Elaine Anderson, 63, of Glendale Heights, passed away Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, at Central Dupage Hospital, Winfield, Ill. Celebration of Elaine's life will be held on Jan. 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. at The American Legion Post 076, 750 S. Gary Ave., Carol Stream, IL. Elaine was born in Joliet on July 27, 1949, the daughter of James H. and Lorraine (nee Micona) Greenan. She was raised and educated in Coal City, and after graduating with the Coal City High School class of 1967, Elaine began her career in computers, working for Department of the Army in Joliet in computer operations. She continued at Federal Reserve Bank and the Department of Army Command in St. Louis, and while at the Rock Island Arsenal, she became a computer programmer. Her next move was to the EPA in Washington, D.C., where she became involved in maintaining the internet for the inspector general. Her last transfer was to the Information Technical Center at the VA Hines Hospital, Chicago. She retired from Hines in 2004. While in retirement, Elaine pursued her interests in animals and earned a veterinary technician certificate. She was also active in the American Legion Post 076 Women's Auxiliary, calling bingo and working in the kitchen on bingo nights. Two days a week, you would find Elaine at the Glendale Heights Senior Center meal site, where she helped prepare meals for "Meals on Wheels" delivery and making her famous southwestern wraps for those seniors eating at the meal site. Survivors include her mother, Lorraine McCrary, Davenport; sisters, Maureen Greenan, Bettendorf, Sue Fuller, Moline, Elizabeth (Terry) Murphy, Chicago Ridge; brother, Michael (Mena) J. McCrary Sr., Carol Stream; nieces, Shavonne (Greenan) Webster, Winchester, Ind., Amy McCrary, Bloomington, Molly Murphy, Chicago Ridge; nephew, Michael J. McCrary Jr., Iowa City; from Winchester, Ind.: great-niece, Maddelyn Greenan, great-nephew, Brayden Greenan; from Coal City: aunt, Anna Pearson and cousins, Janet Sandeno, Karen (Rick) Vota, Lynn Pearson and their families. Elaine was preceded in death by her father and her grandparents. Preferred memorial may be made as gifts in Elaine's memory to your local animal shelter or online to www.aspca.org.
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.