Obituaries for Sunday, March 4, 2007

Posted Online: March 02, 2007, 11:00 pm
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  • Ronald Schutters
  • Bonnie Schwarz
  • Willie Turner
  • Mardelle Wyckoff

  • J. Michael Bollman

    J. Michael Bollman, 67, of San Diego, Calif., formerly of Rock Island, died Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007, at his residence after a 10-month battle to recover from a bicycle-car accident.

    Funeral services were held Friday, Feb. 16, at El Camino Memorial-Sorrento Valley Chapel, followed by interment in El Camino Memorial Park, San Diego.

    Mike was born April 6, 1939, in Rock Island, the son of Thomas and Margaret Parker Bollman.

    Mike graduated from Rock Island High School, Coe College, received his master's degree from the University of Iowa and his law degree from Chicago-Kent College. He moved to San Diego in 1968 and was in private practice until 1985, when he was appointed to the San Diego County Municipal Court. In 1992, he was appointed to the Superior Court, the position that he held at the time of his death.

    Mike is survived by his wife, Susan, a daughter, Carolyn, a son, Thomas, all of San Diego; and a brother, Brian Bollman, Coal Valley.

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    Jewell Houseman

    Jewell Pearl Houseman, 99, of Rock Island, died Thursday, March 1, 2007, at Parkview Terrace, East Moline.

    Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at First Church of the Nazarene, Rock Island. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service time at the church on Tuesday. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Rock Island. Memorials may be made to First Church of the Nazarene, Rock Island, where Jewell was a member. Arrangements are by Hodgson Funeral Home, Rock Island.

    Jewell was born Feb. 11, 1908, in Sikeston, Mo., to Arthur and Effie Ward Twitty. She married Gaylord Houseman June 17, 1943, in Davenport.

    In her early years, she was an elementary school teacher for 10 years. She worked at Farmall for five years and in the kitchen at the former Moline Public Hospital for three years. She retired from Fresh Pak Candy Co., Moline. In her later years, she did missionary work with her husband.

    Survivors (and spouses) include daughter, Evelyn Mae Neal, Geneseo; son, Kenneth Lee (Kathy) Houseman, Oceanside, Calif.; stepson, William D. Houseman, Hagertown, Pa.; brother, Howard (Reva) Twitty, Missouri; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, stepson, five brothers and three sisters.

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    Ronald Granger

    Ronald "Ron" Granger, 71, of Moline, died Saturday, March 3, 2007, at his home.

    Arrangements are pending at Esterdahl Mortuary and Crematory, Moline.

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    William Murray

    William F. Murray, 86, of Moline, died Thursday, March 1, 2007, at Trinity Medical Center, West Campus, Rock Island.

    Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, March 5, at DeRoo Funeral Home, Moline, and 11:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, Moline, where he was a member. Visitation will be 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Entombment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, East Moline. Memorials maybe made to the family.

    William was born Aug. 12, 1920, in Manhattan, N.Y., the son of Lawrence and Julia Hyde Murray. He married Catherine H. Meersman Dec. 21, 1944, in Miami Beach, Fla. She preceded him in death in 1988.

    He was employed at McLaughlin Body Co., Moline, for more than 30 years, retiring in 1982 as a foreman.

    William was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Army.

    Survivors include daughters and a son-in-law, Jeanne E. Murray, Galesburg, Janet and William Wingler, Moline; and a son, William, Moline. There are seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Anne Marie.

    Online condolences may be sent to

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    Luella `Tootie' Cooper

    Luella "Tootie" Cooper, 82, of Taylor Ridge, died March 1, 2007, at her home.

    Committal services are 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, at Andalusia Cemetery. Visition is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Family Funeral Services, Milan.

    She was born July 9 1924, in Colchester, Ill., daughter of Gary and Nellie Gillispie Anderson. She married Russell Cooper March 8 1942, in LaHarpe, Ill.

    She was a tool-and-die maker at the former I.H. Farmall Works, retiring on Sept, 30 1974.

    She enjoyed racing greyhounds and traveling with her husband for more than 50 years. She also enjoyed gardening and canning.

    Survivors include her husband, Russell Cooper; sister, Marie McKee; and good friends, John and Debbie Hitchcock and Kim and Rick Poling.

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    LaVerle Ebert

    LaVerle W. Ebert, 69, of Elizabeth, Ill., died March 2, 2007, at Elizabeth Nursing Home, Elizabeth.

    Arrangements are pending at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Elizabeth.

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    Grace Herrstrom

    Grace Herrstrom, of Waco, Texas, formerly of New Boston, died Friday, March 2, 2007, in Waco.

    Graveside services are 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, in New Boston Cemetery. Arrangements are by Dennison Funeral Home, Aledo.

    Grace Esther Holtkamp was born July 18, 1915, in Helvetia, W.Va., to the Rev. and Mrs. Benjamin Holtkamp. She married Dr. William D. Herrstrom Feb. 1, 1941. He preceded her in death.

