In last Saturday’s paper, I wrote about Quincy Junior High School staff finding a bunch of old papers and items belonging to 1950 QHS grad Lucille Pearl Kohl.
Her son, Chris Koch of Colorado, e-mailed and said he appreciated reading about his mom, who passed away in February 2000.
Lucille went to Western Illinois University, worked at Gardner-Denver, and met her future husband, Richard Koch, in early 1950s. Richard is remembered for being active with the VFW and American Legion in Quincy, and for running as a Republican mayoral candidate.
They married in 1954 and moved to Springfield, then near Chicago to LaGrange Park, where their daughter, Tammy, still lives. Tammy and her father worked in the insurance title business.
Chris’ other sister, Tara, went to Minnesota. Richard and Lucille traveled the world in addition to raising three fine kids.
Chris moved to Colorado in 1983. His dad passed away from cancer in 1986, and Lucille fought throat and neck cancer for more than five years until she died.
Chris read with great interest about the love letter from “Jim” to his mother. He isn’t sure who Jim is, but his mother had an aunt who worked in a Chicago hotel. He recalls stories of her going up on the train when she was a teen and loving it.
When Lucille died, a memorial service took place for her in Quincy.
Chris wrote that when he was in Quincy for her service, he saw “all the old haunts we remember from our childhood trips down there on Amtrak to see our grandma, aunts, uncles and cousins.”
It’s great to bring back memories!