Simon Richard Cory
SPRINGFIELD, IL - Simon Richard Cory, 66, passed away at 7:38 p.m. on Thursday, June 5, 2014, at his residence.
Simon was born May 8, 1948, in Springfield, the son of Simon S. and Helen B. Richards Cory. He married Mary Kathleen Lazzeri on June 21, 1969, at St. Joseph Church in Springfield.
Simon attended Cathedral Elementary and was a 1966 graduate of Griffin High School. He furthered his education at Springfield College of IL and SIU-C, earning an Associate of Arts and a Bachelors of Science. Simon was a teacher at Griffin High School for 18 years. In 1988, when Griffin High School became Sacred Heart-Griffin, Simon became the Dean of Students. He held this position until 2006 and then went to Campus Ministry until 2012. From 2012 until his retirement, he returned to teaching. He was also employed at St. John's Coffee Shop for many years. Simon was very active in JOSHUA, Kairos, Wilderness Adventure Club, SHG Works and St. Joseph Church, where he was a Eucharistic Minister. He enjoyed golf and traveling. Simon was a very devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He had a kind and compassionate spirit that impacted the lives of many.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Kathleen "Kate" of Springfield; his five children, Colleen (husband, Eric) Johansson of Plainfield, Patrick Cory of Charlottesville, Va., Bridget Cory of Springfield, Megan (husband, Chris) Burton of Charlottesville, Va., and Thomas (wife, Melissa) Cory of Springfield; nine siblings, Mary H. Cory of Carbondale, Margaret (husband, Reid) Ruble of Charlotte, N.C., Samuel (wife, Elizabeth) Cory of Huntley, Ill., Patrick (wife, Deb) Cory of Mitchell, Ind., Rose Cory of Hanover Park, Ill., Michael (wife, Lynn) Cory of Noblesville, Ind., Jim (wife, Sandy) Cory of Gunnison, Colo., John (wife, Sandy) Cory of South Ogden, Utah, and Ginger Parlin of Minneapolis, Minn.; and eight grandchildren, Michelle and Michael Cory, Joseph and Wesley Koontz, Maura and Ceara Johansson, and Seamus Burton; several nieces and nephews; several aunts and one uncle.
Visitation: Family will receive friends from 3:00 until 6:45 p.m. on Monday, June 9, 2014, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 1345 North 6th St., Springfield. Visitation will begin with a prayer service.
Funeral Mass: 7 p.m. on Monday, June 9, 2014, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Janoski, celebrant. Private family burial will be at a later date at Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Parish, 1345 North 6th St., Springfield, IL 62702; Sacred Heart-Griffin High School, Kairos Program, 1200 West Washington St., Springfield, IL 62702; or St. John's Hospital Hospice Program, 800 E. Carpenter St., Springfield, IL 62769.
The family of Simon Cory is being served by Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield.
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