Posted Online: March 26, 2002, 11:00 pm

Obituaries for March 27, 2002

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  • Edward Gay
  • Linda Kean
  • Harold `Kenny' McKinney
  • Clifford Missman
  • Frank DeWispelaere
  • Marjorie Dempsey
  • Helena Welge
  • Donald Armstrong
  • Lillian Bird
  • Lawrence Leihsing
  • LaVerne `Vern' Allen
  • Martha Eaves
  • Darrel Davis

  • John Heller
  • George Weihler
  • August Wyckstandt
  • Irene Youngberg
  • Leo Davis
  • Richard `Dick' Knox
  • Irene Love
  • Junior Padget
  • Joseph Rockstroh
  • Marion Salthun
  • Dorothy Schlitter
  • Dorothy Tinsley-Case
  • Doris Von Arb

    Edward Gay

    Services for Edward N. Gay, 71, of Port Richey, Fla., formerly of Rock Island, are 1 p.m. Friday at Wheelan Funeral Home, Rock Island, with visitation noon to service time. Burial is in National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Memorials may be made to the family.

    Mr. Gay died Friday, March 22, 2002, at Regional Medical Center, Bayonet Point, Hudson, Fla.

    He was born Feb. 3, 1931, in Davenport, the son of Edward and Esther Bradley Gay.

    He retired as co-owner of the Sta-Crisp Donut Shop, Rock Island.

    Mr. Gay was a Korean War veteran serving in the Army.

    His memberships included St. James the Apostle Catholic Church, Port Richey.

    Surviving are his son and daughter-in-law, Willis and Debbie Gay, Port Richey; his companion, Trish Spencer, New Port Richey; grandchildren, Jason, Brian and William Gay, all of Port Richey; mother, Esther Conklin, Port Richey; sister, Kathy Pearne, Torrance, Calif.; and brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Sandy Conklin, Coal Valley.

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    Linda Kean

    Linda Lou Kean, 42, of Rock Island, died Monday, March 25, 2002, at her home.

    Arrangements are pending at Wheelan Funeral Home, Rock Island.

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    Harold `Kenny' McKinney

    Harold A. ``Kenny'' McKinney, 76, of Rock Island, died Tuesday, March 26, 2002, at St. Anthony's Continuing Care Center, Rock Island.

    Arrangements are pending at Hodgson Funeral Home, Rock Island.

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    Clifford Missman

    Clifford E. Missman, 91, of Rock Island, died Monday, March 25, 2002, at Trinity Medical Center, West Campus, Rock Island.

    Services are 10 a.m. Friday at Knox-Larson Funeral Home, Rock Island. Burial will be Saturday at Cedar Memorial Park in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with a commital service at 11 a.m. Visitation is 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Memorial Christian Church, Rock Island.

    Mr. Missman was born Feb. 26, 1911 on a farm near Dixon, Ill., to Oscar E. and Anne J. Hanne Missman. He married Arletta R. Downing Dec. 28, 1938, in Dixon. He married Eleanor R. Harmon July 2, 1960 in Cedar Rapids. She preceded him in death on Feb. 12, 2000.

    Clifford graduated from Dixon High School in 1928 in the same class as Ronald Reagan. He went on to the University of Illinois and received a B.S. in civil engineering in 1933. He served in the Navy's Civil Engineering Corps, 107th Naval Construction Battalion (the Seabees) in World War II. After the war, he co-founded the firm of Missman, Stanley, Farmer and Associates, and was the managing partner for many years. The partnership later became Missman, Stanley and Associates. He was president of that firm until he retired in 1980.

    Clifford was a member of Masonic Lodge 658, Consistory, Kaaba Shrine Temple and Eastern Star 269, the Davenport Gyro Club, life member of the University of Illinois Alumni Association, a 63-year member of Rock Island Elks Lodge 980, life member of Illinois and National societies of Professional Engineers, Davenport Moose lodge 28, served 1971-1972 as vice president of Consulting Engineers Council of Illinois, member of Rock Island Chamber of Commerce, served as director 1961-1967 and chairman of Transportation Committee, member of Centennial Bridge Commission, Registered Professional Engineer in Illinois and Iowa, member of Black Hawk Shrine Club, and member of Svithiod Club of Moline.

