Carl R. Elshoff, 79 of Springfield, IL passed away at St. John’s Hospital on Friday, December 24, 2010 at 2:15 p.m. He was born on January 23, 1931 in Springfield to Vincent E. and Cecilia (Fischer) Elshoff. Carl married Margaret Simon on August 28, 1954 in McHenry, IL. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Antoinette Elshoff at birth, parents, step-mother Mary Hogan Elshoff and 2 brothers; Vincent and Richard Elshoff.
A resident of Springfield for the majority of his life, Carl met his one and only true love of 56 years, Margaret, whom he called ‘Maggie’ while working in McHenry, IL. They married and began their family and lived there for 10 years then returned to Springfield. Carl graduated from Cathedral Boys High School in 1950 with high honors and was valedictorian. He received a four-year scholarship at the University of Illinois and was a member of the Delta Sigma Pi fraternity, Upsilon Chapter ’54. Mr. Elshoff worked in insurance sales and management for 40 years, he locally owned his own insurance company and worked with Sam’s Wholesale Club as the director of business development and outside marketing. Carl and his Father Vincent were founding members of Little Flower Church where Mass was conducted in a quonset hut until the new church was constructed. In fact, Carl felt honored and excited when he had learned from Fr. O’Connor that he was the first person to see the plans for the new church. Carl served side by side with his Father as an usher; he was a lector for 40 years, was a member of the Men’s Club, and served as chairman of the annual pancake and sausage breakfast for one year. He was a former member of the TRN club.
Surviving are his wife; Margaret ‘Maggie’ of Springfield, 2 daughters; Karen Gall of Springfield (former son-in-law of 27 years, Wayne Gall) and Debbie (Loren) Payne of Apache Junction, Arizona, a son; Tony Elshoff of Springfield, 7 grandchildren; Lyndsey (Aaron Clary), Liz (fiance Abe Christofilakos), and Joe Gall, Mason Payne, Kate, Tom and, Rachel Elshoff; one great-grandson; Tim Gall and several nieces, nephews and cousins and his best buddy, a little yorkie, Mollie.
Visitation: 4pm to 7 pm Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at Staab Funeral Home with a prayer service at 4:00 p.m.
Funeral Mass: 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at Church of the Little Flower with Monsignor Carl Kemme officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Senior Service Center.
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