played baseball and some basketball for Springfield High. He was also considered a real leader by his friends then. After college, he did menial jobs—such as being a window washer—just to survive and because his illness made it impossible to do the kind of work his education and innate abilities made him more than qualified to do. 

Richard was also a very nice guy and a very decent human being. I often told Richard that he was the best of us—Martha and Harold Hollis's five children. Richard had truly lived a quietly heroic life, never complaining or saying "why me?" If there was the equivalent of The Congressional Medal of Honor, for not a few minutes or a day of bravery in battle, but for a lifetime of bravely and gracefully fighting against an unconquerable enemy, Richard had surely earned that honor. 


Some people believe thru suffering we come closer to God. Richard Hollis's suffering is now over. If there is a God and Heaven—Richard Allen Hollis is there. God Bless and Keep you Richard.

(To leave memorials, visit the Dignity page for the Bisch & Son Funeral Home in Springfield)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

John Hawley


HOUSTON, TX - John E. Hawley, 73, formerly of Springfield, IL, passed away Feb. 15, 2014.

Born Feb. 26, 1940, to Irving H. and Mary E. Hawley, he graduated from Springfield High School in 1958. He earned a bachelor's degree from SIU in Carbondale; a master's degree from Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison; and a PhD in Oceanography from Oregon State in Corvallis, OR.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Martha Isaacson.

Survived by his daughter, Christina (Murat) Yaman, and two granddaughters, all of Houston, Texas; sister, Millie Hellyer of Springfield; six nieces and nephews, including Kim Dresch of Chatham and Brad Milliman of Springfield.


A private family service was held.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

John (Jack) Cooler

John "Jack" Cooler died Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at his home in Springfield.

He was born June 15, 1934, to John M. and Gladys Cooler in Morrisonville, Ill. He was a member of the U.S. Naval Reserves for 12 years and the American Legion Post #32. He married Mary Alice Geibel on Aug. 15, 1959.

He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Alice (husband, John Tadla) Cooler and Joelyn (husband, Mark) Taylor; and three grandchildren: John, Brett and Ryan Taylor.

He taught in the biological sciences for 38 years at Springfield High School and was a member of St. Joseph Parish in Springfield.

Cremation was accorded by Lincoln Land Cremation Society. A private funeral mass was conducted by Rev. Steven Janoski with a private burial at Calvary Cemetery.


Friends may leave remarks at the online Legacy Guestbook.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Robert Eggleston

Robert C. “Bob” Eggleston, devoted husband and father, passed away unexpectedly at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington, MA on Monday morning, May 4, 2009. The husband of Julia (O’Reilly), he was 69 years old; the cause of death was pulmonary fibrosis.

Bob was born, raised and educated in Springfield, IL. He was the son of the late Robert and Dorothy Eggleston. He attended Lawrence Grade School and Springfield High School, where he played football all four years and graduated in 1958.

Bob was a graduate of the University of Illinois. He had a successful career as a Software Engineer working primarily on military contracts. He founded P.E. Systems in the 1970’s, working on software development for the military. He sold the company and went on to work for RCA and Booze Allen Hamilton. He ended his career by working  again at P.E. Systems. 

After a decade in Virginia, Bob and his wife settled in Burlington in 1981 where they became active members of the community. He was a member of the Burlington Historical Society, a Boy and Girl Scout Leader, a member of the Woburn Racquet Club and the Burlington Swim and Tennis Club. He was an avid tennis player who enjoyed photography, playing solitaire, and cooking. He made a great sauce and he was an avid Red Sox fan. He was also a faithful parishioner at St. Margaret’s Church.

Bob was the beloved husband of Julia (O’Reilly) Eggleston of Burlington. He was the loving father of Robert Eggleston & his wife Heather of Merrimack, NH, Helen Peabody & her husband Adam of Burbank, CA, and Molly Eggleston of Somerville. He was the brother of Thomas Eggleston & his wife Doreen of Sonora, CA. 