    He is survived by daughter, Melinda Missman, Rock Island; son, Jeffrey and wife Kathleen Missman, Kansas City, Mo.; stepsons, Dale and wife Shirley Harmon, Mason City, Iowa, and Harris and wife Patricia Harmon, Rock Island; granddaughters, Shannon Harmon, Terri Sue Christopher and Zsanet Pettit, grandsons, Danny DeLude and Matthew Harmon; great-grandchildren, Chloe, Noah, Nicholas and Jackson. He was preceded in death by his parents, both wives and his sister, Bessie Withers.

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    Frank DeWispelaere

    Frank L. DeWispelaere, 76, of Moline, died Monday, March 25, 2002, at Trinity Medical Center, West Campus, Rock Island.

    Services will be held 9:30 a.m. Thursday at DeRoo Funeral Home, Moline, and 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Moline, where he was a member. Entombment will be in St. Mary's Mausoleum, East Moline, with military honors conducted by Moline American Legion Post 246. Visitation will be 3 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home with a rosary at 3 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Quad City Kidney Center, 400 John Deere Rd., Moline.

    Frank DeWispelaere was born Aug. 30, 1925, in Fairmont, Ind., the son of Herman and Augusta VandeNoste DeWispelaere.

    He was a veteran of the Marine Corps serving during World War II and engaging the enemy in the Pacific area at Roi-Namur, Marshall Islands, Saipen, Tinian, Mariannas Island, Iwo Jima and the Volcano Islands.

    He married Charlotte E. Herstedt Aug. 30, 1952, in Moline.

    He was owner/operator of Frank's Corner Tap, Moline, for 25 years, retiring in 1988.

    His memberships included Moline and Rock Island County Tavern associations and Left Bank Art League of the Quad Cities. His hobbies included ceramics, carpentry, painting and wood carving.

    Survivors include his wife, Charlotte; children and spouses, Kathleen Pulford, Silvis, Linda and Barry McNeill, Davenport, Walter and Gwen DeWispelaere, Normal, Ill., and John DeWispelaere, Moline; seven grandchildre; six great-grandchildren; sister, Margaret Flack and brother, Richard DeWispelaere, both of Moline; and special friends, Lori King and John Henkel. He was preceded in death by his brother, Maurice and his parents.

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    Marjorie Dempsey

    Marjorie J. Dempsey, 75, of East Moline, died Monday, March 25, 2002, at Rosewood Care Center, Moline.

    Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and services are 10 a.m. Friday, at Esterdahl Mortuary, Moline, where further arrangements are pending.

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    Helena Welge

    Helena Welge, 62, of East Moline, passed away Monday, March 25, 2002, at Trinity Medical Center, West Campus, Rock Island, following complications after surgery.

    Services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Esterdahl Mortuary, 6601 38th Ave., Moline, with the Rev. Danny Yeager officiating. Burial will be in Greenview Memorial Gardens in East Moline. Visitation will be 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the family.

    Helena was born March 5, 1940, in Moline, the daughter of Leonard Loftus and Viola Larvenz.

    Helena attended Moline High School, Moline. Helena had many friends and made a living serving up spirits at local establishments.

    Helena's favorite pastime was playing euchre in tournaments with her friends and spending time with her grandchildren whom she lived for.

    Survivors include children, Teresa Clevenger, Milan, Paula Scherschel and fiance, Doug Leedom, Colona, Donna and husband, Mike Smith, Cordova, and Harlan Welge, Davenport; grandchildren, Joe Scherschel, Jenny Scherschel, Taylor Smith, Abbi Clevenger and Travis Leedom; brothers and sister, Leonard Loftus, Geneseo, Patty Leone, Rock Island, and Jay. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Nancy and Marlene; and son-in-law, Dean Scherschel.

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    Donald Armstrong

    Donald L. Armstrong, 88 of Silvis died Tuesday, March 26, 2002 at Heartland Health Care, Moline.

    Visitation is 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Schroder Mortuary, Silvis. Services are 10 a.m. Friday at Peace Lutheran Church, rural Port Byron. Further arrangements are pending.

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    Lillian Bird

    Liturgy services for Lillian Maud Bird, 70, of Silvis, are 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Anne Catholic Church, East Moline, where she was a member. The Rev. Robert O'Connor is officiating. Burial is in National Cemetery, Arsenal Island.

