Posted Online: April 19, 2003, 12:00 am

Obituaries for Sunday, April 20, 2003

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  • Evelyn Young
  • Vester Anderson
  • John Ebeling
  • Helen Hallin
  • Helen Miranda
  • Ron Oliver
  • Donald Patton
  • Bernice Pearson
  • Viola Roy
  • John Snyder
  • Rita Willis


  • Travis Anders Jr.

    Travis Anders Jr., 51, of Rock Island, died Saturday, April 19, 2003, at Trinity Medical Center, West Campus, Rock Island.

    Arrangements are pending at Orr's Mortuary, Rock Island.

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    Robert Bolt

    Robert H. Bolt, 82, of Rock Island, died Friday, April 18, 2003, at Silver Cross Nursing Center, Rock Island.

    Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. James Lutheran Church, Rock Island. Entombment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery Mausoleum, Rock Island, where Moline American Legion Post 246 will present military honors. Visitation is one hour prior to the service. Wheelan Funeral Home, Rock Island, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the church.

    Mr. Bolt was born Sept. 12, 1920, in Rock Island, son of Samuel H. and Idello Bergquist Bolt. He married Eudella A. Cook July 14, 1946, in Peoria, Ill.

    After 41 years of service, he retired from Deere & Co. in April 1982. He was corporate architect for many years and retired as consulting architect to the vice president of Manufacturing and Engineering Services.

    During the concept, design and construction of Deere & Co.'s corporate headquarters on John Deere Road, Mr. Bolt was liaison architect. He worked closely with Eero Saarinon & Associates on the development and completion of the project. In later years, he worked with the successor firm of Kevin Roche-John Dinkello and Associates on the expansion of the Administrative Center.

    As a professional architect, Mr. Bolt was registered in the State of Illinois as well as ten other states throughout the Midwest. His professional associations included certificate holder with the National Council Architectural Registration Board; member of Illinois Council American Institute of Architects, Western Illinois Chapter - American Institute of Architects (formerly held offices of treasurer, secretary, vice president, president and director) and served as a director of the Construction Research Council. He was also a member of Illowa Construction Users Council and corporate member of the American Institute of Architects.

    He was an Army veteran of World War II, having served in the Corps of Engineers. Campaigns included Naples, Foggia, Rome, Southern France, Rhineland and Central Europe. Citations include World War II Victory Medal, European African Middle Eastern Theatre Ribbon with Silver Battle Star, Unit Citation, one service stripe and five overseas service bars.

    He was a former member of the Niabi Zoological Society, Forsberg Estate Board, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, served as a director of the former Lutheran Hospital, Moline, and had been active in Cub Scouting and was a former member of the Rock Island Noon Kiwanis Club.

    Mr. Bolt was a member of the John Deere Retirees, AARP, Golden K Kiwanis Club, Rock Island, Moline American Legion Post 246 and St. James Lutheran Church, Rock Island, where he had served on the church council for many years.

    Survivors include his wife, Eudella; son and daughter-in-law, Craig and Annette Bolt, Glastonbury, Conn.; and grandson, Eric Bolt, Glastonbury.

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    Marilyn Detwiler

    Services for Marilyn C. Detwiler, 80, of The Woodlands, Texas, formerly of Rock Island, will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Rock Island. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Rock Island.

    Visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or to the church. Wheelan Funeral Home, Rock Island, is in charge of arrangements.

    Mrs. Detwiler died Thursday, April 17, 2003, at Vitas Hospice, Houston, Texas.

    The former Marilyn Broman was born Nov. 23, 1922, in Crystal Falls, Mich., daughter of Arthur and Caroline Lund Broman. She married Donald W. Detwiler Oct. 22, 1949, in Crystal Falls. He died April 25, 1980.

    Marilyn graduated from the Augustana Hospital School of Nursing in Chicago. She later earned a bachelor of science degree from Augustana College, Rock Island. She was a registered nurse and had been an instructor at the former Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing, Moline.

    Mrs. Detwiler was a World War II Navy veteran, having served as a nurse. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Rock Island. Marilyn loved her family and especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed reading, sewing and her involvement in her church.

    Survivors include her children and their spouses, Dee Dee and Jon Acklam, College Station, Texas, John and Sheri Detwiler, Key West, Fla., and Debbie and John Bradshaw, The Woodlands; grandchildren, Jenny Dalsing, Shawn Acklam, Bayley and Jordan Detwiler and Lauren and Lindsay Bradshaw; and brother and sister-in-law, Dr. John and Onolee Broman, Maquoketa, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her parents.

