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Almost Got To See the Cubs Win World Series

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Almost Got To See the Cubs Win World Series

Today, Chicago Cubs fans around the world are celebrating the team’s World Series win, the franchise’s first in over 100 years. With a century-plus-long drought to weather, Cubs fans showed they are among sports’ most enduring. Generations cheered on the Chicago Cubs, waiting and waiting for their beloved Cubbies to even make it to the ultimate series, let alone win.

For every Cubs fan who cheered his or her team to victory Wednesday night, there are many more devoted fans who never got to see the Cubs win – or even play in – the World Series. A few lifelong Cubs fans came tantalizingly close, though. Here are a few who almost got to see the Chicago Cubs win the World Series. Though they died before the Cubs' epic win, we imagine somewhere in heaven they were watching, probably saying “Holy cow!” like the rest of us.

Ginny Hollahan, 62, loved watching TV and especially enjoyed Chicago sports teams. She was thrilled to see the Cubs reach the World Series!

Peter DeYoung, 91, was a World War II Army veteran, a skilled card player, and a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan who was following their 2016 season with great interest and expectation.

Tanner Michael Stuhr, 22, loved all sports but … his beloved CHICAGO CUBS (they need to win the WORLD SERIES FOR HIM!) were undoubtedly his favorites.

Eugene Stein, 82, was thrilled to see his beloved Chicago Cubs playing in the World Series.

Dr. Dick A. Leabo, 94, was a life member of the Die-Hard Chicago Cubs Fan Club since 1927.

A devout member of the Chicago Cubs Nation, Doug Turner, 83, bled Cubbie Blue throughout his life.

Friends are asked to … honor Raymond Finley's love of Chicago sports by wearing any Cubs, Bears, Bulls, or Blackhawks attire to the graveside service.

Betty Cohen, 88: In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hooverwood Guild ... In addition, rooting for mom's Chicago Cubs will be most appreciated.

In honor of Denny Dhabolt's lifelong passion for the Chicago Cubs, his visitation and funeral service times are reflective of their play in the NLCS.

A huge Cubs fan, Kathryn Paparigian, 77, held on until after the Cubs won the NLCS and advanced to the World Series.

Bob Haack, 70, died Oct. 25, 2016, after a four-year fight for life against cancer and two weeks shy of being able to watch his beloved Chicago Cubs win the World Series.

Like her father, Ruth Johnson, 91, was a die-hard, lifetime Chicago Cubs fan. She watched every Cubs' game on TV in recent years. Her children were hoping she would live long enough to watch the Cubs win the World Series this year.

Dick Stern, 90, taught his children to love many sports; but in particular, he loved baseball. He loved the idea that the Chicago Cubs had earned a spot in this year's World Series and dearly would have loved enjoying this event with them.

Most of all, Dick Faul, 91, was a man of integrity with a love for family, friends, his community, and a year after year after year devotion to the Chicago Cubs.

Richard Seliga, 77, had many happy memories of taking the bus to his grandmother's house where she would feed him apple pie before he set off to Wrigley Field to sneak in and watch the Cubs play baseball.

James Seda, 81, always said his dream job would have been to be the announcer at Wrigley Field.

Kevin Swindle, 40, loved baseball – the Chicago Cubs (Go, Cubs, Go)...

Joan Rowland Jones, 81, did not want a funeral. So … her immediate family had a "party" to celebrate her life – telling stories, eating her favorite foods, and watching her favorite team, the Cubs, play in the World Series.

Peter Bondi, 73, was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who was a lifelong Cubs fan.

Hazel Bradford, 100, loved the Lord, her family, and the Chicago Cubs.