    Visitation is 7 to 9 tonight at Sullivan-Phillips Mortuary, East Moline, with a rosary recited at 7 p.m.

    She died Monday, March 25, 2002, at her home.

    She was born Feb. 3, 1932, in East Moline, the daughter of Arthur and Bertha Sampson Cooke. She married James E. Bird in 1975 in Moline.

    She was a homemaker, and earlier in life had worked as a barmaid, waitress and office clerk.

    She enjoyed reading, writing poetry, listening to music and playing pool.

    Survivors (and spouses) are her daughters, Brenda K. (Jerome) Harper, Silvis, June E. Wright, East Moline, and Melody Stout and Kitrinka Stout, both of Iron Mountain, Mich.; sons, William C. Wright, Rock Island, Edward A. Wright, Moline, and Jeffery Stout, Iron Mountain; grandchildren, Stephanie L. (Gerald) Hawthorne, Silvis, Cheri A. Harper, Hillsdale, Kayla Harper, Silvis, Monica Hunter, Moline, Edward Wright, Rock Island, Malyrie Wright, Moline; seven great-grandchildren; sisters, Bertha Lemkau, Silvis, Anna Mae Petrick, Rock Island, Doretha Glynn, Needles, Calif.; brother, John (Lorraine) Cooke, East Moline; and several nieces and nephews.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James; daughter, Deobrah Hunter; son, William Wright II; brothers, Joy, Jerry and Jean Cooke; and sister, Rosa VandeVoorte.

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    Lawrence Leihsing

    Lawrence L. Leihsing, 77, of Silvis, died Tuesday, March 26, 2002, at Illini Hospital, Silvis.

    Arrangements are pending at Van Hoe Funeral Home, East Moline.

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    LaVerne `Vern' Allen

    LaVerne E. ``Vern'' Allen, 70, of Coal Valley, died Tuesday, March 26, 2002 at Trinity Medical Center, Rock Island.

    Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Trimble Funeral Home, Coal Valley, were further arrangements are pending.

    Among survivors is his wife, Barbara.

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    Martha Eaves

    Martha J. Moody Eaves, 97, formerly of Langman Apartments, Milan, died Monday, March 25, 2002, at Rosewood Care Center, Moline.

    There will be no visitation or memorial service. Wheelan Funeral Home, Rock Island, is in charge of arrangements.

    Martha was born Feb. 22, 1905, in Davenport, to Francis A. and Rose D. Bohnhof Moody. She married Edward P. Eaves Sept. 16, 1916, in Kewanee. He preceded her in death March 12, 1985.

    Mrs. Eaves worked as a clerk at the Rock Island Arsenal for 13 years, retiring in 1965.

    She was a member of the Rock Island VFW Auxiliary 1303 and had also been the leader of Girl Scout Troop 40, Rock Island.

    Martha enjoyed playing cards, bingo and she loved to dance.

    Survivors include her stepdaughters, Linda Anderson, Davenport, Carolyn Shonts, Rock Island, and Connie Lenser, Cleveland, Ohio; stepson, Terry Eaves, Atlanta, Ga.; 12 stepgrandchildren; four nieces and nephews; and eight great-nieces and nephews including Larry De Massino, who watched over her like a son. She was preceded in death by her husband, one sister, and four brothers.

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    Darrel Davis

    Darrel D. Davis, 59, of Rockford, died unexpectedly Monday March 25, 2002 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center, Rockford.

    Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Rock Falls, with the Rev. Henrietta Milner and the Rev. Eldor Windhorn co-officiating. Burial will be in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Rock Falls. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his memory.

    Visitations will be held in Rockford from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Fitzgerald and Associates Funeral Home, Mulford Road Chapel and on Friday, in Rock Falls, Ill., from 5 to 9 p.m. at the McDonald Funeral Home.

    Darrel D. Davis was born on Aug 20, 1942, in Benton, Ill., the son of Carl D. and Hildred J. Dillon Davis. He married Judy Martin Aug 25, 1963, in Rock Falls.

    Mr. Davis was employed by Testing Engineers of Dixon, Ill., from 1967-84. He then went to work at Terracon Consultants, Davenport, from 1984-94. In 1994, he and his wife moved to Rockford, to open a Terracon satellite office where he worked until his death.

