Posted Online: July 11, 2005, 12:00 am

Obituaries for Tuesday, July 12, 2005

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  • Vernon Moens
  • Ronald Murdock
  • Lloyd `Tobe' Newlon
  • Everett Oliver
  • Lena Conner
  • Gladys Faso
  • W. Robert Giles
  • Marjorie Kautz
  • Anthony Martinez
  • August Mueller
  • Elizabeth Williams

  • Dorothy Fisher

    Dorothy Mae Dixon Fisher, 90, of Friendship Manor, Rock Island, died Saturday, July 9, 2005, at Trinity Medical Center, Rock Island.

    Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Hodgson Funeral Home, Rock Island, where further arrangements are pending.

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    Adeline Scharer

    Adeline V. Scharer, 91, a resident of Oak Glen Home, Coal Valley, formerly of Rock Island, died Sunday, July 10, 2005, at the home.

    Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Fifteenth Avenue Christian Church, Rock Island. Burial is in Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline. Visitation is 3 to 6 p.m. today at Wheelan Funeral Home, Rock Island. Memorials may be made to the church.

    Adeline Popp was born Aug. 4, 1913, in Rock Island, a daughter of Christian and Emma Ludwig Popp. She married Max Scharer July 20, 1933, in Rock Island. He died June 10, 1998.

    Mrs. Scharer was a member of Fifteenth Avenue Christian Church and the Navy Mother's organization. She enjoyed her family, crocheting and doing craft work.

    Survivors include her children (and spouses), Harvey Scharer, Silvis, Marlin (Nancy) Scharer, Rock Island, Russell Scharer, Elgin, Texas, Judy Turner, Joliet, Ill., Susan (Ed) Johnson, Rock Island, Ron (Jodi) Scharer, Rock Island; 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; and a special friend, Lady. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister, Marguerite Popp; and brothers, Marshall, Charles, Lester and Eugene Popp.

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    Leo Mitchell

    Leo F. Mitchell, 79, of Moline, died Monday, July 11, 2005, at Trinity Medical Center, Rock Island.

    Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at DeRoo Funeral Home, Moline, where further arrangements are pending.

    Among survivors is his wife, Marian.

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    Vivian Schwieder

    Vivian G. Schwieder, 95, of Moline, died at her home on Monday, July 11, 2005.

    Arrangements are pending at Runge Mortuary, Davenport.

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    Paul Vaiana

    Paul F. Vaiana, 64, of Madison, Wis., died Friday, July 8, 2005, surrounded by his family at the Don and Marilyn Anderson HospiceCare Center.

    A Mass of Christian Burial is noon today at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 401 S. Owen Drive, Madison. Burial will be in Highland Memory Gardens. Visitation was Monday, July 11, at Gunderson East Funeral Home, Madison, Wis., and at the church from 11 a.m. until the time of the service today.

    He was born on Oct. 24, 1940, in Moline, to Joseph and Crystal Eckberg Vaiana. Paul graduated from Moline High School in 1958. He married Sally Ronk on Dec. 26, 1960, in Moline.

    Paul was a manager of microfilm systems at Deere & Co. for 24 years and sales executive for Northern Micrographic Technologies for 15 years. He also was a sales associate for Home Depot. He was a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church. Paul was a loving husband and father and a good natured trickster.

    Survivors (and spouses) are his wife, Sally; five children, Lisa (Marti) Babler, Madison, Thomas (Gina) Vaiana, Morgan Hill, Calif., Shawn Vaiana (partner, Deanna Davis), Woodbury, Minn., J.C. Vaiana, Minneapolis, Minn., and Jennifer (Scott) White, McFarland, Wis.; his mother, Crystal Vaiana, Silvis; nine grandchildren, Marcus, Marcel and Jessica Lopez, Zachary and Austin Vaiana, Jordin, Tysen, Kolten and Jaelyn White; two great-grandchildren, Spencer and Austin Lopez; and a sister, Carole (Walter) Lysell, Moline. Paul was preceded in death by his father; brother, Joseph Mason; and uncle, Duane Eckberg.

    The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Dean Clinic, St. Mary's Hospital, and the Don and Marilyn Anderson HospiceCare Center.

    Funeral arrangements are by Gunderson East Funeral & Cremation Centers (608) 221-5420. Friends and relatives may send condolences to

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    Joseph Hoffman

    Joseph Charles Hoffman, 73, of East Moline, died Sunday, July 10, at home.

