These Obituaries from Rock Island Argus

Robert Fenn

Robert C. Fenn, 77, of 29 Meadow Lane, Prophetstown, died Friday, Jan. 15, 1999, at his home.

A memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church, Prophetstown, on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Elizabeth Hazel, pastor, and Rev. M. Melvin Hough, former pastor, officiating. Inurnment is in the Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown. There is no visitation.

A memorial has been established for the First Congregational Church and the Hospice of the Rock River Valley. The Gardner Funeral Home, Prophetstown, is in charge of the arrangements.

He was born Oct. 28, 1921, in Sterling, the son of Kenneth and Leith Brown Fenn. He graduated from Prophetstown High School, Class of 1939, and attended Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa, and California Flyers School of Aviation, Inglewood, Calif.

He married Townsend Hardeman on May 8, 1943, in Kirkwood, Mo. He worked with United Airlines for nearly 30 years, retiring in 1981, after which the couple moved to Prophetstown in September of 1982.

He was an active member of the First Congregational Church, Prophetstown; director and president of the Farmers National Bank, Prophetstown; and a 50-year member of Wheatland, Wyo., Lodge 16 AF and AM.

He is survived by his wife; daughters (and spouses), Sally (David) DeVries, Windham, N.H., and Elizabeth (John) Hayna, Barrington, Ill.; and grandchildren, Daphne and David DeVries and Justin and Spencer Hayna. He was preceded in death by his parents; and an infant sister.

Howard L. Greer

Howard L. Greer, 80, of Aledo, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 1999, in Mercer County Nursing Home, Aledo.

Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at Aledo United Methodist Church, with The Rev. Brent Phillips, pastor, officiating. Burial is in Aledo Cemetery. Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Trimble Funeral Home, Aledo. Memorials may be made to the church or the nursing home.

Mr. Greer was born June 30, 1918, in Duncan Township in Mercer County, Ill., the son of Ira and Myrtle (Fender) Greer. He married Virginia Craddock on July 9, 1938, in St. Louis, Mo. She died Aug. 28, 1993. He farmed in the Joy and Aledo areas for 40 years, retiring in 1982. He was a member of Aledo United Methodist Church and a former member of the Mercer County Farm Bureau. He enjoyed playing cards and eating and talking with his friends at the Town and Country Restaurant.

He is survived by five children and their spouses, Larry and Fern Greer of East Moline, Jerry and Judy Greer of East Moline, Joanne and Jim Stipp of Syosset, N.Y., Judy and Bob Glenn of Bettendorf, and Linda Berglund of Englewood, Colo.; 12 grandchildren, Teri Coe, Jeff Greer, Doug Greer, Becky Hipp, Laura Katz, Ellen Stipp, Nancy Stipp, Chad Berglund, Beth Theis, Susan Horvath, Julie Wilkinson, and Tom Glenn; nine great-grandchildren, Tracy and Becky Coe, Garrett Greer, Anthony, Matthew, David and Andrew Greer, Benjamin Katz, and Brandon Hipp; a brother and sister-in-law, Willis and Emily Greer of Joy; and three sisters, Evelyn Cummings and Leadora Rebol of Mesa, Ariz., and Edith Reeves of Muscatine. He was preceded in death by his wife, a grandson, Kevin Greer, a brother, Laurence Greer, and a sister, Grace Fields.


Lila M. Scott

Lila M. Scott, 93, formerly of Alexis, died Saturday, April 3, 1999, at Marigold Health Care Center, Galesburg.

Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hoover-Hall Memorial Chapel, Alexis. Burial is in Alexis Cemetery. Visitation is Wednesday morning with the family present from 9:30 a.m. to service time. Memorials to Messiah Lutheran Church.

She was born May 4, 1905, in Viola to Gus and Ida Peterson Moberg. She married Andrew Scott June 16, 1934, in Henderson Grove. He preceded her in death.

She attended the former Illinois Teacher's College in Macomb and was a teacher in the Alexis school system for many years.

Survivors include daughters and a son-in-law, Phyllis Swiler, Galesburg, and Carolyn and John Ogden, Coal Valley; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded by a brother and three sisters.


