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Posted: Wednesday, September 9, 1998 1:00 am

Magdalena Cochuyt

Magdalena M. Cochuyt, 75, of 2355 45th St., Rock Island, died Tuesday, Sept. 8, 1998, at Heartland Health Care Center, Moline.

Services are 9:30 a.m. Friday at DeRoo Funeral Home, Moline, and 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, Moline. Entombment is in St. Mary's Cemetery, East Moline.

Visitation is 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at DeRoo Funeral Home, with a rosary at 6 p.m. Memorials may be made to Alleman High School Endowment Fund.

Magdalena M. DeDecker was born May 21, 1923, in Maldegem, East Flanders, Belgium, the daughter of Theophil and Elodie Rogge DeDecker. She married Albert A. Cochuyt Oct. 17, 1942, in Maldegem, Belgium.

She was a member of Sacred Heart Church, Moline. She enjoyed playing bingo.

Survivors include her husband; daughters and sons-in-law, Rose and James Mehrer, Rock Island, Julia and Gary Anderson, Moline; sons and daughters-in-law, John and Claudia Cochuyt, Moline, Albert and Diane Cochuyt, Sherrard, Rick and Laura Cochuyt, Moline, Jeffrey and Carol Cochuyt, Andover, Robert and Bonnie Cochuyt, East Moline; 21 grandchildren and stepgrandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren; sisters, Elvira DeDecker, Ivone DeDecker, Alice DeDecker, and a brother, Werner DeDecker, all of Maldegem, Belgium. She was preceded in death by two great-grandsons and 12 sisters and brothers.

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Zeddie Crawford

Visitation for Zeddie Crawford, 72, of 8019 9th Ave., Rock Island, will be from noon to 6 p.m. today at Orr's Mortuary, Rock Island.

Additional services will be held in Springfield. Burial will be in National Cemetery, Springfield.

Mr. Crawford died Monday, Sept. 7, 1998, at Oak Glen Nursing Home, Coal Valley.

He retired from John Deere as a core setter. He had served in the U.S. Navy.

Survivors include his wife, Lola; daughters, Delores, LouGene and Rashiela Crawford, all of Springfield; a son, Zeddie Crawford Jr., Springfield; and a brother, Willie Crawford, Springfield.

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Rosemary Flynn

Services for Rosemary Flynn, 62, of 2941 11th St., Rock Island, will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Wheelan Funeral Home, Rock Island. Burial will be in Carbon Cliff Cemetery.

Visitation is from 10 a.m. to service time.

Memorials may be made to the family.

Mrs. Flynn died Sunday, Sept. 6, 1998, at her home.

The former Rosemary Snicker was born July 23, 1936, in Quincy.

Survivors include sisters, Norma DeClerck, Moline, Nina Stanley, Noxapater, Miss.; a brother, Robert Barrigar, Moline; and nieces Naomi Ponce and Lola Dunn, both of Rock Island, and Geraldine Dunn, Moline.

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Dortha Garrett

Services for Dortha S.E. Garrett, 92, of 1548 42nd St., Rock Island, formerly of Ottumwa, Iowa, will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Robertson-Jay Funeral Home, Ottumwa. Burial will be in Ottumwa Cemetery.

Visitation will be today in Ottumwa, with the family present from 7 to 8 p.m. Local arrangements were handled by Wheelan Funeral Home, Rock Island.

Mrs. Garrett died Sunday, Sept. 6, 1998, at home.

The former Dortha Christy was born Feb. 9, 1906, in Bloomfield, Iowa, the daughter of John and Mary E.M. Rostrom Christy. She married Charles Garrett Sept. 1, 1935, in Ottumwa. He died in 1952.

She had worked in several restaurants, including the former Coney Island, Rock Island and the Airport Inn, Moline.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Manning, Sauk Village, Ill.; sons, Eugene Morgan, Milan, Charles Garrett, Rock Island, and John Garrett, Annawan; 16 grandchildren; and a number of great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; a son, Richard Welch; and daughters, Evelyn Brummett and Maxine Kinnan.

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Samuel Kurlandsky

Samuel Kurlandsky, 81, of Portage, Mich., died Aug. 28, 1998, in Kalamazoo, Mich.

He was born Feb. 28, 1917, in Chicago, son of Harry and Rose Kurlandsky. He married Bernice I. Strum June 15, 1947. She died Oct. 14, 1994.

He was a WW II Army Air Corps veteran. He was a member of the Congregation of Moses, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, where he played the violin and viola for over 17 years, and was a member of state bars of Michigan, Illinois and Iowa.

