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OBITUARIES 1 7-24-94

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OBITUARIES 1 7-24-94

Michael Current, gay rights activist, dies at age 31

Michael Jack Current, 31, of 737 18th St., Des Moines, formerly of Davenport,
died Thursday, July 21, 1994, at home.

Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at Weerts Funeral Home, Davenport. Burial is in
Pine Hill Cemetery, Davenport.

Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Monday. Memorials may be made to the American
Diabetes Association Iowa affiliate.

Mr. Current was born July 26, 1962, in Davenport, the son of Jack and Garnet
L. Bond

Current.

He attended Hampshire College, Amherst, Mass., where he was the first openly
gay student elected to the board of trustees.

He moved to Des Moines in 1989 to be a clerk for the House of Representatives.

He founded IDEA, Iowa's Dignity and Equality Advocates, and was Iowa's
lobbyist for gay and lesbian rights and for an AIDS policy. He was able to get
the passage of the gay and lesbian civil rights bill passed by the Iowa Senate
in 1992, the enactment of the hate crime law, the establishment of Iowa's
first state-funded AIDS program, and the HIPP program for health insurance for
people with AIDS.

He was hired in 1992 as executive director of the Gay and Lesbian Resource
Center, Des Moines, retiring in 1993 due to ill health.

He attended city council and school board meetings regularly while he was a
junior at Central High School, and conducted research for the Scott County
Historical Society. He worked for Senator Edward Kennedy when he was 17 and
later for Senator Paul Simon.

He was awarded the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services award for
"outstanding community service and leadership'' and was voted Iowa Civil
Liberties Union "Libertarian of 1992.''

He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Davenport.

He enjoyed politics and was an avid reader.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Garnet Current-Smith and Bill L.
Smith, Davenport; sisters and brothers-in-law, Vicky and Pierre Levoie,
Quebec, Canada, and Garnet and Dennis Cannon, Davenport; brothers, Gary
Current, Sunset, Texas, and Lindsey Current, Davenport; his grandfather,
Samuel Bond, Davenport; and his longtime companion, Marshall Metzger, Des
Moines.

Medie Hakeman

Services for Medie Hakeman, 81, of 1313 17th Ave., Silvis, are 10 a.m. Monday
at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Silvis, where he was a member.
Entombment is in St. Mary's Mausoleum, East Moline.

Visitation is 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at Schroder Mortuary, Silvis, with
a prayer service at 7 p.m. Memorials may be made to the church.

Mr.

Hakeman died Friday, July 22, 1994, at Illini Hospital, Silvis.

He was born Feb. 3, 1913, in East St. Louis, Ill., the son of George and Bizar
Severian

Hakeman. He married Leona Lee Landuit Nov. 25, 1939, in Davenport.

He worked for the John Deere Co. for over 41 years retiring as an Advanced
Engineer at the John Deere Foundry, Silvis, in 1975.

He had been the financial secretary for the American Foundrymen for over 20
years and belonged to the East End, Viking and Svithiod clubs of Moline.

Survivors include the widow; a son and daughter-in-law,

Kenneth and Cindy Hakeman, Moline; grandsons, Matthew Hakeman, Carbondale, and

Curtis Hakeman, Moline; a sister, Rose Grafton, and a brother, Louie Hakeman,
both of Moline.

Robert Ostrander Sr.

Robert F. Ostrander Sr., 71, of 3110 46th St., Moline, died Saturday, July 23,
1994, at home.

Services are 10 a.m. Tuesday at Bethany Lutheran Church, Woodhull, where he
was a member. Burial is in Woodhull Cemetery.

Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Peterson-Wallin-Knox Funeral Home,
Woodhull. Memorials may be made to the church, Visiting Nurses -- Rock Island
County, or Pathway Hospice Unit, Trinity Medical Center, East Campus, Moline.

Mr. Ostrander was born Sept. 20, 1922, in Galesburg, the son of Clarence and
Pauline Goff

Ostrander. He married Elizabeth Holmes April 4, 1970, in Woodhull.

He was employed for 38 years with Iowa-Illinois Gas & Electric, retiring in
September 1984.

