04/16/2014, 5:20 pm
Haline Nesterenko Akulow, who was a beautiful, elegant and wonderful lady, passed away on April 13, 2014, at the age of 91.
Visitation will take place on Monday, April 21, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Van Hoe Funeral Home, 1500 6th St., East Moline, with a Trisagion prayer service at 6:30 p.m., and on Tuesday, April 22, from 9 to 10 a.m. at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 4900 Kennedy Drive, East Moline. The funeral will follow at 10 a.m.
She is survived by a son, Orest B. Akulow, East Moline; a daughter, Oksana Akulow Lundeen, Naperville, Ill.; and two granddaughters, Alexandra and Alastaire Lundeen, Naperville. She is also survived by the thousands of students who were in Mrs. Akulow's first-grade and music classes at Bowlesburg Elementary in Silvis, her French and German classes at United Township High School in East Moline and her Adult Education French and German classes at Black Hawk College in Moline. Her teaching career spanned 30 years.
She was born in Dubno, Ukraine, on June 22, 1922, to Antonina (nee Opokova) and Atanasyj Nesterenko. She was raised in Warsaw, Poland, where she graduated from both the Lycee Francais and the Chopin School of Music. She was an accomplished pianist and aspired to become a concert performer. However, World War II necessitated a change in plans. Her adventures in Europe during the war were many, including saving her family from the Nazis and becoming a translator for the Allied forces. After peace was restored, she studied education and foreign languages at the Institut Francais and the Leopold-Franz University of Innsbruck in Austria. She graduated in 1949 and that same year married Eugene Akulow, who was a medical student. Shortly thereafter, she immigrated to the United States under the sponsorship of Iowa U.S. Representative in Washington Fred Schwengel. Her husband followed a year later, after completing his medical studies.
Haline was dedicated to her students. She sponsored the French and German clubs at United Township, organized field trips that included visits to Chicago's museums and Iowa's Amana Colonies and supervised the building of quite a few homecoming floats.
She was proficient not only in French, German and English but also Latin, Russian, Polish and Ukrainian. In addition, she studied Italian and Spanish, and she attended Marycrest College in Davenport to fulfill continuing teacher education requirements. One of her dreams was to translate classical literary works.
Haline was an accomplished classical pianist. She loved and studied not only classical symphonies, operas and ballets, but also Orthodox church music.
She was a dedicated supporter of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and PBS Public Television. In addition to local charities, she supported the Children of Chernobyl Relief Foundation, St. Andrew Orthodox Church in Bloomingdale, Ill., and St. Andrew's College in Winnipeg-University of Manitoba in Canada. She was a member of the Blackhawk Unit of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association. Haline was a parishioner of Assumption Greek Orthodox Church of East Moline and a member of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society.
Haline was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Eugene, in 1977; and her brother, Dimitri Nesterenko, in 1987.
04/16/2014, 5:20 pm
Hollace "Dene" Chandler, 74, passed away peacefully of natural causes on April 15, 2014, in Greenwood, Ind., after spending his final days in the company of his family and friends.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 18, at Bell Mortuary, 1444 W. U.S. Highway 52, Indianapolis, IN 46254.
Dene was born in Bloomington, Ind., on April 7, 1940. He graduated from Bloomington High School and on June 27, 1959, married his high school sweetheart, Shirley (Hobbs) Chandler.
Throughout his life, Dene was a successful businessman, managing and buying for multiple drug stores and eventually pursuing his dream to purchase a hardware store in New Palestine, Ind. He owned and operated New Palestine Hardware for 28 years. He and his wife currently reside in New Palestine, where Dene has been a beloved member of the community.
Dene enjoyed spending time with his friends and family. He also enjoyed the company of his K9 companions and rooting for the Hoosiers.
Dene is survived by Shirley Chandler, his loving wife of 54 years; his children, Tina and Dave Crosby, Rock Island, and Gina Sexton, Carthage, Ind.; his grandchildren, Holly and Ross Nordenberg and Stacey Crosby, all of Rock Island; and his siblings, Arleen O'Mullane, Dannie Chandler, Warren Johnson, Jack Johnson and Tyler Johnson.
04/16/2014, 5:20 pm
Michael J. Parker, 63, of Waverly, Iowa, died Monday, April 14, 2014, at his home from natural causes.
Visitation will be Friday, April 18, 2014, at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home, Waverly. Memorials may be directed to the family, and online condolences may be made at kaisercorson.com.
Mike was born April 17, 1950, in Moline, son of Richard James and Edna Mae Larsen Parker. He attended Moline schools and graduated from Moline High School in 1968.
In 1983, Mike met Chrissy Covemaker; the two were blessed with a daughter, Sara, in 1985. On March 17, 2001, Mike was united in marriage to Rhonda Johnson. The couple divorced in November 2007.
Mike's memory is honored by his daughter, Sara Parker, Moline; granddaughter, Avery; grandson, Mason; sister, Lyn Duffey; brother, Richard C. Parker Sr; his former wife, Rhonda, and her children, Elle and Taylor; and his current four-legged companion, Bub. Mike was preceded in death by his parents.
04/15/2014, 6:48 pm
Christopher Allen Simms, 30, of Princeton, Iowa, died Saturday, April 12, 2014.
Services are 1 p.m. Friday at Runge, Davenport. Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary. Inurnment is at Glendale Cemetery, LeClaire.
He was born Jan. 9, 1984, in Davenport, son of Jim and Lisa Shinn Hass.
Surviving are his parents; sister, Nichole (Jason Rock) Simms, Davenport, Kaylin Hass, Nederland, Colo., and Leah Andresen, Kansas City; grandfather, Ben Shinn, LeClaire; aunts and uncles; nephews; cousins; extended family and friends.