Eileen Granum

Posted Online: April 03, 2014, 6:32 pm
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Eileen K. Granum, 100, a sweet and gentle soul, passed away Thursday, April 3, 2014, at Avonlea Cottage, Milan, her home since 2006.
Per her request, there will be no visitation or funeral service. A private "goodbye" will be held for the immediate family. Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Rock Island, is assisting the family.
Eileen was born in Deering, N.D., on March 4, 1914. She married the love of her life, Carl, and they enjoyed 45 years together. After Carl died in 1986, Eileen moved to an apartment near her church. A person of great faith, she could be seen crossing the street each morning to begin her day by celebrating Mass at St. Pius X Catholic Church, Rock Island. She sang in the church choir and enjoyed Bible study. She was a member of Third Order of Franciscans and the Peoria Diocese Council of Catholic Women.
Through the years, Eileen enjoyed camping trips in Wisconsin, hiking, square-dancing, playing cards and most of all, reading.
Those left to remember the love and kindness they shared, and feel the sadness of losing Eileen are her daughter, Maureen; granddaughter and husband, Shellee Showalter and Evan Branson; great-granddaughter, Sydney; and dear friend, Betty Pfanensteil.
Eileen's family appreciates the kindness extended by her caregivers and nurses at Avonlea Cottage and Genesis Hospice. Also, a special thank you to those individuals who brightened Eileen's last months and shared such love and extreme devotion.
Those wishing to remember Eileen and celebrate her life may make a donation to the Rock Island Public Library, the Quad City Animal Welfare Center in Milan or simply greet someone today with a friendly smile and a heartfelt "thank you."
Peace be with you, Eileen.
God now has another "angel."
A Soft Goodbye
"When the light begins to fade
When the time has come to fly
I must go now with the wind
And find the land that faith will bring"
Online condolences may be left at wheelanpressly.com.


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1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.

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