Passed away on October 14, 2018
Laura Lynn (nee Klaff) Caskey January 22, 1957 - October 14, 2018
Born in Oak Park, Illinois, Laura was the third blessing to a family of four children. Laura was always the happiest child full of spunk and joy in all she did. She attended grades K-4 at Grace Lutheran School in River Forest where she acquired a firm foundation in God’s Grace, an ability to sing in the choir and a taste of German language and culture. Her family moved to Princeton, Illinois, in January of 1967 when Laura was beginning to be mod and hip. She played football with the boys down the street, she babysat and swam and golfed. In high school she starred in plays at both Princeton High School and Glenbard South High School in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, where she played Lucy in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. After graduation in 1975, Laura studied as a German major at Carthage College where she met the most influential person in her life, Kent Caskey, a football scholar and business major from Alton, Illinois.
They were married on June 11, 1977 and began their life on their own with rarely any family nearby; Springfield, St. Louis, California (Concord, Pleasanton and Campbell). Laura and Kent were blessed with two sons, Theodore William on December 5, 1983, and Joseph Paul on March 30,1986. Mrs. Caskey was a huge support to her children and volunteered at their neighborhood schools, and served as Sunday School Superintendent at Campbell United Methodist, where she was a member of the United Methodist Women's Fellowship and maintained the role of wedding coordinator for many years. She was a huge Mickey Mouse/Disney fan and worked for many years at the Disney Store, which back then was almost “the happiest place on earth”, then the more sophisticated Brighton Jewelry store and finally ended her 30 year retail career in the dapper Brooks Brothers store. In the Spring of 2016, Laura and Kent retired to Fort Collins, Colorado, where they enjoyed their new home shared with son Ted, the mountains, and the beautiful scenery.
Laura is preceded in death most recently on September 27th by her loving husband of 41 years Kent, her dear cousin Timothy Joel Huxhold, and her parents William A. and Lorraine Klaff. Laura’s children continue to thrive in her legacy: Ted is a bilingual preschool teacher, football and basketball referee, and drummer in the praise band at Southgate Church in Fort Collins, and Joe is married to the admired Alyson nee Ring and is also a referee in the Campbell, California, area. Laura’s family along with her sons mourns the loss and rejoices in the gift of her life: Joel (John Diekman) Klaff of Chicago, Jayne (Steve) Rosandich and nieces Emily and Sarah and grand-niece Lorraine of Worthington, Ohio, and Timothy (Julie) Klaff and nieces Samantha and Melissa of Porter, Indiana, and many cousins and friends.
A service to celebrate Laura will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, October, 27, 2018, at Southgate Church, 6541 South College Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80525, officiated by Pastor Kevin (PK) McGinley. Phone: (970) 530-4283
Donations may be made to Southgate Church.
- Memorial Service Saturday, October 27, 2018
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November 5, 2018
I met Laura 34 years ago as part of a group of new moms who formed a playgroup when Ted & the other “kids” were a few months old. We were a diverse group of women, but we quickly developed friendships based upon the common bond of motherhood. Younger siblings, including Joe, came along & our group expanded to include them. Long after the youngest headed off to kindergarten, Mary Ellen, Laura, Linda, & Teri (MELLT, as we collectively referred to ourselves) continued to enjoy our close friendship and the occasional outing or weekend away until 2 ½ years ago when Laura & Kent moved to Colorado. Our last get-together was at their home in Campbell just before they left, with moving boxes piled high & the two of them excitedly talking about plans for their new life in Fort Collins.
I can hear Laura’s subtle Chicago Midwestern twang as she enthusiastically chatted about work, family, church, hobbies, & the many friends who were part of her life. Whatever her passions, she loved sharing them with others. She very unstintingly did so with Mary Ellen, Teri, & me. When she took up golf, she booked us a slot at a driving range. When she & Kent joined a wine club at a local winery, she took us wine tasting. We watched the SF Giants win the pennant in 2010 at Laura’s favorite sports bar. While working at the Disney Store, she planned an unforgettable weekend for us at Disneyland, using her precious points to book a suite at the Disneyland Hotel & Sunday brunch at the elusive and exclusive Club 33 in New Orleans Square. That trip became all the more memorable when the 4 of us were selected to participate in the Main Street parade. Sadly & ironically, Laura was not allowed to take part because she was wearing open-backed shoes, but she gamely ran along with us on the sidelines immortalizing the event with her camera.
Laura had a capacity for embracing life & for bringing people together. We will deeply miss her infectious laugh, her uninhibited joy, & her generosity of spirit.
Cynthia (Anderson) Johnson
October 25, 2018
My heart aches for all of us who loved and appreciated Laura’s joyful disposition. I have so many fond and silly memories of the shenanigans we engaged in while at Carthage. We were bridesmaids for each other and shared many, many fun times. Though we were separated by time and distance, I thought of her and Kent often. I will keep her in my heart always and pray that her loving spirit will live through everyone she has touched. My deepest sympathy to her family and friends.
Big Time Cal (Calvin) Korpela
October 17, 2018
Too late to reach my friend.
My dear friend, why aren’t I there to support you? I want it to be so!! As will happen, we have fallen out of touch. No worries, because we both know our bond was forged long ago while waiting for Kent - to visit on weekends in his Eldo; to confirm what we both knew - you two were meant to be!
I curse the cruelty of life that forces you to experience the pain , the grief, the emptiness of the last 3 weeks. If I could reach you, I would wrap you in that same safe hug of our college days, waiting for Big Time Kent. May this written wish of mine find a way to you - your mind, heart & spirit - soon. Take care.
- B.T. Calvin
[I wrote this, Tue, before receiving word of our loss of Laura. She treated me so well throughout 40 years of friendship.]