Survivors include three sons and a daughter, Lawrence and his wife, Ruth, Grand Rapids, Mich., Richard, Portage, Sara, La Grange, Ill., and David and his wife, Nancy, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; grandchildren, Shana, Hillel and Mara Kurlandsky; a sister, Mary Bryskier, Hollywood, Fla.; a brother-in-law, Marvin Strum, Rock Island; and a nephew, Michael Bryskier, Chicago.

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Winnie Prescott

Winnie B. Prescott, 77, Sandia, Texas, formerly of Rock Island, died Wednesday, Sept. 2, 1998, after a battle against cancer.

Family services will be held at a later date in October in Corpus Christi, Texas.

She married Kenneth Prescott.

Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra and Gary Wilharber, Wilton, Iowa, Michelle Prescott, Moline, Linda and Nick Brandle, Rock Island; sons and a daughter-in-law, Dale and Betty Prescott, Texas, and Randy Prescott, Rock Island; and 12 grandchildren. She will be missed by all who knew her.

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Leonard Blackwood

Leonard J. Blackwood, 73, of 3352 5th St., East Moline, died Sunday, Sept. 6, 1998, at Vencore Hospital, Chicago.

Arrangements are pending at Sullivan-Phillips Mortuary Ltd., East Moline.

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Ronald Higbee

Services for Ronald W. Higbee, 79, of 528 38th Ave., East Moline, are 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Wheelan Funeral Home, Rock Island, with The Rev. Danny Yeager officiating. Burial is in Rock Island Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home, with an Elks memorial service at 7:30. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, East Moline, or Moline Elks Lodge 556.

Mr. Higbee died Monday, Sept. 7, 1998, at home.

He was born July 21, 1919, in Summum, Ill., the son of Ralph and Lily Lybarger Higbee. He married Adele C. ``Addie'' Carlile May 14, 1939, in Palmyra, Mo. She died Jan. 2, 1997.

He was employed at John Deere Plow-Planter, Moline, for 30 years. He started Feb. 22, 1943 as a welder's helper at Deere and Mansur Works, Moline. Mr. Higbee retired Dec. 31, 1975, as a general supervisor from John Deere Plow and Planter Works. He was dubbed ``Mr. Planter'' for his expertise with that line.

He was an 18-year member of Elks Lodge No. 556, Moline. Awards include: Officer of the Year 1986-87, Elk of the Year 1987-88 and West District Champion Inner Guard 1983 and 1985. He also received the Elks National Service Award in 1985-86 for his work for disabled veterans.

He served with the Army during WW II in central Europe. He was a member of First Baptist Church, East Moline.

Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Jackie and Jerry Custer, Davenport, Ronda McCammon, East Moline, and Denise and Tom Dreher, Phoenix, Ariz.; a son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Jan Higbee, Dubuque, Iowa; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a sister and brother-in-law, Milda and Ed Shay, Varna, Ill.; and a brother and sister-in-law, Melvin and Eva Higbee, Sebring, Fla. He was preceded in death by a son, Bennie Rex Higbee in 1942, and a brother, Marcus Higbee.

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Margaret `Peggy Jo'


Margaret ``Peggy Jo'' Watson, 92, San Diego, Calif., formerly of Moline, died Monday, July 27, 1998, at Alvarado Hospital, San Diego.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Rock Island Memorial Park Chapel. There will be no visitation. Esterdahl Mortuary Ltd., Moline, is in charge of arrangements. The body was cremated. Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.

Margaret Gibson was born May 28, 1906, in Evansville, Ind., to Will and Jennie Martin Gibson. She married Wilbur Watson May 30, 1924, in Princeton, Ill. He died April 20, 1981.

She was a former long-time member of Moline Gospel Temple, a member of the Writer's Club, a member of the PTA in earlier years, she was named to the Who's Who Book of Poetry, one of her poems was published in 1961 by the Young Publishing Co. Various poems were published in the Blue Book of Best Poems of 1961.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Mabel Watson, San Diego; three stepgrandchildren; a sister, Dorothy Kint, Moline; three nieces; one nephew; and several great-nieces and a great-nephew.

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Marjorie Bradford

Marjorie L. Bradford, 81, Galesburg, died Monday, Sept. 7, 1998, at St. Mary Medical Center, Galesburg.

Services are 2 p.m. Friday at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Galesburg. Burial is in St. Joseph Cemetery, Galesburg. Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Watson Funeral Home, Galesburg, with a rosary to be recited at 8. Memorials to the church.

She was born Nov. 26, 1916, in Victoria, Ill., to James C. Godsil and Hilda Norburg-Nelson. She married Eugene L. Bradford Oct. 8, 1934, in Wyoming, Ill. He died June 5, 1985.

