Dean Humphrey

BLUE GRASS — Dean Humphrey, of Blue Grass, passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach, Mo. Funeral services will be noon Wednesday, May 4, 2016, in the Runge Mortuary Chapel. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Tuesday at the mortuary. Burial will be in Blue Grass Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rungemortuary.com.

Dean was born Nov. 16, 1946, to Izetta and Carey Humphrey in Kirksville, Mo., and later moved to Aledo, Ill. After graduating from high school, he served in the military in Vietnam. He married Terry Garrett of Muscatine on May 24, 1970, and moved to Blue Grass in January 1971. They were blessed with a son, Perry, in 1974.

Dean worked in the Aftermarket Auto Parts industry from 1968 to 2016. He started working for Sieg Auto Parts at the age of 16. He work for Reliable Auto Part, All Pro, Car Quest, Foreign Car Parts and Napa. Dean retired in February of 2016.

He was an avid car enthusiast of all types, but his choice was drag racing. He built and raced a Chevelle, Camero, Nova, Corvette and a street roadster. He also spent 20 years helping his son and grandchildren run drag cars.

Dean lived in Blue Grass from 1971-2016, where they raised his son and became a beloved member of the community, as the “go to guy” for auto parts or general “bench racing.”

He loved spending time at the Lake of the Ozarks and considered it his home away from home. Dean and Terry purchased a house there in 1988 and spent time boating skiing and swimming with family and friends. Dean was never shy to share his love for the lake and family and friends were always welcomed.

Dean had a love for life, whether dancing on a table, behind a wheel of a race car, skiing at the lake, selling car parts or just having a beer planning the next step. He was smiling and having fun.

Survivors include his wife, Terry; son, Perry; three grandchildren; sisters, Arlene Muriel and Ginger Humphrey, and many friends that are like family.

Carl A. Grandinetti

DAVENPORT — Carl A. Grandinetti, 78, of Davenport passed away at his home. Private burial will be at Rock Island National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the NRA. Online condolences may be made at www.rungemortuary.com.

Lester Behrens

BETTENDORF — Lester Behrens, 89, of Bettendorf, passed away on Saturday, April 30, 2016, at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Home. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Walcott (Iowa) Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Legion Post 353 of Dixon, Iowa.

Lester was born Dec. 15, 1926, in Davenport, the son of Henry and Margaretha Behrens. He was united in marriage to Dorothy A. Ziegler on May 21, 1949, in Davenport. She preceded him in death on June 17, 2012.

Lester served in the United States Army during World War II. Following his service, he entered into farming. He was a 60-year member of the American Legion Post 353 of Dixon and co-owned Iowa/Illinois Tire Service for 42 years. He had hunted and fished in earlier years and enjoyed gardening and dancing to country music with his companion, Donna.

Those left to honor Lester’s memory include his sons, Bob Behrens, and his companion, Sandra Roehlk of Walcott, Bill (Debbie) Behrens of Davenport and Dennis (Kathy) Behrens of Floyd, Iowa; seven grandchildren, Shelley Behrens, Sharon Todd, Timothy Behrens, Samantha Ridenour, Garry Behrens, Matthew Behrens and Stryder Behrens; 11 great-grandchildren, Lauren, Arianna, Andrew, William, Nyle, Nathan, Malesha, Ryan, Christian, Peyton and Elizabeth; one great-great grandson, Marcus; his brothers, Rollo Behrens of Davenport and Wendlyn Behrens of Milan; and a special friend, Donna Crowe of Bettendorf.

In addition to his wife, Dorothy, Lester was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Garry; and his brothers and sisters, Leona, Katherine, Erma, Elfreda, Donald, Walter and Norman.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Lester’s obituary at www.McGinnis-Chambers.com.

Thelma Barnes

OMAHA, Neb. — Graveside services for Thelma Barnes, 93, of Omaha, formerly of Silvis, will be 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Rock Island National Cemetery. Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. Tuesday at the Van Hoe Funeral Home Ltd., East Moline. Anyone wishing to attend the graveside service should be at the funeral home by 11 a.m. Mrs. Barnes died Saturday, April 30, 2016, at New Cassel Retirement Center, Omaha.

Thelma Asher was born Aug. 14, 1922, in Albia, Iowa, the daughter of James and Jennie Wilson Asher. She married Dale Barnes on May 29, 1954, in Albia. He died Nov. 21, 1994. She was a graduate of Marycrest College, Davenport. She had worked at the former East Moline State Hospital and The Arc of the Quad-Cities. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church, Moline, and the Eastern Star. She enjoyed music, especially opera, and shopping. Her life revolved around her granddaughters.

Survivors include her daughter, Elizabeth (Michael) Dyer, Elkhorn, Neb; granddaughters, Danielle, Emily, and Sarah Dyer; sister-in-law, Elsie Asher, Albia; nieces, Deb Wiedenhoeft, Carolyn Barnes, Donna Wood, Marla Zbornik, and Jo Ann Thompson; and dear friend, Judy Lambert.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister, Ruth Johnson; brothers, Donald Asher and James Asher Jr.

Memorials may be made to the Sisters of Humility, Davenport, Disabled American Veterans, or an Animal Shelter of your choice.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.vanhoe.com.

Betty J. Kertai

BETTENDORF — Betty J. Kertai, 85, of Bettendorf, passed away on Saturday, April 29, 2016, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf. Services will be 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2136 Brady St., Davenport. The family will greet friends from 3 p.m. until the time of service at the church. Burial will be held at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park, South Bend, Ind. Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church or Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Betty was born in 1930 to Joseph and Chloa Nicodemus in South Bend. She worked as a bookkeeper for the Michiana Regional Airport Authority.

Betty was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport Noon Optimist Club, Women of the Moose, and the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. She enjoyed fishing, gardening, canning, flowers, bird watching, time at the cabin, but especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by sons, Howard (JoEllen) Bunch of Bettendorf, Kevin (Debra) Bunch of LeClaire, Larry Bunch of Bellevue, Iowa, and Jerry (Jeanie) Bunch of Riverdale; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson, Jeremy Bunch; two brothers; and one sister.

Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the Kertai family by visiting this obituary at www.WeertsFH.com.

Phyllis L. Baker

LONE TREE, Iowa — Phyllis L. Baker, 92, of Lone Tree, passed away Thursday, April 28, 2016, at the Lone Tree Health Care Center.

Memorial services will be 3 p.m., Thursday, May 5, at the United Presbyterian Church in Lone Tree, where a visitation will precede the service from 1:30-3 p.m. Inurnment will follow at the Lone Tree Cemetery. Memorials in Phyllis’ memory may be direct to St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Iowa City. Online condolences may be shared with her family at www.gayandciha.com.

Phyllis Lucille James was born June 9, 1923, in Muscatine, daughter of Aaron and Rachel (Darr) James. She graduated from Muscatine High School in 1940. On Jan. 18, 1942, she was united in marriage to Harry L. Baker in Muscatine. Together, they farmed and raised their family near Lone Tree. Phyllis enjoyed her flower gardens, reading a good book and listening to music. She always had a soft spot for chocolate and, of course, Hawkeyes football! She and Harry lived on their farm until moving to Iowa City in 1991 and later would return to Lone Tree in 2008.

Phyllis was a member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Iowa City as well as the Federated Women’s Club.

Her family includes her children, Andrea Brenneman (Raymond) and Lowell Baker (Helen) of Lone Tree, Debra Barkey of Hurst, Texas, and James Baker of North Liberty, Iowa; six grandchildren, Karleen Knock (Jeff), Phillip Brenneman, Lucas Baker (Jennifer), Rachel Smithmier (Eric), Jill Barkey and Kate Tolmachoff (Michael); nine great-grandchildren, Avery, Alyssa and Adam Knock, Harry Brenneman, Dustyn and Max Baker and Ella Rose, Tyler and Jack Smithmier; and her sister, Leola Askam of Muscatine.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Harry, in 2009.

Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service is caring for Phyllis’ family and her services.

Virgil D. Wheeler

MUSCATINE— Virgil D. Wheeler, 95, of Muscatine, passed away Friday, Apr. 29, 2016, at All American Care.

Services will be 1 p.m. Wed, May 4, at First Assembly of God Church. Nichols Life Tribute Funeral and Cremation Services is caring for Virgil’s family and arrangements.

Burial will be in Muscatine Memorial Park. A time of food and fellowship will follow at the church.

Visitation will be 6-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, at the church.

Memorials may be made to the Virgil Wheeler Memorial Fund in care of Brandon Wheeler. Online condolences may be left for Virgil’s family at www.lifetributeservices.com.

Virgil was born Feb. 19, 1921, in Wapello, Iowa, the son of George and Vinnie Reddick Wheeler. He married Nathalee Peck on Aug. 26, 1945, in Muscatine.

He was a World War II veteran of the US Army. He worked as a janitor for the Batesville, Arkansas School District until his retirement.

Those left to honor his memory include his grandson, Brandon Wheeler of Muscatine; and daughter-in-law, Cyndi Wheeler of Muscatine.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Nathalee in 2003, son, Verlyn in 2007, three sisters, and one half-brother.

Frances V. McGlothlen

MUSCATINE — Frances V. McGlothlen, 93, of Muscatine, passed away on Friday, April 29, 2016, at Lutheran Living. Funeral services will be Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at 11 a.m., at the Geo. M. Wittich-Lewis Home for Funeral and Cremation Services. Burial will be in Muscatine Memorial Park Cemetery. Following the interment, a time of food and fellowship will be held at the Geo. M. Wittich-Lewis Community Room. Visitation will be Wednesday, May 4, 2016, from 9:30-11 a.m., at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to Iowa City Hospice in memory of Frances. Sympathy notes may be left for the family at www.lewisfuneralhomes.com.

Frances Virginia Ragan was born on July 29, 1922, in Mercer, Mo., the daughter of Francis and Ruth (McIntosh) Ragan. She was a 1940 graduate of Muscatine High School. On Aug. 31, 1946, she was united in marriage to Ross Lincoln McGlothlen in Davenport. Frances was a part of Civil Air Patrol, she taught Sunday school at Park Avenue Methodist Church. She enjoyed dancing, flying airplanes, riding motorcycles and spending time with her family.

Frances will be deeply missed by her three children, Jeanie Shelangoski, Michael (Kathy) McGlothlen, and Jane Longhurst all of Muscatine; six grandchildren, Michael McGlothlen, Jenny (Rob) Carver, Sarah (Jonathan) Marchand, Emily (Pete) McCommons, Jessica (Seth) Longhurst-Johnson, and Jasper Longhurst; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Frances was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son-in-law, Martin Shelangoski; sisters, Lucille Mucha and Ruby Janes.

James Josetti

EAST MOLINE — James O. Josetti was born July 22, 1951, in Chicago to Oscar and Anne (née Lally) Josetti. He died Thursday, April 28, 2016, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago surrounded by his family.

James served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. He worked as an electrician for John Deere in Moline. Jim was a member of AWANA and very active in the Christian community. Jim enjoyed fishing, miniature golfing and hiking. Jim loved to spend time with his family, especially his grandchildren, and was loved by all.

James is survived by his children, Elise (Patrick) O'Hare, Peter (Tess Rodriguez) Josetti, Adrienne (Kenneth) Delahunt, Craig Josetti, Crystal (Jay) Thomas and James O. Josetti Jr.; mother, Anne P. Josetti; grandchildren, Courtney Josetti, Hayden Thomas, Chanel Thomas and Everett Delahunt; siblings, Kathleen (Michael) Quinlan and Titus E. Josetti; and many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews; and aunts, Catherine Lally and Beatrice Swanson.

He was preceded in death by his father, Oscar F. Josetti.

