||Published in the
Argus/Dispatch on November 24th, 2013
QCS extends our sympathies to the family and
friends of Charles Hoaglund, who had been an
active member of our club until recently. See http://wendtfuneralhome.com
for his obituary.
|Posted in the Q-C Times, August 4th, 2013
Mrs. Pamela S. Langston will
celebrate her 90th birthday with a family
gathering in Franklin, NC, hosted by her
daughter, Mrs. Elaine DeLorenzo & her family.
Mr. Bruce Langston, IL, and Mr. Gregory Langston,
FL, her sons, will be arriving with their
families to take part in the festivities during
the weekend of August 3, 2013.
Pamela was born in Wellingborough,
Northamptonshire, England in 1923, grew up in the
village of Little Irchestor, was educated at
Wellinborough Girls High School, and went
to Homerton College at Cambridge, graduating in
|Pamela married Sgt. Caleb B.
Langston, of the U.S. Army Air Corps, at the
Church of Our Lady in Wellingborough, on February
12, 1945. She taught English and Mathematics at
Westfield Boys School before coming to the
United States in 1946. Since that time she has
been a resident of Rock Island, Illinois, which
was her home for 66 years, until her recent move
to Franklin, North Carolina, where she now
resides.She worked at the Rock Island Public
Library for 35 years, the last ten years as
Reference Librarian, specializing in local
history and genealogy, publishing several books
The family invites all her friends to share in
the celebration of her 90th birthday by sending
her a card. (899 Angel Cove Rd., Franklin, NC
28734.) Thank you for your thoughts and
participation. We know that she would love to
hear from all of her friends.
|Friday, July 5th, 2013:
We are sorry to
report that we've lost another good QCS member.
We have been notified that Dennis G. Spence, 62,
of Silvis, formerly of Aledo, died Monday, July
1, 2013. An obituary is available at www.http://fippingerfuneralhome.com/.
We extend our sympathy to his family and
||Wednesday, February 28th, 2013: SOME HAPPY
QCS Board Members Sue and Shari
Peterson (mother and daughter) have just
graduated to the ranks of Great-Grandmother and
Grandmother for the first time. Alexander
Charles, born February 26th, is the first child
of Shari's son and daughter-in-law, Ryan and
Sarah Peterson. G-Grandma Sue and Grandma Shari
are quite delighted, of course!
|Monday, December 17th, 2012: We are deeply
saddened to learn that we have lost one of our
longest and most helpful members, Gordon
Grimes. Our condolences to Ruth and the
rest of his family. He will definitely be missed
You will find his obituary online
temporarily on qconline. http://qconline.com/archives/qco/display.php?id=620140
Later you will be able to access it on the
Esterdahl Mortuary website,
some good news for a change!
(5/6/12 article & photo
compliments of the
Quad-Cities Times )
|Chuck and Sharon Hoaglund,
East Moline, will celebrate their 50th
anniversary on May 6, 2012. Sharon K. Hanson of
Geneseo, Ill., married Charles R. Hoaglund of
Moline at St. Johns Lutheran Church, Edford
Township, on Sunday, May 6, 1962. Chuck and
Sharon honeymooned throughout Europe after
picking up from the factory a new 1962 Volkswagen
Beetle. To this day you will find them touring
around the country with their love of old cars
and a good adventure. They are parents of Janice
(Tony) Drain of Moline and John Hoaglund,
deceased. They also have two grandchildren, Sarah
and James Drain. Chuck is retired from United
Airlines and Sharon was a beautician, as well as
a full-time homemaker. They enjoy local history
and antique automobiles. They are members of
First Lutheran Church, Moline. A family
celebration is being planned by their daughter
and will be held at a later date.
|Two more QCA members lost their mothers recently...
Judy Ramsay's mother, LaVern Marsh,
died January 21st, 2012. Link
to her obituary at Wendt Funeral Home.
