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Alfred Charles “Bud” Weigell passed away on November 27, 2014, at Saratoga Tower in Morris.  He was 78 years old.

Born on December 16, 1935, in Chicago, Illinois, Bud worked for many years as an over the road truck driver. 

After moving to Saratoga Tower in 1996, Bud spent his time enjoying his passion for model railroads.  He had an expansive knowledge particularly of the Rock Island and Norfolk and Western railways.  Also while at Saratoga Tower, he quietly invested in the happiness of his fellow residents by purchasing live Christmas trees for his them, and providing outdoor swings with which they could enjoy nice weather.

Bud is survived by his family of choice, the residents and staff of the Grundy County Housing Authority.

A memorial service for Alfred Charles “Bud” Weigell will be held in the Community Room of Saratoga Tower, 1700 Newton Place, Morris, Illinois, on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, at 3:00 p.m.  The Rev. Dr. Roy C. Backus will officiate. Everyone is invited to attend.

Consistent with Bud’s wishes, memorials may be made in Bud’s name to the Saratoga Tower Resident Council, c/o Nancy Murley, President, 1700 Newton Place; Apt. 616; Morris, IL 60450.

Arrangements have been entrusted with Reeves Baskerville Funeral Homes of Morris.  

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Dear Friends of the Grundy County Housing Authority:

We called him, "Bud," and for the past few years, including this one, he managed to scrape together the money to buy a live Christmas tree for the residents of his floor to enjoy. So many will never know how little food was in his home as a result.

She wasn’t his biological daughter, yet he purchased a gift and arranged a birthday party for the staff member of whom he was so fond. So many will never know it was she who took him, unpaid and unbidden, to countless of his medical visits.

He bought the swings in front of Saratoga Tower – swings on which he never sat. He just enjoyed watching his chosen family, the residents of building, sit on them. So many will never know how little money he had, and how dearly those swings cost him – more than a month of the rent he paid.

To the uninitiated his words could be terrorizing - fearsome. So many will never know the extraordinary freedom of his life lived by actions, not words.

A staff member found him alone in his apartment on Thanksgiving Day, now forever resting.  His years of unheralded kindness serve as a example to each of us on this Giving Tuesday, and will be an example to us for the rest of our lives.

Won't you please consider a donation of just one dollar to help provide a meal for our residents this year at the holidays?  Or, if you like, you can provide an entire meal for just twelve dollars. 

You can help simply by clicking here:

Your act of kindness will help to bring together low income seniors and people with disabilities from around Grundy County to share in a very special time.  Many will never know the deed you've done, but you will.

And so will we.

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