Posted Online: Jan. 24, 2006, 11:00 pm

Obituaries for Thursday, Jan. 26, 2006

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  • Mary Boom
  • Helen Davison
  • Walter Hamann
  • Albert Mart
  • Arden Waetke
  • Patricia Wilson


  • Eugene Gindlesparger

    Eugene G. Gindlesparger, 86, of Rock Island, died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006, at Pathway Hospice at Trinity at Terrace Park, Bettendorf.

    Arrangements are pending at Wheelan Funeral Home, Rock Island.

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    Goldie Robertson

    Goldie Mae Robertson, 90, formerly of Rock Island, died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006, at Fayette County Memorial Hospital, Washington Court House, Ohio.

    Arrangements are pending at Larson Funeral Home, Rock Island.

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    Edith Hansen

    Edith L. Hansen, 91, formerly of Moline, died Jan. 21, 2006, at Lucy Corr Village Healthcare Center, Chesterfield, Va.

    Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at Bethel Wesley United Methodist Church, 1201 13th St., Moline. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Bethel Wesley Methodist Church. Arrangements are by Wendt Funeral Home, Moline.

    She was born Feb. 18, 1914, in Sibley, Iowa. She lived in Moline from 1942 until 1992, when she moved to Richmond, Va., to be near family.

    She earned an associate's degree in elementary education from Iowa State Teacher's College in Cedar Falls, and taught first in a country school and then in Ocheyedan and Cherokee, in northwest Iowa, in the years before her marriage. She loved working with children, and later in her life she was a teacher for mentally handicapped children in Moline.

    She was a member of Bethel Methodist Church (now Bethel Wesley) in Moline for more than 50 years. She was active in the Women's Society, and she taught the nursery Sunday school class for 20 years.

    She was devoted to her home and her family and to an extended family of relatives and close friends whom she cherished all of her life.

    She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Harold and April Hansen, Chicago; daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Charles Johnson, Richmond; granddaughter and husband, Mary Beth Hance and Richard Fenton, great-grandson, Benjamin Fenton; granddaughter and husband, Catherine Hance and David Marshall; granddaughter, Deborah Hance; stepgrandson and wife, W. Tedrick and Karey Johnson, and great-granddaughter, Mabry Johnson; and stepgranddaughter, Anne Johnson. She was preceded in death by her husband, John T. Hansen; a son, John David Hansen; a sister, Bernice Attig; and two brothers, Harold Attig and Fred Attig.

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    Helen Billmire

    Helen H. Billmire, 98, of Phoenix, Ariz., formerly of East Moline, died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006, at her home.

    Arrangements are pending at Esterdahl Mortuary and Crematory, Moline.

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    Thelma Easley

    Thelma Maxine Easley, 90, of East Moline, died Monday, Jan. 23, 2006, at St. Anthony's Continuing Care Center, Rock Island.

    Services are 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at Schroder Mortuary, Silvis. Burial will be in Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline. Visitation is 9:30 to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Silvis, or Trinity Visiting Nurses & Homemaker Association, 106 19th Ave, Suite 101, Moline.

    She was born Jan. 30, 1915, in Vermount, Ill., to J. Merlin and Ethel Sargent Plumb. She married Justus Easley June 26, 1937, in Ridott, Ill. He preceded her in death Dec. 27, 1982.

    Thelma was a homemaker, a member of First Baptist Church, Silvis, and a member of UAW Local 79.

    Survivors (and spouses) are daughter, Sandra Kay Hux (William P.), Winter Spring, Fla.; sons, J. Gene Easley (Sandra J.), Greenville, S.C.; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and one son, Merle D. Easley.

    Online condolences may be sent to the family at schrodermortuary.com.

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    Merrel Hough

    Merrel Junior Hough, 79, of East Moline, died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006, at his home.

    Services are 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at Schroder Mortuary, Silvis. Burial is in National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. today with a Masonic service at 6:30 p.m. and a half-hour before services Friday at the mortuary.

