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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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.

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