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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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.

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