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State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, February 15, 2004

Doris E. Wavering

SPRINGFIELD - Doris E. Wavering, 79, of Springfield died Friday, Feb. 13, 2004, at Heritage Manor Nursing Home.

She was born Dec. 6, 1924, in Quincy, the daughter of Frank and Amanda Mae Kerker Monckton. She married James Wavering in 1945 in Quincy.

Mrs. Wavering was a homemaker. She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and the Altar and Rosary Society. She volunteered at St. John's Hospital.

Survivors: husband, James; four sons,




Dan (wife, Tiffany) and


Jim Wavering, all of Springfield,


and Gary (wife, Michelle) Wavering of Alta Loma, Calif.;


three daughters,


Mary Jo (husband, Steven) Hall and


Deborah Wavering, both of Springfield, and


Kathy (husband, Kevin) Shrake of Dallas;


0 grandchildren; four sisters, Vera McGowan and Mary Frese, both of Springfield, Betty (husband, John) Van Schoelandt of Kansas, City, Kan., and Jean Andrew of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.








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State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Friday, February 17, 1995

THE PAPER, "Benefits Associated with Respiratory Care Assessment/Treatment Program: Results of a Pilot Study," written and published by two Springfield physicians and three employees of Memorial Medical Center recently won a literary award at the American Association of Respiratory Care's annual meeting.

The authors were Dr. Joseph Henkle, medical director of Memorial's Sleep Lab and associate professor of pulmonary medicine with SIU School of Medicine; Dr. Lanie Eagleton, medical director of pulmonary medicine at Memorial and associate professor and chief of pulmonary medicine with SIU;


Kevin Shrake ,


administrator for cardiopulmonary services;


John Scaggs, pulmonary medicine; and


Kevin England, director of clinical resource management.




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, September 10, 1995

KEVIN SHRAKE , administrator of cardiopulmonary services at Memorial Medical Center, has been named a Fellow by the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Shrake holds both bachelor's and master's degrees from Sangamon State University.



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, October 1, 1995

KEVIN SHRAKE has been named administrator of Cardiology and Pulmonary Services for Memorial Medical Center. He will be responsible for all administrative aspects of heart and lung care at the medical center. Previously, Shrake was the director of cardio-pulmonary services at Memorial.

Shrake has been employed at Memorial Medical Center since 1975.



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Monday, August 8, 1988

Mary I. Viola Mrs. Mary I. Viola, 90, of Springfield died at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at St.

John's Hospital.

A lifelong resident of the Springfield area, Mrs. Viola was born in Cotton Hill Township the daughter of John and Emma Schroll Shrake . She married Bert Viola Sr. in 1918, and he died in 1959. A daughter, Mrs. Florence Coady, also preceded her in death in 1977. Mrs. Viola was a member of St. Aloysius Church.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Josephine Beechler, Mrs. Norman (Helen Louise) Reeves and Mrs. Stephen (Joyce M.) Shepherd, all of Springfield; one son, Bert Viola Jr. of Springfield; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs.

Clarence (Bertha L.) Borchert of Decatur; three brothers, Jesse D. and David N. Shrake , both of Springfield and Sullivan L. Shrake of Danville; several nieces and nephews.






State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, August 16, 1992

Fickes-Shrake Kelly Renee Shrake of Springfield and Philip Anthony Fickes of Chatham were

united in marriage at 2 p.m. July 18 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Chatham. The Rev. David Lantz performed the ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of


Sara Shrake and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth R. Shrake,


all of Springfield. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Philip X. Fickes of Chatham.

Alycia Myers served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Hilary Shrake, Christy Christofilakos and Deanna Fickes. Flower girl was Bailie Ray Lantz.

Best man was Joel Sternstein. Groomsmen were Kevin Dolbeare, J.P. Corriveau and Gary Iwicki. Ushers were Jason Shrake, Kenny Shrake, Brett Fickes and Tim Rappe. Ringbearer was Mark Cimarossa.

A reception was held at the VFW Hall.

The bride is a graduate of Southeast High School and Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los Angeles. The groom is a graduate of Chatham-Glenwood High School and Illinois Institute of Technology. He is presently a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps and a student naval aviator.

The couple will reside in Pensacola, Fla.



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Eva M. Shrake

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Monday, December 3, 2007

Eva M. Shrake

SPRINGFIELD – Eva Marie Shrake , 81, of Springfield passed away Friday, Nov. 30, 2007, at Lewis Memorial Christian Village.

She was born July 2, 1926, in Springfield, the daughter of Silas and Ruth Carter Thon. She married James Shrake on May 22, 1945, in Springfield; he preceded her in 1999.

Eva attended West Side Christian Church and had worked at St. John's Coffee Shop for 35 years, retiring in 1991.

She is survived by sons,


Kenneth Shrake and


Timothy (wife, Jennifer) Shrake , and daughter,


Carol Buedel-Weaver, all of Springfield;




Kelly (husband, Philip) Fickus


Christy (husband, Jason) Livery of Biloxi, Miss.,


Michelle Ealey of Springfield,


Jason Shrake of Dearborn, Mich.,


Kenneth Shrake Jr. of Springfield,


Timothy J. Shrake II of Springfield; and


great-grandchildren, Corey Griffin, Loren Ealey,


Philip, Anna and Jackson Fickus.




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, May 3, 1992

Bruce Strom has been elected president of the board of directors of the Council of Neighborhood Associations.

Other officers are William Taylor, vice president; Edward Cobau, secretary; and Anne McConnachie, treasurer.

Other directors are Jay Barnard, Pauline DeWitt, Guy Gilbert, Margaret Ann Gramlich, Donald Harris, Alfred Hurrelbrink, Stephen Jones, Richard Kotner, Keith Lercher, Thomas Liebman, Sandy Sampias, Francis Saunders, Dede Short, Jennifer Shrake and John Szerletich.

The purpose of the council is to preserve and enhance the quality of life in residential neighborhoods. Membership is open to formally established neighborhood associations within Springfield.


State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Wednesday, December 19, 1990


Deferred for a month action on a zoning proposal that would allow Realtor Robert Barker to buy land from First Bank Co. and develop a … mobile home park in the Lake Victoria area of southeast Springfield. Several residents representing the Stratford Place and Glen Aire subdivisions were at the meeting. Jennifer Shrake , president of the Stratford Place Homeowners Association, opposed the delay because her organization wanted the council to take quick action to block the 220-lot development. But Langfelder said requests for delays are virtually always granted, and the vote for a delay was 6-4.




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Friday, March 23, 1990

Members of both political parties elected precinct committeemen Tuesday. Below are those elected in the city of Springfield. Vote totals are given

only for contested races or write-in candidates.

The results of precinct committeeman elections in Sangamon County outside Springfield were published in Thursday's State Journal-Register.

Republican Party committtmen

Precinct 131: Jennifer McKee Shrake .



Precinct committeemen for Springfield elected

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Thursday, March 17, 1994

Here is a list of precinct committeemen elected Tuesday in the city of

Springfield. In cases where races were contested, vote totals are given for

each candidate.

Capital 131 -- Democrat: Robert Taylor; Republican: Jennifer McKee Shrake .






Piloting the president / As a member of Marine Helicopter Squadron 1, Phil Fickes someday will fly the commander in chief

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, September 24, 2000


Marine Capt. Phil Fickes is amazed when he walks by the president's helicopters each day. Sure, the finely tuned machines are impressive because they carry the president of the United States, but there's more to it than that.

"You can't imagine how clean they are," says Fickes, 31. Spotless, inside and out.

Even though the aircraft may have just flown through a mass of mosquitoes, the president's helicopter, Marine One, will look as if it has spent the day being polished in a showroom.

"Literally, you won't find a speck on it," Fickes says.

The Marines ensure that, hopping out with Windex and a rag at every opportunity.

"That bird shines," Fickes says.

