Posted Online: Oct. 28, 1999, 1:00 am

Obituaries for October 28, 1999

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  • Norma Bartosik
  • Wilma Gritton
  • Leonard Lemon
  • Edward Brown
  • Mildred Robinson
  • Hugo Johnson
  • Chun Yu
  • Pauline Scranton
  • Kenton Boberg
  • Ronald Frenell
  • Mable Jones
  • Jenny Melton
  • Terry Mercy

  • Betty Shepard
  • Ardele Stanley
  • Mildred Baumgarten
  • Mabel Brasch
  • Robert Jacobs
  • William Kock
  • Wilbert Lee
  • Edna Pellin
  • Donald Sisco
  • Leona `Lee' Teno

    Norma Bartosik

    An additional survivor for Norma Bartosik, 79, Rock Island, is a granddaughter, Tammy McCaw, Port Byron.

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    Wilma Gritton

    Wilma D. Gritton, 78, Rock Island, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1999, at RiverPark Health Care Center, Rock Island.

    Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, Moline, with the Rev. Thomas Bailey officiating. Burial will be in Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Hodgson Funeral Home Ltd., Rock Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to World Mission Offering of First Baptist Church, 1901 29th St., Moline, or Rock Island County Humane Society, 724 W. 2nd Ave., Milan, Ill. 61264.

    The former Wilma Sturgill was born Dec. 2, 1920, in Warren County, Ill., the daughter of Benjamin and Cora Dollar Sturgill. She graduated from Rock Island High School in 1941. She married Kenneth L. Gritton on Dec. 13, 1945, in Rock Island.

    She was employed by John Deere during World War II.

    She was an active member of First Baptist churches of Rock Island and Moline, was active in women's circles and council, taught Sunday school for 11 years and served on the Diaconate. She was also active in Girl Scouting and the PTA.

    Surviving are a daughter, Susan Gritton, Rock Island; brothers, Fred Sturgill, Bucyrus, Kan., and James Sturgill, Kewanee; sister, Irene Negley, Wilmington, Del.; aunts, Sara Clyde Jensen, Roseville, Ill., Lena Roth, Mountain City, Tenn., Maude Beverly, Conway, S.C., and Mae Courtier, New Rochelle, N.Y.; eight nieces; and three nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister, Eva Sturgill, and a niece, Patricia Hughes.

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    Leonard Lemon

    Leonard Lee Lemon, 76, Rock Island, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1999, at his home.

    As per his wishes, there will be no services. His body has been cremated.

    There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to Pathway Hospice.

    Hodgson Funeral Home, Rock Island, is handling arrangements.

    Mr. Lemon was born Oct. 22, 1923, in Aledo, the son of Meigs and Vera Nesbit Lemon. He married Virginia Holton in Aledo. He married Sally (Morris) Palmer in 1972, in Rock Island.

    He was a WW II Army veteran.

    He was a member of International Association of Machinist's-IAM, National Rifle Association, Experimental Aircraft Association-EAA and the Vintage Aircraft Assocation. He loved flying his plane and riding his beloved Harley.

    He retired from the Rock Island Arsenal in 1984, where he was also a chief union steward.

    Survivors include his wife, Sally; a daughter, Charlotte Moore, Maquoketa, Iowa; a son, Mark Lemon, Chicago; stepdaughters, Nancy Huyten, Erie, Deb Dawson, Geneseo, and Carol Sparks, Dallas, Texas; stepsons, Russell Palmer, Salinas, Calif., Perry Palmer, Seattle, Wash., and Marty Palmer, Bettendorf; brothers, Lyle and George Lemon, both of Aledo, Donny Lemon, of Minnesota, and Daryl Lemon, Estes Park, Colo.; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and close friends, Glen DeSplinter and John Spiegel. He was preceded in death by his parents.

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    Edward Brown

    Edward L. Brown, 65, Milan, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1999, at his home.

    Services are 10 a.m. Saturday at Family Funeral Services, Milan. Burial is in Andalusia Cemetery. Visitation is 2 to 4 and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may go to St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Davenport, or Milan Little League.

    He was born Jan. 19, 1934, in Rock Island, the son of Louis and Blanche Verhelst Brown. He married Joyce A. Simmons July 23, 1955, in Milan.

    He was a mechanic for Eagle Food Warehouse, Milan, and the former Quint City Ford. He retired from Norcross as a drum puller and currently, he and his wife were managers of Shady Lane Mobile Home Park.