Martin Gustafson

NEW WINDSOR, Ill. -- Services for Martin R. Gustafson, of New Windsor, will be 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Peterson-Wallin-Knox Funeral Home, Alpha. Burial will be in New Windsor Cemetery . Visitation is 1:30 p.m. until the time of services Saturday at the funeral home. Mr. Gustafson died Wednesday, Feb. 10, 1999 , at Heartland Health Care Center, Galesburg . He was a retired farmer. Mr. Gustafson was born Aug. 30, 1913 , in New Windsor. Survivors include a sister, Ruth Peterson, Orion; and nieces and nephews.

Kathryn Anderson
NEW WINDSOR, Ill. -- Services for Kathryn N. Anderson, of New Windsor, will be 2 p.m. Friday at Family Funeral Services, Viola. Burial will be in Viola Cemetery . Visitation is 2-8 p.m. today with the family present after 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Mrs. Anderson died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 1998 , at Heartland Health Care Center, Galesburg . She was a homemaker and was employed as a cook at New Windsor Grade School during the 1970s. Kathryn Gustafson was born July 22, 1911 , in Viola. She married Herbert Anderson in 1932 in Macomb . He died in 1987. Memorials may be made to Tri-County Ambulance or American Cancer Society. Survivors include sons, John, New Windsor, and Dick, Sherrard; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Grace Balcer, Quincy

Thomas W. Smith

NEW BOSTON , Ill. -- Services for Thomas W. Smith, of New Boston, will be 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Viola Cemetery , with military services by Mercer County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1571. Visitation is 10-11 a.m. Tuesday at Fippinger Funeral Home, Aledo. Mr. Smith died Thursday, July 2, 1998 , at Oak Glen Home , Coal Valley . He retired in 1978 after working in several capacities at John Deere Harvester, East Moline . He was born Nov. 27, 1925 , in Greene Township , Mercer County . He married Bethel Braucht in 1946; married Martha Vanatta in 1963; and married Louise Shotwell in 1966. She died in 1995. Memorials may be made to New Boston Ambulance Service. Survivors include daughters, Rita Sedam, New Boston, and Teresa Moser, Chillicothe; stepdaughters, Jeanette Chenault, Portland Township, Nancy Daugherty, Byron, and Kathy Downey, Seaton; a son, Richard, Joy; stepsons, Willard Shotwell, Sterling, and Pat Shotwell, Middletown, Iowa; six grandchildren; 13 step-grandchildren; a great-grandson; several step-great-grandchildren; and brothers, Marvin and Robert Smith, both of Aledo, and Duane Smith, Moline.

Grace Berglund
ALEDO, Ill. -- Grace S. Berglund, of Aledo, died Monday, April 26, 1999 , at Mercer County Nursing Home in Aledo. Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Aledo Cemetery . The Rev. Michael Kincaid of the First Baptist Church in Aledo will officiate. Visitation will be 1-2 p.m. Wednesday at Fippinger Funeral Home in Aledo, where memorials may be left for the First Baptist Church , Mercer County YMCA or Mercer County Nursing Home. Grace was born June 2, 1907 , in Indianola , Iowa , a daughter of John Wray and Martha Jane Laird Selver. She attended Winter Creek Country School and graduated from Aledo High School in 1924. She married Clarence Guthrie on July 8, 1931 . He died Dec. 18, 1948 . She married Decker W. Berglund on Nov. 21, 1950 , in Aledo. He died Feb. 22, 1994 . She was employed as a secretary for several Aledo businesses, including the former J.C. Penney store. She worked briefly at the former Rutledge Flower Shop in Aledo before assisting her husband at Berglund Insurance and Real Estate Co. of Aledo. She retired in 1962. She was a member of the Aledo OES Chapter 126. She is survived by a step-granddaughter, Lovana Berglund, Jacksonville , Fla. ; a step-grandson, Andrew Berglund, East Moline ; four step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Her parents and four brothers, Ray, Will, Wilbur and Vaughn, preceded her in death.

