West High School - Davenport, Iowa

Class of 1968

With Fond Memories - 2011
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December 2

Classmate Jack Nelson

DeWITT, Iowa — Jack L. “Babe” Nelson, 61, of DeWitt, Iowa, died early Friday morning, December 2, 2011, at Genesis Medical Center, DeWitt.
Jack Lynn Nelson was born February 4, 1950, in Davenport, Iowa, to Robert and Jacqueline (McCleary) Nelson. He was a 1968 graduate of West High School in Davenport. Babe married Joyce Yocum September 21, 1979, at the United Methodist Church of DeWitt. He held many jobs over the years, but was best known for delivering newspapers for many years in and around DeWitt.
Babe was a member of the United Methodist Church of DeWitt. He was very passionate about his two sons, loved playing euchre, was an avid coin collector and enjoyed baseball.
Surviving are his loving wife, Joyce; sons, Ryan Nelson and his wife, Kayla, and their daughter, Kady, of Clinton, Iowa, and Anthony Nelson of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; his mother, Jacqueline Decker of Bettendorf; brothers, Larry (Donna) and Dennis of Davenport, and Thom (Cindy) and Ken (Kris) of Blue Grass, Iowa; and numerous extended family.
Family and friends may visit at Schultz Funeral Home of DeWitt from 4 until 7 p.m. on Monday, December 5, 2011. A Service of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, December 6, 2011, in the United Methodist Church of DeWitt. The Reverend Chuck Kelsey will officiate. Interment will be at Elmwood Cemetery, DeWitt. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church, DeWitt, or DeWitt Youth Baseball.
Condolences may be expressed at www.schultzfuneralhomes.com.
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Jack Nelson 2011
Jack Nelson - 2011
Jack Nelson - 1968

Jack Nelson - 1968


November 8

Alta Buennig, mother of Peggy Buennig DeWitte
DAVENPORT — Alta Mae Buennig, 92, of Davenport, died Tuesday, November 8, 2011, at Genesis Medical Center-West Central Park, Davenport.
She was born November 21, 1918, at the home of her maternal grandparents in rural Atalissa, Iowa, the eldest of three children of Milton J. and Sarah Jane (Collison) House. Alta attended Moscow Grade School and was a 1936 graduate of Wilton Junction High School. After her graduation form high school, Alta entered Nurse’s Training School at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. The following year she attended Iowa State Teacher’s College in Cedar Falls. She then taught in a one-room rural school in Cedar County, Iowa, until her marriage to William J. Buennig on September 21, 1940, in Davenport, Iowa. They had three children: William Jr., Robert and Peggy.
Alta was a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church. She is survived by her children, Robert L. (Dee Anne) Buennig, Bowling Green, Ohio, and Peggy A. DeWitte, Davenport; grandchildren, Keith (Susie) Buennig and son, Jim, Geneseo, Ill., David (Mel) Buennig, Davenport, and Tim Swingle, Burlington, Iowa; and sisters, Opal Gruemmer, Durant, Iowa, and Ruby Webb, Newell, W.Va.
Alta was preceded in death by her parents, husband, William J. “Bill” Buennig Sr. in October 1997, son, William J Buennig Jr, in May 1993, daughter-in-law, Barb Buennig in May 2009 and infant granddaughter, Monica Mae Buennig in November 1975.
Visitation will be Saturday, November 12, 2011, from 10 until 11 a.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church. Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the church with Pastor Travis Fisher officiating. Burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the church. Online condolences may be left at www.therungemortuary.com.
Pallbearers will be Keith Buennig, David Buennig, Tim Swingle, Mickey Gruemmer, Randy Gruemmer and Ronnie Shelangoski.
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Alta Buennig
Alta Buennig - 2011
Peggy Buennig - 1968

Peggy Buennig - 1968


September 10

Francis Fusco, father of Vincent Fusco.
DAVENPORT — Funeral services celebrating the life of Francis X. “Frank” Fusco, 90, of Davenport, will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 14, 2011, at the All Faith Chapel of the Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, downtown Davenport. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 until 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Davenport. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Arthritis Foundation.
Mr. Fusco passed away Saturday September 10, 2011, at Genesis Medical Center, East Campus, Davenport.
Francis Xaviar Fusco was born February 15, 1921, in Boonville, Mo., a son of Salvatore and Antonina (Quattrocchi) Fusco. He was united in marriage to Winifred Velma Weas on July 2, 1948, in Davenport. They shared 63 years together before she preceded him in death on May 8, 2011.
Prior to his retirement in 1982, Mr. Fusco had worked in Department 40 at the former IH Farmall, Rock Island plant, and was a proud member of the UAW.
Frank enjoyed vegetable gardening, hunting mushrooms, fishing, feeding the birds and the “damn squirrels,” dining at Riefe’s (his favorite restaurant), and watching the St. Louis Cardinals. In earlier years he enjoyed shooting pool at his father’s pool hall.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, Pacific Theater. While serving aboard the USS Mullany (DD-528) in support of the Okinawa invasion, his ship was hit by a kamikaze, forcing the crew to abandon ship. Frank spent several hours in the water before being rescued.
Survivors include his daughter, Deborah Fusco, Irving, Texas; son, Vince (Nacy) Fusco, Jefferson, Ga.; grandchildren, Karla Fusco, Loganville, Ga., Vincent Fusco, Davenport, and Jason Fusco, Irving; great-grandchildren, Marcus, Nikkolas, DaKohta, Masun and Christina; a host of nieces and nephews; and the dog “P.D.”
In addition to his wife, Winifred, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Georgia Wolken, Marie Risner, Lillian Sharp, Ellen and Angela Fusco, and an infant brother, Anthony.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to his sister-in-law, Ginny, for helping Frank after Winifred’s passing.
Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Frank’s obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com.
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Francis (Frank) Fusco
Francis "Frank" Fusco - 2011
Vincent Fusco - 1968

