Rosalee A. Pirkl, 64, of Milan, passed away Sunday, March 24, 2013, at University of Iowa Hospital, Iowa City. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island. Inurnment will be at a later date. Memorials may be made to a favorite charity. Rosalee was born on Aug. 2, 1946, in Moline, a daughter of Rudolph and Katherine A. "Kay" Wilbert Pirkl. She currently worked at MidAmerican Energy Co., where she was employed for many years. Rosalee enjoyed bowling and loved caring for her cats. She was an avid reader and member of a book club. Surviving are one brother and sister-in-law, Lawrence R. "Lon" and Sharon K. Pirkl, Colona; nephew, Jason M. Pirkl, Milan; grandniece, Neila G. Pirkl; and grandnephew, Jadon Pirkl. Rosalee was preceded in death by her father; mother; stepfather, Maurice "Mike" Tarr; and one sister, Beverly JoAnn Pirkl.
Online condolences may be left for the family at wheelanpressly.com
Today is Wednesday, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2013. There are 20 days left in the year. 1863 — 150 years ago: The message of Abraham Lincoln, read in congress yesterday, is published in full in our paper today, with a new proclamation relating the terms upon which states can return to the union. 1888 — 125 years ago: An appropriation has been made by congress for the improvement of the upper Mississippi River with $200,000 set aside for the portion of the river between Keokuk and the mouth of the Illinois River. 1913 — 100 years ago: Work of remodeling First Swedish Lutheran Church at 4th Avenue and 14th Street was nearly completed. 1938 — 75 years ago: An unexplained outbreak of tularemia (rabbit fever) in the state has Illinois public health officials puzzled. Ten persons have died, and 243 are officially reported ill with the infection. 1963 — 50 years ago: A dramatic, multi-million dollar riverfront improvement project for the downtown area of Rock Island was unveiled at a meeting of 200 civic leaders at noon today. 1988 — 25 years ago: For several supporters of the Dispatch Goodfellow/Argus Santa program their donation is a year long project. Emma Pugh and Anne Persinger spent a good part of their spare time this year knitting forty pairs of mittens and slippers.