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W. Charles Witte
W. Charles Witte
W. Charles Witte, 74, of Bloomington, a devoted husband, father, grandfather, volunteer and civic leader, died peacefully at 10:21 a.m. Sunday (April 10, 2016) at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis.

Services have been held. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in honor of W. Charles Witte to Illinois State University Foundation and Advocate BroMenn Foundation.

Chuck Witte was born Sept. 21, 1941, in Chicago, son of Dr. William B. and Caroline Hess Witte. He married Donna Vera Skrinskus, his college sweetheart, 10 days after returning from his Vietnam service on Oct. 12, 1968. She survives.

Marc Fuchs
Marc Fuchs
Marc E. Fuchs, 67, of Springfield, IL, passed away on April 4, 2016 at Memorial Medical Center. 

He was born on August 21, 1948, in Springfield, IL to Eldon and Darlene Fuchs. He married his wife, Cori, on September 15, 1973, in Joliet, IL. 

Marc graduated from Girard High School and from the University of Illinois with a BS in Finance in 1970 and a Juris Doctorate in 1973. Marc practiced law in Farmersville, Illinois from 1973 to 1990. In his second career, he was able to embrace his lifelong passion as a scholar of Abraham Lincoln. He worked and volunteered at the Lincoln Tomb and the Lincoln-Herndon Law Office Historic Sites for nearly 20 years. He was also a board member of the Lincoln Monument Association. 

John Thomas Rosch
John Thomas Rosch
John Thomas Rosch, a former Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission and Director of its Bureau of Consumer Protection, died on March 30, 2016, in Lake Forest, Illinois.

While at the Commission, he helped to revitalize its litigation efforts, particularly in relation to merger enforcement. Throughout his career, he was one of the preeminent practitioners in the areas of antitrust and trade regulation law and was lead counsel in more than 100 federal and state court antitrust cases. He won summary judgements for major corporations in the automobile, transportation, pharmaceutical, publishing and consumer electronics industries, among others.

Robert H. Liddle Jr.
Robert H. Liddle Jr.
Robert H. Liddle Jr. of Naperville, Illinois formerly of Buffalo, New York, beloved husband of Hope A. (Paolini) Liddle, devoted father of Marleah J. Liddle, Alexander R. Liddle, and Jenna M.T. Liddle, dear brother of A. DuAine (Bill Schierlitz) LoGrasso, Timothy (Shirley) Liddle, and Walter Liddle. Mr. Liddle was predeceased by his parents Robert H. Liddle Sr. and Stella (Salamone) Liddle, and his beloved "buddy" Allegro; dearest brother-in-law of Mary R. (Michael) Pachla, Joanne E. (A.Kem) Fronabarger, Francine (Martin Zyla) Paolini, Michael A. (late Michelle) Paolini, and Peter Paolini; cherished uncle of Jackie Gannon, Timothy Liddle Jr., Eric Liddle,Melissa Diamond, Jonathan J. Kacala, Zachary L. Paolini, Olivia R. Paolini; dear great uncle of Sage Gannon, and Avea Diamond; dear cousin of Leonard Salamone; many other cousins of the Liddle, Masso, and Paolini families and numerous colleagues and dear friends.

Albert L. Hall, Jr., 89, of Kenosha, WI, formerly of Waukegan, IL, passed away peacefully on March 9, 2016, at Aurora Medical Center in Kenosha.

Born in Chicago on June 17, 1926, he was the son of Albert L. and Oprah (Staratt) Hall, Sr. He was raised in Waukegan and graduated from Lake Forest Academy, University of Illinois and Northwestern Law School. He served with the US Navy in WWII. Albert was an attorney with his father's law firm, founded in 1922. After retiring, he served as " of counsel" for the Bollman, Lesser & Leetrey law firm in Lake Forest. He enjoyed golf, tennis, fishing, bridge, coin collecting and wood carving. Club memberships included Waukgean-North Chicago Chamber of Commerce, City Club, Lake County Coin Club, Waukegan Community Players, ACLU, Glen Flora Country Club, the Lake County Bar Association, and LFFB and PP Group.

Justice Laura Cha-Yu Liu
Justice Laura Cha-Yu Liu
Illinois Appellate Court Justice Laura Cha-Yu Liu died Friday after a long battle with breast cancer at age 49.

The first Chinese-American woman to be elected judge in Illinois and the first Asian-American to serve on the Illinois Appellate Court; Liu was known for her work for equal access to the courts for non-English speakers, as well as her volunteer work and awards she garnered in the legal community, her family said in a statement.