Visitation will be 3-9 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at Glueckert Funeral Home, Ltd., 1520 N. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, lll. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at the funeral home. Interment will take place at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines, Ill.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to AWANA. A donation link can be found at awana.org. Funeral Information and condolences can be given at www.GlueckertFH.com or 847-253-0168.

Jennifer J. Barnes Stanger

WAUSAU, Wis. — Jennifer J. Barnes Stanger, 41, of Wausau, formerly of Clinton, died Monday April 25, 2016, at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, Wis. Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday May 4, at the Pape Funeral Home, 2308 Pershing Blvd., Clinton.

Jenny Jean Barnes was born on Nov. 11, 1974, in Clinton, the daughter of Gary and Marilyn (Mickey) Frederick Barnes. She attended the Clinton schools, graduating from Clinton High School in 1993. Jenny married Shane Stanger in 2005 and moved to Wisconsin to manage a resort on Pickerel Lake for six years. After her divorce, she moved to Wausau and began her brave, long battle with leukemia. Through her health struggles, she was always upbeat and smiling. She truly enjoyed living in her little house with her two pet huskies. Jenny had a keen wit, was an avid reader and loved sitting outside by the fire pit visiting with her great neighbors and family.

Those left to cherish her memory include her parents; her brother, Chad and his wife Rhoni Jo; her niece, Gabriella; her nephew, Grant; maternal grandmother, Ramona Frederick; paternal, grandmother LaVonne Barnes; aunts, uncles and several cousins and her special pets, Mischief and Chaos. She was preceded in death by both her grandfathers, Harry E. Barnes and John A. Frederick. Jen was so thankful to all those that expressed such concern and care for her during her difficult health journey …especially her brother, Chad, for being her stem cell donor.

In lieu of flowers, in appreciation the family will use compassionate discretion with any cards and monetary gifts. Online condolences may be left at www.papefh.com.

Marjorie Overett

WASHINGTON, Iowa — Marjorie Overett, 95, passed away peacefully Friday, April 29, 2016, at the United Presbyterian Home in Washington. Marjorie was born in Keokuk County, Iowa, to Mr. and Mrs. A.M. Kramer. She attended Iowa State Teacher’s College and earned her degree from Marycrest College. Marge began her teaching career in Kalona, Iowa, and then went to the Davenport school system. She married Thomas S. Overett in Davenport in 1946. They moved to Bettendorf, where they raised their two sons while Marjorie continued teaching at elementary schools in Bettendorf. In 1985, Marjorie retired from her long and rewarding career in education. She and Tom moved to Washington several years later, but they maintained their many friendships in the Quad-Cities as their circle of friends continued to grow at the United Presbyterian Home.

Marjorie is survived by her son, Dr. Thomas (Laura) Overett of Carmel, Calif.; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Her husband, Tom, passed away in 1998. Her younger son, William, passed in 2009.

Marjorie is remembered as an outstanding and caring teacher, a supportive matriarch with a lively sense of humor, and a friend to all who knew her. She considered herself fortunate to have the excellent care and loving friendships at the United Presbyterian Home in Washington.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, at Weerts Funeral Home, Kimberly and Jersey Ridge Road in Davenport. The family will greet friends from noon until the time of service. Burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church in Davenport or United Presbyterian Home in Washington.

Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the Overett family by visiting this obituary at www.WeertsFH.com.

Ella “Renne” Zimmerman

MILAN — Ella L. “Renne” Zimmerman, 89, of Milan, formerly of New Boston and Aledo, Ill., died Friday, April 29, 2016, at the Avonlea Cottages in Milan. Services are 2 p.m. Monday, May 2, 2016, at the Fippinger Funeral Home in Aledo. Burial is in the Peniel Cemetery, rural Joy, Ill. Visitation is one hour prior to services at Fippinger’s, where memorials may be left to the Avonlea Cottages in Milan. Online condolences can be made at www.fippingerfuneralhome.com.

Ella was born Sept. 17, 1926, in Rock Island County to George and Julia Bailey Middagh. She graduated from Muscatine High School. She married Don R. McGinnis in 1947 and later married Fred LaVerne Zimmerman on April 26, 1984, in Joy, Ill. He died Oct. 12, 2003.

Renne was employed at the Grain Processing Corporation in Muscatine for 20 years, retiring in 1986.

Her memberships include the Joy United Methodist Church, and she enjoyed wintering in Arizona, dancing, playing shuffleboard, knitting, crocheting and being with her family and grandchildren.

Survivors include a daughter, Diane (Gary) Peterson, Milan; one son, Thomas McGinnis, Illinois City; stepdaughters, Karen (Donnie) Russell, New Boston, Kathy (Greg) Welch, Keithsburg, Ill., Jan Vipond, East Moline; stepson, Ronald Zimmerman, New Boston; five grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 12 stepgrandchildren; several stepgreat-grandchildren; a sister, Ramona Richter; and a brother, George Middagh, both of Muscatine; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents; husband, Fred; one great-grandchild; two sisters; and a brother preceded her in death.

Duane D. “Palsy” Rakestraw

MINERAL, Ill. — Duane D. “Palsy” Rakestraw, 81, of Mineral, passed away Saturday, April 30, 2016, at his home, surrounded by his family. A funeral service celebrating his life will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Atkinson, Ill. The Rev. Terry Lancaster will officiate. Burial will follow at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Kewanee, Ill., where military honors will be accorded by the Mineral American Legion. Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Annawan/Alba Fire Department or the Quad-Cities Honor Flight.

Duane was born on Jan. 2, 1935, in Mineral, the son of Darell and Hazel (Gradert) Rakestraw. He graduated from Mineral High School in 1952 and later was inducted into the Bureau County Sports Hall of Fame. He was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Shirley Sierens, on Sept. 25, 1954, in Kewanee. He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1954-1957 and was stationed in Twentynine Palms, Calif. Palsy had been an Illinois State Trooper for 30 years, retiring in 1985. He also farmed his entire life on the Rakestraw Centennial Family Farm in rural Mineral for many years.

