Posted Online: Nov. 12, 1997, 12:00 am
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Alfred `Al\' Cooper
Alfred ``Al\'\' Cooper, 80, Rock Island, died Tuesday, Nov. 11, 1997, at Trinity
Medical Center, West Campus, Rock Island.
Services are 1 p.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rock Island, where
he was a member. Burial is in Calvary Cemetery, Rock Island.
Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Wheelan Funeral Home, Rock Island, where
a rosary will be recited at 5:30 p.m. Memorials may be made to the church.
Mr. Cooper was born March 11, 1917, in Hannibal, Mo., the son of Morris and
Ole Norris Cooper. He married C. Jane Lankford Jan. 12, 1939, in Hannibal.
He was a truck driver for TNT Holland Motor Express, Rock Island, for 20
years, retiring in 1976. In earlier years he worked for Chicago Tri-Cities
Freight Co. and owned and operated the former New Diamond Night Club, Rock
He was a member of Teamsters Union Local 371, Rock Island. He was a former
member of the Rock Island Conservation Club and the Scott County Conservation
Club. He was a six time Golden Gloves Heavy Weight boxing champion. He enjoyed
trap shooting and feeding the birds.
Surviving are his wife, Jane; a daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie
Cooper-Banks and Michael Banks, Moline; grandchildren Grant Kenneth Engels,
Robert Alfred Elsbury and Faythe Adrian Elsbury; a great-granddaughter, Shelby
Engels; a foster son, Jay Eng, Rock Island; several lovely nieces and nephews;
and a special friend, Lloyd Fausett, Rock Island. He was preceded in death by
an infant daughter, Rebecca.
Rosetta Ellis, 68, of 1217 8th St., Rock Island, died Tuesday, Nov. 11, 1997,
at Trinity Medical Center, West Campus, Rock Island.
Arrangements are pending at Knox-Larson Funeral Home, Rock Island.
Elizabeth `Betty\' Gadient
Elizabeth Irwin Gadient, 90, Sun City, Ariz., formerly of the Quad-Cities,
died Sunday, Oct. 5, 1997, at home.
Services were held at Sunland Memorial Park, Sun City.
Elizabeth Sandford Irwin was born Sept. 26, 1907, in St. Louis. She was
married Nov. 15, 1930, in Davenport, to Frank J. Gadient, who was Chief
Actuary and member of the Board of Directors of Modern Woodmen of America. He
preceded her in death in April 1987.
Mrs. Gadient was a homemaker and a published writer. Her topics included rose
gardening, growing African violets and the art of lapidary and jewelry making.
She was an accomplished tournament bridge player and won a number of sectional
and regional championships.
Survivors include sons, Frank, Stanton, Calif., and Sandford, Boca Raton,
Fla.; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Blair Smith, 43, Rock Island, died Tuesday, Nov. 11, 1997.
Arrangements are pending at Van Hoe Funeral Home Ltd, East Moline.
Rev. Robert Williams
Rev. Robert O. Williams, 68, of 1700 25th St., Rock Island, died Tuesday, Nov.
11, 1997, at Oak Glen Home, Coal Valley.
Services are 11 a.m. Friday at South Park Presbyterian Church, Rock Island.
Private inurnment will be on Saturday in Rock Island Memorial Park.
Visitation is 3 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Wheelan Funeral Home, Rock Island.
Memorials may be made to Q-C Botanical Center Foundation, South Park
Presbyterian Church or Pathway Hospice.
He was born June 26, 1929, in Anderson, Ind., the son of Robert and Ida
Lindenberg Williams. He married Nanette Smith Feb. 12, 1950, in Decatur, Ill.
He graduated from Millikin University, Decatur, in 1951; from McCormick
Seminary, Chicago, in 1954; was ordained by Presbytery of Rushville in Quincy
Presbyterian Church, in 1954; and was awarded Doctor of Divinity from Lincoln
College, Lincoln, Ill.
He served as pastor of South Park Presbyterian Church, Rock Island, from 1961
to 1979, and later served as interim pastor at five area Presbyterian churches
until June 1, 1997. He had served as Moderator of Monmouth Presbytery and Vice
Moderator of Synod of Illinois. In Rock Island he was chairman of Quad-City
Council on Human Rights. Rev. Williams considered his most outstanding
contribution was having served as Human Relations Chairman of Rock Island and
being instrumental in writing the Fair Housing Law for Rock Island.