The presidential helicopters are a source of pride for the people who work on them - and especially for those who fly them. Phil Fickes , a 1987 graduate of Glenwood High School, will be one of those pilots. He was selected to become a part of Marine Helicopter Squadron 1, an elite group which, along with serving the White House, also provides assault support for nearby bases and testing and evaluation for certain helicopters.

Fickes arrived in May at the air station in Quantico, Va., where he will learn all about the different presidential and support helicopters for the honor of becoming a co-pilot when the president needs a lift.

Whenever the president is aboard a helicopter, it becomes known as Marine One, just as the call sign for the presidential airplane becomes Air Force One when the commander in chief happens to be on board.

In 1957, President Eisenhower asked his military aides about using helicopters for short trips. Although the Air Force and Army aides were concerned about safety, the Navy aide argued that using helicopters would be safe. The decision was left up to the Secret Service, which concluded that helicopter use would be no more dangerous than using the presidential motorcade.

Eisenhower flew from the White House to Camp David on July 12, 1957, becoming the first sitting president to travel by helicopter. He flew almost weekly to either Camp David or to his farm in Gettysburg, Pa.

In 1962, President Kennedy asked for distinctive markings to be added to the presidential aircraft. The airplanes were painted blue and white, and the helicopters were painted green and white, with "The United States of America," the American flag and the presidential seal on each side.

The white-topped helicopters are for "executive flight," Fickes says, which means the president, vice president and heads of state may be flown in them.

The completely green helicopters are for support flights. On overseas trips, the helicopters are loaded onto C-5 cargo planes for transport.

The airplane that serves as Air Force One for President Clinton has more than 4,000 square feet of interior floor space. The "flying Oval Office" has leather or blue cloth seats and wood-grain furniture. Ten of the 26 crew members are flight attendants whose job is to tend to the safety and comfort of the passengers.

Although smaller than the presidential airplane, the helicopters are no less luxurious, with carpeting, large windows and a restroom. The president has a roomy chair.

"It looks like first class on an airliner," Fickes says.

The VH-60N, one of the two helicopters that serve as Marine One, can carry eight passengers and a crew of four. The helicopter is quite comfortable, but it also has more serious amenities, including self-sealing, puncture-resistant fuel tanks and special landing gear and seating that are designed to increase survivability in a crash.

The Marine in dress blues who salutes the president when he steps off the helicopter also serves as the crew chief.

"Granted, he's doing the salute when the president gets on and off, but he's taking care of the aircraft," Fickes says.

The crew chiefs are qualified mechanics who look as if they haven't come within miles of a dirty engine when they're saluting in their dress blues. But they're the ones who make sure the engine is sound and that the helicopters are immaculate.

The pilots wear different, more functional uniforms, and in the winter they can wear their leather flight jackets, trophies from flight school.

"You get it at the beginning, but if you get bounced out, you have to give it back," says Fickes, who treasures his jacket.

Fickes has wanted to become a pilot since he was a freshman in high school. "I got into aviation before 'Top Gun,' " he jokes.

He spent three years in the aviation Exploring Post 731, sponsored by Garrett Aviation in Springfield. He eventually became president of the group.

James Bildilli, chief engineer for the Bureau of Airport Engineering for the Illinois Department of Transportation, was an associate adviser of the Exploring group at the time. He also was one of the people contacted for the government's background check on Fickes, who needs high security clearance to be able to fly with the president.

"He called up and said, 'You'll probably get a call from the Secret Service or the FBI,' " Bildilli says, noting that phone calls of that nature are not unusual to him - many of his former Explorers have moved on to government or military positions.

"I've had phone calls from ships in the middle of the Mediterranean. I've had phone calls from islands in the middle of the Pacific," Bildilli says.

Bildilli tries to keep up with his former Explorers, hearing secondhand stories of their whereabouts and getting phone calls from the kids themselves. It's rewarding, he says, but he's not eager to take credit.

"You can't put a price tag on somebody else's success. Who knows if you've had any influence at all?"

He likes to hear about the achievements, though, whether or not they're related to aviation.

"I'm not all that concerned what they do as long as they are successful and respectful of other people," Bildilli says.

Fickes wishes he could've shown his gratitude to his Exploring adviser by having him over to dinner when he was based at New River air station in Jacksonville, N.C., for six years. Unknown to both of them, Bildilli regularly taught at the air station where his former Explorer was stationed. It's too bad that they didn't know, Fickes says, because his wife Kelly is an outstanding cook.

Kelly Schrake, a 1987 graduate of Southeast High School, met Phil Fickes in August 1990, after he had completed Officers Candidate School between his junior and senior year at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

They hadn't known each other in high school. Kelly had returned to Springfield after graduating from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise in Los Angeles.

They dated when Phil went back to college and were married in July 1992. Phil graduated from college in December and was commissioned as a Marine Corps second lieutenant. He had two weeks off between The Basic School, which is in-depth training for officers, and flight school.

In that short time, Kelly and Phil were married and went on their honeymoon, then Phil left for Milton, Fla., near Pensacola, for flight school.

"He came home, got married and left," Kelly jokes.

Constant worrying makes it tough being married to a pilot, but Kelly knows that it's what her husband has always wanted to do.

"He loves to fly. He likes the excitement and all that goes with it," Kelly says.

Kelly, though, is always aware of the danger. When two Marine helicopters crashed off the coast of North Carolina in May 1996, Phil phoned Kelly early that morning, before she had heard the news, to tell her he was OK, although he couldn't tell her anything else. She turned on CNN to learn that 14 Marines had been killed in the crash.

"I sat there terrified. I couldn't call my friends - what if their husbands were dead?" Kelly says. One of the dead Marines had lived in the subdivision; Kelly always thought about his widow as she passed her house.

"I always think about (the danger). It's in the back of my head. I don't like to fly. People say, 'Your husband's a pilot and you don't like to fly?' "

Still, she is excited that he has been chosen for such an important assignment. She knows, though, that after the first year Phil will be gone quite a bit, which is a little tougher now that they have a baby, Philip Alexander, who was born May 16.

Unlike the six-month deployments that allowed for preparation, Phil will be called to duty on the spur of the moment. "You just don't ever know when they're going to be gone," Kelly says.

Caption: "That bird shines," says Phil Fickes of the helicopter than transports the president. / Fickes peers out the window of a Marine helicopter while aboard the USS Nassau in the Aegean Sea last winter. / Kelly and Phil Fickes at the Marine Corps birthday ball in 1998.






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State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, March 29, 1987

Harvey Block has been installed as commander of the Navy Club Sangamon Ship 32.

Also installed were Ken Woodard, senior executive; Robert Wiltshire, junior executive; Charles Tisckos, paymaster; Bob Earl, chaplain; Kevin Moss, master-at-arms; and Ray Vanhook, historian.

Executive staff are James Schroeder, Bill Woollen , Robert Esslinger and William Sausaman.


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Normandy site – vets groups


Marine Corps League Birthday Ball set

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, November 12, 2006

The Collier-Harrison Detachment of the Marine Corps League will hold a Birthday Ball on Nov. 18, at VFW Post 755, 2211 Old Jacksonville Road.

Incoming officers are Howard Hennessey, commandant; Wayne Firth, senior vice commandant; Gary Tinervin, junior vice commandant; Bill Woollen , adjutant paymaster; Ken Guernsey, judge advocate; Graham McCoy, sergeant-at-arms; Sue Gibbons, chaplain; and Mike Bushnell, Rick Shelton and Carl Seabolt, trustees.



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Friday, March 27, 1987

Robbin Cheli has been installed as commander of the Navy Club Auxiliary Sangamon Ship 32.

Also installed were Janelle Vincent, senior executive; Frances Gehrs, junior executive; Kathline Woollen , paymaster; Elaine Bruce, chaplain; Mary Walters, conductress; Shirley Cheli, master-at-arms; and Sue Templeton, parlimentarian.