Vincent Fusco- 1968


May 27

TUCSON —Mark (Smitty) Smith of Tucson passed away July 9, 2011 at home after a short illness. He was born May 27, 1950 in Davenport, Iowa, and moved to Tucson in the early 1970s where he met and married Virginia Kletter. He worked in outside sales for many years and operated his own business for a time. The last 22 years he worked for Ace Hardware, most recently at the store at 22nd Street and Kolb Road, and retired in 2010. Over the years, Mark enjoyed friends, family, dart tournaments, and his trips to Las Vegas. Mark is survived by his wife of 32 years, Ginny Smith; parents, Raymond and Venita Smith of Tucson; brother, Michael (Patricia) of Tempe, Arizona and sister, Deborah (Patrick) Larson of Coon Rapids, Minnesota. He is also survived by aunts, Nadine Boll of St. Petersburg, Florida and Evelyn Lower of Milan, Illinois; niece, Holly Smith and nephews, Jason and Greg Larson and Christopher Smith. Funeral Services are planned for 10:00 a.m., Monday, July 18, 2011 at Our Mother of Sorrows Church, with burial to follow at Holy Hope Cemetery. Arrangements by BRING'S BROADWAY CHAPEL, 6910 E. Broadway.
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Mark Smith 2011
Mark Smith - 2011
Mark Smith - 1968

Mark Smith - 1968


June 29

DAVENPORT — Betty J. Swanson, 61, of Davenport, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 29, 2011. She passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family and friends after a courageous battle with cancer. Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 2, 2011, at Grace Lutheran Church, 1140 East High St., Davenport. Cunnick-Collins Mortuary and Cremation Service assisted the family with arrangements.
Betty JoAnn Ekwall was born January 29, 1950, in Davenport, the daughter of Earl and Viola (Liptein) Ekwall. She lived in Davenport all of her life. She graduated from West High in 1968. In 1976, she married Ken Swanson with whom she spent 35 wonderful years. Betty was a strong follower in her church, often volunteering and assisting wherever she could. She was very talented and had many hobbies. Betty enjoyed sewing, quilting, and making beaded jewelry. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. She also had many special dogs over the years.
She is survived by her husband, Ken of Davenport; a son, Jonas (Sandy) Sims; a daughter, Tracy (Jack) Tracy; a son-in-Law, Terry Morrow; a grandson, Deven; and a granddaughter, Shelby. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Robert Ekwall. She will now join them in heaven.
Memorials may be directed to Grace Lutheran Church or to the Scott County Humane Society.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.Cunnick-Collins.com.
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Betty Ekwall Swanson 2011
Betty Ekwall Swanson - 2011
Betty Ekwall - 1968

Betty Ekwall - 1968


June 19
DAVENPORT — Garald “Gary” Marxen, 61, of Davenport, died Sunday, June 19, 2011, in Davenport. A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 25, 2011, at 10 a.m. at The Runge Mortuary. Visitation will be Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the mortuary. Cremation rites were accorded. Memorials may be made to the family. Online condolences may be made to www.therungemortuary.com.
Gary was born December 17, 1949, in Davenport, the son of Bernard R. and Eleanor (Marten) Marxen. He graduated from Davenport West High School in 1968 where he played basketball and baseball and then went on to graduate from Palmer Junior College. He was formerly married to Pamila Stoffers of Blue Grass and together had two daughters, Michelle and Angie.
He worked for Farmhouse Foods as a produce buyer and recently was delivering pizzas for Pizza Hut in Davenport. He was a member of the YMCA. Gary had a passion for baseball in his earlier years and enjoyed playing and watching baseball, especially watching his grandson play. He also liked watching college football, but his greatest joy was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Those left to honor his memory include his daughters, Michelle Geertz, Little River, S.C., and Angie (Mark) Peltz, Altoona, Iowa; grandchildren, Ethan and Emily Cruse and Jackson and Andrew Peltz; his mother, Eleanor Abernathy, Davenport; brother, Denny (Eileen), Durant, Iowa; sisters, Judy Sloane, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Jeanette (Gene) Furness, Bettendorf, and Jeraldine (Steve) Smith and Joyce (Randy) Yaddof, both of Davenport; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and brother and sister-in-law, Wayne and Virginia Marxen.
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Garald Marxen 2011
Garald Marxen - 2011
Garald Marxen - 1968

