Obituaries for Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006

Obituaries for Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006


Phyllis Downs

Phyllis M. Downs, 88, of Rock Island, died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006, at Diamondview Assisted Living Community, Meridian, Ind.

Arrangements are pending at Hodgson Funeral Home, Rock Island.

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Carmella Johnson

Carmella M. "Carm" Johnson, 84, of Rock Island, died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006, at Trinity Medical Center, West Campus, Rock Island.

Private funeral services will be at DeRoo Funeral Home, Moline. Burial will be at National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Memorials may be made to American Heart Association.

Carm was born March 14, 1922, in Davenport, the daughter of Fred and Mae Arnett Wieckhorst. She married William M. "Bill" Johnson on June 18, 1944, in Marianna, Fla.

Mrs. Johnson was a secretary for the Rock Island Arsenal. She was a life member of Oakwood Country Club, Coal Valley. Carm was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Survivors include her loving husband of 62 years, Bill; sons and daughters-in-law, William T. and Neva Johnson, Camp Sherman, Ore., and Thomas C. and Kathy Johnson, Moline; 15 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

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Karen Sternberg

Karen J. Sternberg, 68, of Rock Island, died Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2006, at Heartland Health Care Center, Moline, after surgery done earlier at University of Iowa Hospitals.

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Pius X Catholic Church, Rock Island. Visitation will be 3-6 p.m. Friday at Wheelan Funeral Home, Rock Island, with a rosary to be recited at 3 p.m. Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Davenport. Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Evening Meal, St. Vincent DePaul or Midwest Writing Center.

Karen was born March 20, 1938, in Moline, the daughter of Ralph and LaVangh Rosengren Sternberg.

Most of Karen's early life was spent in Moline. She graduated from Moline High School in 1955 and from Marycrest College in 1959. Karen taught in the Davenport Public Schools for 20 years. She loved to teach reading and creative writing to elementary students. Karen greatly enjoyed vocal music, good literature and poetry.

She was a former member of the Mississippi Valley Writers and a member of the Iowa Pen Women. She very much enjoyed her years as a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rock Island, with a special love of being involved in the choir as well as the Altar and Rosary Society. She felt a real empathy for the injustices of people in the world less fortunate than she. Social justice was a deep seated belief. When she joined St. Pius Catholic Church, she was looking forward to becoming involved. Her health was fragile and she decided to do what she could for others in spite of a variety of health problems.

Perhaps one of her greatest joys was to be a good listener and to overcome some shyness by focusing on those less fortunate than she. Several speak of Karen as a wonderful and loyal friend and she wanted to "be there" for her friends in their times of need. Karen was delighted to be asked to do a favor for some of her acquaintances and found great joy in doing little things for others on a regular basis. One of her dearest friends for many years was Marguerite Waters, who died earlier this year.

Living relatives include Frances Sullivan and Alice Griego, living out West. Avalyn Sternberg and Eugene Sternberg, cousins, both of Davenport, were always in touch. Leann Lucas, Lori Christiansen, Jason Wilkins, and Linda Bowers were the children of her cousin, Joan Wilkins. Joan Wilkins was very close to Karen growing up and through most of her life. After Joan's death, Shirley Wilkins made holidays special for the family of Joan Wilkins. Karen was eager to get well and join her friends at Watch Hill Tower because they had so much fun together. So many of her good friends at Watch Hill Tower followed her progress through her last surgery with cards and visits. Carol Aitken of Moline and Gladys and her son, Bob Ewing, who live in Ohio, along with other good friends she considered very special.

In her earlier years, she traveled extensively. She had the opportunity to visit Europe several times and to learn what she could that was special about each country. When her health did not permit long trips, she delighted in day trips and just seeking out the pleasures of her community.

Of all her attributes, perhaps the best was her ability to be a good friend. She enjoyed listening and empathizing with their sorrows and joys.

Special friends include Mary and George Foster, who will miss her more than she can imagine.

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Louis Arp Jr.

Dr. Louis C. Arp Jr., of Moline, and Naples, Fla., a well-known Moline physician and surgeon, died on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2006, in the care of his family in Moline, following an extended illness. He was 79 years old.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at First Congregational Church, Moline. Burial will be in Moline Riverside Cemetery, where military honors will be presented by American Legion Post 246. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8, at Trimble Funeral and Cremation Center, Moline. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Dr. Arp to the American Parkinson's Disease Association, 135 Parkinson Ave., Staten Island, NY 10305 or a favorite charity.

Dr. Arp, a third-generation surgeon, was born July, 1, 1927, in Moline, the oldest of Dr. Louis Arp Sr. and Eleanor Harned Arp's three children. He attended high school at Shattuck School, Faribault, Minn., although he did not graduate.