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Friday, January 28, 2000

Sangamon Ship No. 32 of the Navy Club and the club's Ladies Auxiliary have elected officers for 2000.

Navy Club officers are Jeff Uber, commander; Bob Wiltshire, junior executive officer; Bill Woollen , paymaster; Bill Sausaman, chaplain; Bob Halle, historian; Dan Beggs, mast at arms; and Don Dever, Bob Earl, Ken Woodard and Dick Elshoff, executive committee.

Auxiliary officers are Jody Brown, commander; Sue Uber, senior executive officer; Edie Sausaman, junior executive officer; Janelle Dever, paymaster; Jessie Stelte, chaplain; Pat Earl, historian; Marie Batterton, conductress; and Velma Gaffigan, mast at arms.
















State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Tuesday, April 27, 1999

W. Jean Wales AUBURN -- W. Jean Rappe Wales, 58, of Auburn, formerly of Bloomington and Sherman Oaks, Calif., died Sunday, April 25, 1999, at St. John's North.

She was born June 30, 1940, in Decatur, the daughter of Thomas Cleveland and Wilma Cecelia Crowe Rappe. She married James Robert Wales in 1975 in Kokomo, Ind.; he died in 1990. She also was preceded in death by a stepson, Dirk Wales.

Mrs. Wales… also sold real estate for a year with Caldwell Banker in Bloomington, and was active with the Humane Society in Bloomington.

Survivors: a son, Todd W. (wife, Tina) Huddleston of Bloomington; a daughter, Teri J. (husband, Rick) Anders of Auburn; five grandchildren; mother, Wilma Rappe of Taylorville; two brothers, Tom (wife, Pat) Rappe of Mattoon and Ron Rappe of Orlando, Fla.; a sister, Judy (husband, Phil) Fickes of Chatham; and several nieces and nephews.


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State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, February 6, 2000

Forge- Shrake

Hilary Jean Shrake and Thomas Roger Forge, both of Springfield, were married Oct. 9, 1999, at Washington Park Gazebo by Judge Sue Myerscough.

The bride is the daughter of Cynthia J. Shrake of Springfield. The groom is the son of Sharon M. Forge of Eden, Wis., and the late Robert J. Forge.

Serving as maid of honor was Kara Foster. Serving as matron of honor was


Christina Christofilakos.

Best man was Michael Forge. Groomsmen were


Adam Giganti,


Victor Gaynor and Terry McBride. Ushers were Scott Hanken, Tony Baptist, Joseph Sipes and Timothy Yarnick.

A reception was held at the home of the bride and groom.

The bride is a graduate of Southern Illinois University. She is employed at the Corkscrew Wine Emporium. The groom is a graduate of St. Norbert College. He is employed by Zimmer.

The couple will reside in Springfield.



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State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, October 9, 1988

Buedel-Cealey Carol R. Shrake -Cealey and William J. Buedel, both of Springfield,

exchanged marriage vows on Sept. 2. The Rev. Charles Olshefsky performed the ceremony at St. Cabrini Catholic Church.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James F. Shrake , 29 Gettysburg Drive. The bridegroom's parents are Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Williams, 2507 St. James Road.

Bridesmaid was Angela Horrighs, and Daniel Hawley was best man.

A reception was held at the home of the bridegroom's mother.

The bride is employed by Menco Corp. The bridegroom is employed by Sasco Corp.

The couple will live in Springfield.



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Tuesday, May 23, 1995

Shrake -50th Mr. and Mrs. James Shrake of Springfield celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday at the Motor Boat Club.

Shrake and the former Eva Thon were married May 22, 1945. Mr. Shrake was employed by Pillsbury Mill for 38 years. Mrs. Shrake was employed for 33 years by St. John's Coffee Shop.

They are the parents of three children, Carol Buedel and Kenneth and Timothy Shrake , all of Springfield. There are seven grandchildren and a great-grandchild.





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State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, October 22, 2000


Kellee Dawn Stoye and Todd Eric Sporrer, both of Springfield, were married at 2:30 p.m. Aug. 19 at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church by the Rev. Jerene Houser.

The bride is the daughter of Richard and Sandra Stoye of Springfield. The groom is the son of Larry and Diane Sporrer of Springfield.

Serving as maid of honor was Trisha Johnson. Bridesmaids were Lisa Christian, Jodie Shaw, Rhonda Moore, Liz Bretz, Lindsey Lister and Victoria Stoye. Flower girl was Megan Bretz.

Best man was John Bretz. Groomsmen were John Rath, Jason Shrake , Roger Cheek, Jamie Sullivan, Brian Collins and Bobby Stoye. Ushers were Ronnie Prieto and Cory Christian. Ringbearers were Justin and Cody Stoye.

A reception was held at the Eagles Club.

The bride is a graduate of Lanphier High School. She is employed by the Illinois House of Representatives. The groom is a graduate of Southeast High School. He is employed by D. Coy Fence Company.

The couple will reside in Springfield.


















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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Friday, January 8, 1999

* St. John's Mercy Medical Center named Kevin Shrake administrator over the Intensive Care Unit, Emergency Department, Cardiac Care Unit and Burn Center.





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Tulsa World - Sunday, July 1, 2001

St. Francis Health System has named Kevin Shrake as senior vice president and chief operating officer at St. Francis Hospital.

Shrake previously worked at St. John's Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis as administrator. Prior to his stay at St. John's,


Shrake was administrator at the heart center at


Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Ill.


Shrake has more than 25 years of experience in large, university-affiliated medical centers.



Nursing shortage becomes critical

Tulsa World - Wednesday, July 17, 2002

Author: Nora K. Froeschle, World Assistant Editor

`They're absolutely the backbone of healthcare in hospitals. ... You can't run a hospital without nurses -- period,` said Kevin Shrake , chief operating officer at St. Francis Hospital.

Last summer, the shortage became critical at St. Francis, 6161 S. Yale Ave., and 44 beds had to be closed by the fall, Shrake said.

Patient care was never threatened, but the nurse to patient ratio was too high, and it was deemed necessary to close the beds for the sake of the patients and the staff.

He believes the move made a big impression on the staff because the message to them was, `we don't want to overwork you,` he said. More staff was hired and all 44 beds are open again.

Over the winter, executives and administrative staff volunteered as support staff on various weekend shifts, a show of support for nurses and other medical staff.

Antionette Crane, R.N. graduated May 11 from Rogers State University in Claremore, and started working almost immediately at St. Francis on the same floor -- 4 North -- where she was an extern (an intern who is compensated) last summer.

She immediately noticed the difference in the nurse to patient ratio, she said, recalling it was about 1-to-10 or 12, whereas more recently it was 1-to-6 or 7.

`I don't feel as hurried and they (patients) can tell,` said Crane.

New nursing graduates like Crane are apparently not as easy to come by as they used to be.

`Enrollments are down nationwide, and the demand is higher than it's ever been,` said Shrake.

Hospitals have been hit especially hard by the shortage for a number of reasons, he said.

`The sickest people come to the hospital and the demand for care is higher,` said Shrake, adding nurses also have more options today.

Hospitals used to be one of a few health care facilities to work in, and now there are many, he said.

Another reason hospitals feel the shortage more acutely is that schedules at hospitals often include night and weekend shifts, which are less popular, especially for nurses with families.

`Fortunately for the community, we're open 24/7,` said Shrake.

Many hospitals offer large sign-on bonuses to recruit new nurses, but Shrake said such an approach might bring people in, but it might also alienate existing staff.

`We do not offer large sign-on bonuses,` he said, but added moving expenses are paid and a $500 bonus is given to newly hired nurses.

Instead, St. Francis employees, at both the Tulsa and Broken Arrow locations, receive a $1,500 referral bonus if they find and recruit a new nurse.

Hospitals often have to employ traveling nurses, who are often paid double their local counterparts, but Shrake said St. Francis only employs them in specialty areas like the respiratory unit, which takes care of patients suffering from emphysema, pneumonia and asthma.

