Karen Eberts

Posted Online: March 15, 2014, 5:59 pm
Comment on this story | Print this story | Email this story
Karen L. Eberts, 71, of Oquawka, formerly of Moline, passed away Friday, March 14, 2014, at OSF St. Mary's Medical Center, Galesburg.
Services are 1 p.m. Tuesday at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 201 E. 4th Ave., Milan. Burial will be at National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to West Central Head Start in Oquawka.
Karen was born Oct. 7, 1942, in Moline, a daughter of Lyle and Darlene Crosby Franklin. She was married to John H. Yancey. She later married Otto F. Eberts on July 17, 1976, in Milan. He preceded her in death on Dec. 1, 2002.
She worked for Swords Veneer, Rock Island, for 26 years. She retired in 2000. After her retirement, she moved to Oquawka, where she began babysitting and became known as "Grandma Karen" to many of her day-care children, giving endless hugs and kisses and watching their favorite Disney movies. Karen loved children and shopping with her daughters.
Surviving are her children (and spouses), Penny (Richard) Link, Oquawka, Brenda Montgomery and John Wayne Yancey and his fiancee, Christina, all of Evansville, Ind., Bryan Keith (Anita) Eberts, Carlsbad, N.M., Robert (Dana) Eberts, Grand Canyon, Ariz., Joanie (Mike) Polton, Milan, and Louis Eugene Eberts, Redwood City, Calif.; grandchildren, Eric Link, Jason Link, Daniel Link, Jenni Dermer, David Montgomery III, Andrew Montgomery, Kourtnie Wolf, Dustin Yancey, Taylor Yancey, Jordan Yancey, Tyler Griffin, Payton Eberts, Clayton Eberts, Brayden Eberts, Joyce Polton and Mikey Polton; 18 great-grandchildren; mother, Darlene Beemblossom, Milan; siblings, Larry Franklin, Davenport, Danny Franklin, East Moline, her twin, Sharon Lipe, Milan, Lyle "Tiny" Franklin, Milan, and Ruby Franklin; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Karen was preceded in death by her father; stepfather, Robert "Speed" Beemblossom; and brother, Bucky Franklin.
Online condolences may be left for the family at wheelanpressly.com.


Local events heading

  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.

(More History)