OBITUARIES 12-24-93 - Quad Cities Online


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Jeffrey Cottingham Services for Jeffrey L. Cottingham, 42, of 8 Hillcrest
Court, Rock Island, are 11 a.m. Monday at Christ the King Chapel, St. Ambrose
University, Davenport. The body will be cremated.

Visitation is 4:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday at St. Ambrose Chapel, with a wake service
at 6 p.m. Additional visitation is 10 a.m. until service time Monday at the
chapel. A memorial fund has been established at St. Joseph Catholic Church,
Rock Island, for the education of his children, inner city work, and other
areas that he wanted to support.

DeRoo Funeral Home, Moline, is in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Cottingham died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1993, at University of Nebraska
Hospital, Omaha.

He was born Sept. 18, 1951, in Rock Island, the son of James and Celest Halx
Cottingham. He married Rhea C. Frank on June 7, 1986, in Rock Island.

He was a graduate of the former Sacred Heart Catholic Grade School and a 1969
graduate of Alleman High School, both of Rock Island. He was a 1974 graduate
of the former St. Ambrose College, Davenport.

He was a juvenile court probation officer for the state of Iowa for the past
14 years. He was previously employed at Bethany Home, Moline, having worked in
the Residential Treatment Program.

He was a devout Catholic and attended mass daily at St. Anthony's Catholic
Church, Davenport, and was an associate member of St. James Lutheran Church.

He had participated in activities concerning the United Marriage Encounter,
and Via de Cristo. He was involved in the peace movement, and performed inner
city work while living in Davenport during the 1970's. He served as a board
member of Project Renewal, Davenport, and was a former board member of the
Maternal Health Center, Davenport.

He was an avid sports fan and especially enjoyed Notre Dame, the St. Louis
Cardinals and the Boston Celtics.

Survivors include the widow; a daughter, Bethany R. Cottingham; a son,
Christian J. Cottingham, both at home; his parents, Milan; and a sister,
Barbara Haley, Rock Island; and a special friend, Julie Burge, Davenport.

Erling Jacobsen

Erling R. Jacobsen, 70, of 1438 34th Ave., Rock Island, died Wednesday, Dec.
22, 1993, at Trinity Medical Center, East Campus, Moline.

Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Evangelical Free Church, Moline. Burial
is in Rose Lawn Memorial Estates, Moline.

Visitation is 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Knox-Larson Funeral Home, Rock

Ruby Stoner

There are no services for Ruby Stoner, 52, of 1314 14th St., Rock Island. The
body will be cremated.

Visitation is 1 to 3 and 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Olivet Baptist Church, Rock

Orr's Mortuary, Rock Island, is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Stoner died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1993, at Trinity Medical Center, West
Campus, Rock Island.

The former Ruby Douglas was born July 28, 1941, in Rock Island, the daughter
of John and Betty Douglas. She married the late Earl A. Stoner.

She was a postal clerk for the U.S. Postal Service, retiring Oct. 1, 1992.

She was a member of Wayman A.M.E. Church, Rock Island; Adah Chapter 10 Order
of the Eastern Star; Tri Cities Assembly 53 Order of Golden Circle; Masqat
Court 167 Daughters of Isis; Elite Temple 1265 I.B.P.E.O.W. and the Star Lite

Survivors include daughters, Krystal Stoner and Donna Stoner-Reed, both of
Rock Island, Karen Stoner, Milwaukee, Tina Stoner, Milan, Vernita Prince,
Davenport, and Phyllis Adams, Baton Rouge, La.; sons, Bruce Collins and Adrian
Stoner, both of Rock Island, and John Stoner, Seattle; 25 grandchildren; 10
great-grandchildren; and his mother, Betty Johnson, a sister, Betty Johnson,
and a brother, Jerry Johnson, all of Rock Island.

Leona Swenson

Leona W. Swenson, 81, East Moline Garden Plaza, formerly of Rock Island, died
Thursday, Dec. 23, 1993, at Illini Hospital, Silvis.

Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Hodgson Funeral Home Ltd., Rock Island,
where further arrangements are pending.

Dr. Thornton Martin

Dr. Thornton Martin, 66, of 1936 12th Ave., Moline, died Thursday, Dec. 23,
1993, at Trinity Medical Center, East Campus, Moline.

Services are noon Monday at Gaines Chapel A.M.E. Church, East Moline, where he
was a member. Burial is in National Cemetery, Rock Island.

Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Gaines Chapel.

Orr's Mortuary, Rock Island, is in charge of arrangements.

Dr. Martin was born Dec. 24, 1926, in Iowa, the son of Henry and Dorothy
Martin. He married Hattie Lewis in 1949 in Chicago.

