Laura M. Lessman, 100, of Rock Island, passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at St. Anthony Nursing and Rehabilitation, Rock Island. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday, March 29, at Hodgson Funeral Home, Rock Island. Visitation will be from noon until service time at the funeral home. Burial will be at Rock Island Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the St. Anthony's Activity Fund. Online condolences may be expressed at hodgsonfuneralhome.com. Laura was born March 21, 1913, in Eliza Township, Ill., daughter of Alva and Mary Hayes Howard. Laura Howard was united in marriage to Floyd W. Lessman on April 28, 1934, in Muscatine. He preceded her in death in September 1980. Laura was a homemaker and loved to play bingo and dance. She volunteered as an election judge for Rock Island County. She also was a former member of Farmall Club, Moline. Those left to honor her memory include daughter, Nancy Brimberg, Rock Island; six grandchildren, Jim (Astrid) Wyers, Gregory (Lisa) Wyers, Robert (Tracy) Wyers, Deanna Wright, Don (Angel) Brimberg and Kelley (Charles) Calkins; 17 great-grandchildren; 16 great-great-grandchildren; grandson-in-law, Charles Simmons; and brother, Kenneth Howard, Muscatine. Laura was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Sheri Simmons; grandson, Michael Snyder; and her three brothers and one sister. The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of St. Anthony Nursing and Rehabilitation.
Today is Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000. 1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city. 1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association. 1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College. 1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.