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C. Stuart Broad
C. Stuart Broad
Charles Stuart “Stu” Broad, resident of Westminster Village in Bloomington, passed away there Saturday (March 23, 2013) peacefully, with family by his side.

His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. May 11 at Westminster Village. He was a retired attorney and devoted husband and father.

Stu was born Sept. 24, 1927, in Lincoln, Neb., son of Elizabeth G. and Robert A. Broad; and he grew up in Amery, Wis., and Richfield, Minn. He met Mary Lavery, later his wife of 61 years, as a student at the University of Minnesota. Stu and Mary graduated, married, started a family and lived in the Washington, D.C., and Chicago suburbs, settling in Chevy Chase, Md., where they lived for 43 years. Stu earned a bachelor of laws at George Washington University Law School while working on the Capitol Hill Police Force. He started his career as a trial attorney, later specializing in industrial and labor relations law. In Washington, D.C., he participated in early civil rights sit-ins for desegregation.

During his 58-year career, he supported and headed the civil rights and labor relations programs at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Department of Defense, Atomic Energy Commission and Department of Energy.

He and Mary raised five children. He valued education, self-initiative and friendship. He shared with his family his love of bicycling, hiking and camping, bird-watching, whale-watching, tennis, outdoor sports and American history, as well as his love of music and guitar.

Robert W. Dodd
Robert W. Dodd
Robert W. Dodd, 75, of Champaign passed peacefully at home on March 28.

Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. April 2 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Urbana. Father Joe Hogan and Father Ronald Dodd will officiate. Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Champaign.

Mr. Dodd was the president and managing attorney for Dodd & Maatuka in Champaign. He was mayor of Champaign from 1983-1987.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Joyce; his six children, Cathy Dixon of Aurora, Steve (Jill) Klein of Paxton, Joan Harry of Indianapolis, Ind., Jean Wynn of Champaign, Brenda Nelson of Champaign and Jim (Marnie) Klein of Indianapolis, Ind.

Mr. Dodd was the grandfather of 13 children and the great-grandfather of 10 children. He is also survived by his siblings, Carol Maroon of Florida, Fran (Tom) Frederick of Florida, Rita of Chatham, Father Ronald Dodd of O'Dell and Brother John Dodd of Las Vegas, Nev.

Mr. Dodd was preceded in death by his parents, Warren and Florence Dodd; his brother, Gene Dodd; and a grandson, Jeremy Nelson.

Memorials may be made to St. Patrick Church Building Fund.

Norman N. Berkson, age 84, cherished father of Rabbi Jill Berkson (Ely) Zimmerman, David Berkson and Keith (Lori) Berkson. Proud and loving grandfather of Josh, Ben, Justin and Zachary. Dearest brother of the late Jerry, Alvie and Arnie Berkson and Rose Warren. Special companion of Carol Nerius.

Friend and former husband (29 years) of Marlene Marks Kornick. Norm was an attorney, accountant and professor. He was an avid tennis player and model train enthusiast.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Northshore Hospice 4901 Searle Parkway, Suite 160, Skokie, IL 60077. For information (847) 255-3520 or www.shalom2.com to leave tributes and condolences.

Miles William Hughes, 44, known for his singular wit, passion for life and love of his family, passed away suddenly in the arms of his lifelong love, Leigh Ann Hayward Hughes, in Oak Park on March 17.

Miles met Leigh Ann while in Raa Middle School in Tallahassee, Florida, forming a strong friendship that blossomed into love, marriage and two adored children, Ragan 16, and Reece 10.

He was born on June 20, 1968 in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, to William and Jane Hughes, joining his sisters, Cindy and Sallie. They moved to Tallahassee in 1977, where Miles grew up in the extended family First Presbyterian Church. Miles graduated from Lincoln High School in 1986 before attending the University of Florida, where he received a Bachelor's degree in political science with a minor in history.

Miles married Leigh Ann on May 16, 1992, in Tallahassee. He attended Florida State University College of Law, where he served on the law review and earned a JD in 1997. He was honored to clerk for Justice Ben Overton of the Florida Supreme Court. At the time of his passing, he was an Income Partner for the McDermott, Will & Emery law firm in Chicago. 