He graduated from the University of Iowa and Northwestern Podiatry School.

He had his podiatry practice in East Moline and retired in 1989. He then
worked for Lohman Brothers Real Estate as a real estate agent.

He was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and East Moline Rotary.

He was a Korean War Army veteran.

Survivors include the widow; a daughter, Dr. Nicholette M. Martin, Chicago;
sisters, Lillian Martin, Natchitoches, La., Hettie Martin Stevens, Princess
Anne, Md., Delores Martin Owens, Rockford, and Vivian Martin Smith, Cedar
Rapids, Iowa; and a brother, Robert Martin Sr., Chicago.

Geraldine Wolfe

Geraldine H. Wolfe, 89, of 3319 Park 16th St., Moline, died Thursday, Dec. 23,
1993, at Trinity Medical Center, East Campus, Moline.

Private graveside services are 10 a.m. Monday at Riverside Cemetery, Moline.

There is no visitation. Memorials may be made to the Youth Service Bureau of
Rock Island County.

Wendt Funeral Home, Moline, is in charge of arrangements.

The former Geraldine Holland was born May 3, 1904, in Kelley, Iowa, the
daughter of Reinhart and Martha Larson Holland. She married Hugh E. Wolfe in
1939 in Kelley. He died June 9, 1964.

Mrs. Wolfe was employed as a visiting nurse in East Moline and had worked at
the former Tuberculosis Sanitarium, Rock Island. In earlier years, she was a
public health nurse with the U.S. Indian Service, Rosebud Reservation, in
South Dakota.

She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Moline, where she was a former
Sunday school teacher and the L.C.W.; the Color Shooters Camera Club, and the
Horticulture Club, Moline.

Survivors include a daughter, Sonja G. Evens, Moline; a stepson, Hugh E.
Wolfe, in Pennsylvania; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters,
Elizabeth Raeside, Dubuque, Iowa, Elaine Martens, Esterville, Iowa, and
Mildred Jensen, Story City, Iowa; and brothers, Emmett Holland, Nevada, Iowa,
and Burness Holland, Ames, Iowa.

Wendell Shock

Wendell Shock, 79, formerly of Silvis, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1993, at Moline
Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Arrangements are pending at Schroder Mortuary, Silvis.

Marian Ericson

Marian E. Ericson, 95, Good Samaritan Village, Geneseo, formerly of Cambridge,
died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1993, at the center.

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

Arnold Gillette

Arnold L. Gillette, 93, Avon Nursing Home, Avon, Ill., formerly of Galva, died
Thursday, Dec. 23, 1993, at St. Mary's Medical Center, Galesburg.

Services are 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Rux-Schuster Funeral Home, Galva. Burial is
in Bishop Hill Cemetery.

Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Monday. Memorials may be made to the Bishop Hill
United Methodist Church, where he was a member; Alexis-North Henderson
Ambulance or to the home.

Mr. Gillette was born Sept. 25, 1900, in Warren County, the son of William and
Rosetta Meadown Gillette. He married M. Helen Massingill Aug. 25, 1920, in
Monmouth. She died Aug. 12.

He was a farmer all of his life having started farming in the Avon area and
then in the Galva, Bishop Hill and Altona areas.

Survivors include a daughter, Evelyn LaMaster, Alexis; grandchildren, Diana
LaMaster, Alexis, and Carol Wallace, Woodland Park, Colo.;
great-grandchildren, Denise, Janelle and Ginger Wallace, all of Woodland Park,
Colo.; a great-great-granddaughter, Brittany Gruber; a sister, Edna Miles,
Galesburg; and brothers, Ross Gillette, Avon, and Delmar Gillette, Galesburg.

Martha Neuleib

Martha Neuleib, 93, Geneseo, died Friday, Dec. 24, 1993, at Good Samaritan
Village, Geneseo.

Arrangements are pending at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Homes, Geneseo.

Ethel Mae Nickerson

Ethel Mae Nickerson, 96, Hillcrest Home, Geneseo, formerly of Atkinson, died
Thursday, Dec. 23, 1994, at the home.

Services are 2 p.m. Monday at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Homes, Atkinson. Burial
is in Fairview Cemetery, Annawan.

Visitation is from 1 p.m. until the time of service. Memorials may be made to
Atkinson Public Library, Atkinson Rescue Unit, or Atkinson United Church of

Miss Nickerson was born Sept. 12, 1897, the daughter of Owen R. and Ethel
Woodward Nickerson.

She graduated from Atkinson High School and attended Illinois colleges to get
teaching credits over the years.

