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 Thursday, April 17, the 107th day of 2014. There are 258 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet. 1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.