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Mrs. N.B. Sawyer
Mr. N. B. Sawyer received a telegram last Saturday calling him to Chicago, to the bedside of Mrs. Sawyer who was taken suddenly worse.
[p 8, col 3, "Haven Weekly Journal", Haven, Reno County, Kansas, Saturday, April 19, 1902 - Sub. by Rose Stout]

Died at Chicago --
Mrs. N. B. Sawyer of Haven, died at Chicago where she had been for some time on account of her health. Mr. Sawyer was with her at the time of her death, and her two sons were wired for at once, however the youngest who is a Senior at the State University, and Ed, who is cashier of the bank. The remains were interred at Rock Island, ILL., their old home.
Mrs. Sawyer was a Christian woman, who was beloved by all who knew her and will be missed by her many friends in Haven. She has been an invalid for some time, every possible thing was done to bring about her recovery, but to no avail, she was called to go beyond where there is no more suffering. She leaves a husband and two sons. The sympathy of their many friends is extended to them in this hour of sorrow.
[Saturday, April 26, 1902, "Haven Weekly Journal", Haven, Reno County, Kansas - Sub. by Rose Stout]

Tribute To Mrs. Sawyer, By Rev. J. R. Findley
Rock Island Argus
Conneaut, Ohio, April 29. --- In the Argus of April 21st, I read of the death of Mrs. N. B. Sawyer, of Haven, Kans. Knowing her as I did I felt that she was deserving of a more extended notice.
I knew her first as a daughter and sister, afterwards as wife and mother, and she was not found wanting in either of these relations. The home of her childhood was brighter for her presence in it, and her withdrawal from it after her marriage removed the central figure. She was a homemaker wherever she was. For mother and brothers she was a homemaker; for husband and sons she was the same. The later home was bright for more than a quarter of a century because she was in it. She was the light of the home and a bright light. Quiet, unassuming but, she adapted herself to circumstances.
She schooled herself for the duties and responsibilities that might come to her and was always ready to meet them. Next to the comfort of her husband was her anxiety for sons. She watched their growth from childhood to manhood with the greatest interest; not of the body only but of the mind and soul. She was anxious to have them grow up men, and such men as would be capable of filling responsible positions both in church and state. I have seen a number of communications from her to my daughter, written during her long and painful illness, in which reference were made to her husband and sons. In these communications she always expressed her self as resigned to God's will whatever that might be, but said she would like to live to see the full development of her boys.
She wanted to know that their characters were fully established in righteousness. She wanted to assist her husband so far as human agency could accomplish it, to round out their manhood.
She never consulted her own comfort, but was greatly concerned for the welfare of her family.
Such a wife and mother must have been the light of the home and the home without her must seem dark. But there is this consolation. She was a Christian, a true Christian, and we know that her light has not gone out. It has only been transferred to another apartment and is burning still more brightly than ever. That noble and pure life that was first lived with parents and brothers and afterwards with husband and sons, and lived so well, is perpetuated. Yes, she has just commenced to live. She has left us an example worthy of emulation. She was a model daughter, a model sister, a model wife, a model mother, a model Christian. She has gone to her reward. Her death was peaceful. She fell asleep in Jesus. "Blessed be her memory. Rev. J. R. Findley.
 [From the - Haven Weekly Journal, Haven, Reno County, Kansas, Saturday, May 17, 1902 - Sub. by Rose Stout]

Gloria Sherwood
Gloria A. Sherwood, 82, East Moline, passed away Friday Jan. 20, 2012, at Trinity Pathway Hospice, Bettendorf. Per her wishes there will be no services with cremation rites to be accorded. Gloria was born on Aug, 19,1929, in Brooklyn, N.Y. She spent many years living in Southern and Northern California and moved to Illinois to be with her daughter and son-in-law. Gloria loved living at Ridgewood Towers,where she made many special friends. She enjoyed reading, traveling, bingo, knitting and sharing stories of her growing up in New York and living in sunny Southern California. Despite many health problems she endured in her lifetime she remained a glowing light for all who knew her. She will be deeply missed. She is survived by her son Alan (Kristine) Sherwood, Hayward, Calif.; daughter, Bobbi (Jim) Kortenkamp, Colona; brother Irving (Glenda) Forrest, Charlottesville, VA; grandson Abraham Sherwood whom she adored; three stepgranddaughters, Kate Slaastad, Kara Potaracke and Kristina Kortenkamp; two nephews and a niece. a special thank you to the staff at Trinity Pathway Hospice for their compassionate care and support. Online condolences may be left for the family at [Submitted by LeRoy Sundin]