She had taught in rural schools in the Atkinson and Geneseo area. She taught
at Brandon School, the last one-room school house in the Geneseo school system
which was closed when she retired in 1965 after 42 years of teaching.

She was a member of Atkinson United Church of Christ, where she had served as
Sunday school superintendent and on the church board; Royal Neighbors;
Illinois Retired Teachers Association, and the Grand Army of Republic for more
than 50 years. She was a former member of the Atkinson Library Board.

Survivors include a sister, Eleanor Hoburg, Atkinson; and several nieces and

Ruth `Fern' Sunmark

Ruth "Fern'' Sunmark, 92, Sequim, Wash., died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1993, at
Providence Hospital, Seattle.

Memorial services are pending at her Methodist churches in Sequim and
Glendive, Mont.

The former Ruth Taylor was born Oct. 10, 1901, in Little Falls, Minn., the
daughter of Henry and Hetty Taylor. She married Carl Sunmark Oct. 18, 1920, in
Mandan, N.D.

Mrs. Sunmark attended school in Mandan, N.D., and graduated from business
college in Bismarck, N.D.

She spent much of their life in Glendive where her husband was employed by the
Northern Pacific Railroad.

She was past worthy matron of Eastern Star, Montana State President of the
American Legion Auxiliary and Girl's State Chairperson for 21 years.

Survivors include daughters, Sunny Hughes, Sequim, and Shirley Benik, Denver,
Colo.; a son, Darreld Sunmark, Geneseo; nine grandchildren; and 13

Donald Wilson

Donald E. Wilson, 47, of 110 N.W. 3rd Ave., Galva, was pronounced dead
Thursday, Dec. 23, 1993, of natural causes after he was found in his vehicle
in a ditch on Ill. 17.

Services are 11 a.m. Monday at Rux-Schuster Funeral Home, Galva. Burial is in
Galva Cemetery.

Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Memorials may be made to River Valley Bank,
Galva, for an educational fund for his daughters.

Mr. Wilson was born Feb. 9, 1946, in Monmouth, the son of Earl and Bonnie
Stromire Wilson. He married Gloria Valdes June 15, 1947, in Moline.

He graduated in 1964 from Biggsville High School and attended Western Illinois
University, Macomb, and belonged to Circle K there.

He taught in Galva school district for 17 years retiring in 1985. After that,
he worked two years at Walsworth Year Book Co. and then was a department
manager six years at Best Buy Store, Galesburg.

He was a member of the Rozetta Baptist Church, Rozetta, Ill., while in high
school he was very active in the youth group; National Education Association
and past president of Galva Education Association.

Survivors include the widow; daughters, Kelly, Erica, and Lindsay Wilson, all
at home; his parents, Monmouth; and brothers and a sister-in-law, Jack Wilson,
Peru, Patrick and Marsha Wilson, Monmouth, and Bill Wilson, Las Vegas; several
nieces and nephews; and cousins, Judy Boyer and Nancy Clayton, both of

Kenneth Bowling

Kenneth Bowling, 78, Maquoketa, Iowa, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1993, at
Jackson County Public Hospital, Maquoketa.

Services are 11:30 a.m. Monday at Carson Funeral Home, Maquoketa. Burial is in
Streets Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, with military rites conducted by Maquoketa
American Legion Post 75, where he was a member.

Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday. A memorial fund has been established.

Mr. Bowling was born June 14, 1915, in Maquoketa, the son of Guy and Gertie
Streets Bowling. He married Evelyn Keeney Dec. 14, 1946, in Maquoketa.

He retired in 1978 from the foundry department after 20 years at Clinton
Engines, Maquoketa. He also had been an iron worker for many years.

He was a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles.

He was a World War II Navy veteran.

Survivors include the widow; daughters, Barbara Sherwin, Orange, Texas, and
Susan Kirk, Maquoketa; a son, Bill Bowling, Maquoketa; eight grandchildren;
five great-grandchildren; sisters, Pauline Wulf, Bettendorf, Maxine Orange,
Chouteau, Okla., and Nadine Lubben, Maquoketa; and brothers, Paul and Jim
Bowling, both of Davenport, and Tolbert Bowling, Maquoketa.

Marvella Keller

Marvella F. Keller, 65, Davenport, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1993, in Tucson,

Arrangements are pending at Halligan-McCabe Funeral Home, Davenport.

Survivors include the widower, Paul.

Josephine Mohr

Josephine Mohr, 93, Bettendorf, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1993, at Bettendorf
Health Care Center.

Arrangements are pending at Halligan-McCabe Funeral Home, Davenport.