Warren E. Burgard
Warren E. Burgard
Warren E. Burgard, 85, of Urbana died at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 15, 2013 at home.

Mr. Burgard was born on September 15, 1927 in Fayetteville, the son of Emil and Rose Frantz Burgard. He married Jo (Ann) Seales on November 14, 1954 in Waverly, she survives.

Survivors include two sons; Curtis A. Burgard of Urbana, Galen E. Burgard of Deltona, Florida and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister and two brothers.

Mr. Burgard graduated from Mascoutah High School, Belleville Junior College and St. Louis University school of Law. He was a Lawyer and Trust Officer until his retirement.

Mr. Burgard was a U.S. Navy Veteran. He was a member of Pennsylvania Ave. Baptist Church, Urbana, The Illinois State Bar Association and Kiwanis. Mr. Burgard was a St. Louis Cardinals Baseball and Illini Basketball fan.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pennsylvania Ave. Baptist Church Building fund.

Condolences may be offered at www.rennerwikoffchapel.com.

Paul Scoma
Paul Scoma
Paul M. Scoma, 60, of Princeton passed away Monday, March 11, 2013, at his home.

Paul was born Nov. 14, 1952, in LaSalle to Charles and Anne (Kump) Scoma. He married Nancy Forgus May 5, 1979, in the Kent State University Newman Center Chapel in Kent, Ohio. She survives.

Paul graduated from LaSalle-Peru High School in 1970 and continued his education at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, graduating in 1974. He was subsequently hired by Union Oil Co. of California in marketing and worked there for five years until 1979 when he enrolled in law school. Paul received his Juris Doctorate from Loyola University School of Law in Chicago in May 1982. He elected to begin his law career near his hometown with the Princeton law firm now known as Russell, English, Scoma and Beneke, PC, where he became a partner and practiced for 28 years until his retirement at the end of 2010.

He was an active member of St. Louis Catholic Church where he served as a Trustee and lector. He was a Trustee and Board President for the Adeline E. Prouty Charitable Trust (Greenfield Retirement Home). Paul also served as Director and Board Chairman for the Perry Memorial Hospital. He was a member of the Illinois State and Bureau County Bar Associations as well as the Knights of Columbus.

Charles William Fechtig
Charles William Fechtig
Charles William Fechtig, 81, of Evansville, Ind. and formerly of Carmi, died Monday, Feb. 18, at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro. He was born February 3, 1932, in Carmi, to William (Willie) and Nell Fechtig. He married Frances Ruth (Winter) Fechtig on Dec. 28, 1952, in Carmi, who preceded him in death on February 19, 2012.

Bill was educated in White county rural schools and graduated from Carmi High School in 1948 and the University of Illinois in 1952. He served as an officer in the United State Marine Corps from 1953-1957 and later returned to the University of Illinois graduating from its School of Law in 1960 earning membership in The Order of the Coif and serving as Editor-in-Chief of its law review.

Following his admission to practice, Bill was a general practitioner in Carmi for 27 years with an emphasis in real estate and mineral law, contracts and appellate law. In 1987, he became In-House Counsel for Marathon Oil Company in Robinson. After retirement from Marathon in 2000, he and Frances relocated to Evansville, Ind. where he returned to private law practice.

Bill also was a Licensed Pastor of the United Methodist Church and served as Pastor of three White County churches - Big Prairie, Concord and Maunie – from 1987 until 2012.

He is survived by: brothers, Norman (Margie) Fechtig of Carmi and Allen (Mary Ruth) Fechtig of Albany, Ore.; three daughters, Amy (David) Wood, of Allen, Tx., Mary (Elizabeth Estes) of Chicago and Martha (Jeff) Ahlers of Evansville, Ind.; a grandson, Nick Ahlers; and several nieces and nephews.

