Our annual REMEMBERING edition, the last issue of the year, reminds us small-town folks that people we thought we knew we didn’t know as well as we wish we had, and those we didn’t know, we wish we had known. It reminds us that many more have died this year than we could possibly write about, so this presentation is always just a sample of the richness of lives gone. We strive for diversity among those we include, and always know we fall short of the diversity that’s available to us. Readers were invited to submit memorials; 17 reader-submitted essays are here. REMEMBERING tells us not only how much this town has lost this year, but how much from each life it has gained. –Fletcher Farrar, editor and CEO

Fletcher Farrar

Fletcher Farrar is the editor of Illinois Times .

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