Passed away on October 14, 2018
Laura Lynn (nee Klaff) Caskey January 22, 1957 - October 14, 2018
"Kent was born December 24th, 1953 to Ted and Mary Lesicko. He was a 1967 graduate of Alton High School where he was a star linebacker for their Illinois state champion football team. Laura was born to William Arnold Klaff and Lorraine Huxhold on January 22nd, 1957 in Oak Park, Illinois. Her family moved to Princeton, Illinois, in January of 1967 when Laura was beginning to be mod and hip. 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.
Laura and Kent immediately fell deeply in love when they met attending Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. After Kent graduated in 1976 they moved to northern California where Kent received a job with National Gypsum. He went on to work other construction jobs as a project manager in the ever booming Silicon Valley. Laura worked for retail companies such as The Disney Store, Brighton Collectibles, and Brooks Brothers. They were hard working, kind-hearted people who loved their sons and sports teams (especially their Golden State Warriors). They were married 41 loving years.
Laura and Kent are survived by their two sons Ted and Joe. Joe is married to Alyson Ring. Laura’s family along with her sons mourn the loss and rejoices in the gift of their lives: 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."
- Celebration of Life Saturday, January 12, 2019
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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.]