Garald Marxen - 1968


June 7
, Donald - father of our classmate, Sylvia Dipple Havlin
MUSCATINE, Iowa — Donald C. Dipple, 95, of Muscatine, died on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, at his home.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, 2011, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. Reverend Don Swanson of the First Baptist Church will officiate the service. Casket bearers will be Adam Havlin, Jeff Marshall, Tom McBride, Robert Chamberlin, Scott Chamberlin, and Tim McGovern. Burial will take place in Blue Grass Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, 2011, at the funeral home. Online condolences for the Dipple family may be left at www.wittichfuneralhome.com.
The youngest son of seven children, Don was born on March 30, 1916, to first generation Americans Henry Wilbur and Mary Soltau Dipple on the family farm southwest of Blue Grass, Iowa. The Dipple homestead was a small crop and milk farm operated on land inherited from German immigrants Conrad and Sara Karmen Dipple. Donald married Harriett Rose Hill on November 27, 1944. In 1953, the couple returned to the Dipple farm and took over farm operations until 1957.
In 1958, Donald became an iron worker at Russeloy Foundry in Durant, where he worked until retirement in 1981. From 1959 until 1960, Donald and Harriett operated “The Family Café” with their children in Blue Grass.
He was a lifelong member of the Muscatine Moose Lodge No. 388. He loved fishing, baseball, oysters, gardening, his morning crossword puzzle, home-made ice-cream, traveling, and duck hunting. Family gatherings were his favorite form of entertainment.
Those left to honor his memory include three daughters, Leona Marshall and husband, Chris, of Illinois City, Illinois, Sylvia Havlin and husband, Bradley, of West Liberty, and Wanda Dipple of West Liberty; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and one sister, Marjorie McBride of Blue Grass.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, one son, Michael Dipple, one great-grandson, Zachary Christian Marshall, two sisters, and three brothers.
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Donald Dipple
Donald Dipple
Sylvia Dipple - 1968

Daughter Sylvia Dipple - 1968


May 20

DAVENPORT - Stanley D. Young, 61, of Davenport, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Friday, May 20, 2011. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25, 2011, in the Runge Mortuary Chapel. Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the mortuary. Burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery. Dress code for the visitation and service is casual/camouflage. Online condolences may be made at www.rungemortuary.com.

Stan was born July 22, 1949, in Davenport, Iowa, the son of Cecil and Genevieve (Gillespie) Young. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps. On January 26, 1974, he married Patty Ann, the love of his life. She preceded him in death on March 14, 1995.

He retired from LaFarge Cement in 2010, following 38 years of service.

His memberships included the Davenport Moose and Eagles Lodges, VFW, DU and Waterfowl USA. He was a lifetime member of the West End and the NRA, an avid hunter and fisherman, and loved spending time with his family and many, many friends on the river, on his bike or in the garage.

Survivors include his sons, Dewey, Luke and Dipple, and daughters-in-law, Amy and Regina, all of Davenport; grandchildren, Justus and Lily Young; his mother, Genevieve Young; and siblings, Barney, Eugene, Cherlyn, Irwin and Terry Lee.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his father.
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Mark Smith 2011
Stanley Young- 2011



April 13
, Jeanette - mother of our classmate, Jeff Swingle
DAVENPORT — Jeanette V. Swingle, 83, of Davenport, passed away Wednesday, April 13, 2011, at Genesis Medical Center, East Rusholme Street, Davenport. Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday, April 18, 2011, at The Runge Mortuary Chapel. Visitation will be held Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the mortuary. Burial will be in National Cemetery, Rock Island. Memorials may be made to Hospice Compassus. Online condolences may be made at www.TheRungeMortuary.com.
Jeanette was born March 15, 1928, in Davenport, Iowa, the daughter of Lan and Viola (Eckert) Custer. She was united in marriage to Doyle L. Swingle. He preceded her in death December 7, 1989.
She worked for over 24 years at 30 Lanes bowling in Davenport. She enjoyed league bowling and playing bingo. Jeanette was very supportive of her kids and grandkids as she attended many baseball, football and soccer games. She cherished the time spent with her family and loved cooking.
Jeanette liked to visit with her friends from the bowling alley.
Those left to honor her memory include her children, Vicki (Ernie) Vasquez, of California, Jeff (Karon) Swingle, Marc (Angie) Swingle, and Kristi (Eric) Endorf, and sister-in-law, Shirley Swingle, all of Iowa.
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Jeanette Swingle
Jeanette Swingle
Jeffrey Swingle - 1968

