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Posted: Saturday, April 26, 2008 8:06 pm | Updated: 4:21 pm, Tue Apr 22, 2014.

Richard McCarthy

Richard W. "Dick" McCarthy, 85, of Rock Island, died Saturday, April 26, 2008, at Trinity Pathway Hospice, Bettendorf.

Arrangements are pending at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Rock Island.

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Donald Greene

Donald K. Greene, 83, of Moline, died Thursday, April 24, 2008, at Trinity Medical Center, West Campus, Rock Island.

A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 29, at Wendt Funeral Home, Moline. Inurnment will be in Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline. Memorials may be made to Riverside Methodist Church.

Donald K. Greene was born on Jan. 1, 1925, in Galva, to Ernie and Mabel Stoneberg Greene. He married Bernice M. Ericson on June 28, 1946, in Moline. She survives.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, attached to Company B, 85th infantry, 10th Mountain Division, out of Camp Hale, Colo.

Donald was a truck driver for American Air Filter, retiring in 1985, after 39 years. He was a member of Riverside Methodist Church, Moline.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Michele (Peter) Capos, Portland, Texas, and Carol (Daniel) Wellmeler, San Antonio, Texas; two grandchildren, Melissa Belz and Michael Rundle; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Max Greene; son, Michael Keith; a grandson, Jason Rundle; and a granddaughter, Alisha Schmidt.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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Beverly Farren Metz

Beverly Ann Farren Metz, 80, of Morton, Ill., died Saturday, April 26, 2008, at Morton Villa Care Center.

Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 29, at Ludwig Mortuary, Morton, with the Rev. Tim Bertsche officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday and from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, both at the mortuary. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memory Gardens, Morton. Memorials may be made to Grace Church, 1325 E. Jefferson St., Morton, IL 61550.

She was born Feb. 4, 1928, in Rock Island to Loren C. and Anna L. Larson Farren. She married Clifford W. Metz on Nov. 5, 1945, in Rock Island.

She was a member of Grace Church in Morton, where she formerly taught Sunday school. She also was a member of the Beagle Club and Kennel Lake Sportsman's Club, both in Morton.

Surviving are her husband, Morton; one daughter, Patricia (Thomas) Olmstead, Morton; two grandchildren, Thomas Olmstead, Washington, Ill., and Rikki Olmstead, Morton; two great-grandsons, Troy Olmstead, Washington, and Michael Kahne, Morton; two sisters, Ethel Dunblazer, East Moline and Carolyne (Don) Franklin, Moline; and two brothers, Ron (Bonnie) Farren, Davenport, and Earl Farren, Moline. She was preceded in death by one grandchild; two brothers and two sisters.

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James Smead Jr.

Funeral services for James E. Smead Jr., 62, Moline, are 10 a.m. Tuesday at First Lutheran Church, Moline, where he was a member. Burial is in Moline Memorial Park Cemetery, where East Moline American Legion Post 227 will conduct military honors. Visitation is 3 to 7 p.m. Monday at Van Hoe Funeral Home, East Moline. A memorial fund has been established.

Jim died Friday, April 25, 2008, at Genesis Medical Center-Illini Campus, Silvis.

He was born Sept. 24, 1945, in Moline, the son of James E. Sr. and Pearl Peterson Smead. Jim graduated from Moline High School Class of 1963. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era. He married Dorothy Smith on Oct. 25, 1969, at First Lutheran Church.

Mr. Smead worked maintenance for John Deere, starting at the Mallable and retiring from the Foundry after 30-plus years.

Jim was a die-hard Moline Maroon and Chicago Cubs fan. He was a member of the First Lutheran Churchmen, Moline Viking's Club, and UAW local 81. Hunting, fishing, bowling and recently golf helped to fill Jim's spare time, but he truly enjoyed traveling with his wife of 38 1/2 years, Dorothy.

Survivors include his wife; daughter and son-in-law Kelly and John Carothers, Rock Island; his son Mark Smead, Moline; grandchildren and spouses, Chelsea Herrera, Alison Carothers, John (Noelle) Carothers Jr., Michelle (Ben) McAfee and Nicole (Trevor) Lindsey; six great-grandchildren; his mother, Pearl Smead, Moline; sisters and brother-in-law, Pat and Kenny Reveal, Rapids City, and Marie Weber, Cambridge; and a brother, Percy Smead, Moline.

His father and an infant daughter, Kathy Jo, preceded him in death.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

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Lewis Pittman

Lewis "Lew" Pittman, 75, of East Moline, passed away Friday, April 25, 2008, at his home, following a battle with cancer.