Palsy belonged to the Mineral Bolders Club, Annawan Boosters Club, Mineral Boosters Club, Fraternal Order of Police, and several golf leagues at Hidden Lake Country Club. He lived in Mineral his entire life and was a huge supporter of the schools. He enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren in various school sports and activities. He enjoyed golfing, Rolle Bolle, and spending time with his children and grandchildren. Palsy had won the Illinois State Rolle Bolle title. He enjoyed his daily breakfast with friend, Ron Childs, at the Purple Onion. He always needed to be the first one at the restaurant.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley; children, Deb Rakestraw of Naperville, Ill., Duane (Linda) Rakestraw of Geneseo, Ill., Denise Howell of Geneseo, Dave (Kathy) Rakestraw of Annawan, Darrell (Regina) Rakestraw of Mineral; grandchildren, Ryan Howell, Mandy (Brandon) Heller, Kerry (Shea) Jones, Ty (Melissa) Rakestraw, Dylan Rakestraw, Kelsey Rakestraw, Heath Rakestraw, Logan Rakestraw, Elizabeth Rakestraw; stepgrandchildren: Raquel Frankenreider, Shannon Frankenreider; great-grandchildren; Maddison Rakestraw, Kennedy Rakestraw, Knox Rakestraw; stepgreat grandchildren, Peyton Frankenreider, Baylor Frankenreider, Charlie Frankenreider; and sister, Joyce Geiger of Geneseo.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Daniel; a granddaughter, Jamey Howell; son-in-law, James Howell; and in-laws, Alphonse and Helen Sierens.

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Robert Walljasper

ANKENY, Iowa — Robert Bernard Walljasper, 82, of Ankeny, formerly of Bettendorf, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at Methodist Hospital in Des Moines.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, April 25, at Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Ankeny, followed by burial at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Adel, Iowa.

Joan Helms

DAVENPORT — Funeral services and a Mass of Christian Burial for Joan T. Helms, 87, a resident of Davenport, will be 10 a.m. Friday, May 6, 2016, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 417 N. Main St., Davenport. Burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park. The family will greet friends Thursday, May 5, 2016, from 4 until 7 p.m. with a prayer service at 4:30 p.m. at the Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, 614 N. Main St., downtown Davenport.

Joan died peacefully surrounded by her family Monday, April 25, 2016. She passed at Crest Health Care, Davenport.

Joan Thera Helms was born to Paul “Jack” and Margaret (Holley) Johnson on July 6, 1928, in South Bend, Ind. The family then moved to Davenport, Iowa.

She graduated from Immaculate Conception Academy and received the McInery Award for English. In 1946, she served on the St. Ambrose Academy Homecoming Court. She then attended St. Mary’s of Notre Dame, but returned home upon her father’s passing to assist her mother in raising her younger siblings, Bob and Patty, and attended Marycrest College.

In 1949, she married Tom Helms and spent 62 years raising three sons and helping Tom build a successful business. With Tom working the many hours required, Mom never felt the need to tell the boys “wait till your father gets home.” When discipline or justice was required, she was fully capable of that without any help. She was always about family and extended family, helping to plan and execute many family reunions and several generations of siblings, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Joan served on the Catholic service board for 27 years, the Mercy Hospital Auxiliary for eight years and spent many years as a volunteer at Cinderella Cellar.

She and Tom were members of Crow Valley Country Club and enjoyed many rounds of golf, tennis activities and served on many committees. She and Tom always attended many social activities involving dancing; she loved to dance and took pride in being a good dancer. Her love of golf, tennis and dance was carried on for several decades as she and Tom enjoyed their winter home in Naples, Fla. When there, she was always a gracious hostess to many, but most of all, she cherished the frequent visits by freeloading kids and grandkids.

Joan was an avid reader and instilled in her children the love of dogs, especially her “unofficial” fourth son, beloved German Shepherd “Rocky.” When she was no longer able to have a dog, her seven granddogs provided her great joy. She also loved birdwatching from her feeder just outside her window, being very knowledgeable on many species.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Congregation of the Humility of Mary or Scott County Humane Society.

Those left to honor her memory include sons and daughters-in-law, Jeff (Mindy) Helms, Davenport, Jack (Kate) Helms, Edina, Minn., and David Helms, Davenport. Her loving grandchildren, Anne, Margaret (John), Tom, Joe (Hannah), John (Anna), Andy; and a great-grandson, Henry, who all enjoyed their time with her. She is also survived by her sister, Patty Walker, Champaign, Ill.; and a sister-in-law, Sheila Johnson, West Des Moines, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Tom; and a brother, Bob.

Online condolences and remembrances may be expressed to the family by visiting Joan’s obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com.

Vicki Irwin

CLINTON — Vicki L. Irwin, 67, of Clinton, passed away Tuesday, April 26, 2016, after fighting a brave battle with Alzheimer’s.

A celebration of Vicki’s life will be noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 15, 2016, at the Clinton AMVETS Club. The Clinton Chapel Snell-Zornig Funeral Homes & Crematory is assisting the family. Online condolences may be expressed by visiting her obituary at www.snellzornig.com.

Vicki Lynn Gates was born on Sept. 4, 1948, in Clinton, the daughter of Robert and Margaret (Owen) Gates. She was a 1966 graduate of Camanche (Iowa) High School. She later graduated from Mount St. Clare College and attended Iowa State University. She married James Irwin on June 12, 1971, in Clinton.

Vicki was an accounting clerk at Ralston Purina and Hawkeye Chemical. She enjoyed gardening and tending to her flower beds. She enjoyed spending time with her kids and grandkids, especially cooking meals together. She loved raising monarch butterflies and drinking a glass of red wine with dark chocolate.