Loretta Cahalen, R.N., who works in the unit (lightly referred to as Thoracic Park), has worked at St. Francis since 1974 when she began as a nursing assistant.

The `acuity of the patients` has changed more than anything, she said, explaining that while insurance now dictates standards for hospitalization, people used to be routinely hospitalized for what are now considered simple procedures.

Nursing itself has changed too, she said.

`We used to do team nursing,` she said of the 1970s. In the 1980s, the focus was on total patient care where the nurse tried to meet the total needs of the patient.

Today different floors have specialized staff to meet categories of patient care, she said.

Her unit is one of the few where traveling nurses are used to fill the staffing needs. Cahalen has just two or three patients under her direct care at all times, though she said the evening shifts struggle more with short staffing than the day shifts.

SouthCrest has faced shortages in nursing staff due more to their own growth than anything else, said Gwen TeFelle, chief operating officer who worked as a nurse herself before becoming administrator.

Newly-hired nurses can expect a $2,000 sign-on bonus if they commit to a year at the facility, and because virtually everyone is relatively new to the 3-year-old hospital, resentment over bonuses given to new staff is not a problem, TeFelle said.

The hospital, which is located at 8801 S. 101st E. Ave., employs 250 nurses. Sixty-four new beds, which will be open Aug. 6, were recently added, bringing the total number of beds to 180.






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St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) - Friday, August 1, 2008

Kevin Shrake was named president and chief executive of St. Elizabeth's Hospital.





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Paying attention to nurses pays off, hospitals say Reducing staff turnover, keeping patients smiling

St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) - Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Author: Blythe Bernhard ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

When the nurses are happy, everybody is happy.

Hospitals know that nurses' attitudes toward their jobs can affect patient satisfaction and employee morale. Facing high turnover rates and a national nursing shortage, hospitals are increasingly focused on supporting their nurses.

One way to keep nurses satisfied is to make sure they feel comfortable with the transition from nursing school to the fast-paced, high-stress working environment of a hospital.

This fall, Des Peres Hospital became the first hospital in Missouri to offer the Versant RN Residency program to new hires to prepare them for their first nursing jobs out of school. The program provides a nurse training curriculum and online evaluation system that hospital staff use to track residents' progress.

During the 18-week residency, new nurses spend a quarter of their time in the classroom and the rest on the hospital floor with mentors. Classes are taught by people working in the hospital's pharmacy, social work, physical therapy, respiratory and other departments to help the nurses build relationships throughout the hospital.

The residents receive mentoring from nurses who have been working two to three years and remember the challenges of starting a new job.

The area's largest hospital, Barnes-Jewish, said its orientation program for newly graduated nurses typically lasts eight to 12 weeks, or up to 16 weeks of specialty training for the intensive care unit.

St. Elizabeth's Hospital


in Belleville



started using the Versant program in 2006 and has reduced its newly hired nurse turnover rate in the first year to 14 percent from 50 percent, said Donna Meyers, the program's manager.

"Nurses left nursing because of lack of support - and stress," Meyers said. "The hospital has had a change in culture. People are excited about the residency."

Versant is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit group that works with hospitals to improve their nurse-retention rates.

According to the American Hospital Association, the job vacancy rate for registered nurses in U.S. hospitals is about 8 percent, but the rate is expected to more than triple over the next decade.

Sally Nagel was one of 16 registered nurses who graduated last week from St. Elizabeth's residency program.

"The stress of multitasking on a medical surgical floor is a lot different than being a student," Nagel said. "I'm 100 percent more confident than I was the day that I started."

The cost of putting a nurse through Versant's program is $5,250. That's worth it, said


St. Elizabeth's CEO,


Kevin Shrake ,


when you consider the $75,000 to $100,000 it takes to recuit and hire a nurse.

"We've had five consecutive months of more nurses coming into our building than leaving the building," Shrake said. "The employees transmit that happiness to the patients we serve, and that's what we're here for."

Helping Hands

Other area hospitals help keep nurses happy by recruiting volunteers - unpaid nurses with current licenses who provide an extra set of eyes, ears and hands to the nurses on staff.

St. John's Mercy Medical Center in Creve Coeur was one of the first in the country to give nurse volunteers responsibilities, including taking patient histories, changing bandages, checking vital signs and giving baths to patients. The volunteers don't take physicians' orders or dispense medicine.

Some of the volunteers are retired nurses, but others already have jobs and volunteer for the opportunity to give extra patient care.

Kim Lindley volunteers once a week through a program at Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center, the same hospital where she started her career in the 1980s. She also works part time at St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield, and she says volunteering keeps her happy.

"I get to do the fun parts of nursing, the parts you don't have time for (at a paying job)," she said. "It's more rewarding when it's from the heart and not the paycheck."

On a recent morning Lindley played Yahtzee with one young patient, gave a nursing student advice on feeding a baby and helped insert a catheter into another patient.

Nurses say they love having the volunteers' help. The volunteers understand why the machines are beeping. They can answer patients' questions. They know how to help.

"He can anticipate our needs, we don't have to ask," Cardinal Glennon nurse Marlene Zagarri said of one operating room nurse volunteer. "Our younger volunteers are more like our gofers. These guys can actually use their nursing skills."






























Jeff guy – social network – Rochester –


Don’t know the guy – he knows some people I know – saw him at parties a couple times –



Todd guy= SCSO





partisan politics –

tea party –




sites –















chris guy at ICLJ –


todd guy at SCSO –


dragoo, roth – charles robbins – ilfop – trame - tea party


rusciolelli – Riverton – riv kc’s – riv pd – fd -


Loftus collision – 2 watercraft – 47 yr old – 19 yr old


weavers manufacturing – union rep - IAM


security bank – mangalavite – madonia - welcher











Chris guy – ICJL – (jeff guy’s bro)


ICJL guy is jeff guy’s brother – (I vaguely know jeff guy,)


Brother todd= scso honor guard – jail staff





Here’s your tea party link – dragoo – ilfop – roth – uis CR’s –



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, June 2, 2002

Section: LOCAL


Jayne Ann Roth of Sherman and Nolan David Nosari of Springfield were married at 2 p.m. April 27, 2002, at St. Aloysius Church by the Rev. John Titus.

The bride is the daughter of Bill and Sandy Dragoo of Sherman and


Robert and Faye Roth of Springfield.


The groom is the son of David and Evelyn Schumacher of Springfield and John Nosari of Chatham.

Serving as matron of honor was Sandy Dragoo.


Bride's attendants were

Nick Roth,

Tim Roth,

Terry Roth and

 Jason Roth. Flower girl was

Kylie Roth.

Best man was Nathan Nosari. Groomsman were



Todd Guy ,




Dave Campbell and Ed Dowllar. Ringbearer was

A.J. Roth.

Additional attendants were Cynthia Parmenter, Susan Bond and Randy Riggs.

A reception was held at the Springfield Motor Boat Club.

The bride is employed by the state

Department of Public Health, division of food, drugs and dairies.

The groom is employed by the state

Department of Public Health, division of health policy.

The couple will reside in Springfield.




Big Creek hayride brings back old-time fun - SHEILA SMITH

Herald & Review (Decatur, IL) - Sunday, October 18, 2009

Author/Byline: H&R Staff Writer ; DECATUR - Becky Pierce grew up in the country and was used to riding in wagons filled with hay.
Section: News
Page: B4

"We use to take church rides in the wagons filled with straw through the countryside. There would be a lot of people, and the kids would jump off the wagons," said Pierce, who is from Louisville, 25 miles south of Effingham.

She compares that time to the more relaxing and quieter hayride she took at Big Creek Riding Stables on Friday evening.

Pierce and a few others cuddled in blankets, sat on bales of hay on the back of a wagon hooked to a tractor that toted them around the grounds at Big Creek.

They even stopped to watch some deer that wandered onto the pastures jump over the high white fence and back into the woods surrounding the property.