Visitation will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at Sullivan-Phillips Mortuary, East Moline, followed by a memorial service from 7:30 to 8 p.m. The funeral will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, May 3, in Lewis' hometown of Marianna, Fla., with visitation starting at 10 a.m., at Mt. Ararat A.M.E. Church, Marianna. Burial will be in Marianna. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to the "Lewis Pittman Memorial Scholarship," a fund set up at Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Lewis was born Jan. 11, 1933, in Marianna, the son of the Rev. Isaac and Mazula Pittman. His father was an African Methodist Episcopal minister. Lew married Loretta T. Moore on May 23, 1958, while they attended Tennessee State University in Nashville, where Lewis earned his engineering degree in 1960.

He and Loretta moved to East Moline in 1960 when Lewis began working as an engineer at the Rock Island Arsenal, retiring in 1988. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1956.

He was affiliated with all the local A.M.E. churches: Gaines Chapel, East Moline, Bethel, Davenport, and the former Wayman in Rock Island, and St. Paul in Moline. He was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and volunteered in many capacities throughout the community.

Lewis had an extraordinary ability to build things. He built several houses in the Quad-Cities and Marianna and bought and fixed up many more. He owned and operated Lewis Park Apartments, a complex he built in East Moline. He enjoyed helping others in any way he could.

He is survived by his wife, Loretta; children, Sonya M. (Handy) Pittman-Mathis, McDonough, Ga., Cheryl G. (Winston) Phillips, Houston, Texas, Louis B. (Alfreda) Pittman, Houston; sisters, Mazrine (Sidney) Blount, Marianna, Gwendolyn Godwin, Mt. Holly, N.J. He is survived by seven grandchildren who were his pride and joy. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Arnett, Samuel and Warren.

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Newton Sainer

Funeral Services for Newton H. Sainer, 89, of Silvis, will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Colona. Entombment will be in Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline. Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at Van Hoe Funeral Home, East Moline, where a liturgy service will be held at 5:45 p.m. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Fund or to St. Patrick's Catholic Church.

Mr. Sainer died Saturday, April 26, 2008, at Genesis Medical Center, Illini Campus, Silvis.

Newton was born Dec. 8, 1918, in Freemont, Iowa, the son of Henry and Fannie Carter Sainer. He married Lillian E. Walz May 11, 1942, at St. Anne Catholic Church, East Moline. She died Oct. 22, 2006.

He owned and operated Newt's Garage, Silvis, for 30 years, retiring in 1978. Newt was very mechanically inclined, always inventing and building things. He enjoyed going on the casino boats and fishing.

Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Rosemary and Gary Reynolds, Silvis, Dorothy and Gilbert Kuehl, Silvis; son and daughter-in-law, William and Donna Sainer, Rapids City; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, three half-sisters, and one half-brother.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

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Wayne Blick

Wayne J. Blick, 92, Milan, died April 25, 2008, in Rock Island.

Services are 2:30 p.m. Monday at Runge, Davenport, with visitation 1:30 p.m. to services. Burial is in Davenport Memorial Park.

He was born on May 18, 1915, in New Windsor, to Oscar and Dora Johnson Blick. He married Jeannette Fisher Oct. 12, 1968, in Moline.

Surviving are his wife; son, William; stepchildren, Thomas Fisher and Theresa Rabe; two grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.

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Florence Curry

Florence M. Curry, 93, a resident of the Mercer County Nursing Home, Aledo, formerly of Taylor Ridge, died Thursday, April 24, 2008, at the home, where she resided for the past 4 1/2 years.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Andalusia. The Rev. Richard Barclift will be celebrant. Burial is in Calvary Cemetery, Rock Island. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Monday at the Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Milan, where a rosary and Christian wake service will be at 7 p.m. Additional visitation is an hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be made to St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Andalusia, St. Catherine's Catholic Church, Aledo, or to the Mercer County Nursing Home, Aledo.

The former Florence Mohr was born July 15, 1914, in Davenport, the daughter of William and Emma Gehrig Mohr. Mrs. Curry graduated from St. Joseph's High School, Rock Island. After high school graduation, she and her mother owned and operated the Court House Grocery in Rock Island for five years.

Florence married Harold Curry on April 25, 1936, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Rock Island. The couple farmed in the Milan and Taylor Ridge areas. Mrs. Curry served as a deputy in the Rock Island County Recorder of Deeds Office and retired after 14 years of service.