M. Carolyn Carlson
NEW BOSTON, Ill. -- Mrs. M. Carolyn Carlson, of New Boston, died Saturday, July 4, 1998 , in Genesis Medical Center-East Campus, Davenport . Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at New Boston United Methodist Church . Burial will be in Mannon Cemetery . Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Reiser-Trimble Funeral Home, Aledo. She had taught in the Mercer County schools for 11 years. Mildred Carolyn Hall was born November 29, 1919 , in Mount Pleasant , Iowa . She married Robert W. Carlson in 1940 in Muscatine , Iowa . He died in 1992. Memorials may be made to New Boston United Methodist Church or the Lupus Foundation. Survivors include a daughter, Linda Hillyer, Sherrard; a son, Ron Carlson, New Boston; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Virginia Baker, Urbana .

Leota DeGreve

Leota E. DeGreve, 83, of Sherrard died Thursday, June 29, 2000, at Trinity Medical Center, West Campus, Rock Island.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Matherville, Ill. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. todayat Kirk, Huggins and Esterdahl Funeral Home Ltd., Orion, with the rosary at 8 p.m.Memorials may be made to the church or to a memorial scholarship that will be established in her name at Trinity School of Nursing, Moline, or to the Sherrard Volunteer Ambulance Service.

Leota E. Belford was born Jan. 27, 1917, in Clinton, Ill., the daughter of William and Hallie Maude Funk Belford. She married Julian DeGreve June 17, 1941, in Moline.She graduated in 1937 from the former Moline Public Hospital School of Nursing.Leota was a registered nurse with Dr. Errico, Moline, from 1937 until 1942. From 1960 until 1978 she was the head nurse for 3 South at the former Moline Public Hospital.

She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, a former president of the Sherrard PTA, and a member of the Retirees Club from the former Moline Public Hospital.

She was an avid bowler, and until a year before her death she was an avid bridge player with the Birthday Club, the name of her bridge club.

Leota was instrumental in forming the Sherrard Volunteer Ambulance Service. She volunteered for the Sherrard school system and was a volunteer at the former Moline Public Hospital and the former United Medical Center. Leota also served as a volunteer for the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center.

Leota was always very interested in, and loved spending time with and boasting about, her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors (and spouses) include her husband, Julian; a son, Bob DeGreve (Cynthia), Billings, Mo.; daughters, Carol Hiesterman (Dan), Boulder, Colo., Diane Buysse (Dick), West Liberty, Iowa, Jan LaDue, Linda Breiby (Bruce) and Peggy Bullock, all of Sherrard, and Julie Grymonprez (Ron), Andover; 20 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.


Rudy Wannemacher

Services for Rudy M. Wannemacher, 80, of 210 McKinley St., Hooppole, are 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Zion Methodist Church, Hooppole. Burial is in Hooppole Cemetery.Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. tonight at Gardner Funeral Home, Prophetstown.Mr. Wannemacher died Friday, Nov, 26, 1993, at Hammond-Henry Hospital, Geneseo.

He was born May 6, 1913, in Kewanee, the son of Rudolph and Anna Henry Wannemacher. He married Rita Tonkinson June 18, 1941, in Hooppole.As a small boy, he moved with his parents to Wisconsin and was educated in the Wisconsin schools. He lived his entire married life in Hooppole.

He owned and operated Hooppole Produce from 1937 to 1970, after which he farmed until retiring in 1979.

He was one of the original founders of the Hooppole Volunteer Fire Department, where he was a member for over 20 years, and had served as chief for 10 years. He had also served as a member of Hooppole Town Board from 1959 to 1989.

He enjoyed fishing and working in his yard and garden. He was also a lifetime Chicago Cubs fan and an avid fan and supporter of local high school sporting events.

Survivors include the widow; a daughter, Ann Nardulli, Champaign; sons, Bruce Wannemacher, St. Louis, Mo., and Jim Wannemacher, Hooppole; six grandchildren; sisters, Florence Wojcik, Milwaukee, Wis., Lois Dicks, Sarasota, Fla., and Gertrude Fortman and Ann Goodwin, both of Kewanee; brothers, John Wannemacher, Bakersfield, Calif., William Wannemacher, Peoria, and Dale Wannemacher, Mattoon, Ill.