Linda Wates
EAST MOLINE — Linda A. Porter Wates, 64, of East Moline, died Jan. 25, 2012. The body was cremated. No visitation is planned. DeRoos, Moline, assisted the family. Linda retired from Hy-Vee, Avenue of the Cities, Moline. Survivors include a daughter, Jennifer Hicks, Moline; siblings, Susan Carroll, Colona, Michael Porter, Stanwood, Wash., and Debra Porter, Milan; and stepfather, Ben Schumm, Orion, Ill.

Esther Haynes (Engdahl)
- 69, of Albany, died Wednesday at Moline Lutheran Hospital. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Dailey Chapel, Port Byron. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Port Byron. Mrs. Haynes was born Esther Engdahl, July 14, 1886, the daughter of John and Mina Engdahl. She was married Sept. 90, 1915 to George Haynes in Michigan.
Surviving are the widower; a son, Wilbur of East Moline; a daughter, Mrs. Violet Anderson of Fulton, Ill.; two brothers, Harry of East Moline, and Seedoff of Oregon state; three sisters, Mrs. Arthur Long of Port Byron, Mrs. Delmar Lusk of Pontiac, Mich., and Mrs. Ernest Burcher of Oregon.
[The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois April 26, 1956 - Thursday, page 2 - Sub by Melva L. Taylor ]

Roy C. Fisher
ROY C. FISHER - 66, 1350 Kimberly Ridge Rd., Bettendorf, died Sunday morning at Moline Public Hospital. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Wendt Brothers Funeral Home, Moline. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday with Pastor Bryan C. Johnson, officiating. Burial will be in the Greenview Cemetery, Silvis.
Born on Nov. 4, 1916 in Vandalia, the son of Lewis and Fannie Skruggs Fisher, he attended Rock Falls schools and on Dec. 12, 1978 married Darleen Ingold in Moline. He was self employed at Fisher Furniture Store, Moline and was a member of the First Evangelical Church.
Surviving are two sons, Keith, Marco Island, Fla., and Kent, Moline; three daughters, Valerie Hurry, E. Moline; Sybil Kizer, Moline and Sylvia Reid, Davenport; one brother Arthur Fisher, Sterling; one sister, Edna Bjork, Mt. Dorra, Fla; four granddaughters; and two great grandchildren.
[The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 15, 1982- Monday, page A4 - Sub. by Melva L. Taylor]

Dennis Hodson
Dennis P. “Denny” Hodson, 72, of Moline, passed away Sunday, May 27, 2012 in the comfort of his home with his loved ones after a lengthy illness.
Per his wishes cremation rites are accorded. Rafferty Funeral Home, Moline is assisting his family with arrangements.
Denny was born October 28, 1939 in Moline, the son of Paul and Jeanne (Darkenwald) Hodson. He married Frances “Jean” McFarland on November 23, 1956 in Moline. Denny worked for Key Buick where he won many awards for top salesman. He previously worked at John Deere and Downings Dairy Home Delivery.
Denny enjoyed endurance motorcycle racing with his son, Chris and brother, Pete and together they won many trophies. He enjoyed owning and traveling on his Harley Davidson Motorcycle and riding his jet boat. He collected various firearms, antique smoking pipes, and owned exotic cars. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and traveling in their motor home out west with his father, Paul. They also enjoyed many hours wood carving. Den also built and flew model airplanes under the guidance of his best friend, Tom Oliver.
Survivors include his wife, Jean; children, Dennis Christopher Hodson, Moline and Diane (Roger) Mason, Arizona; 3 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; mother, Jeanne Hodson, Moline; brothers, Peter (Shari) Hodson, Moline, Brian (Cindy) Hodson, Moline; good friend Mark Babcock, Moline and his beloved Lil’ Lilly Belle. He was preceded in death by his father, Paul, grandmother, Dorothy Hodson, uncle, Gary Hodson and aunt, Virginia Deffner.
Special thanks to the staff at Trinity Hospice and his beloved caregiver and sister-in-law, Rita Astgen.
[Quad City Times, May 28, 2012 - Sub. by Ken Wright]