Son Jeffrey Swingle - 1968


March 23
, Gene - brother of our classmate, Susan Schumacher Gatchel
BETTENDORF — Gene E. Schumacher, 62, a resident of Bettendorf, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at Genesis Medical Center, West Central Park, Davenport.
Funeral services and a Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Monday, March 28, 2011, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1923 N. Fillmore Street, Davenport. Burial will be in the National Cemetery, Rock Island Arsenal. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Vietnam Veterans of America, Q.C. Chapter 299. Visitation will be Sunday from 3 until 6 p.m. at the Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home. There will be a family led rosary at 5:30 p.m. that all are invited to pray.
Gene Edward Schumacher was born October 3, 1948, in Davenport, a son of Leonard Anthony and Rachel Carolina (Bond) Schumacher. He was united in marriage to Linda Susanne Jones on August 5, 1967, in Davenport at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church.
Gene retired from the former Iowa-Illinois Gas and Electric Company in 1993 after 26 years of service. He had been a plant operator at the time he retired.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, and was proud to have served our country.
Gene loved to spend time with his family. He especially enjoyed camping, fishing, and traveling. He was an enthusiastic NASCAR follower.
He was a member of Holy Family Church, an auxiliary member of the Legion of Mary, Society of Rosary Makers, and member of Gerald Timmerman Council 14678 Knights of Columbus, where he also served as membership director.
Memorials can be made to the family or to the Gerald Timmerman Council K of C.
Survivors include his wife, Linda; a daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Jace Skaja, Davenport; grandchildren, Anthony, Bethany, Adrianna, Kaitlyn, and Jonathan; his mother, Rachel Schumacher, Iowa City, Iowa; sisters and brothers-in-laws, Peggy and Clifford Schroder, Iowa City, Iowa, and Susan and Doug Gatchel, Mosco Mills, Missouri; in-laws, Bob and Carol Jones, Davenport, Pat and Fred Ricketts, Blue Grass, and Kathy Jones and Ken and Judy Jones, all of Davenport; and his many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Leonard, in-laws, Merle and Vera Jones, sisters-in-law, Teresa Walljasper and Janie Huff Hoover, and a brother-in-law, Merle Jones. May they rest in peace.
Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Gene’s obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com.
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Gene Schumacher
Gene Schumacher
Susan Schumacher - 1968

Sister Susan Schumacher - 1968



March 12
, John - father of our classmate, Joyce Foust Hemm
ROCK ISLAND — John D. Foust, Sr., age 98, of Rock Island, died Saturday, March 12, 2011, at Trinity Rock Island.
Visitation is from 5 until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15, 2011, at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd., 6601 38th Avenue, Moline. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. on Wednesday with visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service at Bethel Assembly of God, 3535 38th Avenue, Rock Island. Burial is at National Cemetery, Rock Island Arsenal, with military honors conducted by American Legion Post #246. Memorials may be made to Trinity Health Foundation’s Hospice Program.
John was born March 12, 1913, in Willis, Okla., the son of Samuel and Sallie (Bowling) Foust. He married Gertrude L. Sorrels on June 19, 1946, in Rush Springs, Okla. She preceded him in death on February 17, 2011.
John was employed as a welder for Caterpillar Tractor Company in Mt. Joy, Iowa, retiring in 1975 after 12 1/2 years. He served in the U.S. Army from 1942-1945. John was past-president of the Davenport Caterpillar Retirees Club. He was a member of Bethel Assembly of God Church in Rock Island. John was a teacher’s helper with deaf students for nine years at Lincoln-Irving School in Moline.
He is survived by his sons, John D. Foust, Jr. (Kiyoko), Richmond, Ky., and Steven J. Foust (Peggy Lynn), Aurora, Ill.; daughters, Jeanne Ewinger (Kim), New London, Iowa, Joyce Hemm (Hank), Sunland, Calif.; special foster daughter, Lou Wilson, Moline; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother, Herbert Foust (Teressa) Oklahoma City, Okla.; sisters, Bobbie Jean Albert, Carnegie, Okla., and Frances Foust, Carnegie, Okla; and sister-in-law, Dortha Foust, Rush Springs, Okla.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Cecil and Roy Foust, and two sisters, Katherine McGill and Willie Gillis.
Online condolences may be expressed to John’s family by visiting his obituary at www.esterdahl.com.
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John Foust
John Foust, Sr.
Joyce Foust - 1968
Daughter Joyce Foust Hemm - 1968



February 24
, Michael - brother of our classmate, James Lehenbauer
GRYALA, Minn. — Remembered as funny, caring and a friend to all, Davenport native Michael (Mike) Lehenbauer, 57, died peacefully at his home in rural Grygla, Minn., on February 24, 2011. He was born Michael George Lehenbauer to Pryor and Betty (Ramsey) Lehenbauer Griggs on November 20, 1953, in Davenport. Mike was a member of the West High School Class of 1972 and was admired by classmates for his kind, gentle nature and ability to make people laugh. He attended college at Iowa State University and in Portland, Ore., and was employed by John Deere in Moline and most recently Digi Key in Thief River Falls. He also lived in South Carolina for many years where he developed a passion for sail boating.
Among his many interests, Mike enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and farming and had a fondness for the varieties of garlic that he grew. He devoted many weekends during the growing season to helping at a neighbor’s farm. He also liked to travel and this past Christmas treasured the time he spent with family in the Quad-Cities.
Mike is survived by his life partner and former high school classmate, Bev (Hovey) Gomez; brothers, James (Fiona) Lehenbauer of Guatemala City, Guatemala, Steve (Terry) Lehenbauer of Fairfield, Calif., David (Constance) Lehenbauer in Sedona, Ariz., and Scott Griggs of Clinton, Iowa; sisters, Jane (Clayton) Allsbrow of Tupelo, Miss., and Jodie (Bruce) White of Milan, Ill.; and an uncle, Richard McGrath, Bettendorf, Iowa, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Mike also leaves behind two uncles, Pete Lehenbauer of Mississippi and Jack Lehenbauer of Texas, and an aunt, Edna Daniell of Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A prayer service was held Monday at St. Clement’s Catholic Church in Grygla. Family condolences may be posted online at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com. A memorial gathering of friends and family will be held in Quad-Cities this summer.
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Michael Lehenbauer
Michael Lehenbauer
James Lehenbauer - 1968

