Posted Online: Nov. 28, 2007, 8:40 pm

Obituaries for Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007

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  • Helen Smith
  • Bertha Welsh
  • Kenneth Westerlund
  • Victoria Flenorl
  • Ralph Knuth
  • Joan Murray
  • Dorothy Pollmiller
  • Joseph Ponce

  • Andrew Debrey

    Funeral services for Andrew Debrey, local entrepreneur, will be 11 a.m. Friday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Rock Island.

    Mr. Debrey died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007, at Trinity Medical Center, West Campus, Rock Island.

    Burial will be in National Cemetery, Arsenal Island, where military honors will be conducted by Moline American Legion Post 246. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island, where a private family rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m. Memorials may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church, Rock Island, or to the Quad City Animal Welfare Center, Milan.

    Andrew was born Sept. 20, 1922, in Baraboo, Wis., the son of Michael and Lucille Graf-Debrey. He graduated from Burlington High School, Burlington, Iowa, and attended St. Ambrose University and the University of Illinois. He proudly served our country in World War II in the European theatre. He participated in the Battle of the Bulge, was seriously wounded, and received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He married the former Adele Whitfill in Corsicana, Texas.

    In 1949, Mr. Debrey founded Quad City Die Casting Company in Moline. In 1982, his invention of an energy-saving industrial furnace led to the formation of Cal-Miser Company, Davenport. In 1986, he founded Red Oak Die Casting Company in Red Oak, Iowa. In 1989, he founded Davenport White Metal Casting Company, Davenport. Andrew had a strong work ethic. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, skiing and boating.

    Andrew is survived by his wife, Adele; a son and his wife, Drew and Cindy Debrey, Rock Island; daughters, Beth Debrey-Krueger and her husband, Michael Krueger, Sterling, Ill., and Julie Debrey, Rock Island; grandchildren, Hannah Krueger, Bend, Ore., Justine Krueger, New York City, N.Y., Andrew Krueger, Sterling, Jia Ke Debrey, Rock Island, and Yu Da Wei, Hubei, China, who is in the process of being adopted by Drew and Cindy Debrey; a brother, Robert and his wife, Claudette, Edina, Minn.; a sister, Joan and her husband, Michael Kenniff, Carmel, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews.

    A reception to honor Mr. Debrey's memory will be held at the Arsenal Golf Club, Arsenal Island, following the committal services at the National Cemetery.

    Online condolences may be left for the family at

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    M. Dolores Fisher

    M. Dolores Fisher, 88, of Rock Island, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007, at Trinity Medical Center, West Campus, Rock Island.

    Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Rock Island, where she was a member. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Rock Island. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island, with a Christian wake service at 4 p.m.

    The former Mildred Dolores Littig was born Oct. 14, 1919, in Rock Island, a daughter of Harry Littig and Loretta M. Allen Littig. She married Francis "Shorty" Fisher on Nov. 9, 1940, in Rock Island. He preceded her in death on Dec. 2, 1991.

    Dolores was a meatwrapper for 20 years with the former Eagle Food Center. She retired in 1981.

    She was a member of UFCW, Local 431, Davenport, Moline Elks Lodge and Rock Island Eagles Club. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren.

    Surviving are her children (and spouses), Mike (Ann) Fisher, Bettendorf, Richard (Gail) Fisher, Taylor Ridge, Kathy Fisher, Rock Island, and Judy (Ed) Gillette, Rock Island; grandchildren, John Fisher, Steve Fisher, Carrie (Bart) Schindlar, Jeff (Cindy) Fisher, Kelly Fisher, Michelle (Jim) Harker, and Tim Gillette; great-grandchildren, Addie Schindlar, Tanner Schindlar, Tyler Fisher, Kasey Fisher, Jenna Fisher, Ellen Harker, Drew Harker, Logan Harker, Tavien Gillette, and Tylen Gillette; sister, Jeanann Hood, Davenport; sister-in-law, Vivian Littig, Moline; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers, Joseph, Richard and Ed Littig; and a sister, Dorothy Hartman.

    Online condolences may be left for the family at

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    Ernest Knouse

    Ernest W. Knouse, 69, of Moline, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007, in Trinity West, Rock Island.

    No services will be held. Trimble Funeral and Cremation Center, Moline, is in charge of arrangements.

    He was born May 4, 1938, in Beardstown, Ill., the son of Bill and Madeline Freetag Knouse. He married Betty Brinton on Jan. 9, 1961. She died July 5, 2002. He was a baker.

