ROCK ISLAND — Mary Catherine Steen, 90, of Rock Island, passed away Feb. 18, 2020, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.
A private Mass was held at St. Pius X Catholic Church, Rock Island, and a private Rosary was recited. Burial was held at the Rock Island National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Pius X Catholic Church. Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd., assisted the family.
Mary Catherine was born on April 14, 1929, in DeKalb, Ill., the daughter of George W. and Marcella C. (Nealis) Dale. She married Francis “Cork” Steen on Oct. 14, 1950, in Rock Island. She was a proud founding member of St. Pius X Catholic Church. She was a tireless volunteer to include: the American Heart Association, Trinity Medical Center (former board member), St. Pius X Catholic School and Parish, Alleman High School.
Survivors include her husband, Francis “Cork” Steen; children, Matt (Karen) Steen, Kate (Kevin) Huska, Mark (Michelle) Steen and Luke (Stacy Appleman-Steen) Steen; grandchildren, Andy (Chrissy Hermann) Steen, Lisa Steen, Lukas Huska, Owen Steen; stepgrandchildren, Erik Huska, Ashley (Scott Berg) Appleman, Kayla Appleman and Morgan Appleman; great-grandson, Nicholas Appleman; brother, Bill (Marge) Dale; and many nieces and nephews.
ROCK ISLAND — Claude V. Lawrence Jr., an esteemed stage, film and television producer and production manager, has died. He was 75. Lawrence died Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, from disease complications at UnityPoint Health-Trinity Rock Island, his son, Beau Lawrence, confirmed through a representative.
The Alabama-born filmmaker moved to Nashville in 1965 to join the WSM-Television Company, and began his film career as an original company member at The Grand Ole Opry, the Johnny Cash Show and Hee Haw. Lawrence made his way to Hollywood in 1975 for Dallas, Knots Landing, Eight is Enough and The Waltons. This was soon followed by his work in Thrashin' (1986) and a number of other films and shows, until his retirement in the early 2000s.
Claude was married to Clare Hartnett Lawrence from 1971 until her death in 2016. He is survived by daughter, Cee Cee Lawrence; sons, Beau Lawrence and Devin Lawrence; and four grandchildren, Ashley Clare, Balencia, Leila and Clarissa.
A Celebration of Life will be held for Lawrence in the Quad-Cities later in the spring of 2020, with a formal interment to follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Santa Barbara, Calif., alongside his wife, Clare Hartnett Lawrence.
INDIANAPOLIS — Carl Edward Nelson Jr., of Indianapolis, passed away on Feb. 18, 2020, of natural causes. Carl was born Jan. 13, 1973, in Moline, the son of Carl and Diana. Carl spent much of his childhood in the Iowa/Illinois area (Iowa City and Rock Island), moving to Indiana with his family while in his teens. Carl graduated from Warren Central High School where he was a member of the diving team. After graduation, Carl joined the United States Air Force and was stationed at Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Fla.
Carl spent most of his working years as a Technician for AT&T. His interests included bossing his younger siblings :), fishing, video gaming and spending time with friends.
Carl is survived by his mother, Diana Maas, of Hagerstown, Md., his son, Carl III; his sister, Brianna Nelson, of Davenport; his brother, Brenton Nelson, of Columbia, Md.; and his stepbrother, Aaron Marshall, of Rock Island. He also leaves behind his maternal aunts, Linda Moss and Jane Moss; paternal aunts, Charlene Ross, Mary Ann Nelson and Cheryl Nelson; a paternal uncle, Harvey Nelson; nephews, Galen Nelson, Perrin Nelson, Damian Nelson and Thomas White Jr.; and nieces, Elisa Van Meur and Alexis Nelson; as well as a large, extended family and wealth of friends. Carl was preceded in death by his father, Carl E. Nelson Sr.; his uncle, Gerald C. Moss; his uncle, Earl Nelson; his aunt, Lois Nelson; his nephew, Gavin Nelson; and his niece, Erin Nelson.
Funeral Arrangements are being handled by Flanner Buchanan – Washington Park North in Indianapolis, IN. Calling hours will be Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 4 to 6 p.m. ET. The service will be the 25th also, at 6 p.m. ET.
MOLINE — Roger Cecil Dorris, 79, of Moline, died Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, at UnityPoint, Rock Island. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. at Grace Baptist Church, Moline.
Roger was born Sept. 14, 1940, in Alton, Ill. He served in the U.S. Navy. He retired from Adrian Carriers, Milan, Ill. He was a member of Grace Baptist Church. He was a loving father and grandfather.
Survivors include his daughter, Samantha (Shannon) Lindsey, Milan; grandchildren, Caleb, Will and Riley; and brother, William “Bill” ( Karen) Dorris, Michigan.
