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 Sunday, Dec. 8, the 342nd day of 2013. There are 23 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: For the whole of last week we have been favored with the most delightful Indian summer weather, and mercury ranging from 40 to 65 above zero. The river is entirely clear of ice and looks as mild and soft as summer. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Albert Johnson was appointed a deputy in the circuit clerk's office. 1913 -- 100 years ago: 800 or more tons of earth in six landslides covered 38th Street for a distance of 200 feet near 7th Avenue and destroyed much property. 1938 -- 75 years ago: One of the 350-foot towers, which with a new transmitter will increase the power of WHBF to 1,000 watts day and night, has been completed on a 20-acre tract at 23rd Avenue and 51st Street, Moline. 1963 -- 50 years ago: In cooperation with The Associated Press, The Argus presents to its readers a complete, beginning-to-end account of one of the most tragic and dreadful chapters in American history, the assassination of President Kennedy, available in book form, and now in preparation. The book is entitled "The Torch is Passed." 1988 -- 25 years ago: Deere & Co. stockholders received good news of a boost in their quarterly dividends from 20 to 30 cents per share of common stock. The dividend, made to stockholders of record on Dec. 30, will be payable on Feb. 1, 1989.