Viola G. Baur, 86, of Springfield passed away peacefully at 9:14 pm, Sunday, January 13, 2013 at Concordia Village. She was born April 18, 1926 in Springfield to Nicola and Teresa Frasco Vespa. On October 3, 1957, she married George W. Baur who preceded her in death on June 29, 1993.
Her parents, three brothers (Roger, Joseph and John Vespa) and one sister (Marie Vespa) also preceded her in death.
Survivors include her daughter, Kimberly (Dennis) Larson of Springfield; her son Gregory G. (Mary) Baur of Inverness near Chicago; five grandchildren, Erin and Greg Larson and Nicholas, Christopher and Michael Baur; two sisters, Edith McCarty and Angela (Bill) Elder both of Springfield; one brother Robert (Irma) Vespa and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Viola was a 1944 graduate of Springfield High School as well as a member of Blessed Sacrament Church. She belonged to numerous Bunco, card and social clubs and her favorite hobby was shopping. She was employed as a telephone operator at Illinois Bell Telephone Company and as an Assistant Librarian for the State of Illinois in the Attorney General’s Office for twenty years before her retirement.
Visitation: 5-7 pm, Friday, January 18, 2013 at Staab Funeral Home.
Funeral Service: 10 am, Saturday, January 19, 2013 at Staab Funeral Home with Reverend Jeff Grant officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Lincoln Land Down Syndrome Society, 1 N. Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 501, Springfield, IL 62701.