He was preceded in death by his father, Cecil Dorris, and his sister, Dorothy “Dottie” (Charlie) Tilton.
SEATTLE — Judith Ann “Judie” Romeo, 79, of Seattle, WA, passed away peacefully on February 4, 2020 at her home.
A Mass will be 10am Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at St. Pius X Church, Rock Island. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, Rock Island. In lieu of flowers, she would prefer a donation to the Food Pantry of your choice.
Judie was born December 13, 1941 in Gainsville, FL, the first born daughter of Dr. Zachary and Mary Lou Romeo. Judie attended the Villa, St. Mary, Alleman and Northwestern University.
Over the years she had worked in Chicago and Washington D.C., but her last move was where she found her home-Seattle, WA where she once again exercised her journalism skills at Northwest Yachting, but her real passion was the Center for Wooden Boats. It was a perfect fit for her and her duties where as varied as her talents- unique and plentiful. She was an assistant to Dick Wagner, the founder of CWB and a good friend to her until his death in 2017. She continued to follow up on his projects until her sudden death.
Judie had a heart of gold and was one of the most generous and caring persons on the planet. She was always ready and willing to help anyone in need, and if you wanted something done right, she was the one to do it!
She easily gained the respect of those in the varied areas in which she volunteered, especially when she worked with children at CWB, teaching them boat skills. They knew she cared for them and they responded in kind- her strange but wonderful sense of humor probably had a lot to do with it too!
Survivors include her sister, Sue Pemp, Rock Island; brothers, Steve (Gloria) Romeo, Henderson, NV and Jeff (Lisa) Romeo, Westminster, CO; nieces, Mary Melissa Romeo and Lauren E. Romeo.
Sisty, you're the best- to say you will be missed would be a gross understatement ILY ILY ILY.
MOLINE — Jane A. Phillips, 73, of Moline, died Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, at UnityPoint Health-Trinity Rock Island.
Services will be held Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 1 p.m., at Wendt Funeral Home in Moline, with a two-hour visitation prior to the service beginning at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Moline Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Quad-Cities Animal Welfare in Milan, Ill.
Jane was born Jan. 21, 1947, in Morrison, Ill., daughter of Burton and Hazel M. (Teach) Shambaugh. In East Moline, on May 4, 1973, she married James Phillips, who survives.
Jane earned a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Western Illinois University and was a substitute teacher at Temple Christian Academy in Moline. She was on the Board of Directors of the Blue Marlin Swim Team, also serving as Treasurer and doing sign-ups. She was a wonderful seamstress and did outstanding cross-stitching. She enjoyed cooking, baking and canning, and especially loved her cats.
In addition to her husband, survivors include her son, Matt Phillips, of Moline; and grandchildren, Candice (Tyler) Dittman, of Michigan, and Michael Phillips, Emily Phillips, Nataleigh Phillips and Noelle Phillips, all of Florida; brothers, Walt (Kathy) Shambaugh, of rural Dixon, Ill., and Bob (Nancy) Shambaugh, of Morrison, Ill.; and many nieces and nephews.
EAST MOLINE — Brenda G. Daniels Cousins, 68, East Moline, passed away on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa. Cremation Rites have been accorded, and private family services will be held at a later date.
Brenda Daniels was born on June 25, 1951, in Sikeston, Mo., the daughter of Thyrl and Betty (Hampton) Daniels. She married Russell N. Woods on Nov. 11, 1967. She later married Conrad Cousins on Nov. 29, 1990, in Dubuque, Iowa. He died Dec. 18, 2008. She enjoyed crosswords, word searches, puzzles and watching her soap operas. Brenda loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Survivors include her daughters, Tina J. Woods Durham (William), Moline, and Kelly Woods Sedam (Kenneth), East Moline; grandchildren, Marissa Robertson (Cody Cutkomp), Michael Russell, Abbey Hintze, Vincent Durham, Devin Durham, Christina Durham, Audrina Durham and Briley Durham; and siblings, Sue Daniels (Sam Loveless), East Moline, Jack (Linda) Daniels, Colona, Debbie Britten, Milan, and Kim (Mike) Britten, Omaha, Neb.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Carol.
MESA, Ariz. — Laura “Jane” Sackman Chandler, 78, of Mesa, Ariz., formerly of Bald Bluff Township, Ill., died Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, at home in Mesa. Services are 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at the First Christian Church in Keithsburg, Ill. Burial is in the Little York Cemetery. Visitation is 9 a.m. until the time of services Saturday where memorials may be left to the First Christian Church, West Central High School FFA, Fountain of the Sun Memorial Fund or the Church of Grace in Mesa, Ariz. Fippinger Funeral Home in Aledo is in charge of arrangements, and online condolences can be made at www.fippingerfuneralhome.com.