Brother James Lehenbauer - 1968



February 18
, Mary - sister of our classmate, Therese Ertel
DAVENPORT — Funeral services to celebrate the life of Mary “Sparky” (Ertel) Sturm, 55, a resident of Davenport, will be 7 p.m. Monday, February 21, 2011 at the Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until the time of the service Monday at the funeral home. Cremation rites will be accorded following services. Mary died Friday, February 18, 2011, at Genesis Medical Center, East Campus, Davenport, following a brief illness.
Mary Louise Ertel was born on September 12, 1955 in Davenport, a daughter of Francis and Rita (McCalicher) Ertel. She earned her associate’s degree in early childhood education. Mary had worked for 15 years with Terminix as a service administrator.
Mary’s proudest day came on September 24, 2005, when she was united in a holy union with her lifelong partner, Judith Kampling. Mary, known to her friends as “Sparky,” was known for her loving, kind, joyful and generous spirit. If you were looking for Sparky all you had to do was listen for the laughter. She had a great sense of humor and was always quick with a joke or imitating Edith Ann. She was a character in her own way, and loved life and her family and friends. She was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes, John Wayne and a Corvette fan. Sparky also enjoyed fishing, taking care of her yard, lending a hand whenever the need arose, especially around Metropolitan Community Church, and playing with her great-nephews and great-niece.
Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association or to the family.
Mary is survived by her spouse, Judith Kampling, Davenport; her canine companion, Mitzi, and her feline companion, Precious; her brothers, Tom (Vicky) Ertel, Davenport, and Joe (Connie) Ertel, East Moline; her sister, Therese (Marc) Devlin, Davenport; niece, Jenny (Mike) Duez, and their children, Justin, Nicholas, Christopher and Samantha; and nephews, Matt and Paul Ertel and his daughter, Lyndsay.
She was preceded in death by her mother and her sister, Rita Tate.
Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Mary’s obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com.
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Mary Sturm
Mary Sturm
Therese Ertel - 1968

Sister Therese Ertel - 1968


February 17
, Gertrude - mother of our classmate, Joyce Foust Hemm
ROCK ISLAND — Gertrude L. Foust, age 85, of Rock Island, passed away Thursday, February 17, 2011, at Hope Creek Care Center, East Moline.
Visitation is from 4 until 7 p.m. Monday, February 21, 2011, at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd., 6601 38th Avenue, Moline. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday with visitation from 10 until 11 a.m. prior to the service at Bethel Assembly of God, 3535 38th Avenue, Rock Island. Burial is at National Cemetery, Rock Island Arsenal. Memorials may be made to Hope Creek Care Center, East Moline.
Gertrude was born February 26, 1925, in Rush Springs, Okla., the daughter of Aaron and Ida (Morris) Sorrels. She married John D. Foust, Sr., on June 19, 1946, in Rush Springs.
Gertrude was employed at Security Finance for 25 years, and later in the loan department at The Rock Island Bank for 12 ½ years, retiring in September 1994. She was a member of Bethel Assembly of God in Rock Island. Gertrude volunteered with Busy Hands at The Coventry Apartments in Rock Island.
She is survived by her husband, John D. Foust, Sr., Rock Island; sons, John D. Foust, Jr. (Kiyoko), Richmond, Ky., Steven J. Foust (Peggy Lynn), Aurora, Ill.; daughters, Jeanne Ewinger (Kim), New London, Iowa, Joyce Hemm (Hank), Sunland, Calif.; special foster daughter, Lou Wilson, Moline; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and sister, Audrey Bean, Rock Island.
She was preceded in death by brothers, Aaron Sorrels, Jr., Dale Sorrels, Daryl Sorrels and Lee Sorrels; and sisters, Vina Moffitt, Idell Sorrels and Mildred Brown.
Online condolences may be expressed to Gertrude’s family by visiting her obituary at www.esterdahl.com.
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Gertrude Foust
Gertrude Foust
Joyce Foust - 1968

