Alfonso E. Acosta, 82, of Moline, passed away Sunday, June 29, 2014, at his residence. A memorial Mass will be held at a later date. DeRoo Funeral Home, Moline, is assisting the family. Alfonso was born May 12, 1932, in Los Angeles, Calif., the son of Pablo and Maria J. Espinosa Acosta. He married Maria Elena Herrera in 1955 in Mexico. Alfonso worked at Quad City Die Casting as a molding die caster for 32 years, retiring in 1992. He was a member of St. Mary's Church, Moline, and enjoyed attending Sacred Heart Church, Rock Island. Survivors include his wife, Maria; daughters, Gabriela Acosta, Warrenville, Ill., Susana Acosta, Moline, and Gina (Mike) Lieferman, Blue Grass; sons, Javier Acosta, Fontana, Calif., Ernesto Acosta, Marysville, Wash., Miguel (Sandra) Acosta, Anaheim, Calif., and Louis (Paula) Acosta, Davenport; 15 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and brother, Juan Acosta, Mexico City, Mexico. Online condolences can be sent to the family at deroofuneralhome.com.
Today is Tuesday, Sept. 16, the 259th day of 2014. There are 106 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business. 1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments. 1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace. 1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually. 1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area. 1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.