She was an active member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Andalusia, and St. Patrick's Altar Society. Florence was a member of the Red Hat Society at the Mercer County Nursing Home. She enjoyed gardening, raising flowers and baking cookies. Mrs. Curry's love for baking cookies for her great-grandchildren earned her the affectionate nickname of "Grandma Cookie."

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, William and Patricia Curry, Milan, and Richard and Bonnie Curry, Reynolds; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Curry was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 61 years, Harold.

Online condolences may be left at

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Ethel Mae Hamrick

In loving memory of Ethel Mae Hamrick (Aug. 4, 1936 - April 25, 2008) of Liberty, Mo., who has gone on to be with our Father in Heaven at the age of 71.

Mae will be interred with her husband, Delbert, at National Cemetery, Arsenal Island, where her brother and sister-in-law Cager and Maxine Collins are interred, also. Services will be at 1 p.m. April 30, at the grave site, Rock Island. Arrangements are by Park Lawn Funeral Home, Kansas City, Mo. (816) 523-1234.

The daughter of the late John S. and Melissa Wilson Collins, Mrs. Hamrick was born on Aug. 4, 1936, in Grand River, Decatur County, Iowa.

Mrs. Hamrick also known as Mae to those who knew her, was mother of 11 children and two stepchildren, grandmother of 44 children, and great-grandmother to 41 children. When the in-laws of the grandchildren are added, they number close to a hundred grandchildren and the great-grandchildren are numbering close to 50. Mae made sure that when people asked her how many grandchildren she had, she always identified about a 100 because, to Mae, the spouses who marry her grandchildren become her grandchildren, too.

Mae, the youngest of nine siblings, was born on a farm in Grand River, Iowa along with her brothers and sisters. When she was about six months old, her family moved to Illinois for work, due to the depression. After living in various places, her parents settled in Geneseo, where Mae went to school and grew to womanhood. Originally married in Geneseo to Howard Jeffrey on Christmas day of 1952, Mae was later divorced, and married Delbert Hamrick in Geneseo on Sept 6, 1960.

Mae's living relatives number well over 500 when the nieces, nephews and in-laws are all added together. They are all scattered across this great country she so dearly loved.

Surviving Mrs. Hamrick are her children, Linda Collins, Caroll, Iowa, Mark and Patricia Butikofer, James Hamrick, Delberta Billings, all of Springfield, Mo., Howard Jeffrey Jr., Kansas City, Mo., Robert and Suzie Jeffrey, Pensacola, Fla., (Fussa-Tokyo, Japan) Ellen Hamrick, Piggot, Ark., Donna Fuller, Chillicothe, Mo., Mark and Tammy Moss, Colona, and Loren and Mary Hamrick, Broken Arrow, Okla. Also surviving Mae are her sisters Mary Blau, Sheffield, Iowa, Sarah Jacquet, Toluca, Ill.; and her brother, John W. Collins, Wichita, Kan. Mae was preceded in death by: her husband of 35 years Delbert Hamrick, her daughter Betty Jeffrey, three grandchildren, two great grandchildren, two sisters, three brothers, and her parents.

One of Mae's last prayers to our Father in Heaven was: "Lord I am not afraid. Thank you for blessing me with such a wonderful family, and I pray they come to know you as I have, and please help them to understand your will, and please help them to forgive me of my trespasses as I have forgiven them. Amen."

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Kenneth McCormick

Kenneth McCormick, 61, of Boynton Beach, Fla. died Wednesday, April 23, 2008, at Bethesda Memorial Hospital in Boynton Beach, Fla.

Services are 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Tampico. Burial is in St. Mary's Cemetery, Tampico. Private visitation is Tuesday at Garland, Tampico.

He was born March 17, 1947, in Chicago, son of Frances J. and Helen Kravchuk McCormick. He received his bachelors degree at DePaul University and his masters degree at Roosevelt University Chicago. He was employed by Cash America in Lake Worth, Fla.

Surviving are brothers, William, Papillion, Neb., and James, Sterling; sister, Pat (Larry) Winn, Wadsworth, Ill.; nieces and nephews.

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Helen Titus

Helen D. Titus, 91, of Port Byron, formerly of Grayslake, Ill., died peacefully at her home surrounded by her family and friends on Saturday, April 26, 2008.

Visitation will be 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday at St. John's Catholic Church, Rapids City, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. Graveside services will be at noon Tuesday at St. Mary's Cemetery, Fremont Center, Ill. Arrangements are by Gibson Funeral Home, Port Byron.