Daughter Joyce Foust - 1968


February 16
, Ardith - mother of our classmate, Lorraine Hoover Ware
DAVENPORT — Ardeth Lorraine Hoover, 80, passed away at home on February 16, 2011. She was a daughter, wife, mother and friend to all. She was born on August 13, 1930, Ardeth Lorraine Addyman to Archie and Minnie (Shenpolk) Addyman in Millard, Neb. On September 16, 1949, she became Mrs. Walter Owen Hoover in New Era, Iowa. Together they had five children. Her biggest enjoyment in life was taking care of others. She had a genuine love for nature. In her youth she enjoyed softball and baton twirling. She and Walt shared a love for dance. She retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after many years of service. Her hobbies included floral arranging, gardening, and spending time with her beloved dog Bebe.
She is survived by a daughter, LaVonne (Dan) Johnston, of LeClaire, Iowa; son, Terry (Jennie) Hoover, of Davenport; stepson, Michael Hoover, of Flippin, Ark.; sister, Lois (Dick Heinrich, of Phoenix, Ore.; five grandchildren, Jim A. Hoover, Chris (Tanya) Kerr, Courtney Oertel, Nikki Deaver, and Mikaela Lorraine Hoover; and great-granddaugther, Leila Lorraine Deaver.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sons, Walter O. Hoover III and Jimmie H. Hoover, daughter and son-in-law, Lorraine (Frank) Ware, and sister, Margaret Stahmer. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Davenport Humane Society.
A family service will be held at Fairmount Cemetery, Davenport. The family was assisted by Cunnick-Collins Mortuary.
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Ardith Hoover
Ardith Hoover
Lorraine Hoover - 2010

Daughter Lorraine Hoover Ware

February 13
, Frank - husband of our classmate, Lorraine Hoover Ware
ROCKFORD, Ill. — A quotation Frank Ware kept on his desk expresses what was, perhaps, the guiding principle of his belief system: “Nothing exists that so fills and binds the heart as love does.” ~Umberto Eco
The quotation is etched into a picture frame containing an image of Frank and the love of his life, wife Lorraine Hoover, on the Jersey shore of Cape May, their special place. Lorri died Oct. 10, 2010. Frank joined her on another beautiful shore on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, the eve of Valentine’s Day.
Frank Holmes Ware was born in Hammonton, N.J., on Dec. 8, 1946, the eldest of seven children of Virginia Thibult and Frank H. Ware II. His brothers describe a boisterous working-class upbringing in a crowded two-bedroom house in the tiny town of Nesco, nestled in the Pine Barrens of southern New Jersey. Father Frank was a foreman on the Atlantic City Expressway and mother Virginia was kept busy raising children. Young Frank was the family jokester and storyteller, often scaring his younger siblings with gruesome tales and pranks inspired by the mythical “Jersey Devil” of local legend. Educated in a two-room schoolhouse in Nesco, Frank went on to be an academic star at Oakcrest High School, where he was president of Student Council and from which he graduated in 1965. The most adventurous of the Ware clan, Frank left New Jersey to attend William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa, earning a BA in English with minors in psychology and history. He subsequently earned his MSW from the University of Iowa. In the late 1970s, his compassion for people led him to a job at Lynwood, a substance abuse treatment center in Davenport. There, he met Lorraine Hoover, an educator and trainer in psychiatric rehabilitation. Together, they spent their careers providing hope and support for recovery to individuals suffering from mental illness and substance abuse. Their work took them to Rock Island in 1981, and they worked at a group home called Alliance for the Mentally Ill for Rock Island and Mercer Counties. “They fought for people,” Lorriane’s daughter Courtney said. “They got to know the people and they really cared about them.” The greatest challenge at the time was finding housing and services for people with mental illness who were being released from mental institutions. Building a network of care became Frank’s lifelong passion. When he came to Janet Wattles Center on Feb. 13, 1989, the agency was on the brink of financial ruin. As President/CEO for 22 years, Frank turned the organization around. When Janet Wattles affiliated with Rosecrance Health Network on Jan. 1, 2011, Frank became Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Mental Health Services for the organization. Through the years, he was honored with many professional accolades and eagerly and ably served on many national, state and local boards and councils. He also was an adjunct assistant professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Iowa. Frank was comfortable with and accepting of people who were social casualties, people who had fallen out of the mainstream because of drugs and alcohol or mental illness. He was a visionary for mental health services, a respected administrator and leader of national stature. Friends and colleagues alike say it was Frank’s loving, accepting nature that imbued his professional career with meaning and compelled him to treat everyone with dignity.
He is survived by daughter, Courtney Oertel of Rockford; siblings, Nancy (Bob) Pelekoski of Ocean City, N.J.; Martha A. Ware and David L. (Michele) Ware of Hammonton, N.J.; Estella V. Domenico, William R. Ware and Robert C. (Linda) Ware, all of Nesco; sister-in-law, Lavonne (Dan) Johnston and brother-in-law Terry (Jenny) Hoover, all of Davenport, Iowa; nieces and nephews, Crystal Domenico, David and Michael Ware, James Ryan and William Domenico, all of Nesco; Christian (Tanya) Ware of Winnebago; and Nikki Kerr, Mikaela Hoover, Jim Hoover and Leila Lorraine Deaver, all of Davenport. In addition to Lorraine, he was predeceased by his parents and his mother-in-law, Ardeth Hoover, who passed Wednesday, February, 16, 2011.
Funeral services will be 7 p.m. today at Christ United Methodist Church, 4509 Highcrest Rd., Rockford, with a visitation from 3 to 7 p.m., also at the church. Frank will be taken home to New Jersey for family services at New Columbia-Nesco United Methodist Church in Hammonton. Lorri’s ashes will be interred with him at the historic Basto Cemetery in the Pine Barrens they loved. Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, 1860 S. Mulford Rd., assisted the family. To express condolences online, please visit www.fitzgeraldfh.com.
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Lorraine Hoover - 2010