    He was born March 6, 1926, in Drew, Mo., to Walter Merrel and Bessie Webb Hough. He married Marion Adella Williams Sept. 6, 1947, in Nogales, Ariz.

    He worked for the Rock Island Lines as an engineer for 32 years and owned and operated Hough Heating & Construction. He was in the Army and served during World War II.

    Merrel loved flying planes. He obtained his pilot license at the age of 16. He was one of the youngest pilots at the time. He also loved the St. Louis Cardinals, golfing and fishing. Merrel was a 32nd-degree with the Davenport Kaaba Temple for 25-plus years and a member of Silvis Masonic Lodge 898. Merrel was known for his great sense of humor.

    Survivors (and spouses) include his wife, Marion Hough; daughters, Vicki Hicks, Bettendorf, and Shelagh (Robert) Barbour, Cary, N.C.; son, Stanley (Wanda) Hough, Barstow; sisters, Margaret Burton, Springfield, Mo., Mary Mott, Houston, Texas; brother, Johnie Hough, Lebanon, Mo.; eight grandchildren, Todd, Tyler, Jason, Jennifer, Ashley, Audrey, Stephanie and Susan; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Teresa Sorenson.

    Online condolences may be sent to the family at schrodermortuary.com.

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    Mary Smith

    Funeral services for Mary A. Smith, 88, of East Moline, are 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at First Presbyterian Church, East Moline, where she was a member. Burial is in Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline. Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Van Hoe Funeral Home, East Moline. Memorials may be made to her church.

    Mrs. Smith died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006, at Genesis Medical Center, Illini Campus, Silvis.

    Mary Giovenazzo was born Sept. 23, 1917, in Rock Island, daughter of Giacinto and Concetta Pollicino Giovenazzo. She married Robert N. Smith Oct. 10, 1936, in Rock Island. He died Dec. 12, 1983.

    Mary had worked at the former Palmer Florist and Hott Brothers Florist in East Moline. She was a 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Silvis, a member of the USS Arizona Reunion Association and a member of the Italian/American Society.

    Survivors include children and spouses, Jack T. and Patricia Smith, Moline, William C. and Ilona (Lee) Smith, Cornville, Ariz., and Lisa M. and Robert Jones, Bettendorf; grandchildren, Diana Gaertner, Philip Jones, Brian Smith, and Erin Smith; two great-grandchildren; stepgrandchildren, Rhona Pinkney, Kim Sampson and Becky Moreland; nine stepgreat-grandchildren; and three stepgreat-great-grandchildren; sisters, Angela Schold, East Moline, Jeanette Kelley, Kewanee and Dorothy Mann, Silvis; and a brother, Samuel Giovenazzo, Moline.

    Her husband; sisters, Teresa Ickes, Rose Orendorff, Catherina Giovenazzo and Annie Giovenazzo; and brothers, Joseph Givens, Michael Giovenazzo and James Giovenazzo preceded her in death.

    Online condolences may be left for the family at www.vanhoe.com.

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    John Bigham

    John E. Bigham, 48, of Aledo, died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006, at Mercer County Hospital, Aledo.

    Services are 1 p.m. Friday at Fippinger Funeral Home, Aledo. Burial is in Aledo Cemetery. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. A memorial fund has been established. Online condolences can be made at www.fippingerfuneralhome.com.

    He was born Sept. 26, 1957, in Mercer County, Ill., a son of Richard and Eleanor Schmidt Bigham. He attended Aledo schools. He married Patricia Ramsdell Jan. 30, 1981.

    John began his career in the floor-covering business working for his father at the R.D. Bigham Floor Covering Co., Aledo. He continued working for the company as an installer for more than 30 years.

    He was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church, Aledo. He enjoyed golfing in the Thursday evening golf league at Oak View Country Club, Aledo, and bowling in the Tuesday night bowling league at Millennium Lanes. He loved to fish and hunt, and his proudest moments were when his two sons, Richard and Breck, won Illinois state football championships.

