Laura Anderson McBride, 48, of Woodbridge VA, fomerly of Urbana, died Monday (Jan. 2, 2006) at Fairfax Hospital, Fairfax, VA.
Mrs. McBride was born Aug. 30, 1957 at Urbana, a daughter of James and Barbara Lee Anderson. She married Robert McBride on Nov. 9, 1991, in Alexandria, VA. He survives.
Survivors also include her mother of Urbana; and two sisters, Janet Golaszewski of Urbana and Beth Jannusch of St. Joseph.
She was preceded in death by her father.
Mrs. McBride graduated from Urbana High School in 1975. She received her bachelor of arts degree from Western Illinois University in 1980 and began her teaching career in the Illinois public schools from 1980 to 1985.
She received a master of music degree from Virginia's James Madison University in 1987, and was completing course work toward a doctorate in wind conducting from the Cincinnati Conservatory when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1991. At that time, she married and relocated to Woodbridge, VA where she lived until her death.
Mrs. McBride's first teaching position in the Washington area was as assistant band director at Woodbridge High School from 1991 to 1992. She then spent eight years as the director of bands at J.E.B. Stuart High School in Falls Church.
She joined the staff at the newly built Westfield High School in September 2000, as director of bands. Her bands consistently received superior ratings at the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association band festival and earned recognition by performances at the Virginia Music Educators Association State Convention, the Festivals of Music Awards Ceremony in Boston, and the Bands of America Festival in Indianapolis.
In addition to her involvement with the Fairfax County Public Schools, she served as head director of American Music Abroad Honor Bands, Choirs, and Orchestras' Blue Tour. Working with AMA each summer, she led select groups of young musicians on two-week concert tours through Europe. She performed regularly as a clarinetist with the Virginia Grand Military Band, Fairfax Academy Band and Capital Wind Symphony.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to "Westfield High School Music Booster Club" as Westfield High School, 4700 Stonecroft Blvd., Chantily, VA 20151, or to a local high school band or music booster group.
Laura was simply one of the best. I can hear her voice so distinctly both as kids and at our last reunion when we had a great visit and lots of laughs together. Two favorite memories involve pets--the burial of her mouse 'Frenchfry' in 6th or 7th grade and 10 yrs ago hearing her talk about her cat 'Mr. Licky." Her laugh just made you laugh, and she was always smiling and laughing. I've thought of her so many times through the years and I know she must have positively influenced so many young music students. Band would not have been the same without Laura!! Missing you Laura!! Rest in peace!!
Mr. Franklin died at 11:42 p.m. Wednesday (Feb 11, 1998) at St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital, Effingham.
He was born July 3, 1957, at Champaign, a son of Ralph and Beverly McCullough Franklin.
Surviving are his parents of Urbana and a sister, Donna Franklin Scheibly of Urbana.
Mr. Franklin graduated from Urbana High School in 1975. He was a printer in the Denver area for eight years. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Urbana, the National Rifle Association and the Sierra Club. His interests included the outdoors, the environment, gardening, flowers, and music. He was a Denver Broncos fan.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association or the American Cancer Society.
My memories of Frank in high school are clear and vivid. We fondly called him Frankly and thought it so funny to say to him "well FRANKLY FRANKLEE"
Our moms both worked for Holly's mom at the ERIC clearinghouse on Pennsylvania Ave. we had an assignment in jr English where we had to make a list of every classmate and answer questions like "if Frank was a car he'd be a --, if Frank were a pair of shoes, etc.
i remember him reading mine aloud- I'd be a pair of size 5 hiking boots and a Pinto I think. He was so sweet. Will sure miss you at the reunion Frank.
Rest in peace!! Ann
From Charlie Wustman on August 4th, 2015
Frank Frank, man I'm so sorry I didn't know.
We ran a lot of laps in four years.
A very good kid and I'm sure a very good man.
RIP my friend.
Deborah Rae Curtin, 58, of Mahomet left this life after her courageous battle with cancer, in her home surrounded by her family on Sunday (July 5, 2015).