Wife Lorraine Hoover Ware



February 12
Viviani, Ardis
- mother of our classmate, Debbie Viviani
DAVENPORT — Ardis Mae (Holdt) Viviani, 77, formerly of Davenport, entered the waiting arms of God on Saturday, February 12, 2011. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 16, 2011, at 11:30 a.m. at the Runge Mortuary Chapel. Visitation will be Tuesday, February 15, 2011, from 4 until 7 p.m. Burial will be at Davenport Memorial Park. Online condolences may be made at www.therungemortuary.com. Ardis was born in Davenport on February 28, 1933, to Walter and Laura (Bohm) Holdt. She was a proud member of the Davenport High Class of 1950. Ardis was united in marriage to Robert Lange in 1957 until his death in 1964. In 1965, she married Glenn Viviani and remained his loving life partner until his death in 2007.
Ardis is survived by her children, Greg Viviani (Davenport), Lori (Hal) Winckler (North Liberty, Iowa), Lisa (Bill) McKirgan (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), Vicki (Randy) Stoebner (Davenport), Gwen (Ron) Smith (Davenport) and Debbie (Nick) Dockum (Sugar Land, Texas); and her grandchildren, Emily and Alyssa Winckler, Travis Stoebner, Sarah and Melissa Smith, Nicholas (Tiffany) Dockum (who is currently serving with the U.S. Army in Iraq), and Tony (Amanda) Dockum; as well as nine great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister, Betty Lange.
She is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 42 years, Glenn; first husband, Bob; her parents and favorite grandmother, May Zak Bohm; sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn and Glenn Bankson; stepfather, Maurice Bennett; in-laws, Tony and Dorothy Viviani and Marie Lange; lifelong, friend Donna Mahoney; and her cherished granddaughter, Elizabeth Ann Winckler.
Memorials may be made to the Handicapped Development Center (Davenport) or Iowa City Hospice.
Ardis especially loved her time with Glenn – dancing the waltz, league bowling and camping in the RV. She, Glenn and Greg loved visiting Branson.
She also enjoyed being with her friends – playing cards and gossiping with her card club, bowling with the Go-Go Girls league and talking with her friends from Kartridg Pak. She adored her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren with all of her heart.
The last years were not easy, especially after losing Glenn. Ardis wanted everyone to know that, as much as she loved them, she was ready to leave and rejoin those who had gone before. She is dancing the waltz with Glenn in Heaven.
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Ardis Viviani
Ardis Viviani
Deborah Viviani - 1968

Daughter Deborah Viviani Dockum


February 5
Hein, Jean
- mother of our classmate, Linda Hein Faust
Jean M. Hein, age 93, of Bettendorf, passed away on Saturday, February 5, 2011 at Select Specialty Hospital in Davenport. Services to celebrate her life will be held at 2:30 PM Saturday, February 12, 2011 at Weerts Funeral Home, Kimberly and Jersey Ridge in Davenport. Eastern Star services will be held in conjunction with the funeral service by Davenport Chapter #178. The family will greet friends from 1:00 to 2:30 PM at the funeral home. Private burial will be held at Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital or to Camp Courageous.

Jean was born in 1917 in Fremont, Nebraska to Frank and Katie Chilcoat. She was united in marriage to Lester L. Hein on December 19, 1937 in Fremont. He preceded her in death on September 16, 1984. Lester and Jean farmed for 13 years before leaving the farm in 1951 to take employment with Archer Petroleum in Crete, Nebraska where they lived for 9 years. The couple then transferred to Davenport in 1960. Jean worked for Kelly Services for several years before working for a food brokerage company where she retired. She was a member of St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church in Davenport, Royal Neighbors of America where she joined in 1933 at the age of 16, Wednesday Morning Breakfast Club and Daughters of the Nile Chapter #10. She was also a 50 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star, serving as Worthy Matron in 1959 in Crete, Nebraska Chapter #104 and then two terms for Davenport Chapter #178. Jean was a former member of ABWA Bend of the River Chapter and Pilot Club.