Violet O'Brien

Violet O'Brien, 89, Muscatine, Iowa, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1993, at
Lutheran Homes, Muscatine.

Services are 10 a.m. Monday at George M. Wittich-Lewis Funeral Home,
Muscatine. Burial is in Greenwood Cemetery, Muscatine.

Visitation is 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Memorials may be made to American Heart

The former Violet Edgington was born Feb. 10, 1904, in Muscatine County, the
daughter of Alva and Clara Munday Edgington. She married the late Louis
O'Brien May 17, 1922, in Rock Island.

Mrs. O'Brien was a member of Muscatine Women of the Moose, Muscatine Veterans
of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and United Brethren.

Survivors include daughters, Ruby Bosten, Fort Meyers, Fla., Peggy Deitering,
Chula Vista, Calif., Shirley Howell, Muscatine, Ruth Milder, Columbus
Junction, and Janet Cabel, Bettendorf; 20 grandchildren; 25
great-grandchildren; and a sister, Vida Burns, Muscatine.

Joseph Ratel

Joseph A. Ratel, 85, Muscatine, Iowa, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1993, at
Muscatine General Hospital.

Graveside services were held today at Muscatine Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to Muscatine Care Center or First Baptist Church, where
he was a member.

Ralph J. Wittich Funeral Home, Muscatine, is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Ratel was born Oct. 10, 1908, in Trenton, Mo., the son of Frank L. and
Mary E. Sherman Retal. He married Reba Eis on Dec. 19, 1942, in Trenton.

He was a professional caretaker for Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Jackson for 44

Survivors include the widow; and sisters, Dorothy Worland and Mary Deleuuw,
both of El Cajon, Calif., Louella Weis, Moline, and Annabelle Jarvis,
Grandview, Iowa.

Winnetta Spies

Services for Winnetta Elsie Spies, 72, Brooklyn Park, Minn., formerly of
Davenport, are 10:30 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 Alzheimers Disease
and Related Disorders Association.

Mrs. Spies died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1993, at Northridge Health Care,

The former Winnetta Danielson was born Feb. 27, 1921, in Winnett, Mont., the
daughter of Alfred John and Hilda Schaefer Danielson. She married Vernon Spies
in 1940 in Davenport.

She was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Davenport.

She enjoyed her card club, gardening, traveling and camping with the family.

Survivors include the widower; daughters, JoAnn Bergstrom, Apple Valley,
Minn., and Cheryl Coty, Minneapolis; sons, Melvin Spies, Bemidji, Minn.;
Donald Spies, Pequot Lakes, Minn., and Darrel Spies, Glenwood, Wash.; 10
grandchildren; sisters, Erma Dohrn, Scottsdale, Ariz., and Helen Pries,
Bettendorf; and brothers, Alfred Danielsen, Prescott, Ariz., Robert Danielsen,
Bettendorf, and Raymond Danielsen, Davenport.


ADAMS, Nancy Patricia, 63, Monmouth; 10:30 a.m. Monday, Hoover-Hall, Monmouth.
Visitation after noon Sunday.

BLOOMFIELD, Lucille M., 76, Aledo, fomerly of Viola; 2 p.m. Monday, Jinks,
Viola. Visitation 4-7 p.m. Sunday.

CLARK, Mary Grace, 97, Aledo; 1:30 p.m. Monday, Fippinger, Aledo. Visitation
3-5, 7-9 p.m. Sunday.

DERSHAM, Ruth E., 79, Geneseo; 10 a.m. Monday, Stackhouse-Moore, Myers Chapel,
Geneseo. Visitation 5-8 p.m. Sunday.

DEVOS, Peter F., 71, Sheffield; 10 a.m. Monday, St. Patrick's Catholic Church,
Sheffield. Visitation 7-9 p.m. Sunday, Stackhouse-Moore, Sheffield.

GRABBE, Theodore Jr., 89, Galva; 2 p.m. Monday, Rux, Kewanee. Visitation
noon-2 p.m. Monday.

HILL, Belden E. "Buck,'' 63, Kewanee; 11 a.m. Monday, Rux, Kewanee.
Visitation 6-8 p.m. Sunday.

JACKSON, Alma B., 82, Davenport; 1 p.m. Sunday, Greenlee-Middleton, Princeton,

PALMGREN, F. Yvonne, 81, Orion; 1 p.m. Monday, Kirk, Huggins and Esterdahl,
Orion. Visitation 1-3, 6-8 p.m. Sunday.

STEPP, John T., 76, Colona; 11 a.m. Monday, First Baptist Church, Moline.
Visitation 2-4, 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Fairman, Green Rock, and 10-11 a.m. Monday at
the church.

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1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.

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