Barbara Smeltzer


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Posted Online: May 08, 2013, 6:52 pm
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Barbara J. Lee Smeltzer, 85, of Rock Island, died on May 3, 2013, at St. Anthony's Continuing Care Center, Rock Island.
At her request, no services will be held. Barbara will be cremated, and burial will be at National Cemetery Arsenal Island.
She was born Nov. 23, 1927, in Moline. Barbara married Donald H. Smeltzer Sr. in Davenport on Nov. 27, 1947.
Barbara retired from the former Lutheran Hospital, Moline, and enjoyed her summer months with her husband, Donald H. Smeltzer Sr., on their pontoon boat, fishing daily.
She is survived by her husband, Donald H. Smeltzer Sr., of 66 years; son, Donnie H. Smeltzer Jr. (Mary Beth Steward), Rock Island; brother, Marvin D. (Marilyn) Lee, Davenport; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Brian Betts, Wyoming, Nancy Green (Gordan) and Tom Kinney, Rock Island.
Online condolences may be left for the family at wheelanpressly.com.







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