    Survivors include his sons, Richard Bigham, Aurora, Ill., and Breck Bigham, Aledo; three sisters and spouses, Joan and Mike Anderson, Little York, Julie and Bob Harrison and Jayne and Don Fitzsimmons, all of Aledo; three brothers and spouses, Jeff and Kathy Bigham, Jerry and Gina Bigham and Jim and Susie Bigham, all of Aledo; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and a niece.

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    Betty Hansen

    Betty J. Hansen, of Kewanee, died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006, at RML Health Providers, Hinsdale, Ill.

    Arrangements are pending at Rux Funeral Home, Kewanee.

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    Evelyn Jarrett

    Evelyn G. Jarrett, 97, of New Windsor, died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006, at Mercer County Nursing Home, Aledo.

    Services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Peterson-Wallin-Knox Funeral Home, Alpha, with the Rev. Jane McChesney officiating. Burial is in Calvary Lutheran Cemetery, New Windsor. Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Mercer County Home Health Care, Calvary Lutheran Church or Mercer County Nursing Home. Online condolences can be made at www.petersonwallinknox.com.

    She was born Feb. 18, 1908, in New Windsor, a daughter of Peter and Amanda Carlson Rosene. She attended New Windsor Grade School. She married Thomas Jarrett Feb. 7, 1944, in Hannibal, Mo. He died in 1966.

    Evelyn was a homemaker and a member of Calvary Lutheran Church, New Windsor.

    She enjoyed crocheting.

    She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Donna and William Luxmore, New Windsor; five grandchildren, Richard Luxmore, Sherrard, Terry Luxmore, Linda Rogers and Leonard Luxmore, all of New Windsor, Brad Luxmore, Rock Island; 13 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, seven brothers and three sisters.

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    Helen Shepard

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    Helen M. Shepard, 62, of Morrison, died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006, at Four Seasons Living Center, Morrison.

    Memorial services are 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at Bosma-Renkes, Morrison. Burial is in Grove Hill Cemetery, Morrison.

    She was born Aug. 2, 1943, in Morrison to George and Catherine McMullen. She married Lloyd Shepard Nov. 18, 1961. He died May 2, 1990.

    Surviving are daughters, Katie Gilge and Trina Williams, both of Morrison; three grandchildren; sisters, Mary Paxton, Erie, Nancy Shambaugh, Morrison, JoAnn McMullen, Plano, Ill.; and brother, Clair McMullen, North Carolina.

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    Raymond Swartout

    Raymond Lee Swartout, 85, of LeMars, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006, at Life Care Hospital in McAllen, Texas, after a brief illness.

    Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006, at Family Funeral Services, Reynolds. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Reynolds Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Outlook Christian Church for Ray's granddaughters' ministry or the Reynolds American Legion.

    Ray was born March 11, 1920, to Henry and Orpha Stormont Swartout. He married Mae Snelling Huff Jan. 22, 1947, in New York State. She died in 1977. He later married Mary Barinsky Feb. 24, 1979, in Akron, Iowa.

    Ray was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II on his 21st birthday. He served in all five major European campaigns in the Fifth Armored Division.

    In March 1985, Ray retired as manager of MoorMan Manufacturing Co., LeMars Division, after 26 years with the company. Prior to that, he farmed in Rio, and he trucked and worked at John Deere Harvester and worked in the Alpha Coal Mine. Ray loved to golf and play cards.

    Survivors (and spouses) include his wife, Mary; two daughters, Rosalie (Ronald) Barman, Rock Island, and Frances (John) Truitt, Davenport; sons, Philip (Marie) Huff, Kiel, Wis., and Richard (Judy) Swartout, Crossville, Tenn.; daughters, Barb (John) Brandau, Minneapolis, Minn., Sandy (Mark) Borchers, rural Akron, Iowa; sons, Doug (Carolyn) Barinsky, Minneapolis, Greg (Cindy) Barinsky, Ottumwa, Iowa, and Mark (Glenda) Barinsky, rural Hawarden, Iowa; and 25 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren called him granddad.

    Ray was preceded in death by his first wife, Mae Swartout; daughter, Carolin Boettcher; brothers, Dale, Laverne, Lowell and Richard Swartout; and sister, Betty Docken.

