Obituaries for March 11, 2001

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  • Thomas Donnelly
  • Leone Swanson
  • Hartley Aram
  • William Bjorn
  • Alice Gasper
  • Sophia Ahearn
  • Florence LeRette
  • Paulette Ogryzek
  • William Ringel
  • Vera Roe
  • Robert `Doc' Smith
  • Alberta Strohman
  • Verda Sweet

  • Myrtle `Dorothy' Tolman
  • Robert `Scrappy' Bernauer
  • Robert Bundy
  • Victoria Danico
  • Avashia McNeal
  • Verona Muhs
  • Nola Ralfs
  • Frances `Jean' Thirlaway
  • Arnold Wulf

    Rock Island

    Thomas Donnelly

    Services for Thomas P. Donnelly, 84, of North Fort Myers, Fla., formerly of Rock Island, will be 1 p.m., Wednesday at Wheelan Funeral Home, Rock Island. Burial is in Chippiannock Cemetery, Rock Island, where American Legion Posts 200 and 569 and VFW Post 1303 will present military honors.

    Visitation is 11 a.m. until service time Wednesday. Memorials may be made to the family.

    Mr. Donnelly died Tuesday, March 6, 2001, at his home.

    Mr. Donnelly was born Nov. 2, 1916, in Cushing, Okla., the son of Edmund and Mary Bustard Donnelly. He attended Rock Island schools and graduated from Rock Island High School in 1934. He married Grace Bimis in Rock Island. He later married Judy Requet June 23, 1963, in Chicago.

    Tom was appointed to the Rock Island Police Department May 1, 1940. He was promoted to detective sergeant in 1946. He was the first president of Police Local 412, which was started in April 1956. He was on the executive board of the Quad City Federation of Labor and was a director of the Tri-City Labor Review newspaper. He was very active in the union and in local labor circles.

    His soft voice and courteous manner masked his Irish fighting heritage. He was the former 147-pound Illinois State YMCA Boxing titlist, a former semi-finalist in the middleweight division of the local Golden Gloves competition and former boxing champion of Dallas County, Texas, at 175 pounds. His sons followed him into the boxing ring and shared his love of the sport. He was active in their training and kept active in the sport well into retirement, building a gym in Fort Myers for the training of other boxers.

    He was a WW II Navy veteran.

    Survivors (and spouses) include his wife, Judy; their five children, Tammy Kaller, Muscatine, John Donnelly, Punta Gorda, Fla., Patrick Donnelly, Fort Myers, Bridget Peacock, North Fort Myers, Thomas P. Donnelly, North Fort Myers; children by his wife Grace, Thomas E. (Janice) Donnelly, Milan; Theresa (Roger) Mattecheck, Moline, Patricia (Phil) Richert, Chicago; 28 grandchildren; and 33 great-grandchildren. His parents; a daughter, Maxine Slavik; and a son, Michael Donnelly; preceded him in death.

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    Leone Swanson

    Leone K. Swanson, 92, of Rock Island, died Friday, March 9, 2001, at Friendship Manor, Rock Island.

    Visitation will be noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Salem Lutheran Church, Moline. Further arrangements are pending at Esterdahl Mortuary Ltd., 1216 5th Ave., Moline.


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    Hartley Aram

    Hartley Herrick Aram, M.D., 82, formerly of Moline, died Saturday, March 3, 2001, in Granada Hills, Calif. Services were held March 6 at Glen Haven Memorial Park, Sylmar, Calif.

    He was born May 11, 1918, in Moline, to Walter Aram and Bessie Rumsey. Margaret Killam Aram, his wife of 53 years, was a graduate of Northwestern University. She was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and died Dec. 18, 1999, in Granada Hills.

    He graduated from Augustana College, B.S., 1940; University of Iowa, M.S., 1943; University of Illinois, M.D., 1946. Dr. Aram practiced medicine until he was 81.

    Surviving are his children, Patricia Aram Rose, LaJolla, Calif., William Aram, Northridge, Calif., Kenneth Aram, Chula Vista, Calif.; six grandsons; and a brother, Nathan Aram, Springfield, Mo.