    Services are 1 p.m. today at Sullivan-Phillips, East Moline. Burial is in Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline. Visitation is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the funeral home.

    He was born May 29, 1932, in Emily City, Lepeer County, Mich., son of Frank and Mary Elizabeth Wright Hoffman. He married Roberta Shinn Oct. 13, 1956, in East Moline.

    He moved to Illinois as a young child. As a teenager, he worked hard at various jobs. He then served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After that he worked at Servus Rubber for many years before going to work for International Harvester in East Moline, from which he retired Feb. 24, 1992, after 36 years of service.

    His hobbies were reading, fishing and watching movies.

    He leaves behind his wife of 49 years, Roberta; six children (and spouses), Norma Jean (Richard) Herbert, New Windsor, Joyce Ann (Randy) Ziegler, Florida, Cathy Jolene Hoffman, East Moline, Gerald Lynn Hoffman, East Moline, John Charles (Diana) Hoffman, Moline, Robert Roy Hoffman, East Moline; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sister, Theresa Daly, Arizona; and many other relatives. His mother, father, three sisters, one brother and a grandson, Steven Douglas Scott, preceded him in death.

    He was loved very much and will be missed by all.

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    Frank Mace

    Funeral services for Frank Bowen Mace, 68, of East Moline, are 11 a.m. Wednesday at Full Gospel Church of God, 1710 35th Ave., EM Silvis. Burial is in Dayton Corners Cemetery, Colona.

    Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at Van Hoe Funeral Home, East Moline. Memorials may be made to Full Gospel Church of God.

    Frank passed away Sunday, July 10, 2005, at Genesis Medical Center, Illini Campus, Silvis, surrounded by family and friends.

    Frank was born May 6, 1937, in Dextor, Mo., son of John and Stella Eaton Mace. He was united in marriage to Carlotta Wood on Oct. 3, 1959, in Anna, Ill. He retired in 1991 as a forklift operator from John Deere Harvester Works and was a member of UAW Local 865.

    He was president of the Men's Missionary and a member of the Full Gospel Church of God. He enjoyed fishing and golfing.

    Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Carlotta; children and spouses, Bruce and Jen Mace, DeWitt, Iowa, Penny and Leonard Miles, Moline, and Jeff and Amy Mace, Park View; grandchildren (and spouses), Jessica Mace (Rob Edwards), Ashley (Trey) Dipple, Adam Mace, Jacob and Alicia Wiepert, and Sarah and Anthony Fisher; great-grandchildren; Corrina, Jonathon and Brice; his four-legged grandchildren, Sede Jo, Chloe Elaine, Gizmo and Maddie; and his special fishing buddies, Leonard, Dakota and Clyde.

    Online condolences may be left for the family at

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    Thomas Vermeersch

    Visitation for Thomas Vermeersch, 52, of East Moline, is 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Van Hoe Funeral Home, East Moline. Private family committal services will be in National Cemetery, Arsenal Island, where East Moline American Legion Post 227 will conduct military honors.

    Mr. Vermeersch died Sunday, July 10, 2005, at his home. A memorial fund has been established.

    He was born Nov. 8, 1952, in Moline, son of Frank and Lois Utter Vermeersch. Tom had worked as a welder at the former Case-International Harvester, East Moline. Tom was a U.S. Navy veteran.

    Survivors include his special companion, Karen Olver; his daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Mike Simmons; Richard, Randy, Terry, Troy, Jaci and Danielle; grandchildren, Alexandria, Devon, Hayley, Dessarae, Kourtney and Chase.

    Tom loved fishing, music, friends and family. He was a loyal companion, a great father, a generous friend, and will not be forgotten.

    Online condolences may be left for the family at

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    Mary Clark

    Mary Elizabeth Clark, 79, of Silvis, died Monday, July 11, 2005, at Aspenwood Health Care Center, Silvis.

    Arrangements are pending at Sullivan-Phillips Mortuary, East Moline.

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    James Hollon

    James F. Hollon, 71, of Milan, died Sunday, July 10, 2005, at his home.

    Services are 1 p.m. Thursday at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Milan. Inurnment will be at a later date. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with a memorial ceremony presented by the Rock Island Moose Lodge at 7:30 p.m.