    He collected mugs and was an avid supporter of NASCAR racing, and Rock Island High School and Sherrard High School sports.

    Survivors include his wife, Joyce; daughters and sons-in-law, Deborah and Rodger Buckwalter Sr., Viola, and Connie and David Helfrich, Davenport; sons and daughters-in-law, Tom and Diane Brown, Rock Island, and Eddie Joe and Kathy Brown, Barstow, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; his mother, Blanche Lowry, Rock Island; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary Lou and Jack Frey, Rock Island, and Victoria and Edward Blankenship, Moline, and Linda Lowry, Moline; and a former daughter-in-law, Shirley Miller, Barstow, Calif. He was preceded in death by his father; a son, Craig Leon Brown; and a brother, Rick Lowry.

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    Mildred Robinson

    Mildred M. Robinson, 74, of Milan, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1999, at Trinity Medical Center, West Campus, Rock Island.

    Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Esterdahl Mortuary Ltd., Moline, where further arrangements are pending.

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    Hugo Johnson

    Hugo K. Johnson, 89, Moline, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1999, at Trinity West Medical Center, Rock Island.

    Services are 1 p.m. Saturday at Trimble Funeral Home, Moline, with the Rev. Christian H. Meyer, Trinity Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial is in Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline. Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to one's favorite charity.

    Hugo was born Nov. 2, 1909, in Moline, the son of Charles and Marie Carlson Johnson. He married Caroline E. Rasmussen Aug. 29, 1937, in Moline.

    He was an internal auditor and assistant to the works manager at International Harvester Corp. East Moline. He was employed for 40 years, retiring in 1975.

    He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Moline, and the I.H. Retirees Managerial Club. He was involved with Junior Achievement.

    Survivors (and their spouses) include his wife, Caroline; daughter, Barbara (Ret. Capt. Dan) Wright of Oak Harbor, Wash.; son, Ron (Cindy) Johnson of Moline; grandchildren, Tara and Barrett Johnson of Moline, and Lanida Wright of Tacoma, Wash. and Katharine Wright of Oak Harbor, Wash.; and a brother, Milton (Alice) Johnson of Moline. He was preceded in death by his brother, Charles Johnson.

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    Chun Yu

    Chun F. Yu, 77, Moline, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1999, at Illini Hospital, Silvis.

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

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    Pauline Scranton

    Services for Pauline Gerber Scranton, 92, Silvis, are 11 a.m. Saturday at Trimble Funeral Home, Moline. Burial is in Eliza Cemetery in Mercer County at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

    Visitation is from 10 a.m. until funeral time Saturday at the funeral home. Casket bearers will be her six grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Arthritis Foundation.

    Mrs. Scranton died Friday, Oct. 22, 1999, in Illini Restorative Care, Silvis.

    The former Pauline Gerber was born March 27, 1907, in Eliza, the daughter of John and Edna (Harter) Gerber. Pauline attended schools in Eliza and New Boston and graduated with a B.S. in elementary education from Western Illinois University. She taught for many years in the Eliza school system and later in the Silvis school system, retiring in 1973 after 35 years of teaching.

    She was married to Loren O. Scranton May 5, 1934, in Iowa City. Mr. Scranton died Nov. 2, 1960, at Eliza where they had farmed for many years. She moved to Silvis in 1964 and continued teaching.

    Pauline was a member of Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Moline, and a former member of King's Daughters and various educational organizations.

    She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Sherrie Fields, Greeley, Colo., Judy and Clay Motis, Laramie, Wyo., and Joyce and Ron Glassner, Moline; six grandchildren, Jill Beyette, Cincinnati, Ohio, Jason Motis, Casper, Wyo., Mark Glassner, Cody, Wyo., Aaron and Nick Glassner, Moline, and Jeff Fields, Mesa, Ariz.; four great-grandchildren; and a brother and sister-in-law, Mike and Verna Gerber, Aledo.

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    Kenton Boberg

    Kenton B. Boberg, 50, Cambridge, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1999, at home.

    Services are 2 p.m. Friday at Cambridge Lutheran Church. Burial is in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge. Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Services, Cambridge. Memorials may go to Kent Boberg Memorial Fund.

    He was born Jan. 23, 1949, in Moline, to Benjamin L. and Vivian A. Bergstrom Boberg. He married Donna Johnson March 11, 1977, in Kewanee.