Joe Christ
Joe Christ
The Honorable Joseph Donald Christ, devoted husband, loving father, caring son, dedicated brother, and loyal friend, passed away March 10, 2013. Joe graduated from Lebanon High School with the class of ’82, received his bachelor’s from ISU in ’86, and received his law degree from Thomas Cooley in ’93. He worked as a prosecuting attorney for 18 years in St. Clair County before he was recently sworn in as a judge for the same county. Joe was sincere in his efforts to help others, and he was loved and respected by all. He will be deeply missed.

He was preceded in death by his father Donald Jule Christ; paternal grandparents Oliver J. And Amelia (Lebert) Christ; and maternal grandparents John and Mary (Muck) Fohne.

He is survived by wife Tari (Soehlke) and six children of O'Fallon, Il: five daughters Amelia, Natalena “Lena”, Josephine “Josy”, Mary, Louisa, and one son, August “Gus”; his mother Elizabeth “Betty”(Fohne) Christ; father and mother-in-law Jim and Pat Soehlke; sisters Mary Jo (John) Pehle of Manhattan, IL, Donna Christ Seipp of O'Fallon, Il, brothers Steven Christ, Mark (Carrie) Christ, and John (Terri) Christ, all of Lebanon, IL; sisters- and brothers-in-law Tami Hudson of O’Fallon, IL, Timi (Brad) McMillin, Jim (Laura) Soehlke, all of O’Fallon, IL, and Traci (Dave) Olmstead of Brentwood, TN; and 11 nieces, 12 nephews, 6 great nieces, and 9 great nephews.

Memorials can be made to the “Christ Children Education Fund” at Carrollton Bank, 1911 Frank Scott Parkway Suite 4, O’Fallon, IL 62269. (618) 624-3034 Memorial Masses may be offered at St. Francis De Sales 2653 Ohio Ave, St. Louis, MO 63118.

E. Michael O'Brien
E. Michael O'Brien
Judge E. Michael O'Brien, 82, of Peoria passed away Friday, March 1, 2013 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.

Eugene Michael O'Brien was born in St. Joseph, Mo., on Nov. 22, 1930, to Evelyn (Hitt) and Eugene O'Brien. He married Terry Reynolds on July 28, 1979. She survives.

He also is survived by his children, Mary (Rich) Washelesky of Northbrook, Ill., Michelle (Charlie) Middleton of San Diego, Calif., Erin (Tom) Maloney of Peoria, Conor O'Brien of Chicago, Ill., Michael O'Brien of Springfield, Ill., Matt (Jennifer) O'Brien of Springfield, Ill., Dr. Amy O'Brien-Ladner of Kansas, Kathryn O'Brien of Kansas, Bridget Moreland of Kansas and Mary Adams of California; and 25 grandchildren. He also is survived by his mother- and father-in-law, Victor and Lucille Reynolds.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister.

In 1953, he entered the U.S. Navy flight training program and served as an aviator until 1958, attaining the rank of lieutenant commander, and then entered the U.S. Navy Reserve flying program at U.S. NAS Glenview, Ill. He served as LTJG of Patrol Squadron Six, VP-6 Blue Sharks during the Korean War. During his military service he received Navy Commendation, the China Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

He graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1961.

He worked as assistant attorney general for the state of Illinois from 1961 until 1964. He was with the U.S. District Attorney's office until 1966 and then was an assistant state's attorney for the state of Illinois from 1966 until 1969.

Robert B. Baal, 66, former partner with Baal & O'Connor Law Firm in Chicago. Bob was an alumnus of Leo H.S. (1964), Xavier U. (1968) and DePaul U. School of Law (1973).

He was the beloved husband of Patricia (nee Cooke) for 43 years. Loving father of Anne (Joe) Linnen, Kathryn Baal and Mary Beth (Matt) O'Mara. Proud grandpa of Liam Patrick and Colin Robert. Dear brother of Jane (Dan) McWeeny. Fond brother-in-law of Maureen (Mike) Schmidt, Dr. William Cooke and Mary Jo (Nolan) Small. Uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Memorials to Robert H. Lurie Cancer Center/Kidney Research Northwestern University Office of Development 750 N. Lake Shore Dr./9th Floor Chicago, IL 60611 or Christ the King School Foundation are most appreciated. 708-636-5500 or heeneyfh.com.