A Memorial Mass was held at St. Margaret’s Church, 111 Winn St., Burlington on Friday, May 8 at 10 a.m. followed by an interment in Pine Haven Cemetery, Burlington. Memorials in Bob’s name may be made to Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis, Suite F, #227, 1659 Branham Lane, San Jose, CA 95118-5226; www.coalitionforpf.org. For family tributes to Bob, see this online obituary.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Charles W. "Chuck" Ward

SPRINGFIELD - Charles W. "Chuck" Ward, 73, of Springfield, died at 5:10 p.m. on Sunday, September 29, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center. Chuck was born on January 18, 1940, in Springfield, the son of George and Vivian Grableck Ward. He married Brenda Smith Baietto in 2007.

Chuck attended Harvard Park Elementary School, was a graduate of Springfield High School Class of 1958, completed his Bachelor's Degree at Illinois College, and received his Master's Degree at the University of Illinois Springfield. He proudly served his country in the Army during Vietnam. He worked in various state agencies and retired from the Department of Agriculture after 36 years. He was a past member of Elks Club, the Corvette Club of Springfield, American Legion Post # 32, Friday night softball, and DAV. He loved gambling and trips to Las Vegas. He was a sports enthusiast who coached and played softball and basketball, and especially loved watching his grandkids play ball.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda, of Springfield; one son, Charles W. (Stephanie) Ward II of Salt Lake City, Utah; one daughter, Kelly (Ronnie) Burris of Chatham; one stepson, Michael (Joni) Baietto of Springfield; three stepdaughters, Alicia (Darren) Galloway of Pawnee, Jacki (Bob) Staff of Springfield, and Tara Baietto of St. Louis; two grandchildren, Tyler and Jacob Burris; seven step-grandchildren, Taylor and Lyndsey Staff, Evan and Emily Baietto, Garrett, Austin and Sydney Galloway; two sisters, Pat Williamson of Lincoln and Carol Peveler of Decatur; and nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation: Family will receive friends from 10:00-11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, October 2, 2013, at Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield. Funeral Ceremony: 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 2, 2013, at Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, with Celebrant Judy Woerner officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park.


Memorial contributions may be made to: American Heart Association, 3816 Paysphere Circle Chicago, IL 60674. Please visit butlerfuneralhomes.com to offer your condolences.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Reunion 55 Pictures

Pictures for Reunion 55 are at
Thanks to Diane Urbanckas & Judy Van Hagen
for the pictures and names.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Mike Stephenson

CARLINVILLE, IL - Mike Stephenson, 73, died at 10:25 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at Carlinville Area Hospital. He was born Aug. 10, 1940, in Springfield, Ill., to Mack and Mary E. Weitzel Stephenson and they preceded him in death. 

Survivors include two daughters, Stacey (Steve) Cromer of Littleton, CO, and Patia (Darin) Hargreaves of Minnetrista, MN; former wife, Jackie Smith of Springfield; six grandchildren: Austin, Carsyn, Camryn, Greyson, Julia and Charley; and one sister, Karen Stephenson of Springfield.

Mike was a member of the Golden Retriever Club of America. He loved raising, training and showing Golden Retrievers. He retired as a manager from Sears, Roebuck and Company, having worked at many stores. No services are planned. Memorials may be made to Sangamon County Animal Control Center, 2100 Shale Rd., Springfield, IL 62703.