Vicki Wassenhove's mother, Gladys Grossman, succumbed
October 30th, 2011. See
her obituary on the Esterdahl site.
|We're saddened to report more bad
news..... Our sympathies are extended to Patty Lowry and
her family for the loss of her grandson, Matthew Lowry,
in an automobile accident in Texas on September 28th,
2011. Matthew was age 20.
|The QCS extends our sincere
condolences to QCS Board Member, Sue Peterson, on the
death of her mother, Kathryn R. Felsman on August 18th,
Follow this link to the
Kathryn Felsman obituary at www.wendtfuneralhome.com
to the family and friends of Carlisle
"Ki" Evans, who died Tuesday,
May 31, 2011, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House,
Ki and his wife, Barb, were both
QCS members and attended many meetings and SIGs
in past years.
to his obituary at Wheelan-Pressly:
|We are saddened by the untimely
loss of John Sweeney and extend our sincere
condolences to his family. He was a very active
QCS member and a former SIG leader.
||John D. Sweeney July
3, 1955 - May 5, 2011
Sweeney, 55, of Milan, was born July 3, 1955 to
John B. and Virginia W. Sweeney. He enjoyed life
until May 5, 2011 when he passed away at Trinity
Pathway Hospice in Bettendorf, Iowa.
Funeral Services will be celebrated at 12:00
p.m., Monday, May 9, 2011, at DeRoo Funeral Home,
Moline. Visitation is Sunday from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the
New Kingdom Trail Riders.
John was born in Igloo, SD. He married Beverly J.
Randles on August 12, 1978 in Moline. Eleven
years later, they had a son, Patrick J. Sweeney.
Beverly preceded him in death on October 1, 2008.
|He was employed at Eagle Foods,
41st Street & Avenue of the Cities for 20
years. After retiring from Eagles, his passion
for photography led to ownership of John Sweeney
During his life, John enjoyed fishing, golf,
therapeutic horseback riding and taking part in
the Quad City Computer Society with friends. He
attended Christ the King Church, Moline.
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law,
Patrick J. & Brooke R. Sweeney, Elmhurst, IL;
sisters and brothers-in-law, Sharon S. Sweeney,
Chicago, Mary Ann & John Merano, Springfield,
IL, Kathleen & Jim Jones, Davenport and
Michele Sweeney, Milan and a nephew, Michael A.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife,
Beverly and brother, James Michael Sweeney.
to the DeRoo
Funeral Home website for a more complete
sympathies are extended to Carol Laws on the loss of her
husband, Charles, on March 18, 2011.
Follow this link to the
Charles Laws obituary on the Esterdahl Mortuary site
QCS offers condolences to QCS
member, Jim Buche, on the loss of his wife, Helen, on
February 4th, 2011.
Link to the Van Hoe Funeral Home
Obituary for Helen M. Buche
Donald and Marilyn Hargrave 60th Anniversary
Rock Island Argus: : Jan. 29th , 2011
Donald and Marilyn (Boyd) Hargrave were married
Feb. 4, 1951, in Rock Island and have enjoyed
living with their friends and neighbors in Coyne
Center,where both have been active in their
community, since 1955.
|Lynn is past president of the
school parents club and fire department
auxiliary. Don helped organize and served as
president of the Coyne Center Sanitary District
until it was operational in 1987. Don is a former
fire chief and still serves as a trustee of the
fire protection and EMS district. He served as a
president of Croppers Sub-Divisions Water
Association for 50 years.
A reception at the Milan Civic Center is being
delayed until June 5 in deference to the Arizona
and Florida family members who requested a delay
until warmer weather.
Don and Lynn are the parents of a daughter, Tj
Hargrave, Scottsdale, Ariz.; and two sons, Tom
Hargrave, Glendale, Ariz.; and Roger (Dea)
Hargrave, Coyne Center. Don and Lynn have six
grandchildren, Tina (Jeff) Wallace, Bettendorf;
Jessica (Chris) Hart, Milan; Heather Hargrave,
Surprise, Ariz.; Chad Hargrave, Mayer, Ariz.;
Erin (Brad) Bannerman, Bettendorf; and Maggie
(Richard), Pensacola, Fla. They have 10
great-grandchildren, Araya, Zach, James, Mason,
Eli, Lucas, Allie, Eva, Holley and Caleb. Anew
great-granddaughter is expected in February, and
twins are expected in June. A daughter, Deborah,
are sorry to announce the passing of longtime QCS
member, Richard Lebow, on December 14th, 2010 and
extend our sympathies to his family and friends.
Dick had served as
treasurer of our organization from 1990-98 and
also as secretary for one year.
condolences may be left for the family at wheelan pressly.com where his obituary
has been posted.