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    William Bjorn

    William R. Bjorn, 81, of Moline, died Friday, March 9, 2001, at his home after a courageous battle with cancer. His family was at his side.

    Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at Broadway Presbyterian Church, Rock Island. Entombment is in Rock Island Memorial Park Mausoleum. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Wheelan Funeral Home, Rock Island, where a Masonic service will be conducted at 7 p.m. by Trio Lodge 57, AF and AM. Memorials may be made to Pappajohn Cancer Center, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Pathway Hospice, or the church.

    Mr. Bjorn was born May 11, 1919, in Moline, the son of Oscar and Valvorg Petersen Bjorn. He married Mary Lawson Sept. 27, 1942, in Rock Island.

    Mr. Bjorn worked for Deere and Co. at the Administrative Center in Moline as an engineering analyst, retiring in January 1980 after 34 years.

    He was a member of the church, Trio Lodge 57, AF and AM, and the Antique Car Club of America. After retiring, he completely restored a 1913 Krit antique car.

    He is survived by his wife, Mary; daughters, Christine Bjorn, Moline, and Sarah Bjorn, Rock Island; sister, Genevieve Claussen, Davenport; sister-in-law, Margaret Fraser, Rock Island; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.


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    Alice Gasper

    Alice Gertrude Gasper, 87, Silvis, died Friday, March 9, 2001, at her residence.

    A funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Moline, where she was a member. Entombment will be in the mausoleum at St. Mary's Cemetery, East Moline. Visitation is 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Esterdahl Mortuary Ltd., 1216 5th Ave., Moline. Memorials may be made to the family for a fund to be established in her name.

    Alice was born April 14, 1913, in Platte Center, Neb., the daughter of Joseph and Mary Henggeler Schumacher. She married Clem Gasper April 19, 1932, in Platte Center, Neb. He preceded her in death in 1992.

    She enjoyed yard work and gardening.

    Survivors (and spouses) are her sons, Larry Gasper, and Len (Joelen) Gasper, Moline, and Steve (Toni) Gasper, Rock Island; daughters, Gayle Neumann, Moline, Donna Lewis, Atlanta, Ga., Ivy Gasper, Rock Island, and Bardeen (Jim) Monteyne, Moline; 16 grandchidlren; 21 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Ilene Hair, Platte Center. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, a brother and five sisters.


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    Sophia Ahearn

    Sophia Natalia Ahearn, 17, of Kewanee, died Saturday, March 10, at her home.

    Private funeral services will be held. Memorials may be made to Abilities Plus, Kewanee. Rux Funeral Home, Kewanee, is in charge of arrangements.

    Sophia was born March 10, 1984, in Mount Pleasant, Mich., the daughter of Dr. Michael A. and Veronique Torres-Goitia Ahearn. She attended Kewanee High School and was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Kewanee.

    She is survived by her parents, Kewanee; brothers, Ian and Stephan, at home; sister, Celine, at home; grandmother, Claude Torres-Goitia, Kewanee; grandparents, James and Maria Guadulupe Ahearn, Cuernavaca, Mexico; and many aunts and uncles in Mexico and Trinidad. She was preceded in death by her grandfather.

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    Florence LeRette

    Florence H. LeRette, 80, Aurora, passed away Friday, March 9, 2001, at Jennings Terrace Nursing Home, Aurora.

    Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Dieterle Memorial Home, 1120 S. Broadway (Route 25), Montgomery, Ill., with the Rev. Dan Borchers officiating. Burial is in Riverside Cemetery, Montgomery.

    Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, Aurora, where she was a longtime member, Jennings Terrace Residence Assistance Program or to a charity of the donors choice.

    She was born Sept. 17, 1920, in Geneseo, the daughter of Oscar and Esther Johnson Solomonson. She was a member of the 1938 graduating class of Geneseo High School.

    Survivors (and spouses) are her daughters, Janice (Richard) Fujii, Oswego, and Sue Sheldon, Aurora; son, Craig (Chris) LeRette, Aurora; grandchildren, Jason (Michelle) Sheldon and David Sheldon, both of Aurora; great-grandchildren, Joshuah and Autumn Sheldon, Aurora; a brother, Russell Solomonson, Coal Valley; sister-in-law, Dorothy Solomonson, Osco; and two nieces. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Arthur L. LeRette, June 1994; and brothers, Robert and Glenn Solomonson.