    His last employment was with Henry Service Company, Cambridge.

    He was a Vietnam War Army veteran, having served in Germany.

    Survivors include his wife, Donna; a son, Eric, at home; his father, Benjamin Boberg, Cambridge; brothers and a sister-in-law, Randy and Beckie Boberg, Davenport, Gary Boberg, Cambridge; and a brother-in-law and spouse, Clyde (Sally) Johnson, Streator.

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    Ronald Frenell

    Ronald D. Frenell, 54, Aledo, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1999, at Genesis Medical Center, West Campus, Davenport.

    Services are 1 p.m. Friday at Sunbeam United Presbyterian Church, Aledo, where he was a member.

    Visitation is noon until service time Friday at the church. Wheelan Funeral Home, Rock Island, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may go to the church.

    Mr. Frenell married Ruth Ann Young on Dec. 24, 1975, in Rock Island.

    He had served as a deputy sheriff with the Rock Island County Sheriff's Department and retired as a mechanic from the Quad-City Times, Davenport.

    Survivors includes his wife; daughters, Terri Lewis, Milan, Cindy Kempka, Greensburg, Pa., Cheri Mohr, Coralville, Iowa, Bobbie Jo Young, Viola, and Darla Frenell, Moline; a son, Doug Deleski, Moline; eight grandchildren; his father; a sister and two brothers.

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    Mable Jones

    Services for Mable M. Jones, 74, Aledo, are 10:30 a.m. Friday at Fippinger Funeral Home, Aledo. Burial is in Aledo cemetery.

    Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Memorials to Messiah Lutheran Church, Aledo.

    Mable died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1999, at Genesis, Davenport. She was born April 20, 1925, to August and Maude Johnson. She married Ralph W. Jones.

    Survivors include her husband; daughters and a son-in-law, Teresa Wiersum, of Bakersfield, Calif., and Marsha and Paul Lee, of Duluth, Minn.; sisters-in-law, Pauline Mackin, of Moline, and Lorena and Donna Johnson, both of Aledo.

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    Jenny Melton

    Jenny Melton, 25, of Seaton, Ill., died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1999, at St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, after a sudden illness.

    Arrangements are pending at Trimble Funeral Home, Aledo.

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    Terry Mercy

    Terry Mercy, 56, of Willow Haven Ct., Colona, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1999, in Silvis.

    Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Schroder Mortuary, Silvis, where further arrangements are pending.

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    Betty Shepard

    Betty W. Shepard, 78, Kewanee, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1999, at Oakwood Healthcare Center, Kewanee.

    Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorial services are 11 a.m. Saturday at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee. Inurnment is in Pleasant View Cemetery, Kewanee. Memorials may go to Abilities Plus of Kewanee or First United Methodist Church Heating and Air Conditioning Fund.

    She was born Jan. 19, 1921, in Elmira, N.Y., to Clifford and Erma Powell Wheeler. She married Robert L. Shepard March 3, 1940, in Elyria, Ohio. He died in 1992.

    She enjoyed reading, camping, playing canasta and was a Chicago Cubs fan. She also enjoyed volunteer work and helping others.

    Survivors include a son, David R. Shepard, Kewanee; and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Gladys Wheeler, Elyria.

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    Ardele Stanley

    Ardele A. Stanley, 66, Aledo, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1999, at Galesburg Cottage Hospital.

    Graveside services are 3 p.m. Friday at Peniel Cemetery, rural Joy. Rev. Brent K. Phillips will officiate. There is no visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society or Aledo United Methodist Church. Fippinger Funeral Home, Aledo, is in charge of arrangements.

    She was born Oct. 4, 1933, in Aledo, a daughter of Russell and Mabel Braucht Retherford. She graduated from Joy High School and married James E. Stanley June 21, 1952, in Joy.

    She was a homemaker and enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles and family gatherings.

    Survivors include her husband; daughters, Barbara Stigers, Rock Island, and Janean Ottoson, Little York; sons, David Stanley, Galesburg, and Mark Stanley, Aledo; grandchildren, Scott Stigers, Rock Island, Jared Stanley, Galesburg, and Jennifer Stanley, Cameron, Wis.; and brothers, Kenneth Retherford, Joy, and Allen Retherford, Colona. She was preceded in death by her parents.

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    Mildred Baumgarten

    Services for Mildred Baumgarten, 88, formerly of Davenport, are 11:30 a.m. Friday at Runge Mortuary, Davenport. Burial is in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation is 5-8 today.

