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, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital. 1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post . 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.