Survivors include sons, Ronald, Terry, Patrick, Michael, all of Galesburg, and Timothy, Starke, Fla.; daughters, Mary Lou Tracy and Judy Rogers, both of Galesburg, Joan Bent, Oneida, and Paula Mason, Arvada, Colo.; 28 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; a sister, Jessie Bainbridge, Geneseo; and a special friend, Dean Cree, Galesburg.

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Elizabeth `Sal' Croegaert

Elizabeth F. ``Sal'' Croegaert, 90, of Galva, died Monday, Sept. 7, 1998, at Kewanee Hospital.

Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Annawan. Burial will be in St. Anthony's Cemetery, Atkinson. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Homes, Annawan, with a parish rosary at 6 p.m. Memorials to Elizabeth ``Sal'' Croegaert Memorial Fund.

She was born April 26, 1908, in Annawan, the daughter of Evo and Amelia Dollander Cathelyn. She married Harry Croegaert Dec. 26, 1925. He died May 29, 1973.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Orville ``Red'' and Shirley Croegaert, Annawan; granddaughters, Linda Campbell, Moline, and Lisa DeSpain, Colona; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; a daughter; two sisters; and five brothers.

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John Jackson

John M. Jackson, 61, of Keithsburg, formerly of Viola, died Monday, Sept. 7, 1998, in Methodist Hospital, Rochester, Minn.

Graveside services are 11 a.m. Thursday at Greenmound Cemetery, Keithsburg. The Reverend Charles Reynolds will officiate. Visitation is from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at First Christian Church, Keithsburg. Memorials may be made to the Keithsburg Volunteer Fire Department. Reiser-Trimble Funeral Home, Aledo, is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Jackson was born Nov. 14, 1936, in Ottumwa, Iowa, the son of Earl and Helen (Shoopman) Jackson. He graduated from Ottumwa High School in 1955, and married Shirley Jaster on June 9, 1956, in Ottumwa. He was employed by International Harvester and Navistar-IH for 33 years, retiring in 1997. He also farmed in Viola for 19 years, and was manager of Kenny Shoe Stores for nine years. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves.

He attended First Christian Church, Keithsburg, and was a member of the Keithsburg Volunteer Fire Department. He enjoyed fishing, traveling, working with his hands, and doing things with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley; children and their spouses, Steve and Denise Jackson of New Windsor, Judi and Bill Brown of Keithsburg, Staci and Steve Graves of Davenport, Juli and Darrell Inman of Viola, and John Jackson of Keithsburg; seven grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; and a sister, Joan Andress of Missoula, Mont. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Jane Jackson.

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Charles Majeski

Charles M. Majeski, 95, of 307 Lafayettes St., Prophetstown, died Monday, Sept. 7, 1998, at the Skilled Care Unit of CGH Medical Center, Sterling.

Services are 11 a.m. Friday at First Lutheran Church, Prophetstown. Burial is in Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown. Visitation is 10 a.m. to service time at the church. Memorials to the church.

Gardner Funeral Home, Prophetstown, is in charge of arrangements.

He was born April 27, 1903, in Penrose, Ill., to Arthur A. and Elizabeth Kline Majeski. He married Jennie Lindgren April 18, 1929.

Surviving are his wife; granddaughters Deborah Combs, whom he raised, and Catherine (Mrs. Ralph) Parry, both of Prophetstown; five great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; sisters, Mary Manspeaker, Sterling, and Helen (Mrs. Clyde) Olsson, Prophetstown; and a brother, Donald Majeski, Prophetstown.

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Jacob Medema

Jacob Joe Medema, 15, of Prophetstown, died Monday, Sept. 8, 1998, at home from injuries due to an accident.

Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Loraine United Methodist Church, Prophetstown. Burial will be in Loraine Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the church. Memorials may be made to the Victoria's Christian Living. Gibson Funeral Home, Erie, is in charge of arrangements.

Jacob was born Feb. 5, 1983, in Sterling, the son of Joe G. and Kathleen Dittmar Medema. He was a sophomore at Prophetstown High School, where he was a member of the Student Council, the FFA. He was a member of the track team in junior high. He was a member of the Loraine United Methodist Church and the Youth Fellowship of the church. He enjoyed cars and working on them, motocycles, BMX racing and the demolition derby. He especially enjoyed bow hunting and farming.

Survivors include his parents; a sister, Amber and a brother, Joshua, both at home; grandparents, Clifford ``Sonny'' and Faith Dittmar, Milledgeville, Donna Medema, Morrison, and George Medema, Prophetstown; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

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Odell Sykes

A graveside service and burial for Odell Sykes, 72, Kewanee, will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Rock Island Arsenal Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at Rux Funeral Home, Kewanee. Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society.