Rebecca Lloyd, manager at Big Creek, who drove the tractor, brought it to a halt in front of a campfire for the group to roast marshmallows.

Lloyd said it was the first time the Decatur Park District organized a hayride at Big Creek and was hoping for more people.

"The hayrides are just a casual and fun way for people to get together. And there’s something about being in the cold in the back of a hay wagon," she said as the campfire helped warm everyone up.

Last weekend, rain prevented the first hayrides that ended up being rescheduled for Friday and today. Lloyd is expecting a larger crowd for today’s hayride because it will start a little earlier.

Hayrides are just as popular in farming communities of Illinois as they are in the mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina, where it’s a big part of fall, pumpkins and Halloween.

As a matter of fact, Lloyd said, they will have a Halloween-themed horse show at Big Creek on Oct. 25 that will be open to the public. She also hopes to begin horse riding lessons in the spring.

Those braving the chilly weather with Pierce included her friend, Rick Williams and his family; daughter, Hannah Medley, and her sons, Joss, 2, and 6-month-old Dexter; another daughter, Holly Williams, and her boyfriend, Chris Guy .

The young Joss seemed more obsessed with the tractor than riding on the back of the wagon.

"It was really fun and something you would do with your family," Holly Williams said.

Guy added while trying to stay warm in front of the fire after the ride, "It’s not every day you get to ride on a wagon with hay pulled by a tractor."

sheilas@herald-review.com 421-7963

If you go

What: hayrides

When: from 3:30 to 6 p.m., today

Where: Big City Riding Stables, 4961 E. Lost Bridge Road




Herald & Review (Decatur, IL) - Friday, March 30, 2007


FORSYTH — Harold L. Wingfield, 84, of Forsyth died Tuesday, March 27, 2007 in Decatur Memorial Hospital. Funeral liturgy will be held on Saturday, March 31, 2007, at 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Graceland/ Fairlawn Funeral Home, with Father Rick Weltin presiding, where visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday evening where a reciting of prayers will be conducted at 5:30 p.m. Burial with the Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home’s FLIGHT HOME CEREMONY and Military Rites will be in Graceland Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to be given to Cancer Care Specialist of Central Illinois or Homeward Bound Pet Shelter of Decatur. The family of Mr. Wingfield is being served by the staff of Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, located at 2091 North Oakland Avenue in Decatur. You may view the online obituary and send condolences to the family: www.gracelandfairlawn.com Harold was born on December 10, 1922, in Moberly, Missouri, a son of Ernest James Sr. of Sheffield, England and Hildagarade (Wegs) Wingfield of Moberly, Missouri. He married Pauline Pier on July 12, 1943. Harold was a U.S. Navy Veteran of two wars, World War II and Korean Conflict. He was retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad where he had been a railroad official for several decades moving all over the country in various positions. After retiring from the railroad, he and his wife, Pauline moved to Charlotte, North Carolina where they lived for nineteen years before moving back to Decatur. Besides Decatur, Harold lived in many communities throughout the country, Detroit, Michigan, Roanoke, Virginia, Sandusky, Ohio, Owosso, Michigan, Moberly, Missouri, Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Pensacola, Florida.

He survived by his wife of 64 years, Pauline of Forsyth and his son, H.L. “Butch” Wingfield and his wife, Jan of Novi, Michigan,

and his daughter, Gloria Guy of Decatur and

five grandchildren:

Jeff Guy

and his wife Laura of South Bend, Indiana,

Sean Guy and his wife Melissa of Springfield,

Chris Guy

of Springfield, and

Lauren and Matt Wingfield of Novi, Michigan.


He is preceded in death by his son-in-law, Richard Guy and his brother, Ernest James Wingfield, Jr. The family would like to thank Dr. Guaglianone and DMH Hospice particularly, Pam, Gale and Angie for all of their wonderful care. Obituary written by family members. Online guest book at www.legacy.com/herald-review/ Obituaries.asp







Student gov w/ sims – doc

Christian county sheriff

– sarver – dowdy -




Herald & Review (Decatur, IL) - Sunday, November 19, 2000

Section: Life
Page: G2


Officers named

Student Senate officers at Richland Community College are Matthew Lappin, president; Matt Dougherty, vice president;

Chris Guy , treasurer; and Sarah Baker and

Jeremy Sims, senators







State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, May 27, 2001


Melissa Kaye Blaise and
Todd Edward Guy
, both of Springfield, were married at 2 p.m. April 28 at the Brinkerhoff Home by Judge John Mehlick.

The bride is the daughter of Patricia and Jerry Daniels of Springfield and Delbert and Denise McCann of Rochester.

The groom is the son of John Guy of Springfield and Jeannie Tomasino of Florida.

Serving as matron of honor was Kathy Williams.

Best man was Jeff Guy .

A reception was held at the Brinkerhoff Home.

The bride is employed as office supervisor at Stanley Steemer.

The groom is an officer with the Sangamon County Sheriff's Department.

The couple will reside in Springfield.




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, January 18, 1998


Ebersohl-Horrigh Angela Marie Horrigh of Virden and David Keith Ebersohl of Chatham

exchanged wedding vows at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Springfield Beach House. The Rev. Tony Tomasino performed the ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Robert and Beverly Horrigh of Virden. The groom is the son of John and Linda Ebersohl of Chatham.

Serving as maid of honor was Amber Horrigh, with Kirsten Ebersohl as bridesmaid.

Serving as best man was Brent Iven, with Jeff Guy as groomsman. Usher was Russell Horrigh.

A reception was held at the Springfield Beach House.

The couple will reside in San Jose, Calif.





State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, February 21, 1988

PVT. TODD GUY , son of John and Jean Guy of Rochester, has graduated as a reconnaissance scout from the U.S. Army Armor School, Fort Knox, Ky.

He is a 1987 graduate of Rochester High School.






Note loftus – death in the news recently – accidental –



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, November 30, 1997

 Loftus-Schroeder Richelle Renee Schroeder and

Scott Keith Loftus,

both of Springfield, exchanged wedding vows at 2 p.m. Oct. 25 at Church of the Little Flower by the Rev. Al Kemme.

The bride is the daughter of Margaret Schroeder and Richard Schroeder, both of Springfield. The groom is the son of Patricia Loftus of Riverton and Jack Loftus Sr. of Jacksonville.

Serving as maid of honor was Beth Westholm, with Jennifer Hensen, Angie Daugherty and Carol Hammer as bridesmaids.

Serving as best man was Todd Guy , with Jack Loftus Jr., Jason Loftus and John Kirby as groomsmen. Ushers were Steve Scattergood and Brad Szoke.

A reception was held at the IBEW Hall.

The bride is employed as a nurse for the state Department of Rehabilitation.

The groom is employed by the Sangamon County Sherriff's Department.

The couple will reside in Springfield.







State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, May 13, 2001

THE SANGAMON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE recently presented awards to the public and department personnel for the year 2000.

Gary Ambuehl received a Citizens award for his assistance to emergency personnel at a crash scene. Ambuehl assisted emergency personnel by using a snowplow attached to his truck to stabilize a vehicle in which two crash victims were trapped.

A Citizens award also was given to ABATE, an organization that promotes motorcycle safety.

Medals of Merit were awarded to Deputies William Cearlock and John Diefenback for their accomplishments on traffic-related projects. Medals of Valor were awarded to

Correctional Officer Cpl.

Todd Guy

and Correctional Officer Vincent Fox for removing a crash victim from a vehicle that was hanging over the side of a 70-foot drop-off.

Deputies Terry Roderick and Jeff VanHoos received Medals of Valor for saving the life of a suicidal man. Roderick received a second Medal of Valor for his actions to protect the life of another deputy.

Janice Miller received the Civilian Employee of the Year award. The Correctional Officer of the Year award was given to Correctional Officer Lt. Karen Wahl. Deputy James Tapscott was named Deputy of the Year.