    Ernest is survived by three children, Tony Knouse and Trudy Shadden, both of Coal Valley, and Debbie Wylie, Tipton, Iowa; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a brother and sister.

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    Judith Siegel

    Judith Siegel, 66, of Miami, Fla., passed away Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007.

    No services are planned.

    She was born in Moline to Felix and Eleanor Dappen Hicks Dec. 24, 1940. She graduated from United Township High School, East Moline, in 1958. She was a registered nurse for many years.

    She is survived by a son, David Siegel; a brother, James, Moline; and two nephews and a niece. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother.

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    Nancy Smith

    Nancy L. Smith, 67, of Moline, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2007, at Genesis West, Davenport.

    Services are 10 a.m. Saturday at Christian Center, Davenport. Burial is in Pine Hill Cemetery, Davenport. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Runge, Davenport.

    She was born July 8, 1940, in Davenport, to Leland and Deloris Hoeper. She was formerly married to Robert L. Smith, Davenport.

    Surviving are her children, Kelly Norberg, Brandon, Fla., Bob, Davenport, Kevin, Davenport; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two sisters; and a brother, Mike, Davenport.

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    Faith Sparks

    Faith C. Sparks, 72, of Moline, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007, at her home.

    Arrangements are pending at Esterdahl Mortuary and Crematory, Moline.

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    Leslie Fulscher

    Leslie Fulscher, 61, of East Moline, died suddenly Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007, at Genesis Medical Center, Illini Campus, Silvis.

    Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Trimble Funeral and Cremation Center, Moline, where further arrangements are pending.

    Survivors include his wife, Karla.

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    John Galle

    John E. Galle, 57, East Moline, passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007.

    Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at McGinnis-Chambers, Bettendorf. Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Friday. Cremation rites will be accorded.

    He was born Nov. 19, 1950, in Geneseo, to Jacob and Marjorie King Galle.

    Surviving are his daughters, Sunny (Mike) Blaesi, Donahue, Kari Galle and her fiance, Trevor Slater, Three Rivers, Mich.; son, Jai Galle and his fiancee, Amanda Meier, Davenport; two grandchildren; former wife, Kim Galle; sisters, Betty Galle, Geneseo, and Linda Mullum, Annawan.

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    John Hacker

    John Allen Hacker, 76, of Milan, formerly of Beardstown, Ill., passed away Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007, at Genesis Medical Center, Illini Campus, Silvis.

    Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Friday at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 201 E. 4th Ave., Milan. Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Sager Funeral Home, Beardstown, with visitation noon to 1 p.m. Burial will be in Beardstown City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

    John was born June 10, 1931, in Burlington, Iowa, the son of John and Ila Hacker. He married Clarice Jean Weller on Feb. 2, 1957, in Beardstown. She preceded him in death in August of 1991. He later met Carolyn Shonts, with whom he has spent the last 16 years.

    John was a self-employed carpet layer for 40 years. He enjoyed hunting, camping and fishing. Some of his most enjoyable times were hunting with his sons and grandsons and telling tall tales about those hunts. John was a Korean War veteran having served in the United States Army.

    He is survived by his children, Richard (Nancy), Edgington, Tim (Penny), Beardstown, Cathy Johnson, Galesburg, Doug, Davenport, David (Carrie), La Costa, Calif.; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Patricia McDorman, Gilson, Ill., Carol (Don) Ash, Alexis; brothers, Gene, Interlachen, Fla., Fred, Alexis, Jack, Alexis; stepfather, Clarence Skiles, Knoxville, Ill. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Clarice; and a granddaughter.

    Online condolences may be left for the family at

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    Marcille Blender

    Marcille L. Blender, 81, Fulton, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007, at Mercy Medical Center North, Clinton, Iowa.

    Services are 1:30 p.m. Friday at Bosma-Renkes, Fulton. Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. today. Burial is in Fulton Township Cemetery.

    She was born May 13, 1926, in Elmwood, Ill., to William and Mildred Carlson Weber. She married George H. Blender March 13, 1943.

    Surviving are husband; daughters, Cheryl Rairden, Florida, Marcia Montgomery, Missouri, Joan Norman, Fulton; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sister, Phyllis Weber, Peoria.

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    Dale Jolly

    Dale G. Jolly, 56, of Geneseo died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007, at University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center.

    Visitation will be 2-5 p.m. Saturday at Vandemore Funeral Home, Geneseo, where further arrangements are pending.

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    Albert Martens

    Albert A. Martens, 88, of Orion died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007, at Trinity Medical Center, Rock Island.

    Arrangements are pending at Kirk, Huggins & Esterdahl Funeral Home, Orion.

