Posted Online: April 10, 2000, 1:00 am

Obituaries for April 10, 2000

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  • Eugene DeBo
  • John Hofmann Sr.
  • Margaret Soeder
  • Marie Speth
  • Robert Ballard
  • Richard Esterdahl
  • Richard Johnson
  • William Smith
  • Adolph Perez
  • Clifton Gregg
  • Velda Hainline
  • Violet Hicks
  • Paul Johnson

  • Carol Keppy
  • Kathryn Kunert
  • Katherine Leptien
  • Carmella Ponzo
  • Claudia VanZuiden
  • Mary `Monie' Crowe
  • Marguerite Fatland
  • Genesis Athena
  • Irene Malahy
  • Barbara Moeller
  • Mollie O'Banion

    Eugene DeBo

    Eugene R. DeBo, 64, of Rock Island died Sunday, April 9, 2000, at home.

    Arrangements are pending at Wheelan Funeral Home, Rock Island.

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    John Hofmann Sr.

    Services for John F. Hofmann Sr., 92, Asta Care Center, Toluca, Ill., formerly of Rock Island, are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Knox-Larson Funeral Home, Rock Island. Entombment is in Rock Island Memorial Park Mausoleum.

    Visitation is 5-8 p.m. today. Memorials may be made to one's favorite charity.

    Mr. Hoffmann died Saturday, April 8, 2000, at the care center.

    John was born Dec. 7, 1907, in Milan to William and Augusta Schmidt Hofmann on a farm near Knoxville Road. He married Anna Janet Chambers Dec. 1, 1928, in Rock Island. She died July 15, 1979.

    He had been employed as a farmhand in Geneseo and Alexis.

    He enjoyed walking, gardening, and playing cards.

    Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Janet M. and Ed Foss, Rock Island, Alice and Harold Brown, Moline, Edna and John Princell, Moline, and Lucille and Joe Hernandez, Silvis; sons and daughters-in-law, Joe and Pat Hofmann Sr., East Moline, and Fred and Dee Hofmann, Andover; grandchildren, Sue, Bonnie, Donna, Carolyn, Phyllis, Debbie, Kenny, Sara, Pamela, Joe Jr., Sherri and Vincent; 17 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, a daughter, Dorothy O. Hofmann Terrill, a son, John F. Hofmann Jr., and many sisters and brothers.

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    Margaret Soeder

    Margaret Soeder, 89, Rock Island, died Sunday, April 9, 2000, at Trinity Medical Center, West Campus, Rock Island.

    Visitation is from 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Wheelan Funeral Home, Rock Island, where further arrangements are pending.

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    Marie Speth

    Services for Marie E. Speth, 92, of Rock Island will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Pius X Catholic Church, Rock Island. Burial will be in National Cemetery, Arsenal Island.

    Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Wheelan Funeral Home, Rock Island, where a combined Altar and Rosary Society and parish rosary will be recited at 4 p.m. Memorials may be made to the church or to a favorite charity.

    Mrs. Speth died Saturday, April 8, 2000, at River Park Healthcare Center, Rock Island.

    Marie Buckley was born Jan. 14, 1908, in Coe Township, Ill., the daughter of Matthew and Alice Buckley. She married Alvin W. Speth Oct. 1, 1930, in Davenport. He died March 25, 1964.

    She graduated from the former Mercy Hospital School for Nurses. She had worked in the labor and delivery departments of both the former Mercy Hospital and St. Luke's Hospital, Davenport.

    She was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church and its Altar and Rosary Society, Circle 5. She was also a member of Women of the Moose Lodge 190, Rock Island, and Rock Island Fraternal Order of the Eagles 956 Ladies' Auxiliary. She was a former member of Daughters of Isabella Circle 532.

    She had done volunteer work for the first grade at Jordan School, Rock Island, for 10 years.

    Survivors include a son, James Speth, Rock Island, and several nieces and nephews.

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    Robert Ballard

    Robert J. Ballard, 78, of 525 18th Ave. A, Moline, died Sunday, April 9, 2000, at home.

    Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at DeRoo Funeral Home, Moline. Burial is in National Cemetery, Arsenal Island, with military rites conducted by Moline American Legion Post 246 and Moline VFW Post 2153.

    Visitation is 3-7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Pathway Hospice.

    Robert was born Dec. 5, 1921, in Princeton, Iowa, to Jesse and Elizabeth Mosher Ballard. He married Mary Beth Schuhardt May 30, 1946, in Rock Island.

    He was employed at Deere Plow Planter Works, Moline, in the production-control department for 34 years, retiring in 1981.

