Eleanor C. Thomas, 93, East Moline, was reunited on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, with her husband of 72 years, Vernon F. Thomas, who passed away on Nov. 1, 2012. She passed away at Heartland Health Care, Alzheimer's Unit, Moline. Funeral services are 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Anne Catholic Church, East Moline. Entombment is in St. Mary's Mausoleum. Visitation is 4-6 p.m. Wednesday at Van Hoe Funeral Home Ltd., East Moline, where a rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Anne Church. Eleanor was born on April 16, 1919, in Hoopeston, the daughter of John and Floy (Hickman) Petry. She attended business school in Kankakee, where she met her future husband. They were married April 20, 1940, in Bloomington, where she was working for State Farm Insurance Co. After raising their three children, she worked as the parish secretary at St. Anne Catholic Church, East Moline, where she and her husband had been active in many social and voluntary organizations. Eleanor had played as a pianist for the drama department of Alleman High School. Mrs. Thomas had belonged to the St. Anne's sewing club and was a Girl Scout leader for many years. Survivors include her children, Jim (Sandra) Thomas, East Moline, Carolyn Grenier, Olney, Md., and Mary (Don) Lulow, East Moline; eight grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Charles Petry; and sister, Phyllis Cherry. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.vanhoe.com.
Today is Saturday, April 19, the 109th day of 2014. There are 256 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.