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    Valeria Staubach

    Valeria T. Staubach, 83, of Rock Island, died Saturday, April 19, 2003, at Illini Hospital, Silvis.

    Arrangements are pending at Wheelan Funeral Home, Rock Island.

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    Pearl Dort

    Pearl P. Dort, 82, of Moline, died Saturday, April 19, 2003, at Oak Glen Home, Coal Valley.

    Arrangements are pending at Wendt Funeral Home, Moline.

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    Fidencio Lira Gonzalez

    Fidencio Lira Gonzalez, 68, of Laredo, Texas, formerly of Moline, died Friday, April 11, 2003, in Nuevo Laredo, Tam., Mexico.

    Services were held April 13 at Iglesia Catolica Cristo Rey, Nuevo Laredo. A special Mass will be held at a later date. Burial was in Panteon Municipal Antiguo, Nuevo Laredo.

    He was born June 29, 1934, in Gonzalez, Texas, son of Samuel Lira and Rosa Gonzalez. He married Gabina Zuniga Ramos April 13, 1953, in Nuevo Laredo.

    He was employed at Frank Foundries, Moline, from 1965 to 1984 and IBP, Joslin, from 1987 until his retirement in 1996.

    Survivors (and spouses) include his wife, Gabina Zuniga de Lira, Laredo; daughters, Maria (Dennis) Reid, Los Angeles, Calif., Sara (Paul) Grueber, Carbon Cliff, Isabel (Frank) Castillo, Hubert, N.C., and Helena Lira and Silvia (Pedro) Valladares, both of Moline; sons, Fidencio Lira Jr., Laredo, Samuel Lira, Fort Worth, Texas, Robert (Nancy) Lira, Davenport, Eduardo (Terry) Lira, Moline, and David (Tracy) Lira, Davenport; 17 grandchildren; sisters, Catalina (Manuel) Lopez, Davenport, Julia Morales, Rio Bravo, Texas, Ester Cantu, Davenport, and Francisca (Martin) Arriaga, Davenport; and brothers, Jesus (Carmen) Lira, Rio Bravo, Fortunato (Maria) Lira, Davenport, Pablo (Claudia) Lira, Rio Bravo, and Reyes (Maria) Lira, Fort Worth. He was preceded in death by his parents.

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    Bonnie Kipp

    Bonnie L. Kipp, 68, of Moline, went to be with the Lord on Friday, April 18, 2003, surrounded by her loving family.

    Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Christian Church, East Moline, with the Rev. Jack Hollenback officiating. Burial is in Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline. Visitation is 3 to 7 p.m. Monday at Sullivan-Phillips Mortuary, East Moline. Memorials may be made to the church.

    She was born Jan. 20, 1935, in Moline, daughter of Raymond G. Magruder and Ruby P. Gwinner. She married Clarence ``Tootie'' Kipp July 17, 1954, in Moline. He died Nov. 14, 2000.

    She retired from Alcoa Davenport works in 1993 after 36 years as an administrative assistant. She also worked in the accounting department of Frank's Pizza, Silvis.

    She was a member of First Christian Church, East Moline, and Alcoa Girls Retired Club. She was an active member in First Day Fund, East Moline, and Ministers Fellowship. She previously served on the Park Board Fun City of Silvis. Bonnie enjoyed playing golf and was a member of Golfmohr, East Moline.

    Survivors (and spouses) include her nephews, Scott, Rick, Ed and William Lesage, Damon Raker, Jeff Wallace and Bill and Dan Magruder; nieces, Marsha Jones, Tonya Wallace and Nancy Canada; sisters, Barbara (Dick) Lesage, Moline, and Bernise Wallace, New London, Iowa; and brother, Bill (Joan) Magruder, Sun City, Calif. She was surrounded with love from many great-nieces and -nephews.

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    Evelyn Ryerson

    Evelyn Ryerson, 92, of Moline, died Saturday, April 19, 2003, at Oak Glen Home, Coal Valley.

    Arrangements are pending at Esterdahl Mortuary, Moline.

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    John Lewis

    John W. Lewis, 91, of East Moline, died Thursday, April 17, 2003, at Illini Restorative Care, Silvis.

    Services are 10 a.m. Monday at St. John's Catholic Church, Rapids City. Burial will be in Bowlesburg Cemetery, East Moline. Visitation will be 9 a.m. to service time Monday at the church. Memorials may be made to the church. Gibson Funeral Home, Port Byron, is in charge of arrangements.

    Mr. Lewis was born March 20, 1912, in Carbon Cliff, son of George and Elizabeth Dewrose Lewis. He married E. Leone Welch April 19, 1933, in Rapids City.