He was a member of the county board and served on the nursing home committee
of the board. He was a Rock Island Alderman for seven years from the 5th Ward
and was re-elected this past April.
He received the Distinguished Service Award from both Monticello, Ill., and
Rock Island Jaycees; and the Distinguished Community Excellence Award from
Rock Island Rotary Club.
He was an avid sailor and member of Lake Davenport Sailing Club.
Survivors include his wife; daughters and a son-in-law, Diane and Robert Dunn,
Decatur, Ill., and Melinda Williams, Albuquerque, N.M.; a son and
daughter-in-law, David and Lisa Williams, Brandon, Fla.; grandchildren, Blair,
Kelsey, Molly and Drew Dunn; his stepmother, Loretta Williams, St. Louis, Mo.;
sisters and a brother-in-law, Jane and Jerry Maxey, Durango, Colo., and Judy
Rineberg, St. Louis, Mo.; and a brother and sister-in-law, Monte and Donna
Williams, Austin, Texas.
Services for Chad M. Tatge, 17, of 1210 Coyne Center Rd., Milan, are 10:30
a.m. Thursday at Knox-Larson Funeral Home, Rock Island. Burial is in Sherrard
Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. today. A memorial fund has been established by
the family at 1st Community Bank, Sherrard.
Chad died Monday, Nov. 10, 1997, at Trinity Medical Center, West, Rock Island.
He was born Dec. 27, 1979, in Rock Island, the son of Howard and Pamela
Chapman Tatge. He was a senior at Sherrard High School and also attended Area
Vocational Center at U.T.H.S., where he was in his 2nd year of auto mechanics.
He had worked part time in the deli department at the Corner Mart, Sherrard,
since August. Prior to that, he worked for Midwest Reconstruction, Davenport,
owned by his father. Prior to that, he was a clerk at Hogan\'s Video in Milan.
He was in Boy Scouts of America Troop 425, Sherrard, and was a Life Scout. He
received the Outstanding Student award at U.T. He enjoyed bow hunting and
shotgun hunting deer, fishing and camping.
Survivors include his mother, Pamela Tatge, Milan; his father and stepmother,
Howard Tatge and Cathy Dietz, Blue Grass, Iowa; brothers, Erik Tatge, Blue
Grass, Joshua Tatge, Davenport, and Cole Tatge, Blue Grass; a sister, Callen
Tatge, Blue Grass; grandparents, Jean Chapman, Milan, Lois Levetzow, Buffalo,
Iowa, and Donald Tatge, Milan; great-grandparents, Lois Elliott, Milan, and
Helen Tatge; and special friends, Sybil, Wayne, Lara and Natalie McCombs, all
of Fyre Lake, Sherrard.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Earl Chapman, and
great-grandparents, Glen Powers, Mary and Cecil Chapman, John Tatgeand Flo and
Ben Katz, 86, of 421 19th St., Moline, died on Monday, Nov. 10, 1997, at his
home in Moline.
Graveside services will take place today at Hebrew Cemetery, Rock Island.
Wendt Funeral Home, Moline, is in charge of arrangements.
Ben Katz was born on Nov. 25, 1910, to Samuel and Fannie Kinsberg Katz in
He was a furrier in New York City for 50 years, retiring in 1978.
Survivors include a brother, Charles Katz, San Diego, Calif.; and a
half-brother, Morris Katz, Bayside, Wis. He was preceded in death by his
Services were held on Thursday, Nov. 6, for Scott Paul Lorenz, 38, of Orlando,
Mr. Lorenz passed away Monday, Nov. 3, 1997, after a heart attack.
He was born Oct. 13, 1959, in Waterloo, Iowa, the son of Gary and Mary Ellen
Lorenz, of Moline.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, are a son, Nathaniel; sisters, Lori
Lorenz-Just, Rock Island, and Lisa Smith, Moline; paternal grandmother, Jennie
Lorenz, Davenport; nephew and nieces; and special friends, Ed and Mary
Griffin, Orlando. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Lyndsae, and a
A memorial trust has been set up for his son, Nathaniel.
Rudolph C. `Taz\' Suchy
Rudolph C. ``Taz\'\' Suchy, 85, of 908 4th Ave., Silvis, died Tuesday, Nov. 11,
1997, at Sharon Elm Care Center, Peoria.
