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, Oct. 2, the 275th day of 2014. There are 90 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural. 1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m.. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.