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Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Reunion 55: Final Name Tag Lists

FRIDAY NIGHT RECEPTION

Adams, Charlie
Bailey, Janet Kerner
Baldwin, Carolyn Quinlan
Barnosky, Bob and Jo 
Beardsley, Janet Johnson and David
Billington, Jack and Sue Ellen
Bluhm, Ray and Tena
Borg, Roy 
Bradley, Linda Cozzolino
Brosch, Tom and Beverly
Brownback, John
Bruce, Bonnie Baker
Casper, Pete and Tavie
Crouch, Carole Ball
Davis, Champ and Janet
Dunn, John and Sandra
Ervin, Sue
Evans, Marilyn Bidwell and Roger
Frederick, Janet
Gibson, Lois Hart and Bill
Giuffre, Jan Sables and Roger
Gurgens, Diane Urbanckas and Al
Hockenyos, Kristin Tipps
Houghton, Mary Elberson
Huddleston, Dorothy Fitzgerald and Tom
Hyndman, Harry and Kathleen
Jabusch, Larry and Mary
King, Connie Mohan and Jack
Klekamp, Betty England
Lance, Ruth Gore and Sam
Lee, Suzi Boyd
Linxwiler, John and Anne
Markwell, Marilyn Ruch
Matlack, Jack
McCoy, Judy Freeman
Means, Joyce Pardue
Meyerstein, Arnold
Morrison, Bill and Caroline
Morrison, Jay and Mia
Plain, Albie
Post, Don (Teacher)
Prater, Lynn Chandler
Ruzes, Marcia Maisenbacher
Schein, Jey Kramer and Paul
Schnepp, Keith
Schroeder, Carol Taylor 
Seppi, Vic and Joann
Spengler, Phil and Polly
Stein, Pat McPheters and Richard
Tobin, Ann Hart and Richard
Tozer, Cliff
Vespa, Chuck
Vicars, Judy Van Hagen
Wicks, Bob and Glenda
Wilson, Ron and Rita
Yarbrough, John and Sue

SATURDAY NIGHT DINNER

Adams, Charlie and Jean
Bailey, Janet Kerner
Baldwin, Carolyn Quinlan
Barnosky, Bob and Jo 
Beardsley, Janet Johnson and David
Billington, Jack and Sue Ellen
Bluhm, Ray and Tena
Borg, Roy 
Bradley, Linda Cozzolino
Brownback, John 
Brosch, Tom and Beverly
Bruce, Bonnie Baker
Bunn, George and Jane
Crouch, Carole Ball
Davis, Champ and Janet
Dunn, John and Sandra
Ervin, Sue
Evans, Marilyn Bidwell and Roger
Fleischli, George
Frederick, Janet
Gibson, Lois Hart and Bill
Gurgens, Diane Urbanckas and Al
Hockenyos, Kristin Tipps
Houghton, Mary Elberson
Huddleston, Dorothy Fitzgerald and Tom
Hyndman, Harry and Kathleen
Jabusch, Larry and Mary
King, Connie Mohan and Jack
Klekamp. Betty England
Kwedar, Stephen and Becky
Lance, Ruth Gore and Sam
Lee, Suzi Boyd
Markwell, Marilyn Ruch
Matlack, Jack 
McCoy, Judy Freeman
Means, Joyce Pardue
Meyerstein, Arnold
Morrison, Bill and Caroline
Morrison, Jay and Mia
Murphy, Sandra McCool
Prater, Lynn Chandler
Royer, Jim and Janice
Ruzes, Marcia Maisenbacher 
Schein, Jey Kramer and Paul
Schnepp, Keith 
Schroeder, Carol Taylor
Seppi, Vic and Joann
Stein, Pat McPheters and Richard
Stuckey, John and Linda
Tobin, Ann Hart and Richard
Vespa, Chuck
Vicars, Judy Van Hagen
Welch, Joleen
Wicks, Bob and Glenda
Wilson, Ron and Rita
Yarbrough, John and Sue

SUNDAY BRUNCH

Adams, Charlie and Jean
Baldwin, Carolyn Quinlan
Barnosky, Bob and Jo
Ervin, Sue
Evans, Marilyn Bidwell and Roger
Frederick, Janet
Gurgens, Diane Urbanckas and Al 
Houghton, Mary Elberson
Means, Joyce Pardue
Meyerstein, Arnold
Morrison, Bill and Caroline
Murphy, Sandra McCool
Prater, Lynn Chandler
Ruzes, Marcia Maisenbacher 
Schnepp, Keith 
Seppi, Vic and Joann
Tobin, Ann Hart and Richard
Vicars, Judy Van Hagen
Wicks, Bob and Glenda
Wilson, Ron and Rita