Mr. Sykes died Thursday, Sept. 3, 1998, at the Kewanee Hospital Hospice Unit.

He was born Nov. 16, 1925, in Greenwood, Miss., the son of Lee Roy and Cora Anderson Sykes.

He worked as a janitor at the Kewanee Hotel for many years.

He was a WW II Marine Corps veteran, having served in the South Pacific.

Survivors include a niece, Bessie (Mrs. H.C.) Barley, Carrollton, Miss. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister.

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Warren Thurman

Warren R. Thurman, 78, Prairie City, Ill., died Monday, Sept. 7, 1998, at St. Mary's Medical Center, Galesburg.

Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at Prairie City Presbyterian Church. Burial is in Prairie City Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 tonight at Martin-Hollis Funeral Home, Bushnell, where friends may call after 2 p.m. Memorials may be made to Prairie City Fire Department, Avon Ambulance Service or the church.

Mr. Thurman was born Feb. 1, 1920, in London Mills, Ill., the son of Ora and Eugenia Ditmars Thurman. He married Mary Elizabeth Crowl on May 17, 1941, in Prairie City.

Survivors include his wife; sons, Leland and Larry Thurman, both of Bushnell; daughters, Mary Eccher, Orion, and Linda Keller, Coal Valley; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a brother, Harry Thurman, Bushnell; and a sister, Nellie Yard, Kewanee. He was preceded by a sister.

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Rai Ann Yerkey

Rai Ann Irene Yerkey, infant daughter of Eric M. and Alysha Pringle Wolford Yerkey, St. Augustine, Ill., died Sunday, Sept. 6, 1998, at St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria.

Graveside services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at New Windsor Cemetery, with Rev. Donna Medlock officiating.

There is no visitation. Peterson-Wallin-Knox Funeral Home, Alpha, is in charge of arrangements.

She was born Sept. 4, 1998, at St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria.

Survivors include her parents; brothers and sisters, Lacey and Randy Wolford, and Tyler Yerkey, all of St. Augustine; grandparents, Joyce and David Manthe, Galesburg, and Janet and David Pringle, Abingdon; great-grandparents, Howard and Blanche Yerkey, New Windsor; and aunts, uncles and cousins.

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Irene Hemmer

Memorial services for Irene E. Hemmer, 79, Davenport, are 2 p.m. Friday, at Linwood Cemetery, Dubuque.

Mrs. Hemmer died Friday, April 24, 1998, at Genesis Medical Center, West Campus, Davenport.

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Frank Lang

Frank E. Lang, 63, Bettendorf, died Monday, Sept. 7, 1998, at home following an extended illness.

Services are 10 a.m. Thursday at McGinnis, Chambers and Sass, Bettendorf. Burial is in Davenport Memorial Park. Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. today. Memorials to Hospice Care of the Visiting Nurses Association.

He was born Aug. 14, 1935.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara; daughters and sons-in-law, Cheryl and Ron Wohlwend, Bettendorf, JoAnn and Terry McDonnell, DeWitt, and Frankie Jo and Robbie Grant, St. Augustine, Fla.; five grandchildren; and a sister and brother-in-law, Lillian and Don Doughty, St. Augustine.

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Roy Scott Jr.

Services for Roy Scott Jr., 73, Davenport, are 11 a.m. Friday at Third Missionary Baptist. Burial is in National Cemetery, Arsenal Island.

Visitation is noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, with a wake service 6 to 8 p.m. at the church; 7 p.m. Masonic rites.

Arrangements by Orr's. He died Sept. 6, 1998, at Genesis-West.

Surviving are children, Booker, Seattle, Wash., Stephanie, Pasadena, Calif., Marva, Kimberly, Kenneth and Liburn, all of Davenport; siblings, Daisy Mayfield, Carole William, Eleanor Collins and Ollie Smith, all of Davenport, Donald Scott, Texas, Bonnie Wallace, Indiana; 15 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren.

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Flora Warfield

Flora F. Warfield, 95, Davenport, died Monday, Sept. 7, 1998, at Bettendorf Health Care.

Services are 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Runge Mortuary, Davenport. Burial is in Davenport Memorial Park. Visitation is 10 a.m. to service time. Memorials may be made to Calvary Bible Church of the Quad Cities.

Survivors include daughters, Shirley Letterman, Coal Valley, and Barbara Kehl, Davenport; a son and daughter-in-law, Virgil C. Jr. and Marilyn Warfield, Davenport; five grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary Viviani, Davenport; and brothers, Clel Cato, Mt. Vernon, Ill., and Paul Cato, Davenport.

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