Avis Nelson

Avis C. Nelson, 96, of 315 W. 2nd St., Prophetstown, died Monday, Sept. 20, 1993, at Prophets Riverview Center, Prophetstown.

Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at United Methodist Church, Prophetstown, where she was a member. Burial in in Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown.There is no visitation. Memorials may be made to Prophets Riverview Center.Gardner Funeral Home, Prophetstown, is in charge of arrangements.

The former Avis Reese was born Oct. 28, 1896, in Colona, the daughter of George and Gracie Geer Reese. She married Dr. George W. Nelson Oct. 23, 1918, in Prophetstown. He died July 31, 1987.

Mrs. Nelson was a graduate of Prophetstown High School in 1916, and later graduated from Northwestern School of Speech in 1918.She was a member of the Mary Martha Circle at church; past worthy matron of Minerva Chapter Order of Eastern Star, Prophetstown; and the Garden Club.

Survivors include a nephew, Arthur Nelson, Marinette, Wis.; cousins; and friends.

Mildred Nelson

JOY, Ill. -- Mildred I. Nelson, of Joy, died Thursday, Aug. 13, 1998 , at Trinity Medical Center-West Campus, Rock Island . Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Fippinger Funeral Home, Aledo. Burial will be in Aledo Cemetery . Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with an Eastern Star service conducted at 7 p.m. by Prairie Chapter 516, OES. Mrs. Nelson was a homemaker and helped her husband in the operation of the family farm. Mildred Jones was born Dec. 7, 1919 , in Rock Island County . She married Ralph Nelson in 1944 in Rock Island . Survivors include her husband; sons, Donald, Warrenton , Mo. , and Russell and Larry, both of Joy; and a sister, Helen Eckhardt, Edgington.

Grace Peterson
VIOLA, Ill. -- Grace E. Peterson, of Viola, formerly of New Windsor, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 1998, at Trinity Medical Center-West Campus, Rock Island. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Calvary Lutheran Church, New Windsor. Burial will be in New Windsor Cemetery. Visitation is 5-8 p.m. Friday at Peterson-Wallin-Knox Funeral Ho-me, Alpha. Mrs. Peterson helped with her husband's business, Peterson's Sundries, New Windsor, for 40 years. She was employed for a year at the former Grossell's Pharmacy, Aledo. Grace Anderson was born July 31, 1912, in Andover. She married John Peterson in 1930 in New Windsor. He died in 1989. Memorials may be made to the church and Mercer County Home Care. Survivors include a daughter, Marlene Koester, Round Top, Texas; three grandchildren including Vicki Bloomfield and her husband Keith, Viola, where she resided; six great-grandchildren; and a sister, June Blixt, Andover.


Gertrude Stevens
PROPHETSTOWN, Ill. -- Gertrude Stevens, of 105 E. 2nd St., formerly of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, Feb. 23, 1999, at the Skilled Care Facility of Morrison Hospital. Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Catherine's Catholic Church, Prophetstown. No visitation will be held. Burial will be in Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling. Gardner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Gertrude VenRooy was born April 5, 1923, in Colby, Wis. She married Russell Stevens in 1942 in Rochelle. They operated area restaurants and motels from 1945 until 1976, when he died. A memorial fund has been established. Survivors include a daughter, Vicki VanNatta, Prophetstown; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Cecila Denson, Randolph, Wis., Josephine Mow, Denver, and Rose Ammenson, Lehigh, Fla.; and a brother, Lambert, Milwaukee.


Mary Fullerton
KEITHSBURG, Ill. -- Mary E. Fullerton, of Keithsburg, died Saturday, Oct. 30, 1999, at her home. Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Christian Church, Keithsburg. Burial will be in Greenmound Cemetery, Keithsburg. Visitation is 5-8 p.m. Monday at the church. Hoover-Hall Memorial Chapel, Monmouth, is in charge of arrangements. She was a homemaker. Mary Pepper was born Aug. 11, 1921, in Seaton. She married Dwain Fullerton in 1941 in Seaton. Memorials may be made to First Christian Church. Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Marsha Fullerton, Des Moines; sons, Ronald and Dennis, both of Keithsburg; and Roger, Oquawka, Ill.; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren and 10 step-great-grandchildren; and brothers, Lawrence, Roseville, and Leonard, Tulsa, Okla.