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

William L. Hester

William L. Hester, 74, passed away Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, at St. Joseph's Home Holy Family Center. He was born May 3, 1939, in Kalamazoo, Mich., the son of Earl E. and Janet M. Hester. He lived most of his life in Springfield and attended SHS until 1956. After serving in the United States Navy, Bill entered employment for PPG Industries in Lincoln, working there for 28 years until their closure. He was then employed by the Illinois State Police as a Truck Weight Inspector until his retirement in 2002. Bill was an avid motorcycle enthusiast and a private pilot, owning two planes.

Bill leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 52 years, Diana; daughters, Debra L. Claypool (husband, Terry) of Tallula and Kimberli A. Nolen (husband, Brent) of Springfield; grandchildren: Shannon M. Reid of Springfield, Alix B. Claypool of Jacksonville, Paige N. Claypool of Tallula, Trent W. Nolen and Amanda L. Nolen, both of Springfield; brothers: Donald Allen Hester of Greenwood, SC, James Devore Hester (wife, Mary) of Greenwood, SC, and Lawrence Gamber Hester (wife, Rita) of Fredericksburg, VA, and several nieces and nephews.


Members of Bill's family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to St. Joseph's Home of Springfield for the love and care given Bill while in their care. Friends may call Wednesday Aug. 14, 2013, at Boardman-Smith Funeral Chapel from 9:00-10:30 a.m. Graveside services will be Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at Camp Butler National Cemetery with Rev. Ken Gennicks officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the Inter-Veterans Burial Detail of Sangamon County.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Reunion Roster Update

Returned Information Form: 79

Jo Ankeny Lindamood, Janet Bailey Kerner, Carolyn Baldwin Quinlan, Harold Barbee, Beverly Bell Pearson, Jack Billington, Evelyn Brooks Schumacher, Tom Brosch, Bonnie Bruce Baker, Lynda Burge Moss, Barbara Edmiston Mitchell, Sue Ervin, Marilyn Evans Bidwell, Pat Flamm Crowner, George Fleischli, Janet Frederick, Nancy Fromm Gates, Joyce Fryer Oliver, Lois Gibson Hart, Jan Giuffre Sables, Bill Golladay, Shirley Green Canavit, Diane Gurgens Urbanckas, Judy Guy Soady-Mayo, Warren Haake, Donna Haycraft Maloney, Nancy Henrichs, Kristin Hockenyos Tipps, Will Howarth, Dorothy Huddleston Fitzgerald, Harry Hyndman, Larry Jabusch, Connie King Mohan, Betty Klekamp England, Stephen Kwedar, John Leckel, Suzi Lee Boyd, John Linxwiler, Lee Lochbaum, Sandra Lott Gossett, Darlene Lynn Klemaier, John Maloney, Joe Manuele, Marilyn Markwell Ruch, Jack Matlack, Beverly Maulding Berry, Judy McCoy Freeman, Judy McGaw Lewis, Peg McKenzie, Joyce Means Pardue, Arnold Meyerstein, Janet Moody Seiler, Jack Morrison, Sandra Murphy McCool, Linda Nelson Campbell, Leon Padgett, Libbie Peterson Britton, Don Post, Lynn Prater Chandler, Marcia Ruzes Maisenbacher, Keith Schnepp, Carol Schroeder Taylor, Vic Seppi, Robert Shewmaker, Harriett Smith Sidoli, Philip Spengler, Delores Squires Benedict, John Stapleton, Pat Stein McPheters, John Stuckey, Judy Taylor Weaver, Sharon Tietz Paine, Elizabeth Tinsley Alexander, Ann Tobin Hart, Chuck Vespa, Judy Vicars Van Hagen, Bob Wicks, Ron Wilson, John Yarbrough.