He was a member of Doric Masonic Lodge AF&AM 319, Moline; Moline Consistory;
Tebala Shrine, Rockford; Zor Shrine, Madison, Wis.; International Brotherhood
of Electrical Workers 109, Rock Island; and a social member of Zor Shrine
Clowns, Park Falls, Wis.

He was a World War II Navy veteran.

Survivors include the widow; sons, Robert F. Ostrander Jr., DeKalb, and Jeff
Ostrander, Moline; grandchildren, Deborah

Disparte, Streamwood, Ill., JoAnn Wacker, Roselle, Ill., and Joni and Jonathan
Ostrander, both of Moline; and great-grandchildren, Julie and Andrew

Disparte, Streamwood.

Merle `James' Farley Jr.

Merle J. "James'' Farley Jr., 46, LeClaire, Iowa, died Thursday, July 21,
1994, at home.

Services were held Saturday at Runge Mortuary, Davenport. Burial was in
Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to an education fund for his children.

Mr. Farley was born Jan. 31, 1948, in Davenport, the son of Merle J. Sr. and
Lorraine Dierks Farley. He married Evelyn Marie Little Feb. 6, 1968, in
Davenport. She died April 9, 1992.

He was employed for 23 years at U.S. West and was a supervisor for Eastern
Iowa.

He was a member of Ducks Unlimited, Missawapsi Duck Club and In Fisherman.

Survivors include a daughter, Beth, at home; a son, Mike, Princeton; his
parents, Davenport; sisters and brothers-in-law,

Marlene and Wayne Nelson, Davenport, and Mary Jo and Phil Patten, Bettendorf;
brothers, Melvin Farley, Moline, and Michael Farley, Davenport; and a special
friend, Peg Jacobs, Moline.

Quentin Johnson

Quentin Johnson, 76, of 9259 Ill. Hwy. 81, Cambridge, died Saturday, July 23,
1994, at home.

Services are 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Cambridge United Methodist Church, where he
was a member. Burial is in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge.

Visitation is 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Homes, Cambridge.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the church.

Mr. Johnson was born June 7, 1918, in rural Cambridge, the son of Arthur E.
and Sarah Johnson. He married Grace Johnston Nov. 15, 1939, in Davenport.

He was a self-employed farmer near Cambridge.

He was a member of the Henry County Farm Bureau, Illinois Beef Association,
National Cattlemen's Association and Henry County Pork Producers.

He enjoyed farming and was a longtime Yankees baseball fan.

Survivors include the widow; sons and daughters-in-law, Larry A. and Janean
Johnson, and Charles F. and Sue Johnson, all of rural Cambridge;
grandchildren, Douglas, Randy, Mickey and Jeffrey Johnson, Lynette Miller and
Greta

Woodbury; and great-grandchildren, Dillon and Kaitlin Johnson.

Eleanor Dawson

Eleanor L. Dawson, 81, of 2423 17th St., Rock Island, died Saturday, July 23,
1994, at Trinity Medical Center, East Campus, Moline.

Arrangements are pending at Knox-Larson Funeral Home, Rock Island.

Alice Sharp

Services for Alice Verna Sharp, 93, of 505 1st Ave., Silvis, are 2 p.m. Monday
at Schroder Mortuary, Silvis. Burial is in Greenview Memorial Gardens, East
Moline.

Visitation is two hours prior to service time. A memorial fund will be
established.

Mrs. Sharp died Saturday, July 23, 1994, at Illini Hospital, Silvis.

The former Alice Sandoval was born Feb. 1, 1901, in Boles, Ill., the daughter
of Joseph and Mamie Good Sandoval. She married John M. Sharp July 19, 1925, in
Clinton, Iowa. He died in 1962. She worked more than 20 years at the East
Moline Mental Health Center, retiring as a ward nurse in 1962.

She attended Wildwood Baptist Church, East Moline, and was a member of Central
Avenue Baptist Church, Phoenix, Ariz.

Survivors include sons, Donald and James Sharp, both of Silvis, John Robert
Sharp, Hillsdale, and David Sharp, Rock Island; 10 grandchildren; 12
great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Arthur Carlberg

Arthur Carlberg, 75, of 8103 E. 1700 St., R.R. 2, Cambridge, died Saturday,
July 23, 1994, at Cottage Hospital, Galesburg.

Arrangements are pending at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Home, Cambridge.