QCS extends condolences to member Dale Arnold on the
death of his father on March 17, 2010.
Link to the Esterdahl
Mortuary Obituary for Dale Arnold, Sr.
|Carlisle "Ki" and Barbara
J. Evans Anniversary
Rock Island Argus: Dec. 07, 2009
Longtime QCS members, Carlisle "Ki" and
Barbara J. Evans, Coal Valley will celebrate
their 65th wedding anniversary with a family
dinner on Dec. 9.
Barbara Haney, Aledo, and Ki Evans, Rock Island,
were married Dec. 9, 1944, at First Methodist
Church, Oakland, Calif. Ki was a World War II
Marine and a patient in the San Leandro Navy
Hospital when they were married. Ki graduated
from Rock Island High School. He also graduated
from the University of Illinois with a B.S.
degree in architectural engineering and graduated
from Florida Tech with an M.S. degree in
professional management. He was employed as chief
architect for U.S. Army Material Command, located
at the Rock Island Arsenal, retiring in October
1987 after 35 years.
Barbara graduated from Aledo High School and
attended the University of Illinois. She was
employed by Augustana College as a secretary in
the science department, retiring after 13 years.
Their children are Donald and Nancy Evans,
Bettendorf; Kenneth and Karen Evans, Phoenix,
Ariz.; Carol Evans and Bill Wall, Seeely Lake,
Mont.; and Christine Evans and Dennis Peck,
Geneseo. They have nine grandchildren and seven
They are members of Good Shepherd Church, Rock
||Congratulations to PFC Ryan C.
Peterson, on graduating from U.S. Army Basic
Training at Fort Benning, GA, on October 2,
2009. Ryan is now an Infantryman, and will next
attend Airborne Training at the base. He
will then transfer to Fort Bragg, NC, continuing
Forces training, with the goal of becoming a
Medical Sargeant in the Green Beret.
Ryan is the son of member Shari Peterson
of Bettendorf, and the grandson of Sue Peterson,
board member and club membership director, of
|Diane and Max Davis Anniversary
Rock Island Argus: Sept. 10, 2009
Diane and Max Davis, East Moline, will celebrate
their 60th wedding anniversary with a family
dinner. Diane Holland, Milton, Iowa, and Mr.
Davis, Ottumwa, Iowa, were married Sept. 12,
1949, at the home of the bride's parents in
Milton. Their children are Anne (Mark) Resetich,
Hampton; Tim (Katie) Holland-Davis, Columbia,
S.C. Their daughter-in-law is Mikki (Chuck)
Oates, Davenport. They have six grandchildren and
five great-grandchildren. A son, Dan Davis, is
deceased. Mr. Davis was employed as an employee
benefits administrator at Deere & Co. for 30
years, retiring in 1986. Mrs. Davis was employed
by Sears & Roebuck for 13 years and by Dr.
Ralph Ade for eight years, retiring in 1987. They
are members of Christ United Methodist Church,
|James and Helen Buche Anniversary
Rock Island Argus: Sept. 01, 2009
James and Helen Buche, 3440 3rd St. A, East
Moline, celebrated their 65th anniversary at home
and at 2 p.m. listened to the recording of their
wedding in 1944.Helen Marie Sole, Earlham, Iowa,
and Mr. Buche, Sheldahl, Iowa, were married Sept.
3, 1944, at First Presbyterian Church, Earlham.
Their daughter is Ruth Davidowitz. They have one
grandchild. Mr. Buche was employed as a
supervisor, parts catalog group, at Deere and
Co., retiring in 1984 after 25 years. They are
members of First Presbyterian Church of East
|Sad news about a
long-time QCS member...
horticulturist Justin 'Chub' Harper dies
while visiting Colorado**
|The Quad-City horticultural
community lost a champion when
Justin Chub Harper of
Moline died Sunday while visiting
the longtime supervisor of
grounds maintenance at Deere
& Co., retiring in 1981, and
an internationally known conifer
Conifers are cone-bearing
trees that most people simply
call evergreens, but
for him they were among the most
beautiful and versatile plants on
Earth, especially those that have
unusual shapes or are dwarf
Harper collected unusual
conifers and amassed so many that
he gave them away to public
gardens, including the Quad-City
Botanical Center in Rock Island
and the Bickelhaupt Arboretum in
Clinton, Iowa, where they are
viewed by thousands annually.