A. Boggs
DIED---On board Steamboat Latrobe, at Keokuk, Iowa, June 5th, 1855, A. Boggs, of Gallia Co., near Gallipolis, Ohio.
He had in his possession two boxes, and also a pocket book containing a promissory note drawn by Christopher Morier, and payable to James Boggs for $22.50. His relations can get his effects by applying to J. H. Langley & Co., Rock Island, Ill. He has a son living about forty miles from Rock Island.---
["Rock Island (Ill.) Republican"., reprinted in "Gallipolis Journal", (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, June 28, 1855 -- Sub. By Kathy McDaniel]

Virginia Rae Smith
VIRGINIA RAE (MARTIN) CLANTON SMITH, 72, of Pittsfield, died Thursday (May 14, 1981) in her home. Mrs. Smith was born April 20, 1909, in McKeesport, Pa., a daughter of George A. and Mary A. Nolder Martin. She was a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Griggsville, and was past president of the Blackhawk Chapter of the National Secretaries Association in Rock Island. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Chester L. (Ruth Ann) Prust of Davenport, Iowa, and Mrs. John S. (Arlene) Clampen of Helena, Mont., a son, the Rev. Garrett Clanton of Griggsville; eight grandchildren; and a great grandchild. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday in St. James Episcopal Church in Griggsville, conducted by the Rt. Rev. Donald P. Parsons. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Rock Island. Arrangements are being handled by Skinner Funeral Home in Griggsville.
[Transcribed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - from the Virginia Hart Collection Pike Co IL]

Samuel Burgower
Former Dallas Jeweler Dies
Samuel Burgower, 86, former Dallas jewelry store operator and a resident here for thirty-four years, died Saturday in Harrisburg, Pa., at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Lou Cohen, following an illness of six months. Funeral services and burial will be held Monday at Harrishurg. Born in Rock Island, Ill., Burgower moved to Terrell in 1888. In 1912 he came to Dallas and a few years later became a partner in Scherr & Burgower, jewelry firm here. Burgower lived in Dallas until 1946 when he moved to Harrisburg. He is survived by his wife and a daughter, both of Harrisburg; two sons, Julian Burgower, Corpus Christi, and Henry F. Burgower, Dallas; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
[Sunday, August 29, 1948 Paper: Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX) Section: I Page: 12]

Kathy Knuf Odean
Kathy Knuf Odean of Rock Island, died early Sunday morning (July 10, 2011) at Trinity Medical Center in Rock Island after a brief illness. Kathy Sue Knuf was born in Quincy on Feb. 9, 1953, a daughter of Donald and Maxine Knuf. She graduated from Quincy High School and Elmhurst College. She came to Moline in 1979 to become Christian education director at First Congregational Church of Moline. There she met her future husband, W. Reid Odean, and they were married there in April 1981. They had two children, Russell and Emily. As the kids grew she acquired a master's degree in instructional design from the University of Iowa. This led to a career as a partner of Quest International LLC, a management training and design consulting firm. She is survived by the widower; her son of North Hollywood, Calif.; her daughter of Joliet; her mother of Quincy; a brother Kurt, and his wife, Susan (Quincy); an aunt, Sue Hart of Greenville S.C.; and a nephew of Quincy. She was preceded in death by her father and grandparents. SERVICES: at 10:30 a.m. Friday a celebration of Kathy's life will be held at First Congregational Church, 2201 Seventh Ave., Moline. VISITATION: 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the Esterdahl Mortuary and Crematory, Ltd., 6601 38th Ave., Moline.
[Quincy Herald Whig, Quincy, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]


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