Requested Booklet and/or Picture: 22

Janet Baldwin Kramer, Beverly Bell Pearson, Lynda Burge Moss, Bob Carter, Pete Casper, Judy Dunkel Headrick, Bill Golladay, Shirley Green Canavit, Warren Haake, Donna Haycraft Maloney, Nancy Henrichs, John Leckel, Lee Leonard, Lee Lochbaum, Sandra Lott Gossett, Darlene Lynn Klemaier, Janet Moody Seiler, Libbie Peterson Britton, Harriett Smith Sidoli, Delores Squires Benedict, Sharon Tietz Paine, Elizabeth Tinsley Alexander.

Made Reservations for Meals: 67

Charlie Adams, Janet Bailey Kerner, Carolyn Baldwin Quinlan, Bob Barnosky, Ray Bluhm, Tom Brosch, John Brownback, Bonnie Bruce Baker, Carole Crouch Ball, John Dunn, Sue Ervin, Marilyn Evans Bidwell, Janet Frederick, Lois Gibson Hart, Diane Gurgens Urbanckas, Judy Guy Soady-Mayo, Kristin Hockenos Tipps, Mary Houghton Elberson, Dorothy Huddleston Fitzgerald, Harry Hyndman, Larry Jabusch, Connie King Mohan, Betty Klekamp England, Stephen Kwedar, Ruth Lance Gore, Suzi Lee Boyd, Marilyn Markwell Ruch, Jack Matlack, Judy McCoy Freeman, Peg McKenzie, Joyce Means Pardue, Arnold Meyerstein, Lynn Prater Chandler, Marcia Ruzes Maisenbacher, Jey Schein Kramer, Keith Schnepp, Carol Schroeder Taylor, Vic Seppi, Pat Stein McPheters, John Stuckey, Ann Tobin Hart, Chuck Vespa, Judy Vicars Van Hagen, Chuck Vespa, Jolene Welch, Bob Wicks, Ron Wilson, John Yarbrough.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Lalah V. Baumann


SPRINGFIELD - Lalah V. Baumann, 100, of Springfield, passed away Sunday July 14, 2013, at her home. She was born in Lyons, Neb., on March 8, 1913, to Laura and Guy Bundy. She was one of seven children; brothers, Mervin, Burt, Lee and Kent, and sisters, Beth and Nell.

A registered nurse, Lalah graduated from Ancker Hospital School of Nursing at St. Paul, Minn., in 1936, where she was employed until 1938. There she met and married Milton C. Baumann, M.D., on February 25, 1937. He preceded her in death in 1974. The couple moved to Springfield in 1938. They had three sons, Charles J. Baumann of Billings, Mont., Tadd K. of Springfield, and Dr. Thomas L. (wife, Brenda) of Birmingham, Ala.

Lalah was a member of the First Congregational Church U.C.C., the Ancker Hospital Nurses Alumni Association, the Springfield Art Association, the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Garden Foundation, the Illinois State Museum Society, the Illinois Symphony Orchestra Association, and a past member of the Capitol Circle of King's Daughters.

Surviving are Lalah's three sons, her sister, Beth, of Las Vegas, Nev., three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Private family services will be held. In lieu of flowers the family asks that any offerings be made to the Animal Protective League or to the Friends of the Sangamon County Animal Shelter. The family is being served by Boardman-Smith Funeral Chapel.

Published in The State Journal-Register on July 16, 2013

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Reunion Roster

We will update these lists on a weekly basis.