Florent `Brooks'

DeBruyckere

Florent J. "Brooks''

DeBruyckere, 76, of 915 16th Ave., Moline, died Friday, July 22, 1994, at
Trinity Medical Center, East Campus, Moline.

Services are 9:30 a.m. Monday at DeRoo Funeral Home, Moline, and 10 a.m. at
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Moline, where he was a member. Burial is in St.
Mary's Cemetery, East Moline, with military rites conducted by Moline American
Legion Post 246, where he was a member.

Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home, with a rosary recited at
6:30 p.m. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, American
Cancer Society or Rock Island County Humane Society.

Mr. DeBruyckere was born April 26, 1918, in Moline, the son of Leopold and
Rachel Pille

DeBruyckere. He married

Martha VanDeKeere May 8, 1941, in East Moline. She died Sept. 23, 1981.

He was the owner of

DeBruyckere's Tavern, Moline, for 32 years, retiring in 1978.

He was a member of Moline Veterans of Foreign Wars Velie Post 2153, Viking
Club, Friends Circle Club and East End Club, all of Moline. He was also a
member of the Hungry 20 Golf Club and a life member and past president of Rock
Island County Tavern Owners Association.

He was a World War II Marine Corps veteran.

He was an avid golfer and Chicago Cubs fan.

Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Carol and

Robert Mehleck, Moline, and

Diane DeBruyckere and Fred Siebenmann, Portland, Ore.; a son and
daughter-in-law, Ronald and Suzanne DeBruyckere, Carbon Cliff; grandchildren,
Scott and Julie DeBruyckere and Lisa Carlson; a great-granddaughter; a sister,
Helen DeCoster, Moline; a half-brother, Albert

DeBruyckere, Milan; and a special friend, Bette Verstreate, Moline.

Adela White

Adela A. White, 100, Geneseo, formerly of Annawan, died Saturday, July 23,
1994, at Hammond-Henry Extended Care, Geneseo.

Arrangements are pending at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Home, Annawan.

Carl Bohart

Carl H. Bohart, 63, Hillcrest Nursing Home, formerly of Annawan, died
Saturday, July 23, 1994, at the home.

Arrangements are pending at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Home, Annawan.

Charlotte Rosene

Charlotte M. Rosene, 80, Moline, died Saturday, July 23, 1994, at Trinity
Medical Center, East Campus, Moline.

Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at DeRoo Funeral Home, Moline. Burial is in
Chippiannock Cemetery, Rock Island.

Visitation is one hour prior to service time. Memorials may be made to Holy
Cross Lutheran Church, Moline, where she was a member, or the Diabetes
Association.

The former Charlotte Ehler was born June 30, 1914, in Worthington, Minn., the
daughter of Frederich and Mabel Hoover Ehler. She married Jule

Goetzmann July 16, 1937, in Rock Island. He died July 23, 1956. She married
Frederich Rosene Dec. 27, 1980, in Moline. He died June 13, 1990.

Mrs. Rosene was employed for 10 years as a secretary in the X-ray and
admitting offices at the former Moline Public Hospital, retiring in 1978.

She was a member of American Women's Business Association and the Auxiliary
for American Legion Post 246, Moilne.

She enjoyed playing cards.

Survivors include a sister and brother-in-law, Beverly and

Robert Hendershot, Moline; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Anna Orsi

Services for Anna Orsi, 94, formerly of Prophetstown, are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday
at St. Catherine's Catholic Church, Prophetstown, where she was a member.
Burial is in St. Catherine's Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown.

Visitation is 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at Gardner Funeral Home, Prophetstown, with a
rosary recited at 7:30 p.m.

Mrs. Orsi died Friday, July 22, 1994, at Mitchell Park Convalescent Center,
East Moline.

The former Anna Giovanardi was born July 9, 1900, in Chicago. She married
James Orsi Nov. 27, 1920, in Carroll, Iowa. He died in 1973.

She and her parents moved to Italy when she was 2 years old and returned to
the United States when she was 18.

She and her husband owned and operated numerous confectionery stores in
Illinois. In 1947 they moved to Prophetstown where they owned and operated
Orsi's Restaurant, retiring in 1960.