    Mr. Ballard served in the Army during World War II and was awarded two Bronze Stars.

    He was a member of American Legion Post 246, Moline, VFW Post 2153, Moline, and Friends Circle Club, Moline, which he served as president for 11 years, trustee for three years and bar manager for 11 years.

    Survivors include his wife; sons and daughters-in-law, Randy and Cindy Ballard of Rock Island, and Gary and Sue Ballard of Maquoketa, Iowa; grandchildren, Jim Ballard of Taylor Ridge, Deborah Beuselinck of Moline, and Tina Jones of Gulfport, Miss.; nine great-grandchildren; and a brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Verna Ballard of Moline.

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    Richard Esterdahl

    Richard B. Esterdahl, 70, formerly of Moline, died Saturday, April 8, 2000, at his home in Clearwater, Fla.

    Arrangements are pending at Sullivan-Phillips, East Moline.

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    Richard Johnson

    Richard Johnson, 67, of 250 53rd St., Moline, died Sunday, April 9, 2000, at home.

    Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at Schroder Mortuary, Silvis. Visitation is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday. Further arrangements are pending.

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    William Smith

    William B. Smith, 80, formerly of 703 3rd Ave., Silvis, died Saturday, April 8, 2000, at Aspenwood Care Center, Silvis.

    Services are 10 a.m. Wednesday at Schroder Mortuary, Silvis.

    Visitation is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday. Further arrangements are pending.

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    Adolph Perez

    Adolph Perez, 89, Coal Valley, founder of the Adolph's restaurants in the Quad-Cities, died Sunday, April 9, 2000, at Trinity Medical Center, West Campus, Rock Island.

    Arrangements are pending at Esterdahl Mortuary Ltd., Moline.

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    Clifton Gregg

    Clifton Gregg, 74, Viola, died Sunday, April 9, 2000, at Trinity Medical Center, West Campus, Rock Island.

    Arrangements are pending at Fippinger Funeral Home, Aledo.

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    Velda Hainline

    Velda M. Hainline, 72, Aledo, died Sunday, April 9, 2000, at Mercer County Hospital, Aledo.

    Arrangements are pending at Fippinger Funeral Home, Aledo.

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    Violet Hicks

    Violet L. Hicks, 73, Kewanee, died April 8, 2000, at home.

    Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery, Kewanee. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday.

    She was born Sept. 11, 1926, near Buda, Ill., to William and Gertrude Huber Hall. She married Carl Hicks. He died in 1984.

    Surviving are her daughters, Delores Nordstrom, Annawan, and Betty Hicks, Kewanee; sons, Fred and Bill, both of Kewanee, and Russell, LaSalle, Ill.; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Lela Taylor, Rock Island, Janet Maxwell, Virgina Beach, Va., Irene Romberger, New York Mill, Minn., and Ada Creech, Kewanee; and brothers, Charles Hall and Harry Scott, both of Kewanee, and Lawrence Scott, Olive Branch, Miss.

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    Paul Johnson

    Paul A. Johnson, 63, Geneseo, died Sunday, April 9, 2000, at home.

    Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at First Congregational Church, Geneseo. Dr. Robert Bottoms will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

    Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Wright Chapel, Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Services, Geneseo. Memorials may be directed to his family.

    Paul Johnson was born March 9, 1937, in Geneseo, the son of George W. and Myrtle H. Stahl Johnson. He graduated from Geneseo High School in 1955. He married Virginia Black June 9, 1963, in Geneseo.

    He started his masonry apprenticeship in 1953, working for Carl Johnson. He then owned and operated Johnson Masonry for several years. He then joined Local No. 7, Bricklayers Union, finishing his career as foreman for SandM Masonry.

    He was a past president of the Geneseo Emergency Unit. He was an active member of First Congregational Church, where he had served as a deacon.

    He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, computers, stained glass, and raising cocker spaniels. Above all, he was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who loved spending time with his family.

    Survivors include his wife, Virginia; sons and daughters-in-law, Bill and Lora Johnson, Geneseo, Norman and Kathy Johnson, Annawan, Andrew and Elise Johnson, Mackinaw, Ill., and Daniel and Kayleen Johnson, Annawan; grandchildren, Andrew Paul Johnson and Samantha Grace Johnson; and brothers and sisters, Ross Johnson, Geneseo, Dean Johnson, East Moline, and Ida Myrl Johnson, Moline. His parents preceded him in death.

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    Carol Keppy

    Carol A. Keppy, 70, of Geneseo died Saturday, April 8, 2000, at her home.

    Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Edford Township, rural Geneseo. The Rev. Robert Woods will officiate. Burial will be in Northside Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour before the service at the church. Memorials may be left to the Carol Keppy Memorial Fund. Vandemore Funeral Home, Atkinson, is in charge of arrangements.

    Carol was born Jan. 21, 1930, in Edford Township, rural Geneseo, the daughter of Charles R. and Delia Wildermuth Smith. She married Wilbert Keppy Feb. 4, 1950, in Edford Township, rural Geneseo. He died Aug. 4, 1994.

    In early years, Carol was a hairdresser at the Curly Top Beauty Shop in Geneseo. She and her husband, Wilbert, farmed in rural Edford Township for many years.

    Carol was a member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church and a lifetime member of the Henry County Pork Producers, Henry County Women's Pork Producers and Henry County Republican Women.

    Carol and her husband, Wilbert, established the Wilbert and Carol Keppy Charitable Foundation, through which a variety of scholarships and philanthropic gifts are given annually.

    She was an avid reader and had a profound knowledge of farming and investments. In partnership with her husband, she received scores of local and national awards for their expertise in hog production.

    Carol also enjoyed going with Wilbert to auctions, where they were astute buyers of antique glass and porcelain.

    Survivors include many loving friends, including Jay and Donna Ingram of Davenport, Marta Licht and Shirley Delp, both of Geneseo, and Nelda Wigant of Janesville, Iowa.

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    Kathryn Kunert

    Kathryn A. Kunert, 78, Orion, died Saturday, April 8, 2000, at Trinity Medical Center, West Campus, Rock Island.

    Services are 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Swedona (Ill.) Lutheran Church. Burial is in Swedona Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Kirk, Huggins and Esterdahl Funeral Home Ltd., Orion. Memorials may be made to the Cancer Society, Swedona Lutheran Church, or Gilda's Club.

    Kathryn Adena was born May 16, 1921, in Lynn Center, the daughter of Arland ``Alan'' and Martha Sandstedt Seabloom. She married Harold ``Red'' Underwood May 16, 1941, in Lynn Center. He died Oct. 11, 1963. She married John Heldt Jr. Dec. 10, 1965, in Swedona. He died Sept. 14, 1985. She married Carl Louis Kunert Nov. 5, 1987, in Swedona. He died March 6, 1998.

    She owned a restaurant in the former Deanington Square building for three years and later worked for Meadow Lanes Restaurant in Orion for four years, last working in 1998.

    She was a member of Swedona Lutheran Church, Polka Club of Iowa, and Mothers of World War II.

    She enjoyed cooking, baking ``pies,'' fishing, sewing, reading, polka dancing, antiques, and being a grandmother.

    Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law Roger and Darla Underwood and Jerry and Nancy Underwood, all of Andover, and Jim Underwood, Orion; her mother, Martha Seabloom, Lynn Center; stepsons and their wives, Johnny and Sandee Heldt, Fort Collins, Colo., Rich and Mustuko Heldt, Japan, and Dave and Linda Kunert, Orion; a stepdaughter and her husband, Norma and Dave Gordon, Orion; three grandsons; three stepgrandsons; nine stepgranddaughters; eight stepgreat-grandsons; and one stepgreat-granddaughter; sisters and brothers-in-law, Arline and Burrell Wheeler, Lynn Center, Elaine and Stan Sward, Cambridge, Janet and Don Larson, Andover, and Ruth and Bill Vermost, Geneseo; and brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Pat Seabloom, East Moline, Arland and Marilyn Seabloom, Orion, and Ted and Liz Seabloom, Lynn Center.

    She was preceded in death by husbands, Red, John and Carl, a son, Kenneth ``Butch'' Underwood, a daughter-in-law, Anna, a granddaughter, Ellen, her father, Alan Seabloom, and a sister, Gen Swanson.

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    Katherine Leptien

    Katherine E. Leptien, 90, Reynolds, formerly of Davenport, died Saturday, April 8, 2000, at Oak Glen Home, Coal Valley.

    There are no services. The body was cremated. Fippinger Funeral Home, Aledo, is in charge of arrangements.

    She was born Aug. 25, 1909, in Warren County, Ill., to the late Sam E. and Amanda Brewer Spence. She married Bernard Leptien. He died May 24, 1997.

    She was employed as a secretary for Crane Plumbing and Heating, Davenport.

    Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Norma Lee, Reynolds; 10 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

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    Carmella Ponzo

    Carmella V. Ponzo, 86, Prophets-town, formerly of Erie, died Saturday, April 8, 2000, at Prophet's Riverview Good Samaritan Center, Prophetstown.

    Private family prayer services will be held at Gibson Funeral Home, Erie. Burial will be in Fenton Cemetery.

