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Ellen Collins Leuntjens


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Posted Online: Feb. 04, 2013, 7:23 pm
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Ellen Marie Collins Leuntjens, 73, of Bettendorf, formerly of Port Byron, died on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at Select Specialty Hospital, Davenport.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Gibson-Bode Funeral Home, Port Byron. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Port Byron. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to a college fund for her great-grandchildren.
Ellen was born on June 22, 1939, in Cordova, the daughter of Albert and Cora Mae Davis Birdsley. She married Benjamin Collins on May 30, 1959, in Rapids City. He preceded her in death in 1979. She later married Gerard Leuntjens.
Ellen was employed as a librarian for the Riverdale School District in Port Byron. She then went to work at General Electric in Morrison. Most recently, she was a caregiver to the elderly. She was a member of Countryside Christian Church, Port Byron, Five Hundred Club, Port Byron, Friends of the Library and was a member of the Red Hat Club. She attended Bettendorf Christian Church since becoming a Bettendorf resident. Ellen enjoyed bowling, caring for the elderly and she especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by a son (and daughter-in-law), Rodney (Kari) Collins, Eldridge; two grandchildren, Amy (Robert) Prewitt, Bettendorf, Kristi Collins, Rock Island; great-granddaughter, Brianna Prewitt; great-grandson, Matthew Collins; siblings (and their spouses), Anna May McNew, Lockport, N.Y., Alberta (Jim II) Jones, Rapids City, Mary (Elmo) Lawson, Erie, Virginia (Sonny) Gabriel, Rochelle, Ill., and Charles Birdsley, Jacksonville, Fla. She was preceded in death by both husbands; parents; and a sister, Margaret Plunkett.
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