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‘That’s What I’ll Miss The Most’: Watch Families Of COVID Victims Remember Lost Loved Ones

Families of coronavirus victims explain, in their own words, why their loved one was special in these videos.

Lillie B. Merrill, 98, lost her life to COVID-19 on April 25, 2020. Her photographs are arranged on a table in the Englewood home that's been in the Merrill family since 1955 on January 15, 2021.
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Alnita Williams Bamberg misses dancing with her husband, Curtis.

Curtis, 73, died of coronavirus in September, one of more than 4,500 Chicagoans killed by the virus in the year since it came to Chicago.

Block Club spoke to the families and friends of 27 COVID-19 victims from across the city about what made their loved one special and what we have all lost through their death.

You can read all of Block Club’s stories about these amazing people here. But you can also hear from their families in their own words in our videos below.

In one video, Williams Bamberg reminisced about her happy marriage with Curtis.

In another video, Carole McManus told us about her husband of 12 years, Russell “Russ” McManus.

“I know that Russ is not the only special person around — but, for me, he was the special person,” said Carole McManus.

Watch the videos here:


Coronavirus was first found in Chicago on Jan. 24, 2020. In the year since, the virus has killed more than 4,500 Chicagoans. Block Club is remembering victims from across the city with our series, A Year of Loss.

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