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Life Remembered: Robert Morfey was part of everything in Thomasboro

THOMASBORO — If Robert Morfey had a nickname, it could have been "Mr. Thomasboro."

Actively involved in the Champaign County community, he was instrumental in Thomasboro fire protection, village government and business for most of his 77 years until his death from cancer March 2.

White collar, blue collar, leader and follower, Mr. Morfey was all of those things.

Life Remembered: Co-founder of Cultivators demonstrated faith, friendship

RANTOUL — Vicki Stobaugh remembers when her friend, Tracy Anderson, told her about a man at church who kept looking at her.

He would sit several rows behind her and would move a row closer each Sunday.

Finally, he was sitting beside her.

Nelson Cuevas liked what he saw of Tracy Anderson. But he liked the person even better.

Life Remembered: Hiram Paley was a leading progressive for Urbana

URBANA — Former Mayor Hiram Paley will be remembered as a leading progressive voice in the community, a mathematician and an avid photographer.

Professor Paley passed away in hospice care Monday morning. He was 78.

Life Remembered: Gary Adelman never lost zest for life

CHAMPAIGN — Gary Adelman, a longtime University of Illinois English professor who died at 76 on Sunday, had a romantic outcome to losing his sight at a young age — finding a new love that lasted the remaining 31 years of his life.

A life remembered: UI law professor 'turned it up to 11 on everything'

CHAMPAIGN — Friends and colleagues of Larry Ribstein say they'll remember him as a first-rate legal scholar and original thinker who enjoyed debate and was an expert in business law.

They also recall him as a generous person who was a gifted photographer and an authority on movies and the law.

Life Remembered: Rantoul doctor's past included horror of war

RANTOUL — Long before he became the beloved doctor to generations in Rantoul, Dr. John H. Hess was a war refugee and concentration camp survivor.

"He was always one step ahead of joining the (German) military," says his son Art, a Rantoul dentist.

Life Remembered: Former sheriff, Rantoul mayor driven to serve

RANTOUL — After stepping down as sheriff of Champaign County in 1990, Joe Brown quickly got bored and went back to work.

Mr. Brown kept on working until shortly before his death Monday. In his role of public guardian for Champaign County, he recently attended a hearing at the county courthouse carrying an oxygen tank and getting around in a wheelchair pushed by his wife.

Life Remembered: Ned Filbey's outlook connected with community

URBANA — When Ned Filbey started public school in Urbana in the late 1950s, there were no special education classes. Experts advised then that children with special needs or developmental deficiencies should be put in institutions.

Bucking that trend, Nate and Mary Lou Filbey and their three daughters became Ned Filbey's special educators.

Life Remembered: Brian Silverman known for brashness, quick thinking

URBANA — Champaign County lost one of its most colorful legal characters Wednesday.

Veteran defense attorney Brian Silverman of Champaign died in a Springfield hospital after a lengthy illness related to muscular dystrophy. He was 68.

Life Remembered: Steve Farruggia devoted to work, dedicated to family

CHAMPAIGN — Family and friends remember former News-Gazette building superintendent Steve Farruggia as a man who was devoted to his work, enjoyed sports and was dedicated to his family.

Mr. Farruggia, 88, of Champaign, died Tuesday. He worked for The News-Gazette from October 1938 until his retirement in September 2004.