Vicki is survived by her husband, Jim, Clinton; her children, Megan (Jason) Comstock, Clinton, Bret (Jennifer) Irwin, Columbia, S.C., and Curt Irwin, Oakland, Calif.; four grandchildren, Keaton and Brynn Comstock, and Colton and Bricelyn Mae Irwin; her brother, Gary Gates, Camanche; and dear friends, Gary and Ruth Spilger, Clinton, their children, Ben and Anna, Karen Pessman, Clinton, Tom and Jan McEleney, Ed and Janelle Kross, Molly and Joe Manemann, Stan and Karin Harmsen, Pat and Kathy Burke, Larry and Maggie Fogg, Jon and Sue Mitchell and Eric and Mary Jensen. She was preceded in death by her parents and mother and father-in-law.

Memorials can be made to the Alverno or Clinton Humane Society.

A special thanks to the staff of the Alverno and Genesis Hospice for the very special care that they gave to Vicki.

Joyce Norgaard

FISHERSVILLE, Va. — Joyce Ann (Brown) Norgaard died April 22, 2016, in Fishersville. She was 75.

Joyce was born on July 15, 1940, in Princeton, Ill., to parents William (Dale) Brown Sr. and Imogene “Jean” (Salmon) Brown. She graduated from Princeton High School in 1958. She married Warren Richard Norgaard on Sept. 17, 1960. They resided in Silvis before relocating to East Moline, Port Clinton, Ohio, and Charlottesville, Va. Joyce eventually moved to Waynesboro, Va., some years following the death of her husband.

Joyce volunteered as a Brownie and Junior Girl Scout leader and cookie mom for her daughters, enjoyed fishing and gardening and watched and supported her grandchildren in their various pursuits. She also received her RN degree and worked as a nurse and respiratory therapist over the years.

Ms. Norgaard is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and John Sweebe, The Woodlands, Texas; her daughter, Debbie Norgaard, Waynesboro; her son, David Norgaard, Arcata, Calif.; her sister, Linda (Brown) Oertel, Geneseo, Ill.; her sister-in-law, Donna (Taylor) Brown; seven grandchildren, Melissa, Houston, Gabrielle, Nicolai, Zachary and Bailey, Waynesboro, Courtney and Cassie, The Woodlands; one great-grandson, Milo, Houston; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her brother, William “Bill” Brown Jr.; and her nephew, Robert Brown.

Funeral services were 11 a.m. Monday, April 25, 2016, at Charlton & Groome Funeral Home in Fishersville. Ms. Norgaard was buried in Holly Memorial Gardens following the service. A memorial service is planned to take place this summer in Illinois. Donations may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation to find a cure for Parkinson’s.

Ella “Renne” Zimmerman

MILAN — Ella L. “Renne” Zimmerman, 89, of Milan, formerly of New Boston and Aledo, Ill., died Friday, April 29, 2016, at the Avonlea Cottages in Milan. Services are 2 p.m. Monday May 2, 2016, at the Fippinger Funeral Home in Aledo. Burial is in the Peniel Cemetery, rural Joy, Ill. Visitation is one hour prior to services at Fippinger’s, where memorials may be left to the Avonlea Cottages in Milan. Online condolences can be made at www.fippingerfuneralhome.com.

Ella was born Sept. 17, 1926, in Rock Island County to George and Julia Bailey Middagh. She graduated from Muscatine High School. She married Don R. McGinnis in 1947 and later married Fred LaVerne Zimmerman April 26, 1984, in Joy, Ill. He died Oct. 12, 2003.

Renne was employed at the Grain Processing Corporation in Muscatine for 20 years, retiring in 1986.

Her memberships include the Joy United Methodist Church, and she enjoyed wintering in Arizona, dancing, playing shuffleboard, knitting, crocheting and being with her family and grandchildren.

Survivors include a daughter, Diane (Gary) Peterson, Milan; one son, Thomas McGinnis, Illinois City; stepdaughters, Karen (Donnie) Russell, New Boston, Kathy (Greg) Welch, Keithsburg, Ill., Jan Vipond, East Moline; stepson, Ronald Zimmerman, New Boston; five grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 12 stepgrandchildren; several step-great-grandchildren; a sister, Ramona Richter; and a brother, George Middagh, both of Muscatine; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents; husband, Fred; one great-grandchild; two sisters; and a brother preceded her in death.

Ivah Van Wetzinga

BETTENDORF — Ivah Jean Van Wetzinga, 93, of Bettendorf, passed away Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at ManorCare, Utica Ridge, Davenport. Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 3, at Weerts Funeral Home, Kimberly at Jersey Ridge Road, Davenport. Family will greet friends 9:45 a.m. until time of service. Interment will be in Davenport Memorial Park at a later date. Memorials may be made to First Christian Church, Davenport, or to the Handicapped Development Center.

Ivah Jean was born in 1922 in Davenport to Charles C. and Mary L. Crecelius. She married Dr. Russell J. Van Wetzinga on Feb. 28, 1943, in Davenport. He died Jan. 31, 2000. She devoted her life to creating a loving and Christian home for her family. She tried to make a difference by her kindness toward all people.

Ivah Jean was a 78-year member of First Christian Church and was active in the Women’s Fellowship. She was president of the Scott County Medical Auxiliary in 1975-1977, P.E.O. member and previously served on the board of the Handicapped Development Center and American Heart Association. Her favorite pastimes were golf, bridge and bowling. She was proud of her hole-in-one! She followed all her children and grandchildren’s athletics and attended all she could. She was a passionate fan!

Survivors include her sister Marilyn (Jim) Ritter, Beardstown, Ill.; sons, Russell Jr. (Rita), LeClaire, and Richard (Lynn) Van Wetzinga, Rockford, Ill.; daughter, Karla (Mike, deceased) Hollister, Davenport; grandchildren, Rusty, Ray and Annie Van Wetzinga, Erin Huels, Lindsey Van Wetzinga and Jonah, Tony and James Hollister; 10 great-grandchildren; as well as extended family and many special friends.

Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the Van Wetzinga family by visiting this obituary at www.WeertsFH.com.

James Josetti

EAST MOLINE — James O. Josetti was born July 22, 1951, in Chicago to Oscar and Anne (née Lally) Josetti. He died Thursday, April 28, 2016, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago surrounded by his family.