A Harper collection also can
be found at Michigan State
Universitys 756-acre Hidden
Lake Gardens in Tipton, Mich.
The 650 or so trees donated to
Bickelhaupt are known as the
Heartland Collection and have
been rated one of the Top
10 garden conifer collections in
the country, said Francie Hill, the
tons of vision, she added.
In addition to
advocating the use of conifers in
the landscape a relatively
new trend in gardening he
introduced the Bickelhaupt to
hostas, Hill said.
It may be
difficult for even the casual
gardener to imagine a time when
hostas were not widely planted,
but that was the case some 20
years ago, she explained.
insisted that Bickelhaupt, on
whose board he served for many
years, begin putting its records
and plant labels on computer at a
time when the whole concept
of computers was really
new, she added.
Harper was a
founding member and past
president of the American Conifer
He was preceded
in death by his wife, Anna, in
2004. They had been married for
obituary will be published in
local papers at a later date.
Funeral arrangements are pending
at Wendt's in Moline.
from an old friend and QCS
recently received a note from
former QCS member, Gary Stanley.
Excerpts from his monthly
magazine "Cyber News"
have appeared in our QBits
members may not know that Gary
was born and raised in the Quad-
Cities and was an active QCS
member, serving as membership
chairman and on the Board of
He has lived
in Phoenix AZ for the last
thirteen years and continues to
pursue interests in computer
technology, photography, writing,
lectures and much more!
learned that Gary is planning a
visit to the Quad-Cities in
October and we have invited him
to speak to the Quad-Cities
Computer Society. Watch for more
information later this year.
more about Gary and to view his spectacular
photography, visit his
three links at right.
condolences to long-time member, John
Sweeney, on the loss of his wife on
October 1st, 2008. John has been a QCS
volunteer as a BBS and Internet SIG
leader for many years.
to the Beverly Sweeney obituary
at Wendt Brothers Funeral Home
Pamela Sanders Langston
celebrates her 85th birthday!
the Quad-City Times Newspaper
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Pamela S. Langston and Caleb
|Mrs. Pamela Marie
Sanders Langston will celebrate
her 85th birthday with a family
gathering hosted by her children,
Mr. Bruce Langston, Mr. Gregory
Langston and Mrs. Elaine
DeLorenzo, on Sunday, August 3.
Pamela Sanders Langston was born
Northamptonshire, England, on
August 5, 1923. She grew up in
the village of Little Irchestor,
was educated at Wellingborough
Girls' High School and went on to
Homerton College at Cambridge,
graduating in 1943.
Pamela married Sgt. Caleb B.
Langston of the U.S. Army Air
Corps at The Church of Our Lady,
in Wellingborough, on February
12, 1945. She taught English and
mathematics at Westfield Boys'
School before coming to the
United States in 1946. Since that
time she has been a resident of
Rock Island County, making Rock
Island her home for 62 years.
She worked at the
Rock Island Public Library for 35
years, the last 10 years as a
reference librarian specializing
in local history and genealogy.
When the city of Rock Island
published a sesquicentennial
history of Rock Island, Pamela
contributed several articles to
the book, Rock Island:
Yesterday, Today, and
Tomorrow, published in
1988. She has also published
Volume I of the Saunders/Sanders
Family History in 2002, Volume II
of the Saunders/Sanders Family
History in 2006 and has written
several articles on the subject
of genealogy. She is the past
president and librarian of the
Genealogical Society of Rock
Island and Mercer counties, Ill.
Pamela became a
member of the Catholic Church in
England in September 1943, by
Father Maurice Ryan, and has
continued her faith as a member
of St. Joseph's and St. Piux X
churches of Rock Island for 62
years. She is also a member of
the Knights of Columbus
Auxiliary. She helped organize
and found the Quad-Cities British
Club (where she truly enjoys the
social setting with her friends,
some of 50 years).
|Mrs. Langston has
been president of: Friends of the
Rock Island Library, Friends of
the Rock Island Historical
Society, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority
(local chapter and bi-state
council), Garden Department of
the Rock Island Woman's Club, and
Home and Community Department of
the Rock Island Woman's Club. She
was one of six persons who
founded the Rock Island County
Humane Society 30 years ago and
served as president. Pamela meets
monthly with her good friends and
neighbors (the Lunch Bunch) for
an outing of fun and discussion.