    James was born Dec. 15, 1933, in Chicago, a son of Joseph and Frances Kristofic Hollon. He married Joan Marie Boyd on Sept. 10, 1997, in Lewisetta, Va.

    James owned and operated Jim's Union 76 Station and other service stations in Milan for many years. Currently, he was a bus driver for the Sherrard School District.

    He was a life member and past governor of the Rock Island Moose Lodge and a former member of the Milan Chamber of Commerce. His interests included fishing, camping, bowling, golf and playing euchre.

    James is survived by his wife, Joan, Milan; mother, Frances Clotfelter, Panama, Ill.; sons, Mike Hollon, Milan, and Kelly Hollon and his wife, Sandy "Sam," Milan; grandchildren, Michael John, Shayleen and Rachael; great-grandchildren, Nichole and Chase; stepchildren, Brian, Julie, Crystal and Ted; stepgrandchildren, Sarah, Andrew, Jake, Ali, Brittany, Jenna, Stephanie, Steven, Tyler and Eli; stepgreat-grandchildren, Kelsey and A.J.; brother, Leo Hollon, and his wife, Colleen, Texas; sister, Joan Hollon, Tennessee; and an uncle, Frank "Unc" Kristofic, Panama, Ill. He was preceded in death by his father and stepmother, Mary.

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    August Posateri

    August M. Posateri, 73, of Milan, died Sunday, July 10, 2005, at Genesis Medical Center, Illini Campus, Silvis.

    Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Calvary Cemetery, Rock Island. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Wheelan Pressly Funeral Home, Milan. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

    August was born Sept. 23, 1931, in Rock Island, son of Anthony and Amelia Spinasta Posateri. He married Sylvia Welch.

    He owned and operated Posateri Home Improvement in LaSalle, Ill., for many years before retiring.

    He loved spending time with his family and enjoyed bingo, horse racing, along with riverboats.

    August is survived by his wife, Sylvia; children and spouses, sons, James and Cheryl Posateri, Milan, Michael Posateri, Milan; daughter, Michol and Bryan VanDeWostine, Lynn Center; grandchildren, Jamie, Nicholas, Daniel, Breanna, Kimberly, Carissa, Carson, Courtney, John and Dylan; great-grandson, Brandon; sisters, Nancy Posateri, Rock Island, Rosemary Glockie, Rock Island, Antionette Esposito, Moline; brother, Eugene Posateri, Reno, Nev.; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded by a daughter, LuAnne Ladenburg; brothers, Anthony, Victor, Frank and Joseph; sisters, Frances and Amelia.

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    George Chasteen

    George W. Chasteen, 76, of Kewanee, died Monday, July 11, 2005, at Kewanee Hospital.

    Cremation rites will be accorded and memorial services held at a later date. Arrangements are by Schueneman-Tumbleson, Kewanee.

    He was born July 9, 1929, in Sheffield, son of Reuben and Lois Fellows Chasteen. He married Shirley Autery Oct. 5, 1952, in Kewanee.

    Surviving are his wife; sons, Michall, Keyesport, Ill., and Randall, Ladsden, S.C.; two grandchildren; sisters, Lela Heene and Eileen Heene, both of Kewanee; and a brother, Russell, Sheffield.

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    Daniel Kimball

    Daniel L. Kimball, 60, of Little York, died Sunday, July 10, 2005, at St. Mary's Medical Center, Galesburg.

    Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Catherine's Catholic Church, Aledo. Burial will be in Aledo Cemetery. Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Fippinger Funeral Home, Aledo. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences can be made at

    He was born May 18, 1945, in Aledo, a son of Russell and Ruth Giffin Kimball. He graduated from Aledo High School in 1963 and married Sharilyn L. Wolfe Oct. 23, 1964, in Aledo.

    Daniel was employed at Farmall in Rock Island from 1963 until the plant closed in 1985. He transferred to Navistar International in Springfield, Ohio, retiring in 1997.

    He was a member of the Quad City Archaeological Society.

    He is surivived by his wife, Sharilyn; one son, daughter-in-law and grandson, Jeffrey, Christine and Daniel Kimball, all of Montrose, Minn.; two sisters (and husbands), Fawnie (John) Young and Mary (Daryl) Bewley, all of Aledo; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Jacob.

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    Vernon Moens

    Vernon R. Moens, 67, of Sebring, Fla., formerly of Atkinson, died Sunday, July 10, 2005, at his home in Sebring.

    Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Vandemore Funeral Home, Atkinson. Burial will be in St. Anthony's Cemetery, Atkinson. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Further arrangements are pending.

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    Ronald Murdock

    Ronald E. Murdock, 70, of Aledo, died Monday, July 11, 2005, at Trinity Medical Center, Rock Island.

    Arrangements are pending at Fippinger Funeral Home, Aledo.

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    Lloyd `Tobe' Newlon

    Lloyd "Tobe" Newlon, 89, of Sterling, died Sunday, July 10, 2005, at CGH Medical Center, Sterling.

    Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Wesley United Methodist, Sterling. Burial is in Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown. Visitation is 1 p.m. to services at the church. Memorials may go to Shriner's Childrens Hospital. Garland, Tampico, handled arrangements.

    He was born Jan. 18, 1916, in the Geneseo-Prophetstown area, to Arthur and Julia (Papendick) Newlon. He married Louise Harms in 1937 in Sterling. She died in 2001.

    He was a former board member of Tampico Grade School.

    Survivors are children, Julie Renner and Robert, both of Sterling; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded by four brothers.

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    Everett Oliver

    Everett W. Oliver, 92, of Kewanee, died Monday, July 11, 2005, at Kewanee Hospital.

    Arrangements are pending at Rux Funeral Home, Kewanee.

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    Lena Conner

    Lena Marie Cooke Conner, 91, formerly of Davenport, died Saturday, July 9, 2005, in Normal, Ill.

    Committal services are at 1 p.m. Thursday at Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery. There is no visitation. Runge, Davenport, is handling arrangements. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

    She was born in Knoxville, Ill., Feb. 14, 1914.

    Survivors are daughter, Nancy Toillion, Bloomington, Ill.; son and daughter-in-law, John and Susan Conner, Whitby, Ontario; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles B. Conner; and a daughter, Janet Marie.

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    Gladys Faso

    Funeral services for Gladys D. Faso, 86, of Davenport, will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, at Cunnick-Collins Mortuary, Davenport. Family will greet friends from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the mortuary. Burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park.

    Today we rejoice in the life of Gladys D. Faso: a kind and loving soul, wonderful mother and grandmother and a truly great friend. Gladys Faso passed away Sunday, July 10, 2005, at Good Samaritan Center, Davenport.

    Gladys D. Faso was born June 17, 1919, in McCausland, Iowa. Her parents were Fritz and Frieda (Rasche) Lessin. She married Anton J. Faso Dec. 14, 1936, in Waukegan, Ill.

    Left to honor her memory are her loving husband of nearly 69 years, Anton J. Faso; sons and spouses, James P. and Linda Faso, Las Vegas, Nev., Robert G. and Gloria J. Faso, Davenport; and daughter, Doris and Don Cleary, Coal Valley. Gladys was blessed with eight grandchildren, Nicole and Kelly McDonald, Davenport, Deborah and Curt Croshaw, Las Vegas, Anthony and Vicki Faso, Las Vegas, Mike and Rhonda Cleary, Moline, Pat Cleary, Coal Valley, Tom and Jenny Cleary, Coal Valley, and Kathleen Cleary, Coal Valley; and eight great-grandchildren. Gladys is survived by one brother, Arno Lessin, Wagner, Okla. Numerous nieces and nephews also will remember and rejoice in Gladys' life and love. Preceding her in death are her parents and two brothers, Fred Lessin and Wilbur Lessin, and a sister, Bernice Kindelsperger. May they rest in peace. Memorials may be made to Gilda's Club, Davenport.

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    W. Robert Giles

    William Robert "Bob" Giles, 79, of Davenport, died Monday, July 11, 2005, at Davenport Lutheran Home.

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

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    Marjorie Kautz

    Services and Mass of Christian Burial for Marjorie J. Kautz, 81, of Davenport, will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Davenport. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Davenport.

    Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport, where a prayer service will be offered at 7 p.m. Memorials may be made to Sister of Humility, Humility of Mary Center, 820 West Central Park Ave., Davenport, Iowa 52804 or the Sisters of Charity, BVM, 100 Carmel Drive, Mount Carmel, Dubuque, Iowa 52003.

    Marjorie died Saturday, July 9, 2005, at Genesis Medical Center, West Campus, Davenport.