Debbie was born on May 25, 1957, the eldest daughter of Charlie and Ruth (King) Miller. She graduated from the University of Illinois and worked as chief of the Environmental Processes Branch, Construction Engineering Research Laboratory Engineer Research and Development Center, Champaign.
She was married to her loving husband, Ted Curtin, for 37 wonderful years.
Debbie worked tirelessly as an advocate for the rights of those with special needs. She worked closely with those in Springfield and the local Developmental Services Center in Champaign and was very instrumental in bringing a new group home to Mahomet where her two youngest children will reside once it is opened later this summer.
She leaves her loving memories to be cherished by her three children, Brent Curtin and his wife Alicia of Fithian, Kyle Curtin and Megan Curtin, both of Mahomet. She will also be remembered with love by her two sisters, Karin Devore (husband Richard and nephew Zack) of Plainfield and Marsha Miller of Champaign.
For those who knew Debbie well, they knew that she would often say she loved animals more than people. This past May 25th as we celebrated her last birthday, she was found feeding her birthday cake to the three special dogs in her life, her black Lab, Cheyenne, her grand-dog Hailey and her nephew-dog Lucky.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Ruth Miller, as well as her grandparents.
Memorial donations can be made to the Debbie Curtin Memorial Fund for the benefit of Kyle and Megan's Group Home in Mahomet. Donations can be sent to any First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust location.
Freddie Lee Rhodes Jr. began his life Sept 5, 1957, to the union of Freddie Lee Sr. and Mary Thomas Rhodes in Champaign.
He passed away Friday, Oct. 19, 2007.
On June 9, 1984, Freddie married Vikki Renee Paris in Champaign. They were married for 23 years.
Mr. Rhodes leaves a legacy of warm memories to be cherished by his wife, Vikki Rhodes; two sons, Theodore Carter Jr. (Melissa) of Atlanta, GA, and Matthew T. Carter of Urbana; one daughter, Amanda Joy McCarrell (Karlynn) of Norman, OK; his mother, Mary E. Rhodes of Urbana; two sisters, Sheila Walker (Freddie) of Detroit, MI, and Florese Rhodes of Champaign; one brother, Dwyane E. Rhodes of Champaign; and a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, special loved ones and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Freddie Lee Rhodes Sr.; one brother, John Ray Rhodes; and his grandparents.
Mr. Rhodes attended Urbana High School where he was a star football, track and basketball player. He worked for the University of Illinois Assembly Hall for over 30 years. He was known for his strong leadership skills and no nonsense attitude. He was a member of The Church of the Living God where everyone knew him as "Brother Fred."
Ms. Newsome died at 6:30 a.m. Thursday (Nov. 11, 1999) at her home.
She was born April 16, 1957, at Urbana, a daughter of Paul and Joyce Wisher Stewart.
Survivors include two sons, Scott and Dale Newsome, both of Urbana; two daughters, Tabitha Newsome and Corrine Carr Toppe both of Urbana; four brothers, Michael Stewart of Mahomet, Rocky Stewart of Wisconsin, Jeff Stewart of Ogden and Kent Stewart of Chicago; two sisters, Debbie Cuppernell of Rantoul and Nancy Brooks of Alabama; and a grandchild.
Ms. Newsome graduated from Urbana High School and worked in building services at Ameritech for 17 years. She was a member of Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church, Urbana.
Memorials may be made to Pennsylvania Baptist Church, Urbana.
Mr. Townsend, 40, of Carbondale and formerly of Urbana, died Tuesday morning (Feb 11, 1997) at Carbondale.
He was born Dec. 29, 1956 at Urbana, a son of Ed Lee and Viola Hodges Townsend.
Survivors include a daughter, Janae Patricia Townsend of Peoria; his father and stepmother, Ed and Rita Townsend of Urbana; a sister, Sylvia Davis of Champaign; and a brother Eddie D. Townsend of Urbana.
He was preceded in death by his mother.
Mr. Townsend graduated from Urbana High School in 1974. He received a bachelor of science degree in chemistry froom Western Illinois University, Macomb, in 1979.