    Grace is survived by her sister, Mildred Paulson, Silverton, Ore., and Mildred's family, a son and two grandchildren.

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    Joyce Holdsworth

    Joyce I. Holdsworth, 84, of Aledo, passed away Saturday March 3, 2007, at Trinity Medical Center, West Campus, Rock Island.

    Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Preemption United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Preemption Cemetery. Visitation will be 3 to 7 p.m. Monday at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Milan. Memorials may be made to Preemption United Methodist Church.

    Joyce was born Aug. 16, 1922, in rural Sherrard, the daughter of Harry and Ethel Haddick Allen. She married Wayne R. Holdsworth March 19, 1945, in Rock Island. He preceded her in death in 1990.

    Mrs. Holdsworth was a homemaker for many years.

    She was a member of Preemption United Methodist Church and Mercer County Homemaker's Extension and was a 4-H leader.

    She loved spending time with her family. She enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing and crossword puzzles.

    Joyce is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Gina and Greg Castrey, Princeton, Ill.; son and daughter-in-law, Allen and Anne Holdsworth, Aledo; grandchildren and spouses, Jeff and Danielle Holdsworth, Aledo, Jessica Holdsworth, Bloomington, Ill., Emily and Jason Koebbe, East Moline; great-grandchildren, Mikayla and Ayden; and a sister, Mary Nimrick, Rock Island. She was preceded in death by her parents, four sisters and four brothers.

    Online condolences may be left for the family at

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    Richard Renwick

    Richard "Dick" Lee Renwick, 76, of Williamsfield, died Friday, March 2, 2007, at St. Mary Medical Center, Galesburg.

    Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, at Williamsfield United Methodist Church. Visitation is 1 p.m. to services at the church. Burial with military rites is in Williamsfield Cemetery. Arrangements are by Rux, Williamsfield.

    Surviving are his wife, Doris; sons, Terry and Ricky, both Galesburg; twin daughters, Colleen Renwick, Colona, and Collette Stewart, Williamsfield; sister, Virginia Tillman, Galesburg; seven grandchildren; one great-granddaughter.

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    Keith `Pete' Simpson

    Keith "Pete" Simpson of Phoenix, Ariz., formerly of Hillsdale, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007, with his loving family at his side.

    Funeral services were held Fiday, March 2, 2007, at the Chapel of Chimes, Glendale, Ariz.

    Mr. Simpson was born Nov. 28, 1927, in Hillsdale, the son of Ray and Vera Fillmer Simpson. He graduated from Hillsdale High School in 1945. He served in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Simpson married Donna Eyer May 14, 1949, in Illinois City. The family moved to Arizona in 1967.

    He is survived and deeply missed by his wife; three children; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; his sister, Elaine Kruckenberg, Moline; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter and his brother, Calvin Simpson.

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    Mildred VanVooren

    Mildred L. "Millie" VanVooren, 95, of Geneseo, died Friday, March 2, 2007, at Hammond-Henry Hospital Skilled Care Unit, Geneseo.

    Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 6, at St. Malachy's Catholic Church, Geneseo. The Rev. Michael Pakula will officiate. Burial will be in North Cemetery, Geneseo. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday. Memorials may be made to St. Malachy's Catholic Church or Abilities Plus. Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Services, Geneseo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

    Mildred DeMink was born May 18, 1911, in Mineral, Ill., the daughter of Peter and Louisa Bohart DeMink. She married Richard J. "Rich" VanVooren Oct. 15, 1938, Sheffield. He died Dec. 17, 1990.

    Millie was a member of St. Malachy's Catholic Church and Circle 9 of the Altar and Rosary Society of the church. She enjoyed growing plants.

    Survivors (and spouses) include two nieces, Marilyn (Clifford) Verdick, Annawan, and Elaine (John) VanHyfte, Annawan; Carol Stephens, Mesquite, Texas; nephews, Lawrence VanVooren, Moline, Ronald VanVooren, Geneseo, Gene VanVooren, Peoria, and David VanVooren, Lewisville, Texas; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy VanVooren, Geneseo, and Mary VanVooren, Dallas, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a brother, Virgil; and a nephew Donald.

    Video tribute may be viewed and condolences expressed by visiting Millie's obituary at

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    Thomas Wilson

    Thomas E. Wilson, 76, of Knoxville, Ill., died Friday, March 2, 2007, at the Knox County Nursing Home in Knoxville.

    Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 6, at Hurd Hendricks Funeral Home, Knoxville. The Rev. Michel D. Clark will officiate. Burial will be in Knoxville Cemetery, Knoxville, with military rites by Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post No. 285 of Galesburg. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Boy Scouts of America Troop No. 220 of Knoxville.

    He was born July 25, 1930, in Galesburg, son of Paul E. and Nora Blixt Wilson. He married Juanita Elvera Seabloom June 22, 1957, in Galesburg. She preceded him in death Oct. 9, 2001.