James served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. He worked as an electrician for John Deere in Moline. Jim was a member of AWANA and very active in the Christian community. Jim enjoyed fishing, miniature golfing and hiking. Jim loved to spend time with his family, especially his grandchildren, and was loved by all.

James is survived by his children, Elise (Patrick) O'Hare, Peter (Tess Rodriguez) Josetti, Adrienne (Kenneth) Delahunt, Craig Josetti, Crystal (Jay) Thomas and James O. Josetti Jr.; mother, Anne P. Josetti; grandchildren, Courtney Josetti, Hayden Thomas, Chanel Thomas and Everett Delahunt; siblings, Kathleen (Michael) Quinlan and Titus E. Josetti; and many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews; and aunts, Catherine Lally and Beatrice Swanson.

He was preceded in death by his father, Oscar F. Josetti.

Visitation will be 3-9 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at Glueckert Funeral Home Ltd., 1520 N. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, Ill. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at the funeral home. Interment will take place at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines, Ill.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to AWANA. A donation link can be found at awana.org. Funeral information and condolences can be given at www.GlueckertFH.com or 847-253-0168.

Irma Barber

DURANT, Iowa — Irma Ella Barber, 101, a resident of Hein Manor in Durant, formerly of Walcott, Iowa, died Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Wilton (Iowa) Retirement Community.

Irma was born Oct. 30, 1914, to George and Ella (Moeller) Riessen in Scott County. She married Orville D. Barber on June 19, 1937, in Davenport. He preceded her in death on Nov. 11, 1964.

Irma and Orville farmed in Muscatine County until his death in 1964.

Irma was a member of the Walcott and Durant Senior Citizens, Walcott American Legion Auxiliary, Stockton (Iowa) Royal Neighbors of America, the Walcott Pythian Sisters and numerous bridge and card clubs.

She enjoyed playing cards and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, playing cards and dominoes.

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Monday, May 2, 2016, at Bentley Funeral Home, Durant. Additional visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at the funeral home.

Serving as pallbearers will be Irma's grandchildren, Kelley Weisrock, Craig Weisrock, Dawn Meyer, Jayne Tompkins, Tracy Grunder, Jim Wiesrock, Jacqueline Stender, Ann Kessler, Michael Weisrock, Renee Meyer, Susan Myers and Bradley Weih.

Interment will take place at Walcott Cemetery.

Irma is survived and lovingly remembered by her daughters, Janice (Russ) Weisrock, Walcott, Joan (Bob) Walker, Stockton, and Joyce (Ron) Weih, Bennett, Iowa; 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; two infant daughters; three sisters, Carolyn Koeppe, Alice Riessen and Adeline Makoben; and her brother, Lloyd Riessen.

Memorial donations may be made to the Walcott Fire Department or Durant Ambulance Service in her memory.

Online remembrances and condolences may be left at www.bentleyfuneralhome.com.

Norma Harms

ELDRIDGE — Norma A. Harms, 90, of Eldridge, passed away Thursday, April 28, 2016, at Genesis Medical Center-West Central Park Avenue, Davenport.

Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 2, 2016, at Faith Lutheran Church in Eldridge, where she was a member. Visitation will be 9:30 a.m. until the time of the services Monday at the church. Burial will follow in Davenport Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the Eldridge Volunteer Fire Department or to Medic EMS.

Norma was born Aug. 21, 1925, in Scott County, Iowa, the daughter of Frank and Alfreda (Pahl) Karstens. She was united in marriage to John “Jack” Harms Sr. on Sept. 16, 1945, in Davenport. He preceded her in death.

Norma had been employed in earlier years with the Palmer College Bookstore, Petersen Harned Von Maur in downtown Davenport and the Main & Locust Pharmacy. She and Jack enjoyed RV camping for many years with their family.

Norma was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She embraced all children and will be remembered for her loving nature to everyone she met.

Those left to honor Norma’s memory include her daughter, Jaclynn Snyder, Eldridge; her sons, J.T. Harms, Eldridge, and Dan (Susan) Harms, Oregon, Wis.; her grandchildren, Michele (Mark) Mess, Chadd (Tiffany) Knisley, Nicole (Chris) Kreul, Brandon Harms, Christy (Scott) Hobert, Darren (Christine) Harms and Robyn Harms; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, Jack, Norma was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Pearl Rohlk; her brother, Albert Karstens; her son-in-law, Royce Snyder; and her great-granddaughter, Madelyn Mess.

Norma’s family would like to express special thanks to the Eldridge Volunteer Fire Department and Medic EMS for all of their compassionate service and to Dr. Matt Neil and his staff, including nurse Cindy, for all of their kindness and concern during this time.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Norma’s obituary at www.McGinnis-Chambers.com.

Sallie Blake

LONG GROVE — Funeral services and a Mass of Christian Burial for Sallie L. Blake, 52, a resident of Long Grove, will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 5, 2016, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Long Grove. The family will greet friends Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. at the church. There will be additional visitation Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass. Keeping with her wishes, cremation rites will take place following the Mass. Memorials may be made to the Lupus Foundation of America or Susan G. Komen Quad-Cities. Plants are also welcome to be planted in Sallie’s garden. Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Sallie passed away Thursday, April 28, 2016, at Trinity Bettendorf, surrounded by her loving family.

Sallie Lynne Prybylowski was born on June 13, 1963, in Morristown, N.J., a daughter of Leo and Audrey (Killinger) Prybylowski. She was a graduate of Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. Sallie was united in marriage to Rick Blake on Oct. 22, 1988, at Christ the King Chapel on the campus of St. Ambrose College.

Sallie retired on March 31, 2016, after a 30-year career at Alcoa.

Sallie and Rick were able to realize a dream after building a home on Lake Barkley in Kentucky. She cherished the times she was able to spend there with her family. Sallie enjoyed outdoor activities, especially camping, hiking and fishing, and also enjoyed sewing.