    He had been a farmer in Hampton Township for much of his life and retired as a driver for the Moline School District in 1972.

    John was a member of the church and the Rock Island County Farm Bureau. He had been a board member of the former Sycamore School. He enjoyed traveling, but most of all enjoyed being with his family.

    Survivors include his wife; daughters and sons-in-law, Joan and Jim Speckman, Port Byron, Trudy and Rodney Bergland, East Moline, and Georgia and John Bohnert, Urbana, Ohio; son and daughter-in-law, Hugh and Mariella Lewis, East Moline; 10 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

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    Hugh Fuqua

    Hugh Grey Fuqua, 76, of New Concord, Ky., died Thursday, March 6, 2003, at Murray-Calloway County Hospital, Murray, Ky.

    Services were held in Murray. Burial was in Murray Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1080, Murray, KY 42071, or Geneseo Excellence in Education Endowment Memorial Fund, 208 S. College Ave., Geneseo, IL 61254.

    He was born Dec. 3, 1926, in Graves County, Ky., to Marshall and Artis Hill Fuqua. He was a Navy veteran of World War II.

    Mr. Fuqua taught and coached at schools in Parma, Mo.; Cairo, Ill.; Riverdale School District, Port Byron; and retired from the Geneseo School District as the elementary coordinator. He spent 35 years in the field of education.

    After his retirement, he and his wife returned to Kentucky.

    Survivors include his wife, Lillie Eldridge Fuqua, to whom he was married July 27, 1950; daughter, Gina Pearson and husband, Dan, Geneseo; sons, Allen Fuqua and wife, Jill, Burlington, Iowa, and Martin Fuqua and wife, Christine, South Pasadena, Calif.; sister, Julia Crago, Owensboro, Ky.; and seven grandchildren, Megan Fuqua, Shane Fuqua, Benjamin Steele Fuqua, Maria Grey Fuqua, Anya Fuqua, Amanda Pearson and Katie Pearson.

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    George Huttenstine

    George A. Huttenstine, 60, of Hernando, Miss., died March 23, 2003, at St. Francis Hospital, Memphis, Tenn.

    Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

    He was an aircraft mechanic for Fed Ex and was of the Baptist faith.

    He is survived by his wife, Ida; daughters, Tonya, Hernando, and Teena Farrell, Memphis; one grandchild; brothers, Ronnie, Como, Tenn., Tony, Queen City, Mo., Terry, Laurenburg, S.C., and Issac, Aledo; and sister, Beverly, Monmouth.

    He was preceded in death by his grandparents and father.

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    Lois Martin

    Lois Martin, 78, of 402 S. Jackson, Morrison, died Saturday, April 19, 2003, at Hartsfield Village Care Center, Munster, Ind.

    Arrangements are pending at Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home, Morrison.

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    Sara Taylor

    Sara H. Taylor, 68, of Gainesville, Fla., died Thursday, April 17, 2003, at North Florida Regional Medical Center, Gainesville.

    She was born in Marianna, Fla. She moved from Bradford, Ill., to Gainesville where she had lived since 1995. She was a caretaker. She loved her dog, Missy Lou, and enjoyed volunteering at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, where she was a member.

    Survivors include her daughter, Angela Kay Wiggins, Panama City Beach, Fla.; son, John Richard Taylor, Gulf Breeze, Fla.; brothers, David Clark, Blacksburg, Va., Fred Clark, Chapel Hill, N.C., and Sonny Clark, Fort Smith, Ark.; and sisters, Betty Sauls, Gainesville, and Margaret Gargis, Panama City, Fla. She was preceded in death by her husband, John W. Taylor, and three grandchildren.

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    Evelyn Young

    Evelyn M. Young, 77, of Hampton, died Friday, April 18, 2003, at Illini Restorative Care, Silvis.

    Services are 10 a.m. Tuesday at Schroder Mortuary, Silvis. Burial is in Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline. Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the mortuary. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

    She was born Oct. 15, 1925, in Bettendorf to George and Mathilde Klemencic Schroeder. She married Lloyd K. Henricksen June 6, 1942, in Kahoka, Mo. They moved to Chicago in 1943 where she was employed at the office of U.S. Rubber Co. during tire rationing in World War II.

    Returning to the Quad-Cities in 1945, she was then employed at the original Eagle Grocery stores in East Moline and Bettendorf.

    She then married Dale L. Wainwright Feb. 15, 1947, in the Methodist Church, East Moline. They lived in rural Port Byron for 30 years.