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    Paulette Ogryzek

    Paulette Estelle Ogryzek, 50, of Taylor Ridge, went home to the Lord on Friday, March 9, 2001, at her home. She was surrounded by her husband and children when Jesus called her home.

    Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Milan. Burial is in the National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Visitation is 4 to 9 p.m., Monday at Wheelan Funeral Home, Rock Island, where the Legion of Mary of St. Ambrose Catholic Church will recite a rosary at 3:30 p.m. A Christian wake service will be held at 8:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Life and Family, P.O. Box 58, Bettendorf, IA, or to Gilda's Club, 1234 E. River Drive, Davenport, IA.

    Paulette Romb was born May 10, 1950, in Chicago, the daughter of Bruno and Adeline Komperda Romb. She married Michael F. Ogryzek June 16, 1973, in Mokena, Ill.

    Paulette was employed at ATandT, Davenport.

    Her life was committed to her love for the Lord, family and friends. She was a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church, the Legion of Mary and the WATCH group, both of the church. Paulette was an Order of St. Benedict Oblate, of St. Mary Monastery, Nauvoo, Ill.

    She enjoyed golf, traveling and sharing time with family and friends.

    Survivors include her husband, Michael; daughter, Michelle, Galesburg; son, Paul, Taylor Ridge; sisters and brothers-in-law, Charmaine and Michael Kelley, Yorkville, Ill., Helene and James Patton, Rock Island; a brother, Gary Romb, Chicago; father-in-law, John Ogryzek, Tinley Park, Ill.; sister-in-law, Catherine (Ogryzek) Campbell, Burbank, Ill.; and all her beloved friends in Christ. Her parents preceded her in death.

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    William Ringel

    William James Ringel, 73, LaFayette, Ill., died March 10, 2001, at Kewanee Hospital.

    Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at Rux Funeral Home, Galva. Burial is in LaFayette Cemetery, where military rites will be accorded. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Monday.

    He was born April 21, 1927, in Peoria, the son of Wilford and Oakley Chapman Ringel. He married Betty S. McRight Dec. 31, 1983, in Sparland, Ill.

    Surviving are his wife; son, William, Marquette Heights, Ill.; stepdaughters, Thelma Kathenbeutel, Creve Coeur, Ill., Georganna Jackson, East Peoria, Vivian Catt, Phoenix, Ariz., Suzanne Hageman, Bowling Green, Va., Lorie LaMontaine, Detroit, Mich., and Melinda Jackson, Sugar Land, Texas; 20 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; and a brother, L. Thomas Ringel, Dunlap, Ill.

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    Vera Roe

    Vera E. Roe, 87, of Granite City, Ill., died Saturday, March 10, 2001, at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Granite City.

    Arrangements are pending at Cunnick-Collins Mortuary, Davenport.

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    Robert `Doc' Smith

    Robert E. ``Doc'' Smith, 70, of Erie, died Saturday, March 10, 2001, at Illini Hospital, Silvis.

    Services are 10 a.m. Tuesday at Gibson Funeral Home, Erie. Burial is in Erie Cemetery. Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Monday with a 5 p.m. Masonic service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Whiteside County Home Health Care or Erie Ambulance Service.

    Mr. Smith was born Oct. 13, 1930, in Clinton, Iowa., the son of Edward B. and Bessie Bennett Smith. He graduated from Erie High School in 1948. He attended Western Illinois University, Macomb, until he was drafted into the Army. He served in the Medical Corps during the Korean War. After he was discharged from the Army, he taught school and then farmed until he retired in 1995.

    He was a member of Denton Schreiner American Legion, Erie, Erie Masonic Lodge and Erie United Methodist Church. He had served on the Erie School Board.

    Survivors include his mother, Bessie Smith, Erie; niece, Cheryl Rettkouski, Clinton; nephew, Scott Smith, Clinton; and a great-nephew, Andrew Smith, Clinton. He was preceded in death by a brother, Raymond, in 1988 and his father in 1994.