Gaveside services are 11 a.m. Thursday at Greenview Memorial Gardens, Silvis.
There is no visitation. Memorials may be made to Silvis United Methodist
Church, where he was a member. Schroder Mortuary Inc., Silvis, is in charge of
He was born April 21, 1912, in Chicago, to Rudolph C. and Sophie Gruenvald
Suchy. He married Dorothy P. Swanson Oct. 15, 1938, in Davenport.
He was employed as a sawyer at the former International Harvester Co., East
Moline Works, retiring in 1971.
He was a former steward for Local 1304 United Auto Workers, East Moline.
Survivors include his wife; grandsons and their wives, Mark and Julie Suchy,
Rock Island, and Brian and Lavon Suchy, Silvis; great-grandchildren, Jade
Suchy, Silvis, Hunter and Chase Suchy, Rock Island, and Josh Palmer, Geneseo;
sisters, Bessie Vergane, Geneseo, and Mildred Manion, Portland, Ore.; and a
brother, Jerry Suchy, Geneseo. A son, Jerry Suchy, preceded him in death in
Dennis E. Meador, 34, of 1549 Grand Ave., Galesburg, died Sunday, Nov. 9,
1997, at Galesburg Cottage Hospital.
Services are 10 a.m. today at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Home, Galesburg.
Burial is in Warren County Hope Cemetery.
Visitation was held Tuesday. Memorials may be made to an education fund for
He was born April 16, 1963, in Freeport to Earl and Judith Taets Meador. He
married Tammy S. Creek Dec. 7, 1984, in Davenport.
He was a nurse\'s aide at Galesburg Cottage Hospital and Marigold Healthcare
Center. He was a member of the Brown Avenue Church of God and the Western
Illinois Task Force.
Surviving are his parents, Earl Meador of Lanark, and Judi Tieken of East
Moline; children, Corbin David and Elizabeth Aubrey, both of Alexis; and
brothers, Darren Miller, Matteson, Michael Meador, Monroe, Wis., and Jeffrey
Tieken, East Moline.
Marie `Dorothy\' Schmooke
Marie ``Dorothy\'\' Schmooke, 69, of 1822 24th St., Rock Island, formerly of
Green Rock, died Tuesday, Nov. 11, 1997, at Oak Glen Home, Coal Valley.
Services are 10 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick\'s Catholic Church, Colona. Burial
is in Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Fairman Funeral Home, Colona, with a
rosary to be recited at 6:30 p.m. Memorials may be made to St. Patrick\'s
Catholic Church or Colona Fire Department, Rescue Unit.
She was born Jan. 5, 1928, in Moline, the daughter of Julius and Mary Meyers.
She married Harry S. Schmooke Dec. 24, 1945, in Rock Island. He died Dec. 22,
She was employed as a stocker at the former Beyers Market in Green Rock for
many years. She was a seamstress for Seafords Clothing in Rock Island for 14
years, retiring in 1984. She was also an election judge for many years.
She was a member of St. Patrick\'s Catholic Church, Colona, and former member
of Green Rock Willing Workers.
She enjoyed reading, traveling, Cubs and Bears and her grandchildren\'s
Survivors include a daughter, Katherine Elliott, Rock Island, and friend,
Charles DeBates; sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Dora Schmooke, Rock
Island, Dave and Kim Schmooke, Clinton, Iowa, and Stephen and Sheryl Schmooke,
Silvis; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Charles
Meyers Sr., East Moline.
Ralph `R.C.\' Bach
Funeral services for Ralph C. ``R.C.\'\' Bach, 71, a resident of Davenport, will
be 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Davenport. Burial will
be in Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the Halligan-McCabe Funeral Home,
Davenport, with a prayer service conducted at 7.
Mr. Bach died on Monday, Nov. 10, 1997, at Genesis Medical Center, West
Campus, in Davenport.
Ralph C. Bach was born May 25, 1926, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Charles M.
and Lucille Westemeyer Bach. He married Marjorie A. Dixon in 1947 in
Bettendorf, he then married E. Bonnie O\'Connor Dec. 12, 1981, in Galesburg.
She survives him.
Ralph was a graduate of the former St. Ambrose Academy.
He was a former member of the Elks Lodge and the Loyal Order of the Moose,
both in Davenport.