Though she has
served with excellence in these
and many other organizations over
the years, the greatest, most
respected act admired by her
children (and legacy for her
family) is the devotion,
commitment and love she still has
for and gave their father, Mr.
Caleb B. Langston, for 52 years,
until he passed into the hands of
the Lord on September 17, 1997.
The family invites
and encourages all Pamela's
friends and acquaintances to
share in the celebration of her
85th birthday by calling or
sending a note to her. Thank you
for your kind thoughts and best
wishes. We know that she would
love to hear from all of those
whose lives she has touched. With
our regards, the Langston family.
Happy 85th birthday! From your
loving children, Bruce S.
Langston, Gregory W. &
(Beverly) Langston, Elaine &
grandchildren, Jason Langston,
Nicholas Langston, Mrs. Rachel
Wigant, Joseph Langston, Mrs.
Elizabeth Needham, Kathryne
Langston, Mrs. Cher Rider, Caleb
DeLorenzo, Mrs. Melissa White,
& Bethany DeLorenzo.
Langston, Lillian Wigant, Caitlyn
Needham, Kelsey White &
Congratulations to QCS Member, Carol
from the 2008 APCUG contest.
Lifetime Achievement Award: Roy E.
Harrington was presented the
Lifetime Achievement Award for
his outstanding, life-long
contributions to the Engineering
and Science Profession and
Service to the Quad Cities
This includes his 35-year career
at John Deere, where he retired,
supporting the development of
farm equipment with 21 U.S.
patents including the
introduction of plastic bearings
in tubular power take-off (PTO)
shields that are now used by most
manufacturers worldwide. In
addition, his patents for tractor
seat suspensions were utilized
for more than two decades on more
than 80 models of John Deere
tractors and self-propelled
equipment. He has authored two
books on Deeres farm
equipment history and three books
introducing young readers to farm
Mr. Harrington's international
commitment included being an
Consultant responsible for farm
mechanization on the 20-member
Ford Foundation team working with
the Government of India from 1966
to 1971 on their Intensive
Agricultural District Program. In
addition, he worked on
restructuring the Hungarian
agricultural machinery sub sector
for the World Bank in Budapest,
Hungary in 1986.
As a 57-year
member of the American Society of
Agricultural and Biological
Engineers (ASABE), he has held
various offices including
Chairman of the QC Section,
Administrative Vice President,
and co-Leader of a 15 member ASAE
Tour to Exchange information on
farm mechanization at the
invitation of the Chinese
Government in 1979. He is a
member of Society of Automotive
Engineers (SAE) for 48 years and
India Society of Agricultural
Engineers for 41 years.
Mr. Harrington has received
numerous awards and recognition
over the span of this career
including ASABE Quad City Section
Engineer Year, Fellow in ASABE
and Indian Society of Ag
Engineers, and Leaders in
American Science, 6th Edition.
He also has
been active in the local
community including on the
Arrowhead Ranch Board of
Directors, Quad-Cites World
Affairs Council for 35 years
including being President, and
has served on the area board of
Directors for the Churches United
of the Quad Cites.
Mr. Harrington holds a Bachelor
of Agricultural Engineering from
the University of Missouri
Columbia and was a Licensed
Professional Engineer for 45
years in Illinois. He and Dorose,
his wife of 54 years, live in
Moline, Illinois. One of their
three daughters is a mechanical
to this article on
the QCESC site: QuadCity
Enginnering and Science Council
Long time QCS members, Louis and
Lois Rabe, celebrate 60 years of marriage:
|Louis and Lois Rabe,
formerly of Port Byron, will be honored at an
open house Saturday, April 5, in observance of
their 60th wedding anniversary.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend from
2 to 4 p.m. at The Lighthouse, 1900 10th St.,
Lois Farnsworth and Mr. Rabe were married April
3, 1948, in Bronxville, N.Y. Their family
includes children and spouses, Dave and Steph
Rabe, Ann and Greg Andrews and Bill and Gerda
Rabe. Grandchildren include Harley and Laura
Andrews, Spence Rabe, Kara and Luc Powers and Meg
and Alex Powell. They have one great-grandchild,
Mr. Rabe retired from the Arsenal and Mrs. Rabe
has been a homemaker.