BETTENDORF -- Paula Jane Stanger, 60, passed away May 17, 2017, at the Clarissa Cook Hospice House.

In lieu of services, her family will be hosting a Celebration of Life on Sunday May 21, 2017, on the patio of Van’s Pizza & Grille at 3333 N. Harrison St., Davenport, from 1-4 p.m.

Paula was born March 10, 1957 in Peoria, Ill., to Norman and Margaret (Weld) Lake. She attended Bettendorf High School, and graduated from St. Katherine’s St. Mark’s High School with the Class of 1975. Paula went on to complete her Radiologic Technician training at Scott Community College. Paula spent her working life helping others as a CT technologist at Genesis Hospitals and The Radiology Group for more than 35 years.

Paula and Tom Stanger met through their mutual love of racquetball and were married on July 14, 1990 at Duck Creek Park. Their family grew when they welcomed two beautiful daughters into their lives. Paula was a devoted mother, who continuously supported all of her family’s diverse interests and activities; ranging from music, to swimming, to dancing in the living room. She was there, front row, loudly cheering them on.

Paula could always be found in the garden, making her home more beautiful and welcoming. Or wrapped up in a warm blanket, lost in a good book. She loved to cook, but never followed a recipe. She spent a lot of her time crafting and creating, and gave more to friends and family than she kept for herself. Her favorite time of year was when the sun shined bright, when the grass and trees were green and flowers were blooming. She was best described as vivacious and spunky. Paula liked 90% of the people she met, and the rest of you know who you are.

Paula’s memory will be kept alive through her husband, Tom; two daughters, Allison (Levi) Clark of Blue Grass; her first grandchild on the way; and Kelsey Stanger of South Bend, Ind.; her sister, Jean Lake of Bettendorf; her father, Norman Lake of Bettendorf; her mother-in-law, Jean Stanger of Davenport; and an abundance of loving extended family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Margaret J. Lake on December 3, 2003 and father-in-law Harold L. Stanger on October 1, 1986.

Paula courageously fought cancer twice. Thank you to everyone that supported her fight, worked to keep her energy high, and was there to keep her comfortable.

Memorials may be made to the King’s Harvest Pet Rescue and the Quad-City Animal Welfare Center. Paula’s life would not have been complete without always having a dog around.

Arrangements entrusted to Hoffmann Schneider Funeral Homes, Dubuque. Online condolences may be left for the family at

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