The spirit of competition / Police, firefighters head to the 2001 World Police and Fire Games

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Monday, June 11, 2001

Page: 17

Springfield police officer Mark Houston has wrestled competitively since his high school years but never imagined he would get a chance to wrestle against officers from all over the world, let alone become friends with them.

Houston is one of 18 local police officers and firefighters who will go head to head with 8,700 of their national and international counterparts this week when they compete in the 2001 World Police and Fire Games in Indianapolis. The competition is said to be one of the largest sporting events in the world, coming in second to the Olympics.

"It's just really phenomenal to talk to guys from all over the world," Houston said, recalling some of the friendships he created when he wrestled in the 1997 games in Calgary, Canada.

The games include 70 events ranging from traditional Olympic-style contests, such as running, swimming, archery, basketball and cycling, to police and fire-oriented events, such as bucket brigade, pistol and rifle shoots and police service dog and honor guard competitions.

"Staying healthy is the hard part. Hopefully nobody gets hurt between now and then," Houston said. He worked out two to three times a day last week to prepare for the competitions. "I got hurt two months ago wrestling. That set me back," he said. "I feel 100 percent now. I'm just trying to get my endurance up."

Houston, who patrols the Lake Springfield area, ended up with respectable fourth- and fifth-place finishes at the 1997 games. This year, he will compete in Greco-Roman and free-style wrestling. He said he hopes to avoid injury and do the best he can.

"I just want to stay healthy and wrestle well. If I do that, I know I can compete. That's the best you can hope for," he said. "This year it's in our back yard, so that makes it pretty nice. Two years from now it's in Spain. We're very fortunate to have it this close."

Houston, who coaches wrestling at Chatham High School in addition to policing Lake Springfield, said the best part of the games is meeting law enforcement officers from so many different cultures.

"It's amazing, absolutely amazing," Houston said. "I got to wrestle guys that I would never have gotten the chance to wrestle - guys from Bulgaria, Canada, India and all over the United States. That kind of competition, it's just neat as hell."

Other Springfield police officers who will compete are detective Kelly Urbas, who is entering Toughest Competitor Alive and mountain bike contests; Sgt. Dennis Arnold, who also will try for Toughest Competitor Alive; and downtown officer Carl Crawford, who will enter the mountain bike contest and combat pistol shoot.

The Toughest Competitor Alive competition is an all-day event in which athletes do a 5-k run, shot put, 110-yard dash, 110-yard swim, 20-foot rope climb, bench press, pull ups and an obstacle course.

Urbas, who used to do bike patrol and has competed in triathlons before, said the Toughest Competitor Alive event seemed like a good fit for him. He said he and the other Springfield officers who are going are part of the department's tactical team, and they often encourage each other to enter athletic events.

"It's a way to stay in shape and challenge each other," he said. "We're pretty excited about going. They say it's supposed to be second only to the Olympics. You get to meet a lot of other police from all over the world. It's a good way to meet people and have fun at the same time."

Six Springfield firefighters will compete in the games. Capt. Greg Stephens and Capt. Joe Serra will enter a golf competition, Bob Marfell and Bill Carmean will compete in motorcross, Tom Bohrer will compete in archery and John Forbes will enter the Toughest Competitor Alive and table tennis events.

In addition, Bohrer, Marfell, Carmean and Forbes will participate in the opening ceremony, and Firefighters Local 37 donated money for the men to buy special outfits to wear during the event, Forbes said.

Forbes, who describes himself as a naturally competitive person, said he is eager to do his best and, he hopes, bring home a medal.

"Mostly I decided to do it because I thought it would be interesting to meet people from all over the world who are police and firefighters," he said. "But I'm also doing it because I'm competitive, and I wanted to see how I can do against people from all over the world."

In addition, the Sangamon County Sheriff's Department honor guard unit will compete in an honor guard event.


Members of the unit include


Lt. Dave Johnson,


Sgt. Brian Carey,


Sgt. Greg Stratton,


Cpl. Todd Guy , deputies


Terry Roderick,


Cheryl Williams and


Tim Mazrim, and correctional officer


Charles Ealey.

Johnson said the unit spent about $2,000 on new equipment and entry fees, though none of that money came from the county budget. He said the unit received numerous donations that allowed them to purchase $1,500 worth of rifles that were chrome-plated especially for the games.

This is the first time any of the county officers will compete in the world games. Johnson said the group has been practicing once a week since Thanksgiving.

"As far as the United States goes, I think we're as good as any unit. The European countries, usually their police forces are more military than we are, and I think that might be an edge for them. I go over with the attitude that we're going to win, and we'll take it from there," he said.

"No matter how we come out, we won't have anything to be ashamed of. We'll keep our heads high, and we'll have a good showing."

Other Central Illinois agencies scheduled to compete in the games include Champaign Police Department, Danville Police Department, Macon County Sheriff's Department, Peoria Police Department, Quincy Police Department, Rantoul Police Department and the University of Illinois Police Department.

Some of the 53 countries represented at this year's games are: Australia, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, El Salvador, France, Germany, India, Japan, Malaysia, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and the United Kingdom. For more information about the 2001 World Police and Fire Games, competitors and events, go to www.2001wpfg.org.

Caption: Members of the Sangamon County honor guard unit, from left, Deputy Cheryllynn Williams, Sgt. Greg Stratton, Deputy Terry Roderick and Cpl. Todd Guy practice folding the American flag Sunday before heading off to the 2001 World Police and Fire Games in Indianapolis this week.





Jeff guy – todd guy



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, December 2, 2001


Tammy Irene Horner and Jeffrey Jacob Guy, both of Springfield, were married at 5 p.m. Oct. 6 at South Side Christian Church by the Rev. Jon Morrissette.

The bride is the daughter of Gary and Sharla Horner of Havana. The groom is the son of John Guy of Springfield and Jeannie Tomasino of Clearwater, Fla.

Serving as matron of honor was Jody Specketer. Serving as maid of honor was Joey Johnston. Bridesmaids were Jill Briggs, Kelly Boedecker and Stephanie Johnson. Flower girl was Madalyn Guy.

Serving as best man was Todd Guy . Groomsmen were Damon Soper, Todd Horner, Joe Calandrino and Ron Holliday. Ushers were Tracey Horner and Ira Hendricks. Ringbearer was Brandon Horner.

A reception was held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Chatham.

The bride is a 1992 graduate of Havana High School and a 1996 graduate of Western Illinois University. She is employed by North American Mortgage Co. The groom is a 1988 graduate of Rochester High School and a 1995 graduate of Illinois State University. He is employed as a geologist by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The couple will reside in Springfield.




County sheriff's office honors officers, citizens

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Author/Byline: Staff Report, THE STATE JOURNAL-REGISTER
Section: homepage

More than two dozen people were honored at the Sangamon County Sheriff's Office awards dinner Tuesday.

Two citizens were recognized for assisting the sheriff's office. Tracy Dees was given an award for helping deputies in an incident that involved an intoxicated person and several young children. Troy Hogarth was recognized for helping deputies with a young girl who was left by her parents at a liquor store.

Medals of Merit were awarded to court security officer Kenny Downs, superintendent Terry Durr and correctional officer Amber Green. They were also given to correctional officers Lt. Candice Cain, Lt. William Smith, Sgt. Todd Guy , Rob Berola, Amy Sommer, Kevin Furlong, Mike Sauer, Tracy Snider, Rob Redpath, Cathy Hagstrom, Brad Martin, and nurse Lucy Ramsey for lifesaving efforts during a suicide attempt in the jail.

Unit citations were awarded to the Sangamon County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard and third shift correctional officers for thwarting a suicide attempt.

A Medal of Valor was awarded to civil process officer Bob Meacham for unarming a woman with a knife. Medals of Valor also were awarded to Lt. Brian Bressan, Sgt. Joe Rath, Deputy Andy Danes, Deputy Nancy Ealey, Deputy Derek Guernsey, Deputy Jeff VanHoos, Deputy Cliff Jones, civil process server Cole Powell and civil process server Gary Dougherty for their actions dealing with a mentally ill person who was wielding two spears and two butcher knives.