In 1944, at age 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy with some difficulty. He was successful upon his second attempt -- after memorizing the color blindness test. He served 18 months as Seaman First Class aboard the USS Bennington and USS Salerno Bay, both aircraft carriers in the Pacific fleet.

After the war, he attended Augustana College for one semester. He then attended the University of Iowa, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree, and later graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

On Aug. 12, 1950, he married Patricia Pinney of Clinton, Iowa, who was also a student at the University of Iowa. The couple lived in Baltimore, Md., for four years while Dr. Arp studied medicine, and then moved to Chicago for a one-year rotating internship at St. Luke's Hospital. In 1954, the family moved back to Iowa City, Iowa, for Dr. Arp's surgery training at the University of Iowa and to complete his surgical residency at the Veteran's Hospital there.

The family settled in Moline in 1958, where Dr. Arp joined the medical practice of his father and uncle, Dr. August Henry Arp.

Dr. Arp served as a board member and president of the Rock Island County Medical Society; president of the medical staffs of Lutheran Hospital and Moline Public Hospital; a board member of the Moline Public Library and the Rock Island Arsenal Golf Club. In addition, he was a member of the board of Pinney Printing Company, Clinton, Iowa. He also served on the boards of Selective Service System, and Lutheran Hospital Foundation, later to become United and then Trinity. He was a member of the American College of Surgeons and was board certified in general surgery.

He was a lifelong member of the First Congregational Church, Moline; a member of the Hole-in-the-Wall Golf Club, Naples; the Port Royal Beach Club, Naples; and the Swan Lake Club, Henry, Ill.

Dr. Arp's favorite activity was traveling with family and hosting get-togethers annually at a cabin located in Clark, Colo., near Steamboat Springs. He was an avid hunter, loved the outdoors and especially loved farming. He was a bird enthusiast long before bird watching became popular, a conservationist and a steward of the environment. Following his retirement in 1990, Dr. and Mrs. Arp spent their winters living in the family's Naples home.

His loving wife, Patricia, survives him along with his daughters and sons-in-law, Gretchen and Andrew Higgins, Morrison, Colo., and Molly and Michael Newell, Davenport; his sons and daughters-in-law, Louis C. and Laura Arp III, Raleigh, N.C., and Charles Arp, Clinton; along with five grandchildren, Allison Arp, Kelsey Arp, Tricia Higgins, Andrew Higgins and April Newell. Also surviving him is a sister and brothers-in-law, Josephine and Edward deSilva, Davenport, and Edgar Folk, Iowa City. Dr. Arp was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Mary Folk.

The Arp family invites friends to share a story about him or light a candle in his memory at

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Victor DePorter

Dr. Victor A. DePorter, MD, of Isle of Palms, S.C., died unexpectedly at his home on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006.

A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at St. Thomas More Church in Munster, Ind. Visitation will be one hour prior to Mass at the church. Burial will take place at Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville, Ind. Burns-Kish Funeral Home, Munster, is in charge of arrangements.

Victor attended St. Thomas More Elementary School in Munster, Munster High School, Indiana University and completed medical school at the Catholic University of Lille, Lille, France, where he graduated summa cum laude. He completed his family practice residency at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston.

Victor was a devoted family practice physician with a practice in Goose Creek, S.C., and was loved by his staff and many grateful patients.

A lover of life, Victor was an avid sailor, windsurfer and traveler who also enjoyed cooking, playing the piano and guitar, as well as salsa dancing.

He will be forever missed as a wonderful son, brother, uncle and friend.

Survivors (and spouses) include his parents, Dr. Louis A. DePorter, MD, and Patricia J. DePorter, Ogden Dunes, Ind.; sister, Jennifer (Richard) Lear, Hannahan, S.C.; brothers, Philip (Katie) DePorter, Ogden Dunes, Dr. Christopher (Teresa) DePorter, Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Greg (Christine) DePorter, Ogden Dunes; nieces, Arron, Elyse and Ella; nephews, Alexander, Reagan and Harrison; aunts, Melanie DePorter, St. Louis, Mo., and Rosemary (Eugene) Miron, Flushing, Mich.; uncle, John (Marni) Kubinec, Cape Coral, Fla.; many beloved aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his sister, Michelle Renee DePorter; paternal grandparents, Ralph and Mary DePorter, Moline; maternal grandparents, John and Carrie Kubinec, Fenton, Mich.

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Louise Dunlop

Louise Dunlop, 88, of Moline, died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006, at Oak Glen Home, Coal Valley.

Arrangements are pending at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Moline.