Survivors include daughters, Anita (Rick) Hegland of Bettendorf, Iowa and Linda (Greg) Faust of Charlottesville, Virginia; son, Jim (Carol) Hein of Bettendorf, Iowa; grandchildren, Kimberly (Jim) Hutzell, Jason (Carol) Hein, Kristin(Michael) Lizak, Bob (Lysa) Hegland, Doug (Julie) Hegland, Meredith (Jeremy) Roberts and Katie Faust; great grandchildren, Makayla, Amber and Kaleb Hutzell, Jacob, Tyler and Lucas Hein, Benjamin and Samuel Lizak, Addison and Bryson Hegland, Andrew, Adam and Grant Hegland. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, daughter, Carol Ann; brothers, Lester and Harold; and sister, Clara Weddle.
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Jean Hein
Jean Hein
Linda Hein

Daughter Linda Hein Faust

Linda Hein

Linda Hein - 1968


February 5
, Jim - brother of our classmate, Sally Paustian
PHOENIX — Jim Paustian, of Phoenix, Ariz., died Feb. 5, 2011, after a brief illness. He was 57. A memorial service will be today at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport, at 2 p.m. Memorials may be made to the church.
A graduate of Davenport West High School and Iowa State University, he earned an MBA at the University of Phoenix. He was employed as a civil engineer in Phoenix.
Survivors include his wife, Debbie Paustian, and son, Zackary Paustian, of Phoenix, and his mother, Joanne Paustian, and sister, Sally Paustian, of Davenport. He was preceded in death by his father, Dilver A. Paustian.
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Jim Paustian
Jim Paustian
Sally Paustian - 1968

Sister Sally Paustian - 1968

February 4
Schroeder, Dorothy
- mother of our classmate, Gayle Schroeder Lovejoy
DAVENPORT — Dorothy M. Schroeder, 87, a resident of Davenport, died Friday, February 4, 2011, at Crest Health Care Center, Ridgecrest Village, Davenport. Funeral services and a Mass of Christian Burial for Dorothy will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 9, 2011, at Holy Family Catholic Church, Davenport. Burial will take place in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4 until 7p.m. at the Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport.
Dorothy M. Chamberlain was born September 17, 1923, in Newton Township, Rural Whiteside County, Illinois, a daughter of George and Rosella (O’Neil) Chamberlain. She was united in marriage to Elmer D. Schroeder on August 13, 1949, in Rock Island. Elmer preceded Dorothy in death December 7, 1999. They shared 50 years of marriage together.
Dorothy was an active participant in local politics. She made an unsuccessful run for Scott County Recorder and was an election judge for many years. Dorothy also enjoyed her work in the polls at Adams Elementary. Her involvement in the Democratic Party was a big part of her life. Dorothy also enjoyed playing cards and was a proud breast cancer survivor. She participated in many of the Susan G. Komen Races for the Cure.
She was an active member of Holy Family Parish, and served as a Eucharistic Minister at church and to the sick in the hospital; Dorothy was a member of the Catholic Women’s League, the Daughters of Isabella, and the Women of the Moose.
Memorials may be made to Holy Family Church or to the American Cancer Society.
Dorothy is survived by her daughter, Gayle Lovejoy, Bettendorf; her son, Craig Schroeder, Apple Valley, Minn.; her brother, James “Gene” (Dorothy) Chamberlain, Albany, Ill.; her sister, Lorraine Verkruysse, Iowa City, Iowa, and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer, her parents, brothers, Clyde of Erie, Ill., Howard of Oswego, N.Y., and Leo Chamberlain of Clinton, Iowa, and a sister, Isabel Hood of Clinton. May they rest in peace.
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Dorothy Schroeder
Dorothy Schroeder
Gayle Schroeder

Daughter Gayle Schroeder - 1968

January 25
, Gordon - brother of our classmate, Becky Coon Birk
BETTENDORF — On January 25, 2011, at the age of 67, Gordon W. Coon Jr. of 6274 Crow Valley Drive, Bettendorf, Iowa, passed at Lehigh Medical Center in Lehigh, Florida.
Gordon was born February 17, 1943, in Washington, Iowa, to Gordon Sr. and Laurena Coon. In 1961, Gordon graduated from Davenport West High. He married Mary Lou Smith in 1966. Gordon worked at ALCOA. Later, he went on to have a successful career in real estate and started several small businesses.
As a young man, Gordon was active in the outdoors. He enjoyed the Boy Scouts and attained the rank of Eagle Scout. Later, Gordon’s passion turned to fishing. He enjoyed traveling the United States to fishing destinations and made multiple trips to Canada and Mexico with his family. As a way to share his passion, he started RC Tackle with his son Ryan. Gordon also enjoyed attending fishing shows and tournaments where he could share stories with his friends.
Gordon is survived by his wife, Mary Lou; son, Carlton (Kristin), and two grandchildren of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; son, Ryan (Sarah) of Nashville, Tennessee; his father, Gordon Sr. of Davenport, Iowa; and his sister, Becky Birks of East Moline, Illinois. He also had a very close relationship with his kidney donor Jevin Budde of Bismarck, North Dakota. Gordon was preceded in death by his mother, Laurena.
Gordon’s remains will be cremated in Lehigh, Florida. His family will greet friends at a celebration of life held at The Fountains Clubhouse, 3752 Thunder Ridge Rd., Bettendorf, IA 52722, on February 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. The family requests that memorials be made to Living Lands and Waters at http://www.livinglandsandwaters.org.
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Gordon Coon Jr.
Gordon Coon, Jr.
Rebecca Coon - 1968

Sister Rebecca Coon - 1968