Information Form Returned

Jo Ankeny Lindamood, Janet Bailey Kerner, Harold Barbee, Jack Billington, Evelyn Brooks Schumacher, Bonnie Bruce Baker, Barbara Edmiston Mitchell, Marilyn Evans Bidwell, Pat Flamm Crowner, George Fleischli, Joyce Fryer Oliver, Lois Gibson Hart, Jan Giuffre Sables, Will Howarth, Harry Hyndman, Suzi Lee Boyd, John Linxwiler, Joe Manuele, Jack Matlack, Beverly Maulding Berry, Judy McGaw Lewis, Jack Morrison, Linda Nelson Campbell, Robert Shewmaker, John Stapleton, Judy Taylor Weaver.

Requested Booklet and/or Picture

Lynda Burge Moss, Bob Carter, Judy Dunkel Headrick, Shirley Green Canavit, Nancy Henrichs, Jack Leckel, Lee Leonard, Lee Lochbaum, Sandra Lott Gossett, Janet Moody Seiler, Libbie Peterson Britton, Sharon Tietz Paine, Elizabeth Tinsley Alexander

Made Reservations for Meals

Janet Bailey Kerner, Tom Brosch, John Brownback, Bonnie Bruce Baker, Carole Crouch Ball, Sue Ervin, Judy Freeman, Diane Gurgens Urbanckas, Judy Guy Soady-Mayo, Kris Hockenyos Tipps, Dorothy Huddleston Fitzgerald, Harry Hyndman, Larry Jabusch, Connie King Mohan, Stephen Kwedar, Arnold Myerstein, Lynn Prater Chandler, Marcia Ruzes Maisenbacher, Carol Schroeder Taylor, Vic Seppi, Pat Stein McPheters, John Stuckey, Ann Tobin Hart, Chuck Vespa, Bob Wicks


Friday, July 12, 2013

Reunion Forms

Do you need the 55th Reunion forms?
Download them at

They are in ZIP compressed format.
Place them on your computer desktop,
Then double-click to expand.
The forms are in RTF,
readable by any word-processor.

Fill them out online and e-mail to
Keith Schnepp, k.schnepp@comcast.net

or print and mail to him at
28 Villa Grove
Springfield, IL 62707

Friday, July 05, 2013

Myra Jane Ervin

NAPERVILLE - Myra Ervin (nee Gass), 97, passed away June 30, 2013, in Naperville.

Myra was the loving mother of Susan Ervin, Naperville, and Tom Ervin, Springfield, and she was aunt to numerous nieces and nephews.

Myra was preceded in death by her devoted husband, John "Heavy" Ervin, and three sisters, Virginia Nuetzel, Marion Ballard, and Rosemary Lanter.

A private, family interment is planned. Memorial gifts may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.


Published in The State Journal-Register on July 2, 2013

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Reunion Forms

Classmates, 
whether or not you plan to attend the Reunion, 
our Committee needs your information form. 
Please fill it out and return soon? 

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Reunion Message

Hello SHS Class of '58 classmates.

The reunion packet for our 55th Class Reunion, September 6, 7 and 8, 2013 has been mailed.

Please e-mail us and let us know if you received the packet.  If you have not received one, and want one, please e-mail us and one will be sent to you.  Please include your current street and city address.

Hoping to see you in September.


Keith Schnepp

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Reunion in 2013

The 55th reunion of the Class of 1958 takes place in Springfield on September 6-8. By now, you should have received a registration packet from the committee. If you have not, write to Judy Vicars Van Hagen <sikuku@aol.com>.

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Michael Podshadley


Michael Podshadley died March 17th, 2013 at his home in Dallas, TX. He was born in Litchfield, IL on August 15, 1940. 

He attended Springfield High School, graduating with the Class of 1958. Later he attended Northwest Missouri State University for two years.

He worked for State Farm Insurance in data processing, was active in Elks lodge, and he enjoyed trout fishing plus hunting for deer and elk. In later years, he worked for Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Milwaukee, and he owned Mike's Drive-in Liquor in Branson, MO.

He is survived by son Michael of Lewisville, Texas, and granddaughter Jana; one daughter, Tracy Davis (husband Todd) of Troy, Il. and two grandsons, Logan and Jonas. No burial or memorial services have been announced.