    While a resident of Rock Falls, he served as a commissioner for the Coloma Township Park District, coached Little League, was active in the Rotary Youth Exchange Program, and was a member of Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church serving for a time as treasurer and as Sunday school superintendant. As a Rockford resident, he was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

    Survivors (and spouses) are his wife, Judy; his sons, Jeffrey (Michelle) Davis and Christopher (Cristiane) Davis both of Aurora, Ill.; his mother Hildred Davis, of Rock Falls; his sisters Joan Joseph, Rapid City, Wis., and Deborah (Chuck) Whitmore of Sterling; his two grandsons Jeffrey Dean ``J.D.'' Davis, Jr. and Maxwell Davis; and several nieces and nephews.

    He was preceded in death by his father, his maternal and paternal grandparents, and a nephew, Evan Carl Swanson.

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    John Heller

    John Heller, 52, formerly of Geneseo and Erie, died Saturday, March 23, 2002, in Kankakee, Ill.

    Cremation rites were accorded and memorial services will be held at a later date at Grace United Methodist Church, Geneseo.

    Fitzpatrick Funeral Directors, Kankakee, is in charge of arrangements.

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    George Weihler

    George F. Weihler, 81, of rural Sherrard, died Tuesday, March 26, 2002, at Trinity Medical Center, West Campus, Rock Island.

    Services are 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Anthonys Catholic Church, Matherville, where he was a member. Burial is in German Cemetery, rural Sherrard. Visitation is 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Famliy Funeral Services, Milan, with a Christian wake service at 6 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Sherrard Ambulance Service or the church.

    He was born March 1, 1921, in Preemption Township, the son of Harry G. and Edith Lindquist Weihler. He married Mary Frances Polito Feb. 9, 1946 in Rock Island.

    He was employed in a lifetime of farming the land that has been in his family for 150 years. He was a fourth generation of Weihlers and was born, raised and lived on the family farm. He also retired from International Harvester in 1983.

    He was a member of the Sherrard Lions Club, charter and lifetime member of the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 75 in Davenport, the Blackhawk Aero Squadron. Mr. Weihler had been an avid pilot his entire life. He also restored and built his own airplanes.

    Surviving are his wife, Mary; daughter and spouse, Jane and Mike Hartman, Sherrard; sons and spouses, Rich and Judi Weihler, Warsaw, Ind., Tom and Lolly Weihler, Orion, and Victor and Carrie Weihler, Sherrard; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Dorothy Bell, Naperville, Ill., Louise Lindoerfer, Plymouth, Wis., and Helen Enstrom, Rock Island; and a brother, Jimmie Weihler, Milan. He was preceded in death by his parents.

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    August Wyckstandt

    August J. Wyckstandt, 79, Sterling, Ill., died Monday, March 25, 2002, at CGH Medical Center, Sterling.

    Services are 3 p.m. Thursday at St. Mary Catholic, Sterling. Burial is in Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown. Visitation is 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday at McDonald Funeral Home, Rock Falls, Ill.

    He was born Dec. 7, 1922, in Joslin, Ill., to Alfonse and Leone Buysee Wyckstandt. He married Marjorie Farrell Oct. 24, 1945, in Prophetstown.

    He was a truck driver at Northwestern Steel and Wire, Sterling, retiring in 1986 after 21 years.

    Surviving are his wife; daughters, Faye Henson, Sterling, Rita Madsen, Lyndon, Ill., and Beverly Mills, Rock Falls; son, Gene, Lyndon; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother, Emil, Rock Falls.

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    Irene Youngberg

    Irene C. Youngberg, 97 of Geneseo, formerly of Andover and Cambridge, died Tuesday, March 26, 2002 at Hammond-Henry Hospital in Geneseo.

    Arrangements are pending at Trimble Funeral Home, Moline.

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    Leo Davis

    Leo L. Davis, 72, of Davenport died Monday, March 25, 2002, at Genesis West, Davenport.

    Services are 10 a.m. Friday at Runge, Davenport. Burial is 2 p.m. Friday in the Trinity Cemetery, Mount Union, Iowa. Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

    Leo was born Aug. 24, 1929, in Kirksville, Mo., to John and Dessie Davis. He married Velma Schweitzer in 1950.

    Surviving are his wife; children, Sharon Woodside, Wayne and Bill, all of Davenport; seven grandchildren; nine stepgrandchildren; three great-grandchildren; four siblings including Richard, Davenport.

