Kathi Kresol has been researching Rockford’s History for the past ten years. She shares the fascinating stories she uncovers through her business Haunted Rockford Events, during the haunted history tours she organizes, and with history stories on this website. Kathi also publishes history stories in her column ‘Voices from the Grave’ in the Rock River Times. The ‘Voices from the Grave’ stories can also be read on the Rock River Times website.
Kathi’s obsession is history and she loves the opportunity to share this passion through the stories she collects. She gives all the credit for her researching skills to the Rockford Public Library’s goddesses of Local History, Jean Lythgoe and Jan Carter.
Kathi has worked at the Rockford Public Library for years and loves sharing her enthusiasm for reading any way possible. She started teaching history using ghost stories when she homeschooled her children. Kathi loved the research and the ghost stories so much, she wanted to share them with the Rockford Community. She found the perfect solution in forming Haunted Rockford Paranormal Tours. It has allowed her to work with some great people from all over Illinois and Wisconsin. Kathi feels honored that she can share the stories of the men, women, and children who settled Rockford and gave so much to create such a rich history.
Kathi’s main inspiration comes from her four remarkable children and “the guy who brings her coffee”, John. They all support her by allowing her to drag them to historical places, listening to the stories, helping her “look for dead guys”, and putting up with her absences when she disappears to research or write.
Rockford Buzz, an online source of all things Rockford, published an interview with Kathi Kresol on October 31, 2018.
Below, watch the two-part interview of Author Kathi Kresol, done by Michael Kleen, Rockford Author and Publisher in September, 2017.
Sara Bowker has had an interest in the paranormal and spirituality for most of her life. Though she is hesitant to label herself a psychic or medium, both are true and she has found that, as time goes on, her abilities grow, change, and develop further.
She has had a variety of paranormal experiences, including a vivid out-of-body experience when she four years old and the miraculous scent of unseen roses at the tomb of St. Francis of Assisi when she visited Italy as a young teenager.
More and more, Sara has come to realize that people “find” her when they are seeking their own spiritual awareness or guidance on deeper questions. Because of this, and half a lifetime of research and learning, she has been able to help others find their own paths; she’s always encouraging them to ask questions and seek out their own truths in order to grow closer to that divine source she believes resides in us all.
Sara’s interests also include holistic healing and living, and she is an active Reiki practitioner. For her, Reiki is yet another way that she can connect to a greater source, helping others to feel more relaxed, at peace, and restored. Unexpectedly, she has found that loved ones come through during a Reiki session to offer healing and love or messages for the recipient.
Whether she is passing a message to a person from a deceased loved one, or pointing them in a direction that helps further their own spiritual growth, Sara sees her gift as a blessing. Her desire to help others connect and understand the world beyond this one isn’t so much to prove that spirits exist, but rather to open them up to the possibility that we are more than just terrestrial beings. She is grateful to be able to use her gifts in this way, to help others, and to strengthen her own faith in something greater.