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    Alberta Strohman

    Alberta Strohman, 88, Geneseo, died Friday, March 9, 2001, at Illini Restorative Care Center, Silvis, where she had lived since 1992.

    Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Grace United Methodist Church, Geneseo, with the Rev. David Bultemeier officiating. Burial is in North Cemetery, Geneseo. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Myers Chapel, Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Services, Geneseo. Memorials may be made to the church or Illini Restorative Care.

    Alberta was born Oct. 8, 1912, the daughter of Albert and Minnie Hudson Meyer, at their home near Erie. She was their only child and was proud of that fact. She attended schools in Port Byron and was valedictorian of the class of 1930 at Hillsdale High School. She attended Western Illinois Teachers College in Macomb and taught grade school in Rock Island, Henry and Whiteside counties until 1937.

    She married Lawrence Strohman Dec. 26, 1936. They farmed north of Geneseo until his death in 1971. She then helped manage the farms her son farmed. She also was a teacher's aide in the Geneseo school district.

    She enjoyed family get-togethers, travel, viewing nature, and educational videos. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church. She had been an active member of the resident's council at Illini Restorative Care Center and cared about the people who worked there.

    She is survived by her children, Loren and Marlene Strohman, Rockford, Ill., Rollin and Clare Strohman, Los Osos, Calif., Roger Strohman, Geneseo; grandchildren, Karen and Tom Kopp, Crystal Lake, Ill., Kevin and Leah Strohman, Roscoe, Ill., Kathryn and Jim Oelschlager, Milwaukee, Wis., Kyle Strohman, Mount Prospect, Ill., Trevor Strohman, San Luis Obispo, Calif., Deena Strohman, Santa Barbara, Calif., Andrew and Michael Strohman, both of Geneseo; great-grandchildren, Natalie and Nicholas Kopp; special friends, Carol Jacobson and Micki Ogrosky, Geneseo, and Pearl Moss, Moline; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Don and Mary Strohman, Hillsdale, Bob and May Strohman, Tucson, Ariz., Gertrude Hail, Geneseo, and Betty Strohman, Fort Myers, Fla; cousins, nieces and nephews.

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    Verda Sweet

    Verda M. Sweet, 90, of Hallmar Residential Care Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, died Saturday, March 10, 2001, at Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids.

    Arrangements are pending at Fulton Chapel of Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home.

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    Myrtle `Dorothy' Tolman

    Myrtle ``Dorothy'' Tolman, 93, of 11 Fox Run, Portsmouth, R.I., died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2001, in Middletown, R.I.

    A memorial service will be held at a later date at Salem Lutheran Church, Moline.

    She was born May 5, 1907, in Waukesha, Wis., the daughter of Frank and Mamie Staub Thief. After graduating from Wisconsin State Teachers College, she taught in a one-room school in Wisconsin and then at the Montessori School in Brooklyn, N.Y.

    Seeking a change in career, she studied medical laboratory technology in Philadelphia, and, after graduating, worked in the Columbia Medical Center in New York City.

    After marrying Lee P. Tolman in 1940, Mrs. Tolman moved to Virginia, where her husband was on active duty in the Army. During the Korean War, she moved to Atlanta, Ga. She later moved to Tokyo, Japan, where she qualified as a teacher of flower arrangement; Albuquerque, N.M., where she earned her degree in education with a minor in art from the University of New Mexico and taught in the Albuquerque public schools; and Moline. While in Moline she taught fourth grade at Hawthorne-Irving Elementary School, Rock Island, and attended the Unitarian Church, Davenport.

    After she and her husband retired in 1971, they moved to a 31-foot sailboat in Portsmouth, England, and cruised the French canals, the Mediterranean Sea and the English Channel until 1975. Returning to Annapolis, Md., with their boat, they cruised the East Coast from Florida to Maine and settled in Rhode Island in 1977.

    She was formerly a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Power Squadrons and Newport, R.I., Rifle Club.