The former Helen Dolores Miller was born Feb. 11, 1917, in Chicago, the daughter of Barney and Molly Kagebien Miller. She married George Andrew Titus on Sept. 30, 1936, in Chicago. He died in 1985.

Mrs. Titus had been a homemaker and assisted her husband with farming. She had also been employed at Gefco in Grayslake, Ill. She was a member of St. John's Catholic Church, Rapids City, and was a former member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church, Fremont Center. She enjoyed ballroom dancing, gardening, dining out, reading and traveling.

Those left to honor her memory are daughters and sons-in-law, Joan and Larry Atherton, Thomson, Ill., Georgene Willemarck, Wisconsin Dells, Wis., and Linda and Richard Klyman, East Moline; sons and daughters-in-law, James Titus, New Glarus, Wis., Larry and Jacquie Titus, Jefferson, Wis., and Albert and Linda Titus, Gages Lake, Ill.; 19 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; a grandson, Rusty Willemarck; a daughter-in-law, Myrna Titus; a son-in-law, James Willemarck; and sisters, Bernadine Daniels and Jeannette Titus.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

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Marta Aleksiejczyk

Marta Aleksiejczyk, 79, of Davenport, died on Saturday, April 26, 2008, at Genesis Medical Center, West Campus, Davenport, following an extended illness. Arrangements are pending at the Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home,

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Thomas Cozad

Thomas Michael Cozad, 74, a resident of Davenport passed away Saturday, April 26, 2008, at Genesis Medical Center West Campus, after an extended illness.

Funeral services and a Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 30, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Davenport. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Davenport. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport. You are invited to join the family at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home for a Notre Dame Club Rosary. Memorials may be made to Assumption High School, St. Anthony's Church, or the University of Notre Dame Scholarship Fund.

Mr. Cozad was born to Harry and Eleanor Healy Cozad on Oct. 20, 1933, in Rock Island. He was a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind., and continued to support and follow the Fighting Irish.

He had also served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Mr. Cozad married Jo Beth Whimpy in 1954 and was later united in marriage to Mary Adele McCarthy from 1968 until her death in 1997.

Thomas was a lifelong resident of the Quad-Cities and was cherished by his many friends. He was an avid golfer and a longtime member of the Rock Island Arsenal Golf Club.

He greatly enjoyed his work with the Distribution Management Center at the Rock Island Arsenal, retiring just recently. Mr. Cozad had also been employed by Deere and Company for many years.

Thomas was deeply loved by his family. He is survived by daughters, Aimee Cozad (John) Ruhl, Davenport, Lisa Schneider, Ft. Collins, Colorado, Susan (Dan) Zude, Davenport, Christy Cozad (Robert) Berry, Dallas, Texas, and Cynthia Cozad Shafer, Winnetka, Ill.; sons, Thomas Michael Cozad Jr., Seattle, Wash., John Schneider, Davenport, and Bryan Cozad, West Palm Beach, Fla.; and nine grandchildren. He is also survived by his loving companion, Diane Fowler, Geneseo, who gave him great joy and comfort in the final years of his life; as well as by brothers, Bernard Cozad, Coal Valley, and Jack Manglesdorf, Bettendorf; and a sister, Eleanor Hunter, East Moline.

Thomas was preceded in death by his wife, Mary McCarthy Cozad; two brothers; a sister; and sons, Patrick Schneider and David Schneider.

Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Mr. Cozad's obituary at

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Miriam Foley

Sister Miriam Therese Foley, 94, died Saturday, April 26, 2008 at the Bishop Drum Care Center, Johnston, Iowa.

Arrangements are pending at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport.

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Claudienne Sales

Claudienne V. Sales, 71, of Bettendorf, died Friday, April 25, 2008, at home.

Burial will be in Oakdale Memorial Gardens, Davenport. Per her request, there will be no visitation or services. Arrangements are by Runge, Davenport.

She was born Oct. 24, 1936. She married Donald M. Sales Sr. in 1952. He died in 1987.

Surviving are children, Donald M. Jr. and Debra L. Moeller, both of Bettendorf, and Roxanne Parks; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; siblings, Garnett Wies, Blanche Rauch and Forest.

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Gerald Schaefer

Gerald "Jerry" Schaefer, 62, Davenport, died April 26, 2008, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf.

Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Davenport. Burial is in Davenport Memorial Park. Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Monday at Weerts, Davenport.

Surviving are his wife, JoAnn; children, Christina Morris, Madison, Conn., and Andrew, St. Paul, Minn.; four grandchildren; mother, Grace Schaefer, Davenport; sister, Judy Smith, Davenport; brother, David, Long Grove.

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