Dorothy Thompson
NEW BOSTON, Ill. -- Services for Dorothy M. Thompson, of New Boston, will be 10 a.m. Monday at Family Funeral Services, Aledo. Burial will be in Viola Cemetery. Visitation is 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Mrs. Thompson died Thursday, March 11, 1999, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria. She retired in 1974 from Lilly Tulip Paper Co., Galva. Dorothy Swanson was born April 25, 1913, in Swedona. He married Robert Thompson in 1932 in Galesburg. He died in 1989. Memorials may be made to New Boston Ambulance and American Heart Association. Survivors include daughters, Darlene Swanson, Bean Station, Tenn., and Eileen DeFrieze, New Boston; sons, Richard, Woodhull, Robert, New Windsor, Roger, Eddy, Texas, Ronny, Galva, Russell, Cambridge, Larry, New Boston, and Jerry, Joy; 21 grandchildren; 21 step-grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; seven great-great- grandchildren; 10 step-great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Helen Anderson, Galva, and Jean Hier, Galesburg; and a brother, LeRoy Swanson, New Boston.

Bonnie Brown
PREEMPTION, Ill. -- Services for Bonnie A. Brown, of Preemption, will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Preemption United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Preemption Cemetery. Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Fippinger Funeral Home, Aledo, is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Brown died Saturday, March 20, 1999, at her home. She had taught grade school in one-room schools in Mercer and lower Rock Island counties. She retired from the Rockridge School District. Bonnie Johnston was born April 8, 1906, in Mercer County. She married Marion Brown in 1929 in her parent's home. He died in 1991. Memorials may be made to Preemption United Methodist Church. Survivors include a daughter, Sharon Anderson, Preemption; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren

Muriel Albertson
ALEDO, Ill. -- Services for Muriel E. Albertson, of Aledo, will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the United Methodist Church, Aledo. Burial will be in the Aledo Cemetery. Visitation is 3-7 p.m. today at Trimble Funeral Home, Aledo. Mrs. Albertson died Sunday, Jan. 24, 1999, at Mercer County Nursing Home, Aledo. She owned and operated the Montgomery Ward Catalogue Store in Aledo from 1964 to 1971. Muriel Snell was born May 13, 1912 in Cable. She married William Albertson in 1933 in Monmouth. He died in 1974. Memorials may be made to the church or nursing home. Survivors include daughters, Arlene Landis, Aledo, and Nancy Bell, Downers Grove; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a brother, Jack Snell, Aledo.


Edith Williams
ALEDO, Ill. -- Edith E. Williams, of Aledo, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999, at Mercer County Nursing Home, Aledo. Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Fippinger Funeral Home, Aledo. Visitation is one hour before the service. Burial will be in Aledo cemetery. Edith Spence was born March 14, 1904, in Mercer County. She married George Williams in 1927 in Aledo. He died in 1984. Memorials may be made to Aledo United Methodist Church or Mercer County Nursing Home. Survivors include a grandson; and sisters, Florence Ranney, Aledo, and Mary Reed, Moline.

Elsie Murphy
ALEDO, Ill. -- Elsie Murphy, of Aledo, formerly of Rock Island, died Thursday, June 10, 1999, at Lyncrest Manor, Aledo. Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Reynolds Cemetery. Private family visitation will be before the services at Trimble Funeral Home, Aledo. Elsie Brock was born Feb. 1, 1917, in Washington, Iowa. She married Perry Murphy in 1935 in Washington. He died in 1984. Memorials may be made to the family. Survivors include a daughter, Janet Harroun, Reynolds; sons, Donald, Rock Island, Earl, Prophetstown, and James, Muscatine, Iowa; nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Helen Brock, Keota, Iowa; and brothers, George and Harley Brock, both of Washington





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