    Besides her husband of 60 years, she leaves two daughters, Karen (Mrs. Gary) Krautter, Nevada City, Calif., and Catherine Woodward, Sherrard; and four grandsons. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy Tolman.


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    Robert `Scrappy' Bernauer

    Robert L. ``Scrappy'' Bernauer, 85, of Davenport, died Saturday, March 10, 2001, at the Kahl Home for the Aged and Infirm, Davenport.

    Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Cunnick-Collins Mortuary, Davenport, where further arrangements are pending.

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    Robert Bundy

    Robert Grover Bundy, 62, Davenport, died Thursday, March 8, 2001, at Trinity North Medical Center, Davenport.

    There will be no visitation or funeral services. Cremation rights will be accorded. Runge Mortuary, Davenport, is in charge of arrangements.

    Mr. Bundy was born July 22, 1938, in Peoria. He married Tammy Lynn Nickerson July 31, 1990, in Davenport.

    He was self-employed as a sales representative.

    Surviving are his wife, one son, one daughter and four grandchildren.

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    Victoria Danico

    Victoria J. Danico, 86, of Bettendorf, died Saturday, March 10, at her residence.

    Arrangements are pending at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport.

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    Avashia McNeal

    Services for Avashia Zabrian McNeal, 9-month-old daughter of Rico McNeal and Susan Jaynes, Davenport, are 1 p.m. Tuesday at Weerts, Davenport. Burial is in Fairmount Cemetery, Davenport.

    Visitation is 11 a.m. to service time Tuesday.

    She died Thursday, March 8, 2001, at Genesis West.

    Avashia Zabrian McNeal was born May 16, 2000, in Davenport.

    She is survived by her parents; brother, LeMone McNeal, Davenport; grandparents, Robert and Marnita Connor, Bettendorf, Mark Jaynes, Des Moines, and Merlene Jaynes, Davenport.

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    Verona Muhs

    Verona Muhs, 86, Clinton, formerly of Davenport, died Saturday, March 10, 2001, at Bluff Terrace Nursing Home, Clinton.

    Services are 11:30 a.m. Monday at Runge Mortuary, Davenport, with visitation 9:30 a.m. to service time. Burial is in Walcott Cemetery.

    She was born Sept. 27, 1914.

    She is survived by daughters, Dee Selzer, Alamo, Texas, and Janet Danklau, Clinton; sisters, Lydia LaRue, Rock Island, and June Loney, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; brothers, Roy Blocker, Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Albert Blocker, Rock Island; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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    Nola Ralfs

    Nola E. Ralfs, 89, Davenport, passed away Friday, March 9, 2001, at Genesis Medical Center, West Campus, Davenport, following an extended illness.

    Services are 1 p.m. Tuesday at Runge Mortuary Chapel, Davenport. Burial is in Davenport Memorial Park. Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the mortuary. Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport, where she was a member, or Good Samaritan Nursing Center.

    Mrs. Ralfs was born Oct. 14, 1911, in New Liberty, Iowa, the daughter of William and Ella Smith Miller. She married Henry W. Ralfs Feb. 9, 1938, in Davenport. Mrs. Ralfs and her husband farmed together for 46 years prior to their retirement.

    She enjoyed bowling, playing cards and spending time with her grandchildren.

    She is survived by her husband, Henry, Davenport; grandchildren and spouses, Darcy and John Waugh, Peoria, Todd Ralfs, Dixon, Iowa, and Dawn and Joe Seran, Lewisville, Texas; five great-grandchildren; and a sister, Lovell Hoffman, rural Donahue, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her son, Loren Ralfs in 1979.

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    Frances `Jean' Thirlaway

    Frances V. ``Jean'' Thirlaway, 79, of Pinellas Park, Fla., formerly of Davenport, died Jan. 27, 2001, at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute, St. Petersburg, Fla.

    Memorial services will be Saturday, March 17, at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport, where further arrangements are pending.

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    Arnold Wulf

    Arnold W. Wulf, 61, of Davenport, died Saturday, March 10, 2001, at Genesis Medical Center, East Campus, Davenport.

    Arrangements are pending at Weerts Funeral Home, Davenport.

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