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    Lucille Moulton

    Lucille I. Moulton, 79, of Galesburg, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007, at OSF St. Mary Medical Center, Galesburg.

    Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Watson Funeral Home, Galesburg, with the Rev. Paul Johnson, officiating. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in New Windsor Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials may be made to First Lutheran Church.

    Lucille was born on April 5, 1928, in New Windsor, the daughter of Ray and Olga Johnson Frye. She married Richard L. Moulton on Dec. 25, 1947, in Galesburg.

    She worked at Frankel's and then worked at Schubach's in Galesburg until the store closed. Lucille loved to play bridge and was currently playing in three different clubs. She had been in one for over 45 years. Lucille enjoyed crafts. She loved being with her family. She was a member of First Lutheran Church, Galesburg.

    Surviving her are her husband, Dick, Galesburg; two sons, Stephen (Clydene), Galesburg, and Doug, Seoul, Korea; a daughter, Missy (Tom) McCune, Moline; a sister, Lorraine (Floyd) Spillum, Moline; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents and a brother, Virgil.

    Expressions of sympathy may be made at

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    Helen Smith

    Helen L. Smith, 95, formerly of New Boston, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007, at Muscatine Care Center.

    Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the St. Mathias Church, 215 W. 8th St., Muscatine. The Rev. Jason Crossen of the Sts. Mary and Mathias Parish will officiate the service. Casket bearers will be Bill Smith Jr., John B. Smith, Bruce W. Smith, Chester A. Smith, Kevin Smith, Jeff O'Leary, Patrick Smith, Greg Thackery and Rick Lawrence. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Muscatine. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home, Muscatine. Memorials may be made to Camp Courageous of Iowa, 12007 190th St., Monticello, IA 52310-0418. Online condolences for the Smith family may be left at

    Helen was born on June 15, 1912, on a farm near Hopkinton, Iowa, the daughter of Phillip and Caroline Grief DeShaw. She graduated from Hopkinton High School and Lenox College at Hopkinton, with a degree in teaching. She was a substitute teacher for Delaware County schools.

    She married Kenneth W. Murray on July 19, 1934. She later married Dean Smith on Sept. 29, 1943. Both husbands preceded her in death.

    The Smith's were farmers for 35 years with 28 of those years in the New Boston bay island area. They retired in 1979.

    She was a member of St. Mathias Church.

    Survivors include one son, William D. Smith and wife, Dorothy, New Boston; four daughters, Lois Lawrence and husband, Luke, Central City, Iowa, Donna Brislawn and friend, Tom Rogers, Muscatine, Deanna McCormick and husband, Kenneth, Ontario, Ore., and Joyce Melvin, Moline; two daughters-in-law, Mary Smith, Muscatine, and Virginia Smith, Clark, Mo.; 22 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Bernice Crowley, Temple, Texas, and Phyllis Kuda, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Helen was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; two sons, Gary Wayne Smith and Dean K. Smith; one stepdaughter, Beverly Emerson; and two brothers, Merle DeShaw and Howard DeShaw.

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    Bertha Welsh

    An additional survivor for Bertha "Bea" Tuisl Welsh, 92, of Geneseo, is a grandson, Joel (Anne) Tuisl, Hoffman Estates, Ill.

    Services will be 10:30 a.m. today at St. Malachy's Catholic Church, Geneseo. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown. Gibson Funeral Home, Erie, is in charge of arrangements.

    She died Monday, Nov. 26, 2007, at Hammond-Henry Hospital, Geneseo.

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    Kenneth Westerlund

    Kenneth W. Westerlund, 80, of rural Osco, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007, at Hammond-Henry Hospital Extended Care, Geneseo.

    Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Augustana Lutheran Church, Andover. The Rev. Lynn Bergren will officiate. Burial will be in Andover Cemetery. Visitation will be 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Services, with a Masonic service at 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Augustana Lutheran Church or the Jenny Lind Chapel, both in Andover, or the American Cancer Society.

    Kenneth was born Nov. 6, 1927, in Osco Township, the son of Wallace and Ruby Anderson Westerlund. He was educated at the Osco Grade School and graduated from Orion High School in 1945. Kenneth attended Black Hawk Junior College in Moline and the University of Illinois in Champaign. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. His marriage to Lois Conachen took place on Feb. 14, 1953, in Andover. He was a lifelong grain and livestock farmer in Osco Township.

    His memberships included Augustana Lutheran Church, where he served on the board for many years, Henry County Farm Bureau and Cambridge Lodge 49, AF&AM. He also served on the COC of the Farm Service Agency. Kenneth was a former Osco Township supervisor, a member of the Orion School Board for 13 years, and he sold Wyffels seed corn for 20 years.