Sallie is survived by her husband, Rick, Long Grove; children, Beau Blake, Davenport, Kyle Blake, Ankeny, Iowa, and Lynne Blake, Long Grove; a grandson, Landon; siblings, John (Liz) Prybylowski, Ballston Lake, N.Y., Dave (Suzanne Eckhardt) Prybylowski, Bend, Ore., Doug (Chris) Prybylowski, Chester, N.J., Amy (John) Bond, Mendham, N.J., and Kate (Jas) Prybylowski-Singh, San Diego, Calif.; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Chris and Deloris Blake, Davenport; sisters-in-laws and brothers-in-law, Karen (Lonny) Ganzer, Park View, Roger (Jody) Blake, Davenport, Randy (Cindy) Blake, Bellevue, Iowa, Keith (Collette) Blake, Eldridge, Kathy (Geoff) Polzin, Donahue, Kevin (Cindy) Blake, Walcott, Iowa, and Karol (Keith) Martz, Blue Grass; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; may they rest in peace.

Online condolences and remembrances can be shared with the family by visiting Sallie’s obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com.

Donald Hesseltine Sr.

BETTENDORF — Donald Max Hesseltine Sr., 78, of Bettendorf, passed away peacefully Thursday, April 28, 2016, at Genesis Medical Center-West Central Park Avenue, Davenport.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in the Runge Mortuary Chapel. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Monday, May 2, 2016, at the mortuary. Memorials may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park. Online tributes may be expressed at www.rungemortuary.com.

Donald was born on May 30, 1937, in Lineville, Mo., the son of William and Ruby (Dykes) Hesseltine.

Donald proudly served his country in the Unites States Air Force from 1954-1958, earning the National Defense and Good Conduct Medal. He later worked for WG Block, retiring after 34 years of service in 1999. Donald enjoyed Saturday morning breakfast with his buddy, Steve. He also enjoyed spending time fishing, hunting and, in his later years, watching movies. Most importantly, Donald loved his family. They were his life, and he will leave behind many friends and extended family whose lives he has touched and will be greatly missed.

Those left to honor his memory include his children, Donald (Calleen) Hesseltine Jr., Davenport, and Wendi (Michael) Fahrenkrug, Davenport; grandchildren, Donnie Hesseltine III, Davenport, Brent Hesseltine, Davenport, Ashly Hesseltine, Davenport, and M.J. Fahrenkrug, Moline; six great-grandchildren; and a sister, Phyllis (Gordon) Barker, Ottumwa, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Mark Hesseltine; and sister, Melba Martindale.

James Gilroy

MINNEAPOLIS — James Gilroy, 67, of Minneapolis, was born in Bettendorf. He passed away April 19, 2016.

He was preceded in death by his father, John; and sister, Maggie.

Jim was a valued and dedicated member of Xcel Energy’s NSPM Regulatory department for almost 38 years. He was enthusiastic about emerging energy issues and loved teaching others.

Jim gave back. He volunteered many hours for United Way, served on the Board for Summit Academy, Harriet Tubman Center, Kenwood Isles Area Association, YouthCARE, Midwest Minority Supplier Development Council and others. Jim was a true Renaissance man, passionate about people, world cultures, science, math, music, art, languages, etc. A lifelong learner, he was also a selfless, kind, thoughtful, gentle man who put others first and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his adoring wife, Debra; mother, Dorothy; brother, Jack; sister, Mary; and nephew, Brian Farmer.

Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4100 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis.

Visitation will be two hours prior to service with luncheon to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Arrangements have been handled by Washburn-McReavy Funeral Chapels, 2301 Dupont Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55405, 612-377-2203.

Kathleen Schafer

ELDRIDGE — Funeral Services and a Mass of Christian Burial for Kathleen C. Schafer, 90, a resident of Eldridge, will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 16550 290th St., Long Grove. The Rev. Msgr. Drake Shafer will be the celebrant of the Liturgy. The family will greet friends Monday, May 2, 2016, from 3-6 p.m. in the day chapel at St. Ann’s Parish. There will be a prayer service offered at 6 p.m. to conclude the visitation. Burial will be in St. Ann’s Cemetery. There will be additional visitation at church Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the Mass time.

Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Mrs. Schafer died peacefully Thursday, April 28, 2016, at the Kahl Home, Davenport.

Kathleen Cecilia Stoltenberg was born Aug. 28, 1925, in Bettendorf, a daughter of August and Cecilia (Ries) Stoltenberg. She was united in marriage to Loras H. Schafer on March 5, 1946, in Davenport. They were blessed with over 70 years of marriage.

She was a longtime member of St. Ann’s, the Altar and Rosary Guild as well as an active volunteer at the church. She had served as secretary and treasurer of the Long Grove Civic League.

Kathleen had owned Kathy’s Handcrafted Gifts, she was talented with crafts and a wonderful seamstress and had made many vestments over the years for priests of St. Ann’s. Kathleen also assisted her husband, Loras, at Schafer Electric Company, and was an integral part of the operations at their company.

Memorials can be made to the Guild or to the church.

Those left to cherish her memory include her beloved husband, Loras; and children and their spouses, John Schafer, Davenport, Peggy (Bob) Hennings, Davenport, Nancy Schafer, Eldridge, Kathy Schafer, Eldridge, and Richard (Karen) Schafer, Blue Grass; a son-in-law, Pat Sinnott, Albia, Iowa; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Marie Marshall, Long Grove; a brother-in-law, Bill Saladino, Eldridge; and a sister-in-law, Virginia Schafer, Davenport.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Sinnott; a sister, Geraldine Saladino; a brother, Robert Stoltenberg; and brothers-in-law, Bob Marshall and Henry Schafer; and a sister-in-law, and her husband, Kathleen (Al) Waring. May they rest in peace.

Online condolences and remembrances may be expressed to the family by visiting Kathleen’s obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com.