The civilian employee of the year is Lynn Evans, the correctional officer of the year is Officer Brad Clark and court security officer of the Year is Officer Michelle Bartolazzi. Deputy of the year is Deputy Nancy Ealey and Capt. Debra Brown was awarded the Sgt. James Campbell Award.










Guy is best man to Scott loftus – scso –




Charges against former county jail worker dropped

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Author/Byline: SARAH ANTONACCI STAFF WRITER sarah.antonacci@sj-r.com
Section: LOCAL
Page: 22

Charges were dropped Tuesday against a former Sangamon County Jail correctional officer who had been accused of abusing an inmate.

Scott K. Moore Sr., 47, was charged in July 2006 with kneeing an inmate in the groin and stomach and slapping him in the face while both were in the booking area of the jail. Moore had been charged with official misconduct and battery.

"We believe our client was acting within the scope of his authority, and we've always believed that," said Dan Fultz, Moore's attorney. "It was our position going to trial that Mr. Moore was just doing his job. The exercise of police power is not always pretty."

Moore was fired as a result of the charges, but Fultz said Moore is asking the correctional officers union to help him regain his job.

John Milhiser, first assistant state's attorney, said that as the case progressed, it became clear the "evidence that would be presented to the jury would be insufficient to proceed to trial."

The alleged victim, Aaron Barker, 21, failed to show up despite having been subpoenaed to appear in court on Tuesday, Milhiser said. The state's attorney's office's investigator had been trying for weeks to find Barker, but has been unable to locate him, Milhiser said.

"Ryan Cadagin (assistant state's attorney) was ready, willing and able to try the case, but simply could not go forward without an essential witness, Barker, and they made extensive efforts to locate him," Fultz said. "They couldn't go forward without his testimony."

Barker filed a personal injury lawsuit in Sangamon County Circuit Court in June 2007 against Moore, Sheriff Neil Williamson, the county and other unknown correctional officers.

In October 2006, a shift lieutenant with the sheriff's office testified at a preliminary hearing that Barker had been unruly, but that two officers had him under control.

The lieutenant, Scott Loftus , said he saw Moore, who had been leaning against the booking counter, step in front of Barker, put his hand around the back of Barker's neck and knee him in the stomach and groin area "three to four times."

Loftus also testified that Moore then followed the other officers and Barker into the hallway leading to the security cell, where he slapped Barker in the face several times, saying, "How do you like that?"

Loftus testified that there were videotapes of the incident.




Officer says he saw abuse of inmate

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Friday, October 13, 2006

Page: 8

The Sangamon County Jail inmate allegedly kneed and slapped by a correctional officer in the jail's booking area on June 22 was under the control of two other officers and was being walked to a secure area at the time, according to testimony at a court hearing Thursday.

Scott Loftus , a shift lieutenant for the Sangamon County Sheriff's Office, testified at a preliminary hearing on charges of official misconduct and battery against Scott K. Moore Sr., 45, a jail correctional officer until he was fired July 10.

Loftus, who also teaches the proper use of force to other law officers, said he was called between 2 and 3 a.m. to the booking area, where two officers were moving inmate Aaron Barker, 20, from his cell to the jail's security cell.

He said Barker had been unruly, calling the officers names and being "verbally loud," but that the two officers had him controlled with a "gooseneck grip lock" - one officer on either side, gripping an arm.

Under questioning by defense attorney Jon Gray Noll, Loftus said he couldn't recall what Barker was yelling.

He said in response to a question by assistant state's attorney Randy Blue that he saw Moore, who had been leaning against the booking counter, step in front of Barker, put his hand around the back of Barker's neck and knee him in the stomach and groin area "three or four times."

Loftus said Moore then followed the other officers and Barker into the hallway leading to the security cell, where he slapped Barker in the face several times, saying, "How do you like that?"

Loftus said there are videotapes of the incident.

Loftus also told Noll he had no knowledge of whether or not officers used a Taser twice on Barker once he got into the security cell. He also denied that he didn't get along with Moore, who had been a correctional officer since 2000.

Moore pleaded not guilty to both charges.

The case was assigned to Chief Circuit Judge Robert Eggers, and a Jan. 29 trial date was set.

Barker, who listed a Chatham address, was in jail after having been arrested several days earlier on suspicion of criminal damage to property, although he was never formally charged.

Official misconduct is a Class 3 felony punishable by up to two to five years in prison. Battery is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, March 3, 2002

Section: LOCAL
Page: 12

Police Beat is compiled from the most serious and unusual reports of crimes, fires and accidents released to the media by area law enforcement agencies.

* A candle is being blamed for starting a fire that destroyed a mobile home on Ridgely Avenue Saturday, leaving a family of four homeless.

The fire at 3501 Ridgely Ave., lot 6, started about 4:30 p.m. when a candle set a couch on fire. Scott Loftus , who lived in the house with his wife and two young children, tried unsuccessfully to put the fire out, said Battalion Chief Bernie Coady of the Springfield Fire Department.

All of the family members, as well as two dogs, made it safely out of the house. Scott Loftus suffered what appeared to be minor smoke inhalation, and was taken to Memorial Medical Center by ambulance as a precaution, Coady said.

The hospital reported that Loftus was treated and released.

Firefighters were on the scene about an hour. Damage to the home was estimated at $60,000, and the destroyed contents were valued at $25,000.

Coady said the family is staying with friends and relatives in the area.



Loftus – jack loftus

= scotts father - brother




State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, November 30, 1997

Loftus-Schroeder Richelle Renee Schroeder and Scott Keith Loftus, both of Springfield, exchanged wedding vows at 2 p.m. Oct. 25 at Church of the Little Flower by the Rev. Al Kemme.

The bride is the daughter of Margaret Schroeder and Richard Schroeder, both of Springfield. The groom is the son of Patricia Loftus of Riverton and Jack Loftus Sr. of Jacksonville.

Serving as maid of honor was Beth Westholm, with Jennifer Hensen, Angie Daugherty and Carol Hammer as bridesmaids.

Serving as best man was Todd Guy, with Jack Loftus Jr., Jason Loftus and John Kirby as groomsmen. Ushers were Steve Scattergood and Brad Szoke.

A reception was held at the IBEW Hall.

The bride is employed as a nurse for the state Department of Rehabilitation. The groom is employed by the Sangamon County Sherriff's Department.

The couple will reside in Springfield.


Here’s a jeff Jordan link


El Schafer – beer dist.


Rusciolelli – riverton – riv kc’s – fanale - vala


Ruby elec – james watts



State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, November 10, 1996

Watts-Roberts Robin Michelle Roberts and James Russell Watts, both of Springfield, were married at 5 p.m. Oct. 12 at Elliott Avenue Baptist Church by Dr. Gary H. Rhodes.

The bride is the daughter of Ed Roberts of Springfield and Mary Ann Roberts of Sherman. The groom is the son of Jim and Karen Watts of Riverton.

Serving as matron of honor was Angela Brooks. Dena Micheletti, Suzanne Phillips and Tish Peavy were bridesmaids.

Best man was Mike Hughes. Jack Loftus Jr.,

Joe Rusciolelli and

Jeff Jordan


were groomsmen. Ushers were Jay Watts and Wes Heckman.

A reception was held at the VFW Hall, Northenders Post 10302. The bride is a graduate of Ursuline Academy.

She is employed by E.L. Schafer and Sons.

The groom is a graduate of Riverton High School. He is employed by Ruby Electric.

The couple will live in Springfield.




Jeff Jordan link to mangalavite



And paul carpenter


polistina – spd mcu






State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Sunday, May 16, 1993



Michelle Louise McGuire


and Earl Albert Julian, both of Springfield, were married at 4 p.m. April 24 at West Side Christian Church by the Rev.

