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 Friday, Aug. 22, the 234th day of 2014. There are 131 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river. 1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.