    He enjoyed farming, playing cards, charting and investment club, and his grandchildren's athletic events. Kenneth was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend.

    Surviving are his wife, Lois; two daughters and sons-in-law, Lynn and Richard Lawson, Wausau, Wis., Diane and Brad Gainey, Orion; two sons and daughters-in-law, David and Jeannine Westerlund, rural Osco, and Mike and Donna Westerlund, Geneseo. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Kara and Zach Lawson, Matt and Stephen Gainey, Krista Westerlund, Aurora and Eric Westerlund. His parents and an infant brother, Orville, preceded him in death.

    Condolences may be expressed by visiting Kenneth's obituary at

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    Victoria Flenorl

    Victoria P. Flenorl, 34, of Davenport, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007, at Genesis West, Davenport.

    Services are 10 a.m. Friday at Journey Fellowship, Davenport, with visitation at 9 a.m. Burial is in National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Arrangements are by Esterdahl, Moline.

    She was born March 26, 1973, in Chicago, to Frank and Inez Weddington Harris. She married Theodore Flenorl Feb. 6, 1996.

    Surviving are her husband; children, D'Zion DeJour, D'Yion DeJany; mother, Inez (Rolland) Cureton; sister, Debora Hardick; brother, Frank Harris Jr.; stepbrother, Sean Cureton.

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    Ralph Knuth

    Ralph Knuth, 77, Davenport, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007, at his home.

    Services are 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Runge, Davenport. Visitation is 3-7 p.m. Friday at the mortuary. Burial is in Davenport Memorial Park.

    He was born Oct. 1, 1930, in Davenport, to Ernst W. and Wilhelmine Krausz Knuth. He married Susan Heinze Aug. 6, 1960.

    Survivors (and their spouses) are his wife; son, Ronald (Jennifer) Knuth, Rock Island; daughter, Linda (Jeff) Anderson, Bettendorf; grandchildren, Lauren and Lindsey Anderson and Rebecca, Hannah and Jonathan Knuth.

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    Joan Murray

    Joan "Jo" E. Murray, 78, of Grand Detour, Ill., passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007, in KSB Hospital, Dixon, Ill.

    Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at First Presbyterian Church, Dixon, with the Rev. LaVerne Davenport, pastor, officiating. Burial of cremains will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in Elmira Cemetery, Toulon, Ill. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Jones Funeral Home, Dixon. A memorial has been established to First Presbyterian Church, Dixon.

    She was born Oct. 26, 1929, in Toulon, Ill., the daughter of Robert and Mildred Fell Green. She was married to Winston M. Murray in Toulon on Dec. 25, 1947.

    Jo was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Dixon and had served as an elder since 1974. She was also a member of the PEO, Phidian Art Club, Daughters of the American Revolution, KSB Auxiliary and board of directors of St. Peter's Church in Grand Detour. She had served as a volunteer with KSB Hospice and the Hospice of the Rock River Valley.

    She is survived by her husband, Winston, Grand Detour; children, Michael (Libby) Murray, Charleston, Ill., Cindy Murray, Davenport, Susan (Tom) Schober, Green Bay, Wis., and Rodney (Andrea) Murray, DeSoto, Texas; four granddaughters, Lauren, Andrea, Shannon and Melissa; one great-granddaughter, Nikayla Joy; sisters, Juanita Pearre, Rancho Bernardo, Calif., and Kayleen Green, Lombard, Ill. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Patricia; granddaughter, Faith; two brothers, Donald and Richard Green; one sister, Virginia Holtschult.

    Condolences may be sent online at

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    Dorothy Pollmiller

    Services for Dorothy Pollmiller, 83, Davenport, are 10 a.m. Saturday at Holy Family Catholic, Davenport. Burial is in Davenport Memorial Park. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Friday with 4 p.m. prayers at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries, Davenport.

    She died Nov. 28, 2007, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice, Bettendorf.

    She was born Feb. 11, 1924. She married Clarence Pollmiller Jan. 29, 1949. He died Nov. 19, 2004.

    Surviving are sons, Mark, Colorado Springs, Colo., Milo, Brian, Brent, all Davenport; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; four sisters, including Rita Meyers, Davenport; two brothers.

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    Joseph Ponce

    Joseph F. Ponce, 96, of Davenport, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007, at Genesis Medical Center, West Campus, Davenport.

    Arrangements are pending at Runge Mortuary, Davenport.

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