She was a member of the former Altar and Rosary Society at the church and a
former member of Prophetstown Garden Club.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Leonora and

Robert Loring, Belmont, Calif.; a son, Ralph Orsi, Silvis; five grandchildren;
five great-grandchildren; a stepgreat-grandchild; and a sister, Ines Marcucci,
Carroll.

Naomi Followwill

Naomi Followwill, 79, Buffalo, Iowa, died Friday, July 22, 1994, at Meadowlawn
Nursing Center, Davenport.

Services are 10 a.m. Tuesday at Runge Mortuary, Davenport. Burial is in Rose
Hill Cemetery, Buffalo.

Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m. Monday.

The former Naomi Hendricks was born April 18, 1915, in Low Ground, Mo., the
daughter of Henry and Leola Hatfield

Hendricks. She married William B. Followwill Jan. 31, 1934, in Unionville, Mo.
He died June 23.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Shelby Followwill,
Davenport; two grandsons; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Helen

Followwill, Buffalo; and brothers, Harley Hendricks, Fredericksburg, Texas,
and Clyde

Hendricks, Flint, Mich.

Stanley Hergert

Stanley W. Hergert, 72, Milan, died Friday, July 22, 1994, at Oak Glen Nursing
Home, Coal Valley.

Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Milan, where he
was a member. Burial is in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Taylor Ridge.

Visitation is after noon Tuesday, with the family present from 6 to 9 p.m., at
Jinks Family Funeral Service, 110 W. 20th Ave, Milan. Memorials may be made to
the church.

Mr. Hergert was born Nov. 5, 1921, in Hillsboro, Ore., the son of C. William
and Louise Strohmeyer Hergert. He married

Marlene Kempf Feb. 16, 1949, in Taylor Ridge.

He was the owner of Hergert Construction Co. from 1948 to 1972. The company
built several area golf courses, including the former Mill Creek, Oakwood
Country Club, Highland Springs, Palmer Hills, Hawthorn Ridge and Midland
Country Club.

He was a life member of the International Operating Engineers Union 537
AFL-CIO. He was a Boy Scouts commissioner for 35 years and was active at Zion
Lutheran Church.

He enjoyed gardening and was an avid fisherman and camper.

Survivors include the widow; daughters and a son-in-law, Mary Katherine and
Douglas

Hamilton, Delano, Calif., and Ruth Hergert, Rochelle; sons and
daughters-in-law, James and Linda Hergert, Blue Grass, John and Mary Hergert,
Keithsburg, Tom and Sherry Hergert, Rock Island, Matt Hergert, Canton, Ill.,
and Tim and Mark Hergert, both of Milan; 14 grandchildren; a great-grandson;
and a sister,

Nadine Bonnett, Vista, Calif.

Argus Bunch

Services for Argus W. Bunch, 85, of 1067 23rd Ave., Rock Island, are 1:30 p.m.
Monday at Hodgson Funeral Home Ltd., Rock Island. Burial is in Memorial Park
Cemetery, Rock Island.

Visitation is 2 to 5 p.m. today. Memorials may be made to the American Heart
Association.

Mr. Bunch died Friday, July 22, 1994, at Trinity Medical Center, East Campus,
Moline.

He was born April 22, 1909, in Linn Creek, Mo., the son of Owen and Minnie
Jones Bunch. He married the late Melvadean Freeze in 1932. He married Jeanette
Raebel July 31, 1970, in Rock Island. She died Feb. 5, 1993.

He was employed for 20 years as a pressure tester at the Rock Island Arsenal,
retiring July 31, 1970.

He was a former member of Memorial Heights United Methodist Church.

He was an avid fisherman and hunter.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Leon and

Barbara Bunch, Rock Island; four grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren;
sisters, Velma Dryoel, Milan, and Zella Birkett, in California; and a brother,
Earl M. Bunch, Rock Island.

Ronald Stafford

Ronald L. Stafford, 64, Davenport, died Friday, July 22, 1994, at Genesis
Medical Center, East Campus, Davenport.

Services are 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Davenport,
where he was a member. Burial is in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Davenport.

Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Halligan-McCabe Funeral Home, Davenport,
with a rosary recited at 7:30 p.m. Memorials may be made to the American
Diabetes Association.