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    Richard `Dick' Knox

    Services for Richard M. ``Dick'' Knox Sr., 79, of Davenport will be be 11 a.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church, Davenport. Burial will be in Pine Hill Cemetery, Davenport. Private family visitation will be held. Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport, is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

    Mr. Knox died on Tuesday, March 26, 2002, at his residence in Davenport following an extended illness.

    Dick was born March 15, 1923 in Enid, Okla., a son of Charles and Vivian Schlichter Knox Sr. He married Mary Jo Miller May 5, 1943 in Enid.

    Mr. Knox grew up in Enid attending Enid High School. He attended the University of Oklahoma, until joining the armed services during World War II. He enrolled in Officers Candidate School and graduated to 2nd lieutenant in the Army Ordinance, U.S. Army.

    Upon returning to Enid following the Army, he joined the family business, Knox Industries. In 1961 he became vice-president of refining and marketing with Kerr McGee in Oklahoma City, Okla. From 1968 until present he was president and chairman of the board of the Knox Corporation which he established. The corporation owned and operated service stations and convenience stores throughout the Quad-Cities area.

    Dick received his private pilot's license, and flying was a great thrill for him. He also enjoyed boating, sports and local politics. Nature and wildlife were also things he enjoyed.

    He was a member of the church and was a 32nd degree Mason; the Royal Order of Jesters. He was elected at the age of 33 as president of the American Petroleum Institute, the youngest to be elected at that time.

    Survivors include his wife, Mary Jo; children, Mary Lynn Knox Carstens, Bettendorf, Richard Melvin ``Rick'' Knox Jr. and his wife Janice Knox, Hampton, Kimie Marie Whitehead and her husband Christopher Whitehead, Overland Park, Kan., and Karie Louise Klepper and her husband Kent Klepper, Overland Park; seven grandsons; one great-grandson and his cat companion, Sugar; a sister, Vivian Hull, Laguna Hills, Calif.; a brother and sister-in-law, Charles E. Knox Jr. and Erlene Knox, Dallas, Texas; brother-in-law, Fred E. Miller and wife Mary Miller, Houston, Texas; and a devoted and loyal friend, Barb Larsen.

    He was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters, Audrey Knox and Lillian Yount.

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    Irene Love

    Irene A. Love, 81, of Montpelier, Iowa, died Tuesday, March 26, 2002, at her home.

    Arrangements are pending at McGinnis, Chambers and Sass Funeral Home, Bettendorf.

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    Junior Padget

    Junior L. Padget, 77, of Davenport, died Tuesday, March 26, 2002, at his home.

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    Joseph Rockstroh

    Joseph Rockstroh, 74, of Davenport, died Tuesday, March 26, at his home.

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

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    Marion Salthun

    Services for Marion Salthun, 89, Davenport, are 11 a.m. Friday at St. John's United Methodist Church, Davenport, with visitation 10 a.m. to services at the church. Arrangements are by Weerts Funeral Home, Davenport.

    She died Sunday, March 24, 2002 at Crest Health Care Center, Davenport.

    She was born April 7, 1912, in Detroit Lakes, Minn., to William and Persie Fankhanel. She married Henry Salthun Oct. 4, 1936 in Mason City, Iowa.

    Surviving are her husband, Henry Salthun; sons, Bill, Johnston, Iowa, and Rex, Bettendorf; and four grandchildren.

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    Dorothy Schlitter

    Dorothy M. Schlitter, 88, of Davenport, died Tuesday, March 26, 20002, at the Kahl Home, Davenport.

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

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    Dorothy Tinsley-Case

    Dorothy H. Tinsley-Case, 65, Boscobel, Wis., formerly of Davenport, died Monday, March 25, 2002 in Boscobel.

    Services are 1 p.m. Thursday, at McGinnis, Chambers and Sass, Bettendorf. Burial is in National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to services Thursday.

    Surviving are children, Rosemary Chapman, Boscobel, and Wanda Davis, Davenport, Edward, Steve and Lewis Dishon; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several brothers and sisters. She was preceded in death by husband, Howard Case.

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    Doris Von Arb

    Doris A. Von Arb, 77, of Davenport, died Tuesday, March 26, 2002, at her home.

    Arrangements are pending at Runge Mortuary, Davenport.

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