    Memorials may be made to Prophet's Riverview Center.

    Miss Ponzo was born Jan. 13, 1914, in Chicago, the daughter of Benjamin and Veneranda Guintoli Ponzo.

    She enjoyed doing beautiful needlework.

    Survivors include a brother and sister-in-law, Albert and Marge Pons of Erie, and their family.

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    Claudia VanZuiden

    Claudia M. VanZuiden, 84, died Sunday, April 9, 2000, at Harbor Crest Nursing Home, Fulton.

    Services are 10 a.m. Wednesday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Fulton, preceded by a 9:45 a.m. family prayer service at Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home, Fulton. Burial is in Calvary Hill Cemetery, Fulton. Visitation is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral chapel, with an 8 p.m. vigil service. Memorials go to the Parkinson's Foundation.

    She was born Nov. 17, 1915, in Mamou, La. She married Henry Van Zuiden July 20, 1940. He died Oct. 12, 1997.

    Survivors include a daughter, Pamela Smith, Stow, Mass.; grandchildren, Angela, Thomas and Benjamin; sisters Lovenia De Maioribus and Lynn Vezlna, both of Mamou; and brothers Francis ``Doc'' and Matthew Guillory, both of Mamou, and Linus, Lompoc, Calif.

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    Mary `Monie' Crowe

    Mary M. ``Monie'' Crowe, 92, died Sunday, April 9, 2000, at Crest Health Center, Ridgecrest Village, Davenport.

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

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    Marguerite Fatland

    Graveside services for Marguerite W. Fatland, 84, Davenport, are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Rose Hill, Eagle Grove, Iowa.

    Visitation is 1-2 p.m. Tuesday at Weerts Funeral Home, Davenport. Memorials go to St. John's Methodist Church, Davenport.

    Marguerite died Saturday, April 8, 2000, at Genesis Medical Center, East Campus, Davenport.

    She was born Oct. 1, 1915, in Eagle Grove to Sam and Lettie Nelson Fatland.

    She was a bookkeeper for General Electric, Chicago, and then from 1950 to 1995 she worked at CMA in Glendale, Calif.

    Survivors include sisters, Lottie Fatland and Edith Fatland, both of Haines City, Fla., and Jane Wildman, Rock Island.

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    Genesis Athena

    Christine Hillman

    Genesis Athena Christine Hillman, 2, of Keokuk, Iowa, formerly of Davenport, died Sunday, April 9, 2000, at a Keokuk-area hospital.

    Arrangements are pending at Runge Mortuary, Davenport.

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    Irene Malahy

    Irene E. Malahy, 75, Davenport, formerly of Delavan, Ill., died Saturday, April 8, 2000, at Genesis Medical Center, West Campus, Davenport.

    Graveside services will be 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Henry Cemetery, Henry, Ill.

    Further arrangements are pending at Cunnick-Collins Mortuary, Davenport.

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    Barbara Moeller

    Barbara Mae Moeller, 70, of Bettendorf, formerly of Davenport, died Tuesday, April 4, 2000, at her home.

    Memorial services are 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Runge Mortuary, Davenport. Burial is in National Cemetery, Rock Island. Visitation is one hour prior to services. Memorials go to the Bettendorf Public Library.

    She was born Feb. 1, 1930, in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, to Walter and Mary Roberts Yehle. She married Harry Moeller Jr. Oct. 12, 1946. He died in 1986.

    Surviving are her children, Sharron Lohf, Davenport, Debra McDonald, Rock Island, Jennifer Heimbeck, Milan, and Dennis Moeller, Dubuque, Iowa; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and brothers, Walter Yehle, Coventry, R.I., Fred Yehle, Warwick, R.I., and Edwin Yehle, West Warwick,

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    Mollie O'Banion

    Mollie R. O'Banion, 71, Davenport, died Saturday, April 8, 2000, at Genesis East, Davenport.

    Graveside services will be held at noon Tuesday at Wapello (Iowa) Cemetery. Memorials go to the Alzheimers and Related Disorders Association.

    Weerts Funeral Home, Davenport, is in charge of arrangements.

    She was born July 21, 1928, in Wapello, to Earl and Merle Callahan DeVore. She married Darrel O'Banion in 1952 in Wapello. He died Dec. 25, 1998.

    Mollie was owner and manager of Chateau Apartments in Davenport.

    Survivors include a son, Michael O'Banion, Bettendorf, and brothers, James DeVore, Vernon DeVore and George DeVore, all of Wapello, Robert DeVore and Warren DeVore, Burlington, Iowa, and John DeVore, Mississippi.

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