    On April 1, 1978, she married Perry J. ``PJ'' Young in the Colona Methodist Church. They were both employed with Clark Oil Co., Moline, before retiring to Mountain Home, Ark., in 1980. They returned to the Quad-Cities in late 1990 to make their home in Hampton. Perry died Sept. 12, 1993.

    Survivors (and spouses) include her sons, William (Bernice) Henricksen-Wainwright, Dubuque, Iowa, Gary Wainwright, Gainesville, Fla., and Galen L. Wainwright and Gordon B. (Beth) Wainwright, all of Port Byron; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Melvin Frels, Barstow, and James Kelley, Silvis; and very close friend, Homer Van Meeter.

    She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Dorothy Frels and Shirley Kelley.

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    Vester Anderson

    Vester Leon Anderson, 57, of Davenport, died April 17, 2003, at home.

    Services are 11 a.m. Monday at Pentecostal Church of God, Davenport, with visitation 10 a.m. to services. Burial in National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Weerts, Davenport, handled arrangements.

    Survivors are wife, Marie; children, Angelo, Rock Island, Garth, Burlington, Yolanda ``Smookie-boo'' Anderson, Phoenix, Ariz., Leah and DeMarcus Smith, Mariel, Leandra and Andrea Anderson, all Syracuse, N.Y., Li'l Leon and Pakita Howard, Davenport; stepson, Shawn Anderson, Davenport; 13 grandchildren.

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    John Ebeling

    Services and Mass of Christian burial for John A. Ebeling, 55, of Bettendorf, will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Davenport. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Davenport.

    Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport, where a prayer service will be offered at 7 p.m. Memorials may be made to Augustana College, Rock Island, Athletic Department.

    John died Thursday, April 17, 2003, in Charlotte, N.C., while visiting his son, J.J. Ebeling.

    John Arthur Ebeling was born July 8, 1947, in Davenport, son of Paul J. Ebeling and Jeannette Kieffert Ebeling. He graduated from Assumption High School, Davenport, in 1965 and attended the University of Iowa.

    John was a sports enthusiast. He currently was head football special teams coach at Augustana College. He also had coached special teams for St. Ambrose University and Davenport Central High School.

    John was a real-estate professional. He was employed by numerous Quad-Cities area real-estate firms and retired in 1999.

    John was always involved with youth in sports. One of his first volunteer jobs was coaching youth baseball for St. Vincent's School, Davenport, where he had attended grade school.

    In earlier years, he owned and operated John Arthur's Men's Clothing in downtown Davenport.

    He married Susan Vasen in 1972 in Moline. He later married Judy C. Williams Oct. 24, 1987, in Davenport.

    Survivors include his wife, Judy C. Ebeling, Bettendorf; children, Jean Irving, Chicago, J.J. Ebeling and his fiancee, Kelli Jantzi, Charlotte, and Jeannette Ebeling, Davenport; stepdaughter, Jennifer Brezette, Evansville, Ind.; stepson, Rob J. Brezette, Indianapolis, Ind.; and brother and sister-in-law, Fred and Donna Ebeling, Moline. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jeannette Ebeling, Sept. 7, 1998, and Paul Ebeling, Nov. 10, 1998.

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    Helen Hallin

    Services for Helen M. Hallin, 93, of Davenport, are 11:15 a.m. Monday at the Kahl Home Chapel, Davenport. Burial is in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Davenport.

    The family will greet friends following the services. Halligan-McCabe-DeVries, Davenport, is handling arrangements.

    She died April 18, 2003, at Kahl Home.

    She was born Aug. 3, 1909, to Charles and Molly Braun Schlapp. She married Arthur J. Hallin Feb. 10, 1945. He died Aug. 7, 1970.

    Survivors are brother-in-law, William Hallin, Roseburg, Ore.; and cousin and spouse, Richard and Jeanette Treharne, Davenport.

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    Helen Miranda

    Helen F. Miranda, 44, of Davenport, died Friday, April 18, 2003, at Trinity North, Davenport.

    Services are 10 a.m. Tuesday at Davenport Church of Christ. Burial is in Pine Hill Cemetery, Davenport. Visitation is 5 to 9 p.m. Monday at the church.

    Survivors are children, Rhoda Miranda, Amanda Miranda, Maria Hahn and Anthony Miranda, all Davenport; four grandchildren; siblings, LaVere Nunez, Sharon Trout, Sonya Villarreal, Lydia Ventura and Terry Trout, all Davenport, and Dale Trout, McCausland, Iowa; stepmother, Arlene Trout, Ohio; and stepfather, Gary Skarda, Davenport.

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    Ron Oliver

    Ron E. Oliver, 61, of Davenport, died April 18, 2003, at home.