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Laurel Morton

Laurel Morton, 83, of 1080 Silvercrest Way, Iowa City, died Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2006, at Rosewood Care Center, Moline.

Gay and Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service of Iowa City is caring for Laurel's family and her arrangements.

Laurel Ann Klima was born Feb. 13, 1923, in Stewart, Minn., the daughter of Dr. William and Martha Korista Klima. She was christened in the Congregational faith as an infant. She graduated from Stewart High School, and the University of Minnesota, in English education, after which she spent teaching a year of high school English in Milford, Iowa.

On Dec. 23, 1945, she married Howard J. Morton, who died June 2, 2005. The Mortons shared almost 60 years together. To celebrate their 50th anniversary they spent a week in London, then took the Euro-Star Train underneath the English Channel, and celebrated a week in Paris.

While in Iowa City, Laurel worked at the Iowa City Press Citizen in display advertising for four years, and 12 years in the University of Iowa library system.

Her surviving family includes her son and his wife, Craig and Shirley Morton, Moline; grandson, Tyler Morton, California; granddaughter, Julie Morton, Virginia; a sister, Beth Koeppen, Hutchinson, Minn.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Laurel was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sons, Brent and Mark Morton; and several aunts and uncles.

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Lois Engstrom

Lois A. Engstrom, 60, of East Moline, died Saturday, Nov. 25, 2006, at her residence.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Moline.

Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Moline, assisted the family.

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Martha Lewis

Martha Louisa Lewis, 92, of Tustin, Calif., died Monday, Dec. 4, 2006, at her home.

Her visitation is 9-10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Sullivan-Phillips Mortuary, East Moline, with services following at 10:30 a.m. at Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline.

Martha was born Aug. 25, 1914, in Mississippi, to James Marion and Lillie Maude Halstead Carroll.

She worked at LDS Desseret Food Service, California, for 50 years.

She is survived by her daughter, Carroll Travis, Tustin; sister, Sally Marie Hill; and local family.

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Marian Cushman

Marian M. Cushman, 99, of Kewanee, died Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2006, at Kewanee Hospital.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Private inurnment will be at a later date in Pleasant View Cemetery, Kewanee. Arrangements are by Rux Funeral Home, Kewanee.

She was born May 12, 1907, in Stark County, Ill., to Calvin and Jean Mannon. She married Paul A. Cushman Dec. 28, 1935, in Aledo. He died in 1969.

Surviving are a brother, Willard Mannon, Clearwater, Fla.; nieces, Kathryn Mannon Kollmeyer, Irving, Texas, Susan German, Alexandria, Va.; great-nephews, Michael German II, Christopher German.

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Jim Dunn

Jim Dunn, 47, of Kewanee, died Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2006, at his home.

Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no service or memorials. Rux Funeral Home, Kewanee, is in charge of arrangements.

Jim was born Jan. 4, 1959, in Kewanee, to James and Peggy Holtz Dunn. He married Sandra Petty July 9, 1979, in York Beach, Maine.

Surviving are his wife; daughters, Cheyenne and Nikki, both of Kewanee; granddaughter, Alexia; parents, Peggy and Bill Bevans, Kewanee; sister, Kathy Rashid, Bettendorf; brother, Mike Dunn, Midlothan, Va. He was preceded in death by his twin brother, David.

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Velma Nickerson

Velma A. Nickerson, 90, of Geneseo, formerly of Hillsdale, died Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2006, at the Good Samaritan Center, Geneseo.

Services will be 11:30 a.m. Friday at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Erie. Burial will be in Erie Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. today with a rosary at 5 p.m. at the Gibson Funeral Home, Erie. Memorials may be made to the church.

The former Velma Alice DePauw was born Nov. 25, 1916, in Mineral, Ill., the daughter of Louis and Mary DeWespler DePauw. She married Clifford Nickerson on Oct. 28, 1939, in Sheffield, Ill. He died on July 23, 1996.

She was a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Erie, the Circle 6 of St. Malachy's Catholic Church, Geneseo, and a former member of the St. Ambrose Altar and Rosary Society. She especially enjoyed being with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Elaine and Eugene Bouwens, Geneseo, and Arlene and Raymond Maynard, Rock Island; sons and daughters-in-law, Lawrence and Renea Nickerson, Moline, and Roger and Kimberly Nickerson, Erie; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sisters, Irene Huggart, East Moline, Lillian Vols, Manlius, Bernice Beiermann, Moline, Evelyn Albracht, Moline and Margaret Hugart, Moline; and a brother, Ervin DePauw, Cambridge. She was preceded in death by a grandchild; a great-grandchild; four sisters; and two brothers.