She was born Dec. 12, 1941, in Avon, Ill., to Harold and Mary Diamond Sackman. She attended the Aledo schools. On Jan. 16, 1959, she married Jack Bertelsen in Joy, Ill. He died April 6, 1982. Jane later married Melvin “Chick” Chandler on Aug. 11, 1983, in Memphis, Mo. He died June 4, 2014.
Jane assisted her husbands, Jack and Chick, in the operation of the farm and assisted Jack in his auctioneering business.
Jane enjoyed golfing, playing bridge, quilting, traveling, boating on the Mississippi River and at the Lake of the Ozarks. Jane attended morning coffee and lunch bunch with friends where she shared stories about her life and her family. She was a friend to everyone, told many stories and had an infectious laugh. She was a member of the Fountain of the Sun Community Center and the Church of Grace in Mesa, Ariz.
Survivors include her three children, Mike (Karen) Bertelsen, of Aledo, Laura (Doug Winebright) England, of Lake Ozark, Mo., and Andy (Lexia Henderson) Bertelsen, of Flagstaff, Ariz.; three stepsons, Kevin Chandler, Mark (Debbie Hager) Chandler and Todd (Linda Miller) Chandler, all of Oquawka; significant other, Bill Starrs, of Mesa; five grandchildren, Derek (Nelson Capetillo) Bertelsen, of Chicago, Jessica (Drew Clausen) England, of Kansas City, Mo., Jackie (Kyle) Leng, of Owings, Md., and Evan and Wesley Bertelsen, of Flagstaff, Ariz.; five stepgrandchildren, Austin (Leah), Amy, George (Lacey), Justin (Tamra) and Dalton (Brooklyn Griswold) Chandler; 10 great-stepgrandchildren: Izzy, Brady, Grayson, Cody, Charley, Russ, Henry, Ellie, Carver and Presley; two sisters-in-law, Jane (Gene) Fisher, of Galesburg, and Carol (Sam) Rausch, of Oyster Bay, N.Y.; a brother-in-law, Larry Chandler, of Oquawka, Ill; nieces and nephews.
Her parents; infant brother, James; two husbands, Jack and Chick; two nephews, Meredith Fisher and Jon Rausch, preceded her in death.
ALEDO — Mary Ann Rillie, 76, of Aledo, Ill., passed peacefully on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, at UnityPoint Health-Trinity Rock Island in Rock Island. Cremation has been accorded and a Celebration of Life will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 14, 2020, at the Aledo United Methodist Church. Her final resting place will be along Rattlesnake Ridge on her beautiful family farm in Apple River along with the ashes of her beloved dog, Buddy.
Memorials may be left to Fur-Ever Friends or the Aledo United Methodist Church. Fippinger Funeral Home in Aledo is in charge of arrangements, and online condolences can be made at www.fippingerfuneraIhome.com.
She was born Oct. 22, 1943, in Chicago, Ill. She was lovingly adopted by her parents: James and Kathleen Struhs Thompson, of Apple River, Ill. Mary grew up in Apple River and graduated from Warren High School in 1961. She married her high school sweetheart, Robert Rillie, on March 31, 1962. Together, they raised two sons in Des Plaines and Aledo, Ill.
Mary's compassion for others led her to a lifelong career in social services. She earned her associate degree from Black Hawk College and her BS in social services from Western Illinois Mary was the activity director at Georgetown Manor Nursing Home in Aledo and at Oak Glen Nursing Home in Coal Valley In the latter part of her career, Mary was the director of activities and social services at Hope Creek Nursing Home in East Moline.
Mary embraced life, lived it selflessly and brought so much joy to all her knew her. She was always active and highly involved in many organizations. Mary dearly loved her church family. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Des Plaines and the Aledo United Methodist Church, where she served on many committees. Mary was awarded as an outstanding United Methodist Woman this past fall. Mary also sang in the Northwest Choral Society as well as the Augustana College choir, was a member of the Young Republicans, served on the board of education for the Aledo school district for seven years and was a vent active and instrumental member of Fur-Ever Friends in Mercer County.
Mary's pride and joy were her five grandchildren. She was an immensely proud grandma at every pageant, dance recital, art show, band concert, football and basketball game, or track meet. She was truly the best grandma who was always unconditionally loving, supporting and encouraging each of her grandchildren.
Mary's hobbies included going to yard sales and flea markets where she collected numerous treasures. She enjoyed spending extended summer weekends at Lake Delevan in Wisconsin for nearly 50 years with friends, Jim and Mary. Mary also enjoyed going to Circa 21, crafting and sewing.