He had been involved with retail sales for Sherwin-Williams Co., Davenport,
for 20 years, he then was employed at K\'Merchandise and J.S. Kim Jewelers,
both of Davenport.
He was a Marine veteran of World War II, he served in the Pacific Theatre and
the Occupation of China.
Ralph enjoyed taking daily walks and he had a brief career as a rollerblader.
In lieu of flowers the family would ask memorials to be made to Gilda\'s Club
Quad Cities, a support group for cancer patients and their families, or mass
intentions in Ralph\'s memory.
Survivors include his wife, E. Bonnie Bach, Davenport; a daughter and
son-in-law, Mary Lu and French Wetmore, Park Forest, Ill.; a son and
daughter-in-law, Michael and Linda Bach, Kokomo, Ind.; grandchildren, Jameson
Wetmore, Jonathan Wetmore, Kristin and her husband, Michael Burress, Amanda
Bach, Jeff, Mike and Michelle Heinz, Scott, Melissa, Joshua and David Tigges,
Ashley Fain, Kaila and Abby Jenaman; stepchildren, Judi and her husband, Casey
Jenaman, Davenport, Pamela and Steve Heinz, Dubuque, Iowa, and Kay Fain,
Overland Park, Kan.; a sister and brother-in-law, Eleanor and Jim O\'Connor,
Davenport, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was
preceded in death by his brother, Roger M. Bach, in 1952.
Jackie Lee Brown, 64, Davenport, died Tuesday, Nov. 11, 1997, at Genesis
Medical Center, East Campus, Davenport, following a brief illness.
Services are 1 p.m. Thursday at McGinnis, Chambers & Sass Funeral Home,
Bettendorf. Burial is in Davenport Memorial Park. Visitation is 2 to 4 and 6
to 8 p.m. today.
He was born Feb. 21, 1933, in Seymour, Iowa, to Harry and Inez Beale Brown. He
married Imogene Hawkins June 5, 1955, in Greeneville, Tenn.
Survivors include his wife; a daughter and son-in-law, Becky and Steven Kane,
Bettendorf; a son, Richard Lee Brown, serving in the Navy at Great Lakes Naval
Training Center; three grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; sisters-in-law
and their husbands, Dorothy and Nelson Humphreys, Greeneville, and Nola and
Francis Olson, Pueblo, Colo.; an aunt, Margaret Beale Gray, Bettendorf; and
several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Eleanor Ruth Lotze, 86, of 4130 Northwest Blvd., Davenport, died Saturday,
Nov. 8, 1997, at Crest Health Care, Davenport.
Services are 1 p.m. Thursday at Ridgecrest Chapel, Ridgecrest Retirement
Village, Davenport. There is no visitation. Memorials to Ridgecrest Retirement
She was born Jan. 31, 1911, in Terre Haute, Ind., to Albert and Lydia Stutz
Mrs. Lotze was secretary to Mr. Curtis, who was president of Deere & Company
at that time, for 30 years, retiring in 1972.
She was a member of Blackhawk Hiking Club. She had also played the piano for
Survivors include a brother, Albert Lotze Jr., San Francisco, Calif.; and a
niece, Janice Thomas, Indianapolis, Ind.
Services for George J. Seligman, 76, Durant, Iowa, are 10:30 a.m. Friday at
St. Mary\'s, Wilton, Iowa. Burial in Durant Cemetery. Visitation 3-8 Thursday
at Bentley, Durant. Memorials to Durant Ambulance or Lions Club.
He died Monday, Nov. 10, 1997, at Genesis, East Campus, Davenport.
He married the late Ella Elliott. He married Charlotte Syring Stuhr.
Survivors include his wife; daughters, Nancy Puck and Dr. Lisa Geurink,
Walcott, Katherine Bringman, Princeton, Iowa; sons, David, Reynolds, Michael,
Bennett; stepdaughters, Sandra Morrison, Donnelson, Susan Meinert, Stockton,
Sally Hollman, Madison, Wis., Cindy Gambill, Greenbrier, Alaska; a stepson,
Dan Stuhr, Ankeny; sisters, Frances Pahl, Durant, Rosie Moeller, New Liberty;
brothers, Harry, Stockton, Andre, Tipton, Robert, Norman and Glen, Davenport;
28 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.