David H. Voigtlander, 52, died on Friday, Aug. 20, 2010, at Tradition Assisted Living Facility in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.
He was born on Feb. 9, 1958 in Champaign to Henry P. and Betty J. Guyer Voigtlander. They survive. He was preceded in death by one sister, Nancy Miller.
Also surviving are two sons, David Voigtlander and Christian Voigtlander, both of Plymouth, Minnesota; two daughters, Lauren Voigtlander and Rachel Voigtlander, both of Plymouth, Minnesota; two sisters, Carol Voigtlander and Mary Sommers and her husband Jack Sommers, all of Tulsa, Oklahoma and a brother, James Voigtlander and his wife Rayla Voigtlander of Champaign.
Ms. Miller died Wednesday (Nov. 8, 2006) in Tulsa, OK.
She was born Dec 5, 1956, in Champaign, a daughter of Henry and Betty Guyer Voigtlander.
Survivors include her parents of Urbana; two brothers, David Voigtlander of Plymouth, MN, and James Voigtlander of Rancho Murieta, CA; and two sisters, Carol Voigtlander and Mary Voigtlander, both of Tulsa, OK.
Ms. Miller graduated from Urbana High School in 1975 and the University of Illinois in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in education and sports medicine.
She was a physical education and health teacher in the Melvin-Sibley school district and worked at Parkland College. At the UI, she was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority, varsity volleyball team and athletic programs.
Memorials may be made to St. Peter's United Church of Christ, Champaign; University of Illinois Foundation, Kinesiology & Athletic Training; or an organization of the donor's choice.
Nancy and I were good friends and I miss her still. She was full of life and laughter in high school and I knew she would accomplish good things. She was a beautiful bride. I hope she knows how much she was loved.
Janet W. Hill, 57, of St. Charles, IL died on Saturday (Oct. 17, 2015) at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
She was born on Oct 19, 1957, in Urbana. Janet was a graduate of Urbana High School and the University of Illinois.
She formerly was very active with the St. Charles Mothers Club and formerly was employed by Arthur Anderson in Chicago. It was there she met her husband, Fraser.
She was a member of the Congregational United Church of Christ in St. Charles.
She is survived by her husband Fraser; their three children, Sarah, Lauren and Kathryn; her mother Carolyn Witter of Urbana; her sister, Beth (Vance) Gledhill of Redmond, WA; her brother, Bart Witter of Urbana; her niece, Jennifer "Jen" Gledhill; and nephew, Christopher "Chris" Gledhill.
She was preceded in death by her son, Adam, and her father, Lloyd Witter.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct 22 at the Congregational United Church of Christ, 40W451 Fox Mill Blvd., St. Charles, IL 60175.
Funeral service will be at noon Thursday at the church. Burial will be in Union Cemetery in St. Charles.
Contributions may be made to the American Kidney Fund, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, MD, 20852.
To leave an online condolence for the family, visit the funeral homes obituary page at www.yursfuneralhomes.com. Click on Obituaries, then on St. Charles, and then on her name.
Janet will be greatly missed by many people but her legacy of strength, courage, loyalty.compassion, positivity and love will live on and be an inspiration to everyone that her life touched. I was blessed to know Janet since we entered kindergarten at Wiley, Urbana Junior High, Urbana High School and we even roomed together one year in college, and through all the next many years. So many of our classmates were also neighbors in our little several block neighborhood or attended Wiley and we did the whole 12 years together. As we all grow older and many of us have our own families it is indeed fun to think back on those good old days - and we were all blessed to live in that time and be surrounded by such a great group of classmates. On behalf of Janet - thank you for her Get Well Card at the 40th Reunion and your thoughts, prayers and sympathy to her family at her passing. God Bless Each Of You And Your Families - Jacqueline McGavran
From cheri Nelson Wockley on October 20th, 2015
I was so very sad to hear this news! Janet was a super sweet person and nice to everyone she met!
Prayers for strength to her family!
From Lois Craigmiles on October 20th, 2015
Sympathy to Janet's family, I had Senior Rhetoric with Janet and Mr. Stoia was our teacher, Lois