Mr. Stafford was born Dec. 6, 1929, in Albia, Iowa, the son of Fred E. and Ola
V. Sawyer Stafford. He married Mary A.

Gadient Nov. 15, 1951.

He was the owner of Clarence Bendle and Associates, Moline, for many years.

He was a member of Knights of Columbus 532, Davenport, ABC Bowling League,
Independent Accountants Association of Illinois and the National Society of
Public Accountants.

He was an Army veteran.

He enjoyed sports, especially golf and bowling.

Survivors include the widow; daughters, Mary A. Willers, Davenport, and
Melissa Stafford, Davenport; a son, Christopher Stafford, Bettendorf; seven
grandchildren; his mother, Rock Island; and an uncle, Clyde

Sawyer, Joliet.

Prudence `Lupe' Ewing

Prudence "Lupe'' Ewing, 54, of 1808 W. 5th St., Davenport, died Wednesday,
July 20, 1994, at Genesis Medical Center, East Campus, Davenport.

Services are 10 a.m. Monday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Davenport, where
she was a member. Burial is in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Davenport.

Visitation is 2 to 8 p.m. today at Halligan-McCabe Funeral Home, Davenport,
with a rosary recited at 7:30 p.m. Memorials may be made to the American
Cancer Society.

The former Prudence Mendez was born Oct. 11, 1939, in Davenport, the daughter
of Jesus and Manuella Sanchez Mendez. She married Rufus Ewing Sr. May 23,
1958, in Davenport.

Mrs. Ewing was employed for 16 years at E.J. Brach Candy Co., Davenport.

She enjoyed bingo, gardening and spending time with her friends.

Survivors include the

widower; daughters, Sophia and Bridgett Ewing, both of Davenport; sons,
Charles Mendez, Silvis, Rufus Ewing Jr., Chicago, and John and Felipe Ewing,
both of Davenport; 19 grandchildren; a great-grandson; her mother, Manuella
Garcia, Buffalo, Iowa; sisters, Aurora Hernandez, Mary Vega, Delores Garcia,
Maria Aguilera, Louisa Maldonado, Patricia Tashiro, Esther Martinez and Jessie
Ochoa, all of Davenport; and brothers, John and Rudy Garcia, both of Buffalo,
and Roy and Joe Mendez, both of Davenport. Her sister, Romona Castenada, died
in 1993.

Mae Cleppe

Mae Cleppe, 98, Clinton, Iowa, died Thursday, July 21, 1994, at Alverno Health
Care Facility, Clinton.

Graveside services are 9 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Clinton.

Visitation is 6 to 8 tonight at Snell-Zornig Funeral Home, Clinton. Memorials
may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church, Clinton.

The former Mae Liptack was born July 28, 1895, in Austria, the daughter of
Steve and Marie Liptack. She married Louis Cleppe Jan. 15, 1916, in Chicago.
He died July 28, 1976.

Mrs. Cleppe made and sold her own line of cosmetics durings the 1930s and
1940s.

Survivors include sisters-in-law, Helen Clemence, Clinton, Iowa, and Pauline
Cleppe, Fulton; and nieces and nephews, including Edward Carroll, West Haven,
Conn.

Lois Berfield

Lois E. Berfield, 71, Port Byron, died Thursday, July 21, 1994, at Illini
Hospital, Silvis.

Graveside services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Oak Grove Cemetery, Port Byron.

Memorials may be made to Planned Parenthood.

Gibson Funeral Home, Port Byron, is in charge of arrangements.

The former Lois Curry was born March 1, 1923, in Reynolds, the daughter of
Raymond and Edith Taylor Curry. She married Robert D. Berfield Sept. 25, 1943,
in Rock Island.

Mrs. Berfield was employed as a court stenographer at Stark County Courthouse
in ealier years.

She enjoyed gardening, reading and traveling. She had traveled the world.

Survivors include the

widower; daughters, Janice Varn, Gordon, Neb., Teresa Weaver, Aurora, Colo.,
and Chris Schumacher, Port Byron; a son, Anthony Berfield, Morton, Ill.; six
grandchildren; a sister,

Ferris Schertz, Fort Wayne, Ind.; and brothers, Roger Curry, Port Byron,
Richard Curry, Moline, and Floyd Curry, Rock Island.






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