Mary was the heart of her family. She is survived by her husband, Robert Rillie; two sons and daughters-in-law, Jim and Lisa Rillie, of Aledo, and Jack and Colleen Rillie, of Morrison; grandchildren, Matt Rillie, Brent Rillie and Jenna Rillie, of Chicago, Ryan Rillie, of Aledo, and Hannah Rillie, of Milwaukee; brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Kathy Rillie, of Stockton; two nephews and spouses, Tom and Teresa Rillie, of Polo, Ill., and Joe and Stacey Rillie; and her great-nephew, Bobby, of Stockton, Ill. She was preceded in death by her parents.
We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to each of the doctors and nurses at the University of Iowa Hospitals, Genesis Medical Center and UnityPoint Health-Trinity Rock Island who cared for Mary during her 3 1/2-year cancer journey.
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. — Linda Harden passed at the age of 71 in Kirksville, Mo., on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. She was born Sept. 16, 1948, to Troy and Syble Sexton in Brawley, Calif. She graduated from Cambridge High School in 1966 and went on to pursue a nursing degree. She worked for 30-plus years as an LPN at Galesburg Cottage Hospital, Hillcrest Nursing Home and Hammond-Henry Hospital before retiring. After her retirement, she moved to La Plata, Mo., with her friend and companion, Skip Scovil. She loved spending time planting and taking care of flowerbeds and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She is survived by her companion, Skip Scovil; four children, Dave Harden (Katie), Tony Harden, Jaime Fink, Jason (Christina); 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two sisters; and a brother; and numerous nieces and nephews.
ORION — Michael S. Crow, 58, of Orion, Ill., passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, at home.
Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at Trimble Funeral Home & Crematory, Coal Valley. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Monday. Cremation will take place prior to services at Trimble Crematory, Moline. Memorials may be made to the family, for a fund to be established in Mike's memory.
Michael Stephen Crow was born March 27, 1961, in Moline, the son of Richard and Betty (Campbell) Crow. He graduated from Moline High School in 1979. He had been married to Carol Lough, with whom he had a daughter, Samantha, before divorcing. He worked as an IT technician CES Computers.
He enjoyed fishing and was an avid Chicago sports fan, especially of the Chicago Bears. Above all else, family was the most important thing to Mike, especially his daughter.
Mike is survived by his beloved daughter, Samantha, of Davenport; a sister and brother-in-law, Cathy and Mike Tansey, of Phoenix, Ariz.; a brother and sister-in-law, Patrick and Betty Crow, of Cedar Falls, Iowa; nieces and nephews, Nicki Johnson, Brandy Impens, Alex Crow and Anthony Crow; his dog and cat, Wally and Willow; and many close friends, including Kye McKenzie and Greg Reynolds. He was preceded in death by his parents.
ROCK ISLAND — Cora B. Ballard, 84, of Rock Island, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at St. Anthony's Continuing Care, Rock Island.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, at Second Baptist Church, Rock Island. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service at the church. Burial will be at Chippiannock Cemetery, Rock Island. Memorials may be made to the family.
Cora was born on Oct. 31, 1935, in Dumas, Ark., the daughter of Booker T. and Mattie L. (Nelson) Edgerson Sr. She married Grover C. Ballard on Sep. 27, 1981, in Illinois. Cora worked as a Mental Health Tech for the State of Illinois for 39 years. She enjoyed gardening, canning and freezing fruits and vegetables. She loved to travel and go fishing.
Cora is survived by her granddaughter, Aigner Edgerson; brother, Booker T. Edgerson Jr.; daughter-in-law, Agnes Edgerson; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and in-laws. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; son, Orlando Edgerson; and brothers, Hillard and Curtis Edgerson.
LAKE WALES, Fla. — Dr. Eugene John Landry of Lake Wales, Fla., passed away Feb. 17, 2020. He was born April 14, 1925, in Dexter, Maine; he moved to Lake Wales from Moline in 2000. He was a retired Podiatric surgeon and served as a deacon at the St. Joseph's Catholic Church.
Dr. Landry was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army as a medic under George Patton. He was a member of the American Legion, VFW, Catholic Foresters, Knights of Columbus, AMA, Rotary Int'l, Kiwanis and Elk's Club. He also served as president of the Library Board of Moline and a U.S. Air Force chaplain.
John was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Landry, in 2011. Survivors include his children, Dr. Michelle Palmer (Troy), of California, Dr. John M. Landry (Margie) and Tim Landry both of Florida; and two grandchildren, Dr. Marissa Palmer and John Carlos Landry.
Funeral service will be at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with Bishop John Noonan officiating. Interment will be held at Florida National Cemetery with military honors. Donations may be sent to St. Joseph's Memorial Fund (532 Avenue M, NW, Winter Haven, FL 33881). Webcast on 2/20/20 at www.marionnelsonfuneralhome.com.