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 Tuesday, Dec. 10, the 344th day of 2013. There are 21 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: We give "the government" the benefit of our circulation free of charge, for two advertisements for mules, horses and forage. 1888 -- 125 years ago: The official board of the First Methodist Church voted to build a new church. 1913 -- 100 years ago: W.A. Reid was elected commander of Siboney Bay Camp No. 8, United Spanish War Veterans. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Mrs. Blanche S. Osborne, of Rock Island, is the only woman in the city who is a member of the American Legion. 1963 -- 50 years ago: The Rocket Barbershop Chorus, under the direction of Howard Mesecher, will present a concert of barbershop songs at the December meeting of the Woman's Club of Moline at 2 Saturday afternoon in Scottish Rite Cathedral. 1988 -- 25 years ago: Helen A. Stone, of Moline, traded her organ's bench for a seat in the pew when she retired as church organist of Union Congregational Church, Moline, recently. She's been playing either piano or organ for the church for 61 years.