Charles Lee.

The bride is the daughter of Joe and Janet Mangalavite of Cantrall


and Ronald and Sue McGuire of Springfield. The groom is the son of Jerry and Doranne Julian of Riverton.

Serving as maid of honor was Kathy Ray. Bridesmaids were Tanya Adams, Sandy Sommerfeld, Maureen McGuire and Missy Ostermeier. Flower girl was Gretchen Shewmaker.

Best man was Tom Ray. Groomsmen were Brian Cuffle, Charlie Ealey,

Jeff Jordan and Rick Simpson. Ushers were Bill Smock,


Paul Carpenter


and Rusty Kennedy. Ringbearer was Nicholas McGuire.

A reception was held at the Riverton Knights of Columbus.

The bride is a graduate of Athens High School and is employed by the state Department of Public Aid. The groom is a graduate of Riverton High School and Lincoln Land Community College. He is employed by Budget Rent-A-Car.

The couple will reside in Springfield.



Dave Bakke: Ex-Weaver Manufacturing employees due insurance policies

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Friday, February 5, 2010

Section: bakke

If someone had a $1,000 life insurance policy, paid in full and ready to be paid to their survivors upon their death, that person would expect the policy to be paid.

In a weird turn of events, there may be people living in Springfield, or people who used to live here, who are in that situation. But their survivors might never see that $1,000. Some of them don't even know they have it coming.

They are all former employees of Weaver Manufacturing, which used to be at 2171 S. Ninth St. There might be 20 of them, there might be 100 - nobody knows for sure how many ex-employees are still living. But every one of them has a $1,000 life insurance policy.

Weaver was founded in 1910 by brothers Ira and Gailard Weaver. For the first half of the 20th century, it produced equipment for garages, from the smallest mechanics' tools to giant lifts and cranes. The Springfield company kept expanding until, by the 1930s, it employed 400 people.

The company didn't offer a pension to its employees, but the union negotiated that life insurance policy for workers.

In 1959, Ira Weaver (his brother, Gailard, had died in 1942) sold the factory to the Dura Corp. out of Detroit. In 1973, Dura closed the Springfield plant and moved its operations to Paris, Ky.

But even though the company was no longer in Springfield, those insurance policies were still in force.

Don Loftus was the union manager at Weaver's for nearly 20 years.


He stayed in Springfield and was responsible for distributing those insurance policies. Whenever he got word that a former Weaver employee died, Don contacted the family and made sure they got that $1,000.

Don died about 10 years ago. Unfortunately, he took all the information about the policies with him.

His son, Jack Loftus of Jacksonville,

says many of the ex-Weaver employees, including his uncle, are reaching their 70s and 80s, and a number of them are in bad health.

He would be happy to carry on his father's legacy and get their survivors that $1,000, but he doesn't know how his father got it done or which insurance company held the policies. Jack has a paralegal trying to run down some information for him.

"The insurance company has to honor that," says Jack. "Some of these guys worked 30 years for that. They paid for those life insurance policies through a payroll deduction. I think the money is in an insurance company somewhere, waiting to be paid out."

Dura Automotive Systems, the company that bought Weaver's, is still in existence - sort of. In 2006, Dura became the third-largest company to file for bankruptcy that year with assets of more than $2 billion. Last summer, the company emerged from Chapter 11 reorganization and is taking steps to become a privately held company.

I tried calling Dura's headquarters in Michigan. Nobody answered any of the phones. I was bounced around an electronic phone menu for about 10 minutes. No human answered, though it seems the company is still in operation in some form. It's not certain anyone there would have known what this is all about anyway.

I also called and e-mailed Anjali Julka, spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Insurance. She says the state doesn't have any specific information on the Weaver policies. But, she said, if someone could provide the department with the name of the insurance company, contact information might be available. She invited Jack to call the department to see if it can help.

Jack hopes there is an ex-Weaver employee out there somewhere who has that life insurance policy stuck away in a lock box or cedar chest or sock drawer. They might read this and be able to lay their hands on the policy, which would supply Jack with the name of the insurance company.

"My dad negotiated it," Jack says. "My dad took care of it. We've lost track of the paperwork."

He needs help. If any of the ex-employees finds one of those life insurance policies, call Jack at (217) 741-0288 and let him know which insurance company held them.

Everybody has a story. The problem is that some of them are boring. If yours is not, contact Dave Bakke at 788-1541 or dave.bakke@sj-r.com. His column appears Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. To read more, visit www.sj-r.com/bakke.



Dave Bakke: Weaver column brings response

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Friday, February 19, 2010

Section: bakke

Jack Loftus says the phone calls started coming in soon after my column appeared regarding Weaver Manufacturing and its "phantom" $1,000 life insurance policy for former Weaver employees. It ends up that the insurance policy is real.

Let's review. Weaver was a Springfield company that began in 1910, when brothers Ira and Gailard Weaver founded it. The company was eventually sold to a Michigan company that moved Weaver's out of Springfield to Kentucky in 1973.

However, before Weaver went away, its union leadership negotiated a $1,000 life insurance policy for employees. Union leader Don Loftus administered those insurance payouts to survivors of former employees until Don's death about 10 years ago.

Jack, who is Don's son, wanted to know if those policies were still in force so he could take over his dad's work. Unfortunately, his father didn't leave any information that would help. After I wrote about it, however, people started calling Jack.

"I had over 25 calls," he says. "It was a very good response. I heard from guys as old as 92. I think he's the oldest guy still alive who worked there."

The result is that Jack has it figured out. That's good news for some of the ex-Weaver employees. Turns out there are some conditions, however.

But to backtrack again, many of the people who called Jack gave him valuable information. Patty Sommer's father, Walter, worked at Weaver's for over 30 years.

"He always told me about the $1,000 life insurance policy," she wrote in an e-mail. "When he passed away 18 years ago, I did find it with his paperwork."

Patty kept it. Her father's policy was from Met Life.

Other survivors of Weaver's employees who have died contacted Jack. Former employees contacted him, too. Some had never heard of the insurance policy. Others told him it was a policy with Aetna, not Met Life.

Jack eventually discovered that the policy has been handled by five different insurance companies over the years. And there was another company involved, too. It bought what used to be Weaver from the Michigan company that originally bought it.

The Weaver policy ended up with Met Life.

"It's Met Life group universal," Jack says. He found the right people and the right phone number. Met Life's employees know all about it. But survivors of former Weaver employees have to provide the former employee's Social Security number, a certificate of death and policy beneficiary information.

The catch is the employee had to work at Weaver's for a minimum of 25 years.

The way Jack understands it, when Weaver left Springfield there was $114,000 in the union's pension fund. The union decided to buy 114 life insurance policies worth $1,000 each for 114 employees who had 25 years or more.

I got the impression Jack enjoyed talking to so many people who knew his father. Former Weaver employees called him from Texas, Arizona, Wisconsin and Michigan.

"It's amazing how many of them are still alive," Jack says. "They said they even might want to have a little reunion. If they want to, they can call me and get the names of the guys who are still alive."

So this might turn into something more than getting that life insurance information. Jack is at (217) 741-0288. Just do me one favor. If you have a reunion in Springfield, invite me.

Everybody has a story. The problem is that some of them are boring. If yours is not, contact Dave Bakke at 788-1541 or dave.bakke@sj-r.com. His column appears Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. To read more, visit www.sj-r.com/bakke.







Top bankers say regulatory fallout has just begun

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - Saturday, October 10, 2009

Section: business

The worst of the financial crisis that hit the nation hard a year ago has eased, but the regulatory fallout has only just begun, say two area bankers recently named to lead their respective state associations.

Tom Hough, chairman and CEO of Carrollton Bank, was elected chairman of the Illinois Bankers Association in July.

Robin Loftus ,

executive vice president and

chief operating officer of Security Bank in Springfield,


was elected to the same post last month for the Community Bankers Association of Illinois.