    Marjorie J. Coughlin was born Oct. 8, 1923, in Davenport, daughter of Thomas A. and Monica Kerrigan Coughlin. She graduated from Immaculate Conception Academy and Marycrest College, where she earned her degree in English.

    She married Richard E. Kautz May 13, 1950, at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Davenport. He preceded her in death June 14, 2005.

    Before her marriage to Richard, Marjorie was a journalist for The Rock Island Argus and the former Times-Democrat, predecessor to the Quad City Times.

    Marjorie was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Marycrest College Alumni Association, American Association of University Women and the Rock Island Arsenal Golf Club.

    Survivors (and spouses) include her daughters, Jeanne P. Wonio (Rand), Davenport, Anne E. Case (Kevin), Atlanta, Ga., Marie T. McCann (Blane), Kenosha, Wis.; and sons, James P. Kautz (Kristin), Vancouver, Wash., and Gregory J. Kautz (Ann); 23 grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Marjorie was preceded in death by her husband, Richard, and a sister, Elizabeth M. "Betty" Coughlin. May they rest in peace.

    Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed by visiting Marjorie's obituary at

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    Anthony Martinez

    Anthony Martinez, who was born in Bettendorf Jan. 17, 1921, died July 3, 2005.

    He resided in West Covina, Calif.

    He is survived by brothers, Bob, Mike, Frank, Joe, Patrick and Ronald; and sisters, Juanita, Marion, Laretta and Janet.

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    August Mueller

    A memorial service celebrating the life of August W. "Aug" Mueller, 83, a resident of Davenport, will be 11 a.m. Friday at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Davenport. Visitation will be at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport, from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

    Private inurnment service and graveside military rites will be conducted by American Legion Post 26 at National Cemetery, Arsenal Island, prior to the memorial service. Memorial may be made to the Colonel Davenport Historical Foundation or the charity of your choice.

    Mr. Mueller died Monday, July 11, 2005, at the Kahl Home, Davenport.

    August Wilhelm Mueller was born March 8, 1922, in Davenport, son of Christian and Irma Zoller Mueller.

    Aug attended Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Va., until enlisting in the Army. A veteran of World War II, he served in Germany as a captain in the artillery. He graduated from Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, with a degree in chemistry.

    Aug Mueller married Doris Mae Hill July 29, 1944, at Camp Hood, Texas. She preceded him in death May 1, 2002.

    Aug retired in 1998 as president of Adel Wholesalers, Bettendorf. He was previously president of Mueller's Model Laundry and Cleaners, Davenport.

    Aug was a member of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Davenport Rotary, Davenport Quarterback Club, Elks Lodge, German American Heritage Society, Monday Night Clubs, American Legion Post 26, National Rifle Association, Davenport Country Club and past president of the Outing Club. He served on the board of directors of the Colonel Davenport Historical Foundation, Davenport Plumbing Code Board and was past vice president of the Davenport Chamber of Commerce.

    He was an avid Hawkeye fan, enjoyed golf and a good cigar, history, big band music and adored his grandchildren. Aug volunteered as a reading tutor at Madison Elementary School, Davenport.

    Survivors include his daughters and son-in-law, Helen and Geoffrey Macalister, Bettendorf, and Lois Mueller, Bolivar, Mo.; a son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Cheri Mueller, Davenport; grandchildren (and spouse), Chris (Laura) Mueller, Nathan Mueller, Lucie, Libby and Annabelle Macalister; a great-granddaughter, Carolyn Mueller; and sisters (and spouses), Sue (William) Gordon, Bettendorf, and Eleanor (Ted) Schick, Green Valley, Ariz. For the past few years, Aug had a close and dear friendship with Alice Ann Staak and her wonderful family.

    Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed by visiting Aug's obituary at

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    Elizabeth Williams

    Elizabeth "Betty" M. Williams, 85, of Davenport, died Sunday, July 10, 2005, at Genesis West, Davenport.

    Visitation is 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Runge, Davenport, followed by services at 11:30 a.m. Burial will be in Pine Hill Cemetery, Davenport.

    She was born Feb. 23, 1920, to Marie Dussliere and Henry Turf. She married Dwight Willams Dec. 31, 1938. He died July 12, 1997.

    Survivors are son, Dwight, Evergreen, Colo.; daughter, Debbie Strawhacker, Davenport; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Rachael Harthorn.

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