Grace Kaiser

Posted Online: Feb. 24, 2014, 5:25 pm
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Grace A. Kaiser, 106, of Rock Island, formerly of Edgington, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at Friendship Manor, Rock Island.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 1, at Edgington Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, 6601 38th Ave., Moline. Burial will be at Edgington Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church, where she was a member.
Grace was born Jan. 8, 1908, in Ladd, Ill., daughter of Perry and Flossie Reynolds Bartram. She married Elmer Kaiser on July 8, 1929, in Moline. He preceded her in death on Oct. 7, 1992.
Grace and her husband owned and operated Edgington Food & Locker from 1955 through 2000 until their retirement. She made dance costumes for Joleen Dance Studio in Moline and was a bookkeeper for West Clock in Peru, Ill. Grace enjoyed oil painting, cooking and baking pies and cakes. She especially loved traveling with her family after her retirement.
Survivors include her son, Kenneth (Carol) Kaiser, Taylor Ridge; daughter-in-law, Pat Kaiser, Walters, Ky.; grandchildren, Kenneth A. Kaiser, Des Moines, Karrie (Wyatt) Fuhr, Taylor Ridge, Matt (Vickie) Kaiser, Reynolds, Kyle (Beverly) Kaiser, Reynolds, Kory Kaiser, California, Jill Kaiser, Moline, Lee (Alethea) Kaiser, Kentucky, Christopher Kaiser, Rockford, Ill.; nine great-grandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; eight stepgreat-great-grandchildren; and sister, Ruth Hahn, South Carolina.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sons, Kay and Richard; daughter-in-law, Nancy Kaiser; brothers, Pat, Joe and Chuck; sisters, Madge Bartram, Lila Murdoch and Laura Garrad.
The family wishes to send a special thank you to the Rocket Stop owners and their employees and Friendship Manor.
Online condolences may be left for her family by visiting


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