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Lubert L. Groesch

December 2, 1920 - November 5, 2008

SPRINGFIELD – Lubert L. Luby Groesch, 87, of Springfield died at 3 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008.

He was born Dec. 2, 1920, in Springfield, the son of Edward and Frances Merklin Groesch. He married Lorene Abe Abell on Nov. 27, 1947.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Gary; an infant son, Gregory F. Groesch; four brothers, including his twin, Louis L. Groesch, Joseph Groesch, the Rev. Edward Groesch and infant brother, Francis Paul Groesch; a sister, Loretta Mahoney; and an infant sister, Rosemary Groesch.

He is survived by his wife, Lorene Abe Groesch of Springfield; a daughter, Carole R. (husband, John Jack) Jones of Moscow, Idaho; a son, Glenn E. (wife, Anne) Groesch of Springfield; four grandchildren, J. Brett and Jay B. Jones and Reed Edward and Michael Anthony Groesch; a great-granddaughter, Jewel Jones; three sisters, Margaret (husband, Michael) Burns and Rita (husband, Renato) Favero, both of Springfield, and Delores Sunny Owensby of Denver; a daughter-in-law, Karen Wimpleberg of New Orleans; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was a lifelong resident of Springfield. He worked as a pipe fitter for 33 years for CILCO, retiring in 1983.

He was a member of St. Agnes Church. He was a U.S. Army Air Force veteran serving in the South Pacific during World War II. He was also a member of IBEW Local 51, CILCO Retirees, 50-year member Knights of Columbus 364. He volunteered for the choirs at St. Agnes Church and Ss. Peter and Paul Church. He was active in the Minstrel Shows for many years. He enjoyed playing golf, bowling and was a die-hard Cubs fan.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, 2008, at Staab Funeral Home. A prayer service will be held at 4 p.m.

A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008, at St. Agnes Church, with the Rev. Robert Jallas officiating.

Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, where military honors will be conducted by the Interveterans Burial Detail of Sangamon County and the Illinois Army National Guard Military Funeral Honors Team.

Memorials may be made to Camp COCO or St. Agnes Church.

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