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Dora I. Harsy, formerly of Du Quoin

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    Dora I. Harsy

updated: 11/30/2020 11:55 AM

Dora I. Harsy (nee Todd), age 89 of Freeburg, Illinois, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020 surrounded by loved ones.

Dora was born on March 8, 1931 in Du Quoin, Illinois to John and Clara (nee Reidelberger) Todd, who preceded her in death. Dora was also preceded in death by her husband Carl "Gene" Harsy, whom she married on July 14, 1948 and who died on Nov. 19, 1990; her infant son, Scott Douglas Harsy; and brothers and sisters.

Dora was a dedicated mother first and foremost and also loved her role as Granny. She could often be seen at one of their many activities and was always their biggest cheerleader.

Dora never met a stranger and embraced those around her. She had a vivacious personality and an infectious smile. She loved camping and traveling and kept detailed photo albums and journals. She was an avid reader, enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles, and loved sewing. Her hands were rarely still.

Dora belonged to St. Paul's United Church of Christ and was a proud member of St. Paul's 80 and Over club.

Dora is survived by her five daughters, Vicki Talbot of Smithton, Illinois, Patti (Steve) Kelley of Freeburg, Illinois, Cindi (Rick) Harsy of Belleville, Illinois, Christi Kramper of Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri and Lauri (Vince) Harsy-Steinberg of Freeburg, Illinois; 11 grandchildren, Wade Walcher, Amy (Scott) Bauer, Steven (Julie) Kelley, Nicole (Mike) Zimmer, Jessica (Bob) Smith, Dr. Travis Junge, Justin (Lindsey) Junge, Tara Poindexter, Staci (Rod) Kramper, Jordan (Brittani) Kramper, Phillip Schack III; step-grandson, Ricky Lynch; 16 great grandchildren; and last but not least, her furry companions Bruster and Buddy, who never left her side.

Condolences may be expressed online at

Memorials are suggested to Family Hospice or the Arthritis Foundation.

There will be a private family interment.