    He was raised and educated in rural Knoxville, graduating from Gilson High School in Gilson, Ill.

    He served in the United States Army from Jan. 9, 1952, until Oct. 6, 1953, during the Korean War and received three Bronze Service Stars.

    He farmed in rural Knoxville, and retired from Wilson Paper Co., Galesburg.

    He was a member of First Lutheran Church, Galesburg. He was a member of Harry W. Philblad American Legion Post No. 749 and Veterans of Foreign Wars of Knoxville. He was an active member of the Boy Scouts of America Troop No. 220, Knoxville, and received the Silver Beaver Award. He was also active in Knoxville historical events.

    Survivors (and spouses) include his sons, Thomas (Delores) Seabloom, Knoxville, Mark (Kim) Wilson, St. Louis, Mo., Matthew (Felicia) Wilson, Long Island, N.Y.; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sisters, Marilyn J. Wilson, Knoxville, and Carolyn J. (Robert) Miller, Galesburg. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; brother, Donald Wilson; and sister, Phyllis Wilson.

    Online condolences may be made at

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    Richard Lang Jr.

    Richard L. Lang Jr., 75, of Walcott, died Friday, March 2, 2007, at Genesis West, Davenport.

    Private family graveside services will be Monday, March 5, at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements are by Halligan-McCabe-DeVries, Davenport.

    He married Gladys Martin Jan. 9, 1951. He married JoAnn Mori June 15, 1966. She preceded him in death.

    Surviving are children, Judith Letterer, Las Vegas, Susan Lindquist, Florida, Teka Scherer, Durant, Christi Wolf, Eldridge, Richard A., Seattle, Richard L., III, Waukegan, Ill.; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.

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    Ronald Schutters

    Ronald W. Schutters, 70, of Davenport, died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007, at Genesis West, Davenport.

    Memorial services are 11 a.m., Monday, March 5, at Living Hope Community Church (Old Grant School), Davenport. Burial will take place at a later date.

    He was born Oct. 20, 1936, son of Merrvyn and Lura Giles Schutters.

    Ron had driven a cab in the Quad-Cities area for several years.

    He is survived by his sister, Violet Schutters, Moline; numerous cousins and many friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia "Ruth" Schutters, and his parents.

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    Bonnie Schwarz

    Bonnie Schwarz, 46, of Davenport, died Saturday, March 3, 2007, following an extended illness.

    As she wished, there will be no services. Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

    Bonnie had been employed as a certified nurses' aide at the Kahl Home in Davenport.

    Survivors include her parents, Don and Maxine Schwarz, Long Grove; sisters and brothers, Sandy Loos, St. Charles, Iowa, Denny Schwarz, Long Grove, Gene (spouse, Kathy) Schwarz, Princeton, Iowa, and Sharon Schwarz, Long Grove; nieces and nephews, James, Jessica, Jenny, Sarah, Michael (and his wife Ashley), Emma, Kaylee and Jayden.

    Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Bonnie's obituary at

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    Willie Turner

    Willie Turner, 69, of Davenport, died Friday, March 2, 2007 at his home.

    Arrangements are pending at McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Home, Bettendorf.

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    Mardelle Wyckoff

    Mardelle Wyckoff, 67, of Davenport, died Friday, March 2, 2007, at Coventry Living Center, Sterling.

    Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at First Church of the Nazarene, 1010 N. Clark St., Davenport, IA, 52804, with the Rev. Bill VanPatten officiating. Burial will conclude the services at Fairmount Cemetery, Davenport. A memorial has been established to the First Church of the Nazarene, Davenport.

    Mrs. Wyckoff was born March 1, 1940, in Davenport, the daughter of Ralph and Rose Huss Doughty. She was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Davenport and Alcoholics Anonymous. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

    Survivors (and spouses) include three daughters, Kristina (fiance, Douglas Harrison) Wyckoff, Sterling, Kimberly (Dennis) Myers, Davenport, and Kelly (Nacho) Lopez, Rock Island; three sisters, June Ayers, Rolling Meadows, Ill., Mary Lou Johnson, Grantsburg, Wis., and Joann Huss, Davenport; seven grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Karen Wyckoff; one brother, Ralph Doughty Jr.; her father, Ralph Doughty Sr.; her mother, Rose Prandy; and her stepfather, Dallas Prandy.

    On behalf of our mother, I would like to thank all of her friends from Alcoholics Anonymous who kept a smile on her face. I would also like to thank the professionals at CGH Medical Center in Sterling for the exceptional care they gave to our mother. Thank you to the staff at Coventry Living Center in Sterling.

    A special thanks to Unity Hospice for the genuine care, compassion and love they gave to all of us during Mom's last days on Earth.

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    Local events heading

      Today is Wednesday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014. There are 91 days left in the year.

    1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
    1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
    1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
    1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
    1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
    1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.

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