Gallaudet University Jamal Garner Basketball Tour Invitation

Jamal Garner, ’15 is currently in his third year at Gallaudet, had been selected to the Beyond Sports 2018 Italy Basketball Tour. This held from June 20th-29th, 2018. I will represent NCAA Divison III and Gallaudet Men’s Basketball to complete in this once-in-a lifetime, cross-cultural completion experience! With one of Europe’s top professional league, Italy offers competitive basketball and a rich history and culture to explore!

This is a costly trip and we need help getting to Italy. Any and all contributions will be greatly appreciated. I’ll make you all proud and give back to my community. Thank you in advance!

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In Memory of Darrell Furlow


Darrell Furlow, 53, (Class of 1984) passed away on Monday, March 26, 2018 at 11:17 pm at his residence.

He was born on February 6, 1965 in Alton, IL, the son of Elmer “Pete” and Emma “Maxine” (Gossett) Furlow, both survive. Darrell married Amanda Asbury in Bethalto, IL on June 10, 2017, she survives.

Darrell was a member of the American Deaf Biker Club and Zion Lutheran Church in Bethalto.

Along with his wife and parents, Darrell is survived by 4 children, Taylor Furlow of Bethalto, Maddison Lynn Furlow of Meadowbrook, Avery Jane Furlow of Meadowbrook, and Preston Jay Furlow of Meadowbrook; 2 sisters, Nona (John) Hohnsbehn of Litchfield, Janis (Joseph) Penning of Woodbridge, VA; 2 brothers, Brian (Beauton) Furlow, and Neal (Monica) Furlow of Rosewood Heights; mother-in-law, Janet Asbury; father-in-law, Andy Asbury; brother-in-law, James Grieve; as well as many loving nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation will be on Thursday, March 29, 2018 from 4 to 8 pm, and funeral service will be Friday, March 30, 2018, at 11 am where Pastor Meyer will officiate, at Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Bethalto. Burial will follow at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto. Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Bethalto is in charge of all arrangements.

Memorials may be made to an education fund for his children, in c/o Amanda Furlow

An online condolence and guest book may be found at

In Memory of Lester Prahl


Lester Eugene Prahl, 77, passed away on February 25, 2018 surrounded by his loving family in his home in Mattoon, IL.

Originally from the Stewardson and Mattoon areas, he attended school at the Illinois School for the Deaf in Jacksonville, IL.  He raised his family in Champaign, IL, spent over 30 years working for The News Gazette, and was a lifetime member of the International Typographical Union.

Lester was born on April 30, 1940 in Stewardson, IL.  He was the son of Lester R. Prahl and Lucille (Hightshoe) and Frank Ferris, Sr.  He married Barbara (Herring) on March 7, 1970.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara, daughters Kerry Ann (Christopher) Considine and Karla Lee (Brian) Moore.  And three grandchildren, Courtney Considine (San Jose, CA), Kasey Considine, and Camdyn Considine.

Lester enjoyed a glorious road trip and traveling.  He lived all over the country and enjoyed having a cold Budweiser in cities all over the globe.  He was fond of fast cars, especially Chevrolets.  He was an incredible Fighting Illini fan with football season tickets and enjoyed being a member of the parking staff which secured excellent tailgating spots. He was an avid Cardinal fan who enjoyed the rivalry between his Cub fan family and friends. His sense of humor never encountered a language barrier.  Lester was a man who made friends with everyone he met, he will be remembered as the life of the party, and adored his family.

A celebration of Lester’s life will be at Owens Funeral Home in Champaign on Saturday March 3, 2018, from 12-2PM.  Memorial service will begin at 2pm at the funeral home. Burial will immediately follow the service at Mt Hope Cemetery.

Memorial donations in his honor may be made online to Carle Cancer Center (

Donations may be made to: Carle Cancer Center Web:


March 3, 2018
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Owens Funeral Home
101 North Elm Street
Champaign, IL 61820

In Memory of Robert Mason


Robert “Bob” Joseph Mason

September 6, 1939 – February 20, 2018
Born in Chicago, IL
Resided in Granite City, IL

Robert “Bob” Joseph Mason, age 78, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 in Granite City, IL. Bob was born on September 6, 1939 in Chicago, IL, a son of the late Augustus Harold Mason and Marie Virginia (McKinley) Mason.

Bob was a faithful and dedicated member of Holy Family Catholic Church and a 4th Degree Knight with Tri-Cities Knights of Columbus in Granite City, IL. He was also a member St. Louis Catholic Deaf Society and the International Catholic Deaf Association. He worked in the maintenance department at the U.S. Post Office in St. Louis, MO for many years. Bob was an avid photographer and he enjoyed going to church and spending time with his family and friends. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by three sisters, Connie Shimkus, Kathleen Kumle and Diane Mason; and by two brothers, Gordon Mason and Richard Mason.

He is survived by loving sister and brother, Gail (Dale) Coleno of Canton, IL and Bill Mason of Granite City, IL; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, extended family and many friends.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, February 26, 2018, a Chalice Presentation by the Knights of Columbus will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL.

In celebration of his life, a funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at Holy Family Catholic Church, Granite City, IL. Interment will be in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Edwardsville, IL.

Memorial donations may be given to Holy Family Catholic Church, St. Louis Catholic Deaf Society or to the International Catholic Deaf Association. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

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Streetcar 82 Brewing Co.


Mark Burke, ’88 (above on the left) is one of the three guys who founded Streetcar 82 Brewing Co. located on 4824 Rhode Island Ave., Hyattsville, MD. You can check out the website for more information.