    Mrs. Baumgarten died Saturday, Oct. 23, 1999, at the home of her daughter in Escanaba, Mich.

    She was born May 16, 1911, in Massellin, Iowa, to Robert and Josephine (Maury) Krenz. She married the late Richard Lindahl. She married William Baumgarten Sept. 17, 1948, in Davenport. He died Dec. 6, 1991. She worked at Montgomery Wards for 14 years as a clerk, and then at Leath's Furniture as a secretary, both in Davenport.

    Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Jackie (Loren) Wulf, Gladstone, Mich., Cheryl (Robert) Sweet, Lakeview, Ark., and Dixie (Henry) Lindstedt, Escanaba; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and sisters, Hazel Steinke, London, Iowa, and Myrtle Jeppe, Wheatland, Iowa.

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    Mabel Brasch

    Mabel Brasch, 83, Davenport, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1999, at Manor Care Nursing Center, Davenport.

    Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Cunnick-Collins Mortuary, Davenport, where further arrangements are pending.

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    Robert Jacobs

    Robert R.P. Jacobs, 75, Davenport, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1999, at Genesis Medical Center, West Campus, Davenport.

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

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    William Kock

    William Kock, 89, Blue Grass, Iowa, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1999, at home.

    Services are 1 p.m. Friday at Runge Mortuary, Davenport. Burial is in Blue Grass Cemetery.

    Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. today. Memorials may go to Blue Grass Volunteer Fire Department or Genesis Visiting Nurse Hospice.

    He was born July 13, 1910, in rural Tipton, Iowa, the son of August and Marie Meier Kock. He married Hazel Wunderlich June 5, 1940, in Muscatine County, Iowa.

    He had been employed for 24 years by John Deere Plow in Moline, prior to retiring in 1965. He loved hunting, playing bingo and his dogs.

    Survivors include his wife, Hazel; children and spouses, Bonita and Joseph La Feber, Galesburg, Karen (Stock) and Byron Bryant, Davenport, and Larry and Lona Kock, rural Muscatine; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

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    Wilbert Lee

    Services for Wilbert J. Lee, 76, Bettendorf, are 10 a.m. Saturday at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport.

    Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Friday. Memorials may go to the family.

    He died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1999, at Genesis, East Campus, Davenport. He was born Aug. 14, 1923, in Davenport, to Ed and Carry Adams Lee. He married Geraldine Klinck Feb. 6, 1943, in La Jolla, Calif.

    He was a WW II Army veteran.

    Surviving are his wife; sons and daughters-in-law, Steven and Amy Lee, Sonoma, Calif., and David and Debbie Lee, Davenport; and grandsons, Eddie and Christopher Lee.

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    Edna Pellin

    Edna R. Pellin, 50, Davenport, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1999, at her home in Davenport.

    Arrangements are pending at the Cunnick-Collins Mortuary, Davenport.

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    Donald Sisco

    Donald R. Sisco, 29, Davenport, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1999, at his home.

    Services are 10 a.m. Friday at Weerts Funeral Home, Davenport. Burial is in Davenport Memorial Park. Visitation is 4 to 8 today. Memorials may go to the family.

    Surviving are a very special friend and companion, Wendell E. Peiffer, Davenport; a brother, James R. Stroyan, Davenport; stepbrothers, Shawn and Ryan Sisco, St. Joseph, Mo.; his father, Lonnie Sisco, St. Joseph; his mother, Jackie Garrow, Davenport; grandparents, Shirley Garrow and Donald and Dixie Sisco, Davenport; great-grandmother, Grace Samberg, Davenport; and Grandma Eula, St. Joseph.

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    Leona `Lee' Teno

    Leona L. ``Lee'' Teno, 80, Bettendorf, formerly of Ottumwa, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1999, at Genesis, Davenport.

    Services are 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick's Church, Ottumwa. Burial is in Shaul Cemetery, Ottumwa. Visitation is 4-8 today at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries, Davenport; prayer service at 7 p.m.

    Leona Randall was born April 21, 1919, in Ottumwa. She married Joseph Teno Sept. 17, 1949, in Ottumwa.

    Survivors include her husband; children, Linda Weber, Keota, Iowa, Joseph Teno, Sibley, Ill., Cathy Martz and Cindy Smith, both of Ottumwa; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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