She was born July 19, 1966, in downstate Carbondale, where her parents were foreign exchange students. She graduated from Youngstown State University and the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Liu moved to Chicago after graduation to live with relatives, and worked for 19 years as a civil litigation attorney focused on health care and employment law.

Even after being diagnosed with cancer, she continued with her career and won the election to the Circuit Court of Cook County, becoming the first Chinese-American female judge in state history. She primarily worked in the Chancery division. The Illinois Supreme Court later appointed her to the Illinois Appellate Court, where she became the first Asian-American to serve on that court.

Liu is survived by her daughter Sophie, husband Michael Kasper, parents Yih-Wu and Becky Liu, sister Jessica, brother Eric, and her in-laws Dennis and Nancy Kasper.

69-year-old Richard Dudley Borah of Fairfield died at 10:25 a.m. Sunday, March 27, 2016 at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, IN.  He graduated from Southern Illinois University.  He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the Adjutant General Corps in Vietnam, receiving the rank of Sergeant.  Mr. Borah received several service medals including the Bronze Star.  After his separation from the army in November 1970, he returned to Vietnam to work in the U.S. Embassy and was one of the last few to vacate the Embassy.  He also taught English classes in a school while in Vietnam.  He taught “English as a Second Language” at Frontier Community College for newly arriving local Vietnamese refugees beginning in 1979.  In 1999, he attended law school at John Marshall Law School in Chicago and was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 2002.  He first practiced in Bushnell before returning to Fairfield.  Mr. Borah was a faithful member and servant in the St. Edwards Catholic Church in Fairfield and loved farming, gardening and fishing.

Robert JennettenRobert H. Jennetten, 71, of Peoria passed away at 4:36 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.

Bob was born on Jan. 13, 1945, in Belleville, Ill., to the late Peter and Marie (Wienstroer) Jennetten. He married Suzanne M. Clemens on June 8, 1968, in West Point, Iowa. She survives.

He is also survived by four sons, Peter (Jolie) Jennetten and Robert (Megan) Jennetten, both of Peoria, Joseph Jennetten of Nome, Alaska, and Nathaniel (Alexandra) Jennetten of Des Moines, Iowa; one daughter, Amy (Ali) Brown of Oak Park, Ill.; 13 grandchildren, Leo, Gustav, Hal, Abe, Adeline, Amelia, Henry, Jackson and Theodore Jennetten and Bella, Amor, Noble and Immanuel Brown; one brother, John (Judi) Jennetten of Edwardsville, Ill.; and one sister, Donna (Charles) Pruemer of Bruceville, Texas.

Honorable Morgan F. Murphy, Jr.
Honorable Morgan F. Murphy, Jr.
Honorable Morgan F. Murphy, Jr., 83. Adored husband of the late Charlene Diane nee Jurgensen. Loving father of Morgan III, Michelle (Dan Hebert), Constance (Larry Doody); cherished father-in-law of the Honorable Lisa Ruble Murphy; champion "Papa" of Morgan F. Murphy, IV, Brendan P. Murphy, Riley P. Doody, Brieanne E. Hebert, and Brendan D. Hebert; beloved son of the late Morgan F. and Anne Murphy, Sr.; dear brother of Mary Rita (Robert) Stump, Jane (the late Raymond) Holmes, Bernard (Virginia) Murphy, the late Reverend John Michael Murphy, and Sister Carol Ann Murphy, RSM.

Joeseph "Jody" V. Toohill Jr.
Joeseph "Jody" V. Toohill Jr.
Joseph “Jody” V. Toohill, Jr. He passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Monday, February 29, 2016.

He was born in Peoria, IL, September 30, 1942, the son of Joseph, Sr. and Juanita (Taggert) Toohill. They preceded him in death.

He married Diane L. Myers on September 16, 1967 Canton, IL. She survives along with 3 daughters: Sarah Elizabeth Borkowski (Michael) of Inverness, IL. Kathleen Anne Palmer (Jeff) of Washington, IL., and Jennifer Jean Currey (John) of Savoy, IL, 6 grandchildren: Jacob Palmer, Alexandra Palmer, Isabelle Borkowski, Victoria Borkowski, Matthew Currey, and Kathryn Currey, 2 sisters: Judith A. Toohill of Farmington and Jeanne C. Flaherty of Gulfport, FL.