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Karakachos, Barbara

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OREANA -- Barbara Karakachos, 89, of Oreana, IL, passed away Thursday, April 7, 2016.

Barb was born September 12, 1926, in Danville, IL, the daughter of Louis and Vernela (Ringler) Felgenhauer. She married John T. Karakachos Sr. on October 6, 1946, in Danville, IL, and they shared 61 wonderful years together. John preceded her in death on March 14, 2008.

Barb spent many years volunteering. Her favorites were the 23 years running the Youth League concession stand, and the 25 years volunteering as office help for the Argenta-Oreana schools.

She had the best three sisters from Danville, IL, and the best neighbors in Oreana, IL. She loved telling stories about them all. She always said, "Imagine how wonderful this world would be if everyone loved each other" and that is exactly how she lived her life.

Our mom was a constant inspiration to all of us. We would like to thank everyone for their wonderful and caring friendships they had with her. All her friends and family helped in making her life so blessed and special.

Barb leaves behind her son, John Karakachos Jr. and wife Chana of Decatur, IL; daughters, Kathy Charron and husband Wayne of Oreana, IL; Becky Karakachos and Mark Cox of Oreana, IL; sisters, Betty Palmer of Danville, IL; Cheryl Denton and husband Danny of Danville, IL; grandchildren, Sean, Danny, Missy, Jeremy, Nikki, Beau, Buffi; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She is preceded in death by her husband, John; parents; and sister, Margaret Downing.

The family will be hosting a Celebration of Life 4 p.m. Sunday, April 10, 2016, at the Argenta-Oreana High School. In lieu of flowers, memorials in memory of Barb may be made to Grandma Barb's Gifts, a fund created by the Argenta-Oreana High School.

The family of Barbara Karakachos is being served by Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Ave., Decatur, IL 62526. Condolences and memories may be shared at

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