    Services are 10 a.m. Tuesday at Weerts, Davenport. Burial is in Davenport Memorial Park. Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Monday.

    He was born Sept. 13, 1941, to William and Jewell Dixon Oliver. He married Cheryl Ann ``Cheri'' Rindler Sept. 6, 1968.

    Survivors are his wife; daughter, Kristan Mitchell; son, Kevan Oliver, Eldridge, Iowa; twin grandchildren, Aron Christian and Cole Spencer Mitchell; mother, Jewell Oliver, Davenport; sister, Susan Papale, Duluth, Minn.; and brother, Roger Oliver, Mount Pleasant, Texas.

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    Donald Patton

    Donald A. Patton, 73, of Davenport, formerly of Phoenix, Ariz., died April 12, 2003, at home.

    Graveside services are 10 a.m. Monday at National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Meet at Weerts Funeral Home, Davenport, by 9:30 a.m.

    Donald was born Aug. 14, 1929, in East Moline.

    He served in the U.S. Army.

    Survivors include his sister, Helen Wakeland, Davenport; and brothers, Dwayne Patton, Lake Monroe, Fla., and Robert Wicall, New Brunsfeld, Texas. He was preceded in death by a sister, Jean Thompson; and parents, Harry Lee Patton and Pearl Irene Miller.

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    Bernice Pearson

    Bernice Pearson, 89, of Aledo, died Friday, April 18, 2003, at Aledo Health and Rehabilitation.

    Services are 10 a.m. Wednesday at Zion Lutheran, Davenport. Burial is in Oakdale Memorial Gardens, Davenport. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Weerts, Davenport.

    She was born Nov. 23, 1913, to Matthes and Rosa Hansen Voss. She married Robert L. Pearson in 1940. He died in 1995.

    Survivors are daughter, Barbara Neely, Colona; sons, Gary Pearson, Aledo, and Craig Pearson, Tipton, Iowa; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and brother, Lawrence Voss, LeClaire.

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    Viola Roy

    Viola B. Roy, 75, of Davenport, died Friday, April 18, 2003, at Genesis Medical Center, East Campus, Davenport, following a brief illness.

    Arrangements are pending at Runge Mortuary, Davenport.

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    John Snyder

    John D. Snyder, 59, of Blue Grass, Iowa, died Friday, April 18, 2003, at his home after a brief battle with a cancerous brain tumor.

    Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Runge Mortuary, Davenport. Burial will be in National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the mortuary. Memorials may be made to Keith Ruefer Scholarship Fund or the American Cancer Society.

    Mr. Snyder was an Army veteran, serving as a military policeman in Korea during the Vietnam War. He married Cindy Epley-Lawlor Jan. 16, 1993, in Blue Grass. He was a tool-and-die maker in the steel industry.

    Mr. Snyder was a board member of the Family Credit Union, Davenport. He was an avid bowler, having bowled 25 years in the Annual National ABC Tournament, and organized various other tournaments. He was a member of VFW Post 9128 and American Legion Post 26. He also enjoyed camping and fishing, playing euchre, collecting antique tools and spending time with his family.

    Survivors include his wife, Cindy; children, Jennifer and Ron Ward and Tim Snyder, all of Davenport, Sara Snyder, Des Moines, Iowa, Chris Binns, Flagstaff, Ariz., and Brad Lawlor, Davenport; grandchildren, Andrew Oberlander, Amber Ward, Kelsey Ward and Zachery Binns; sisters, Betty and Bob Wells, Davenport, and Mary Lou and Ken Thorndyke, Maysville, Iowa; and brothers, David and Raelene Snyder, Chattanooga, Tenn., Don and Nancy Snyder, Davenport, Bill and Madonna Snyder, Carolina Shores, N.C., and Wayne and Rhonda Snyder, Livonia, Mich.

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    Rita Willis

    Rita Mae Willis, 81, of Davenport, died Friday, April 18, 2003, at Genesis West, Davenport.

    Graveside services are 1 p.m. Monday at National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Visitation is 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday at Runge Mortuary, Davenport. Those attending the service should meet at the mortuary before 12:30 p.m.

    She was born Sept. 6, 1921, in Davenport to Alfred and Elsie Richter Carstens. She married LeRoy Willis Aug. 14, 1965, in Davenport. He died March 7, 1973.

    Survivors include daughters, Rita Wymer, Moline, and Carol Back, Davenport; son, ``Butch'' Wymer, Davenport; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brothers, Fredell Carstens and Manfred ``Skip'' Carstens, both of Davenport; and sisters, Adele Erwin, Moline, and Shirley Doolittle, Michigan.

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