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: 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.

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