life remembered

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Life Remembered: Jack Waters 'a man of purpose and intensity'

RANTOUL — Jack Waters and Jack Jones had a lot in common.

They had the same first name, were in the same class in school, grew up a block apart, saw Europe together, spent long tenures serving on the Rantoul Fire Department, ran their own businesses and continued to call Rantoul their home all their lives.

Jones remained friends with him until Mr. Waters' death Dec. 6 at age 83.

Life Remembered: Priest made everyone feel special

RANTOUL — The Rev. Stanley Malinowski loved football. He loved the outdoors. But he loved people even more, according to Carolyn Taylor, who worked with him at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Rantoul for 25 years.

Rantoul and Thomasboro area residents are mourning the death of Father Malinowski — a man who many say had the knack of making everyone feel special.

Life Remembered: Stanley Balbach recalled as stately, persistent

URBANA — Friends and associates remember Urbana attorney Stanley Balbach as a man whose stately demeanor and sense of professional ethics impressed those around him.

Mr. Balbach, who died Monday at age 92, was a key founder of Attorneys' Title Guaranty Fund and the inspiration for many attorney-affiliated title insurance funds across the nation.

Life Remembered: Dick Burwash 'a generous gentleman'

SAVOY — A man whose name is practically synonymous with Savoy is being remembered as generous, humorous and humble.

Richard "Dick" Burwash, who lived at the Windsor of Savoy, died Saturday morning at Carle Foundation Hospital after having only recently been diagnosed with cancer. He was 94.

Life Remembered: Jim Washburn a wise adviser

CHAMPAIGN — There's a long shrine of photos and flowers along the fence of the man neighbors knew as the wise adviser, sometimes "the Dad," of Hill Street.

Jim Washburn, 66, was a Vietnam War veteran, ironworker, father, coach, walker of many dogs, purveyor of wisdom and rehabber of homes. His funeral was Wednesday.

Life Remembered: Teen had caring heart

WESTVILLE — Kaitlyn Foster was born with a weak heart, though that hardly defined her, friends said this week.

Life Remembered: Harrington 'dedicated to town, family, community'

CHAMPAIGN — Friends and associates of Tom Harrington Sr. remember him as a likable attorney comfortable in both legal and business circles and dedicated to the establishment of a Catholic high school in Champaign-Urbana.

Mr. Harrington, 81, of Champaign died Wednesday at home after an extended illness.

Life Remembered: Schleis recalled for expertise, wit, kindness

If there's a heaven, Thomas Schleis is there at the piano, accompanying the opera singer Maria Callas.

Mr. Schleis, a beloved lecturer, opera coach and opera manager at the University of Illinois, died at his home in Urbana on Wednesday afternoon. The Champaign County coroner attributed his death to natural causes. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Life Remembered: For Shonkwiler, 'law was his life'

URBANA — Those who knew him well would not be the least bit surprised that John Shonkwiler was on the phone last week in his hospital room with one of his bosses giving her his thoughts on who might replace him.

The Monticello man who had been a judge for 47 years died at 10:51 p.m. Wednesday at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, where he had been hospitalized since early May.

Life Remembered: Ex-Champaign mayor loved politics, travel

CHAMPAIGN — Longtime Champaign residents will remember Virgil Wikoff as a war veteran, two-term mayor and state representative. His wife of 64 years will remember him as a travel partner, Illini sports fan and her high school sweetheart.

Mr. Wikoff died on Friday at a rehabilitation center in Savoy after battling an illness for years. He was 85.