Richard Jacobson

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Richard Orrin "Dick" Jacobson, 79, a distinguished businessman and philanthropist from Des Moines, passed away peacefully Friday, April 1, 2016, in his home in the Clearwater area.

On Saturday, May 7, the Jacobson Foundation Board of Trustees will host a Celebration of Life service in honor of Richard at the Iowa Events Center. The event will be 2-6 p.m. and is open to the public. The open house will highlight Dick’s achievements and philanthropic spirit through a cocktail and hors d'oeuvres reception. Tributes to Dick’s accomplishments, awards and interests will be set up throughout the event space.

The Iowa Events Center is located at 730 3rd St. in downtown Des Moines and is comprised of Hy-Vee Hall, Wells Fargo Arena and the Community Choice Credit Union.

Parking is available north of the Iowa Events Center with entrances off 3rd, 5th and Crocker. For more information on parking, and ADA accessibility, including maps, street parking and parking garage details, please visit the Iowa Events Center website at iowaeventscenter.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Dick’s name may be directed to the Richard O. Jacobson Foundation at 4201 Westown Parkway, Suite 124, West Des Moines, IA 50266. Prior to the event, the Jacobson Foundation Board invites friends, colleagues and those who knew Mr. Jacobson to share memories of him through Serenity Funeral Home’s online guestbook at dignitymemorial.com.

E. Herbert Brudtkuhl

ALLEMAN, Iowa — E. Herbert Brudtkuhl, 93, passed away to his heavenly home Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at Mercy Hospice in Johnston, Iowa. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary–Nettleton Center (1900 NW 4th St., Ankeny, IA 50023). Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Monday, May 2, 2016, at Ankeny Funeral Home (1510 W. 1st St., Ankeny, IA 50023). Burial will follow at Lincoln Township Cemetery near Alleman.

Herb was preceded in death by his wife, LaVaughn (Watson); sister, Arlene Rogers; and his parents. He is survived by two sons, Charles (Deanna), Sheldahl, Iowa, and Timothy (Shelli), Alleman; three daughters, Marleah (Frank) Trcka, Washington, Iowa, Judy Brudtkuhl, Ankeny, and Sally Dougherty (Greg), Alleman. Also mourning are nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the “Herbert Brudtkuhl Scholarship Fund” at Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary or Walnut Park Baptist Church in Muscatine.

Online condolences and a full obituary of Herb may be shared with his family at www.Ankenyfuneralhome.com.

Dr. Margarito Soliz

EL PASO, Texas — Dr. Margarito (Maugy) Lopez Soliz, 84, fell asleep in death April 11, 2016, in El Paso. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Bertha Elena Soliz, on Jan. 22, 2003. Margarito was born in Moline to parents Agustin and Tomasa Soliz on June 10, 1931, and resided in Silvis.

Soon after receiving his high school diploma from United Township High School in 1949, he enlisted in the Army for the Korean War. Margarito was honorably discharged from the Armed Forces in 1954 and returned to Silvis. The remainder of the 1950s brought many other life events for Margarito; he moved to Mexico City, where he attended the National Autonomous University of Mexico on a basketball scholarship and obtained his first bachelor’s degree in 1958. He also married Bertha Elena in Mexico, and both returned to Silvis in 1958. Rounding out the 1950s, he became the first person of Hispanic heritage to occupy any political office in the Quad-Cities by being elected as the first Hispanic alderman for the city of Silvis. While alderman, he pioneered the opportunity for other Hispanics to enter the political arena, and he spearheaded the eventual street paving of 2nd Street, now known as Hero Street.

Throughout life, Margarito was involved in learning, social causes and philanthropy. He continued his formal education by obtaining his second B.A. in 1970 from Augustana College. Soon to follow, he acquired two Master of Science degrees, first from St. Ambrose University in 1973, and the second from Western Illinois University in 1978. Also, during the 1960s and 1970s, Margarito assisted the social and civil rights movement in the Midwest and shared symposiums with the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the honorable César Chávez. In 1983, Margarito earned his doctorate degree from the prestigious University of Illinois, and he continued educating others to excel. Dr. Soliz retired as a distinguished professor from the University of Texas at El Paso.

Survivors include his children, Javier, Lourdes and Luis; grandchildren, Carlos, Alena, Alesandra, Jordan and Tristan; great-grandchildren, Sarah, Alyssa, Olivia, Jaeden and baby boy; brothers, Francisco, Tanilo, Guadalupe, Claro, Tomas, Edmundo; sisters, Esther, Margarita, Teresa and Isabel. He was preceded in death by his brother, Paul; and sister, Magdalena.

Dr. Margarito Soliz was laid to rest at Fort Bliss National Cemetery with military honors in El Paso on April 22, 2016.

Ralph Smith Sr.

ROCK ISLAND — Ralph B. Smith Sr., 90, of Rock Island, passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at Silver Cross Nursing Center, Rock Island. A memorial service for Mr. Smith will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home & Crematory, Rock Island. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Inurnment will be in the Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island, where military honors will be conducted. Memorials may be made to South Park Presbyterian Church, Rock Island, or to the Quad-City Botanical Center, Rock Island.

Ralph was born on March 28, 1926, in Burnside, Ky., the son of Fred and Ruth (Kelsey) Smith. He married Louellen Gardner on Jan. 28, 1950, in Louisville, Ky. She preceded him in death on Aug. 22, 2011. Mr. Smith was an engineer for the American Air Filter Co., Moline. He retired in 1985 after 30 years of service. Ralph was a member of South Park Presbyterian Church and the Blackhawk Hiking Club. He was a volunteer tax preparer for AARP and volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels. Mr. Smith was a U.S. Army World War II veteran.

Survivors include his children, Kathryn (Charles) Schoaf, Morrison, Ill., Jeanne Gardner and Ralph Smith Jr., St. Louis; grandchildren, Kristina Cobo and Caroline Willett; and great-grandchildren, Trevor Cobo and Lily Willett.

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Louellen; and a sister, Joanne Wilson. Online condolences may be left for the family at wheelanpressly.com.

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