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Ann Norton

Ann R. Norton, 99, of Neponset, Ill., died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006, at Colonial Hall Nursing Home, Princeton, Ill.

Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at Schueneman-Tumbleson, Kewanee. Burial is in Floral Hill Cemetery, Neponset. Visitation is one hour prior to the services.

She married J. Ward Norton. He died in 1980.

Surviving are daughters, Josephine Verbout, Neponset, Patricia Henson, Mission, Texas; sons, Ward Norton, Galesburg, Robert Norton, Annawan; daughter-in-law, Sue Norton, Neponset; 26 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; 19 great-great-grandchildren.

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Ward Adrian

Ward L. Adrian, 91, formerly of Davenport and Alamo, Texas, died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006, in Blue Grass at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Blaine Arnold.

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

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Joseph Azzaline

Joseph A. Azzaline, 81, of Bettendorf, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006, at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf.

Graveside services are 2:30 p.m. Friday at National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Those wishing to attend services should meet at 2 p.m. at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport, where further arrangements are pending.

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Louis Cruchelow

Louis J. "Louie" Cruchelow, 84, of Davenport, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006, at Genesis West, Davenport.

Private family services will be held. Cremation rites will be accorded. Runge Mortuary, Davenport, is assiting the family.

He was born June 10, 1922. He married Phyllis Ham; she preceded him in death.

Surviving are son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Janet Cruchelow, Davenport; daughters and sons-in-law, Carol and Thomas Allen, Maquoketa, Rebecca and Dave Lammers, Davenport; sister-in-law, Diana Cruchelow; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren.

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Judy Franklin

Judy A. Franklin, 58, of Davenport, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2006, at Genesis West, Davenport.

Services are 2:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at Runge Mortuary, Davenport. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. today at Runge. Burial is in Davenport Memorial Park.

She was born May 15, 1948.

Surviving are husband, Larry, Davenport; children, Star (spouse, Ricky) Coffey, East Moline, Julie Wisong, Clinton, Iowa, Denise Cox, Davenport, Mike Franklin, Davenport; grandchildren, Little Ricky, Joshua, Nickolas, Michael, April; aunt, Darlene Frost, Davenport; niece, Sally.

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Ruth Heston

Ruth Leona Heston, 81, of Bettendorf, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006, at Genesis East, Davenport.

Cremation rites will be accorded. Runge Mortuary and Crematory, Davenport, is assisting the family. A celebration of Ruth's life is 1-3 p.m Friday at the Heston home.

She was born Dec. 14, 1924.

Surviving are her husband, Earl; daughter, Tina Bensenberg, Port Byron; sons, Steve Heston, Charlotte, N.C., Scott Heston, Davenport; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sisters, Audrey Andrus, Bettendorf, and Marjorie Greenwood, Clarinda, Iowa.

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Carl Meier Jr.

Carl Frank Meier Jr., 86, Davenport, died peacefully at his home on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2006.

Celebration of life services are 1 p.m. Friday at Zion Lutheran, Davenport. Visitation is 3-7 p.m. today at Weerts Funeral Home, Davenport. Burial is in Oakdale Memorial Gardens, Davenport.

He was born Dec. 20, 1919.

Surviving are wife, Edith; daughters, Lorna, Oregon, Wis., Dr. Ellen Meier, White Plains, N.Y., Marian, Maquoketa, Iowa, the Rev. Carla Meier, Ridgefield, Conn.; son-in-law, Pierce Marshall, Richmond, Ind.; 12 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren.

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Kenneth Mundt

Kenneth Mundt, 85, Davenport, formerly Eldridge, died Dec. 5, 2006, at Genesis East, Davenport.

Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran, Davenport. Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Friday at Runge, Davenport, and 10 a.m. Saturday at church. Burial is in Davenport Memorial Park.

He married Shirley M. Goodwin. She died in 1963. He later married Margaret Ellis. She died in 1984.

Surviving are children, Mary Schneckloth, Eldridge, Cheryl Berg, Charlene Thode, Davenport, Carol Honert, Pennsylvania, Christine O'Neil, Colorado; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.

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Elaine Sweeney

Elaine D. Sweeney, 74, a resident of Davenport, died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006, at her residence.

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

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Marvin Wichman

Marvin E. Wichman Jr., 50, of Pleasant Valley, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2006.

Memorial visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Runge Mortuary, Davenport.

He was born March 16, 1956, the son of Marvin E. Sr. and Peggy Varner Wichman.

Survivors (and spouse) include his mother, Peggy Rohm; sister, Deborah Ungerer; sons, Chris (Sherri) Wichman, and Jeremy Wichman; four grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, including a special nephew, James Fisher Jr.; soulmate, Sue Brummett and her children.

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