Helen Radmacher Laity

Posted Online: April 12, 2014, 6:16 pm
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Helen Radmacher Laity passed away in her sleep at Avonlea Cottages in Milan on April 10, 2014, at the age of 100.
Visitation will be at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Rock Island, on Monday, April 14, from 11 a.m. until noon, and a graveside service will take place at Calvary Cemetery, Rock Island, on Monday, April 14, at 1 p.m. Family and friends are invited to attend.
Mrs. Laity was born to Barbara and William Radmacher at her grandparents' home next to Jack's Mill in Oquawka, Ill., on April 6, 1914. As a child, she enjoyed riding with her grandfather in his horse and buggy and watching him operate the mill next to the old covered bridge. Before her marriage, she was employed as a court reporter for a local attorney in Oquawka and with the Home Owners' Loan Corp. in Moline.
She married Max Hobart Laity, of Silvis, in 1939. For several years, she worked with Max at the company he founded, Tri City Radio Supply in Rock Island. During the summers, Helen and Max enjoyed boating on the Mississippi River on their Chris Craft cabin cruiser with family and friends and having many impromptu gatherings and potlucks with their neighbors. After Max retired from his business, they spent their winters in Sun City, Ariz. Helen and Max were happily married for 50 years until Max died in 1989. Helen continued to live in the family home in Rock Island until 2013, when she moved to Avonlea Cottages.
Mrs. Laity was preceded in death by her husband, Max; her brother, Leonard Radmacher; and her daughter-in-law, Sharon Laity. She is survived by her children and their spouses, Thomas Laity, Elaine Laity, Jean and George Carey, Paul Laity and Jan and Neil Rasmussen, as well as 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
The family wishes to thank the caregivers of Avonlea Cottages and Hospice for the wonderful support they gave to Mrs. Laity.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Hospice Compassus, chafoundation.org/contributeonline.html
Online condolences may be left for the family at wheelanpressly.com.


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1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.

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