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    Otto `Bill' Werderman

    Otto "Bill" W. Werderman, 50, of Kewanee, died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006, at Kewanee Hospital.

    Services are 10 a.m. Saturday at Rux, Kewanee. Cremation follows. Private inurnment is in Pleasant View Cemetery, Kewanee, at a later date. Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.

    He was born Jan. 30, 1955, to Gene and Darlene Werderman Sr.

    Survivors are mother; daughters, Jennifer Ensley, Annawan, Stephanie Keen, Minnesota; siblings, Gene Jr., Sherrard, Phillip Sr., Rick, John Sr., Dianna Loibl, Claudia Croegaert, Carol Perva, all Kewanee, Kathy Verkruyse, Mahomet, Ill.; two grandchildren.

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    Mary Boom

    Mary C. Boom, 89, of Davenport, died Monday, Jan. 23, 2006, at Genesis West, Davenport.

    Services are 1 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian, Davenport. The family will receive friends following services until 4 p.m. at church. Weerts, Davenport, is handling arrangements.

    She was born Oct. 6, 1916. She married F. Norton Boom Sept. 23, 1939. He died Aug. 28, 1995.

    Survivors are daughters, Penny Coates, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Mary Kay Ford, Colorado, Marti Cox, Davenport, Ginny Swift, Urbandale, Iowa; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister, Jean Lawson, Indiana.

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    Helen Davison

    Funeral services for Helen L. Davison, 87, of Davenport, are 10 a.m. Saturday at Cunnick-Collins Mortuary, Davenport. Family will greet friends from 9:30 a.m. to service time at the mortuary. Burial is 2 p.m. in Wapello Cemetery, Wapello, Iowa.

    Helen died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006, at Genesis Medical Center, West Campus, Davenport.

    She was born Feb. 14, 1918, in Wapello to Leonard and Hazel Andrews Plumb. She married Rexford J. Davison Aug. 28, 1945, in Wapello.

    Surviving are her husband; sons, John A. Davison, Davenport, Rexford J. Davison and wife, Karen, Des Moines, Iowa, Mark Davison and wife, Leslie, Maple Grove, Minn.; grandchild, Andrew, Bloomington, Minn.; sister, Leonne Sadler, Gretna, Neb. She was preceded in death by her parents.

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    Walter Hamann

    Walter Allen Hamann, 87, of Davenport, formerly of McCausland, died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006, at Crest Health Care, Davenport.

    Services are 10 a.m. Saturday at Weerts, Davenport. Burial is in Davenport Memorial Park. Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, with a Knights of Pythias service at 7 p.m.

    He was born March 30, 1918. He married Marian Schurr in 1947.

    Surviving are his wife; children, Linda Paulsen, Waterloo, Sandra Knoche, Eldridge, Myrna Cudmore, Davenport, Curtis Hamann, Long Grove; three grandchildren; sister, Ruth Baetke, Eldridge; brother, Calvin, Davenport.

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    Albert Mart

    Albert "Al" Mart, 73, of Bettendorf, died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006, at Trinity at Terrace Park, Bettendorf.

    Arrangements are pending at McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Home, Bettendorf.

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    Arden Waetke

    Arden D. Waetke, 75, of Davenport, died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006, at Genesis Medical Center, West Campus, Davenport.

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

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    Patricia Wilson

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    Patricia Ann Wilson, 66, of Bettendorf, died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006, at Genesis East, Davenport.

    Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. today at McGinnis-Chambers, Bettendorf. Family services and interment are private.

    She was born Sept. 27, 1939, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Francis and Claris Osborne. On March 2, 1963, she married Keith E. Wilson.

    Surviving are her husband; daughters, Kathryn Hanf, Mukilteo, Wash., Tresa Wynven, Cascade, Wis., Martha Wilson, Iowa City, Leslie Wilson, Indianapolis, Ind.; son, David Wilson, Naperville, Ill.; 13 grandchildren; one sister; and two brothers.

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