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QCS Board members, Shari Peterson and Sue Peterson are Grandmother and Great-grandmother again. Elizabeth "Lizzie" Peterson (born 11-14-14) is shown with her Big Brother Alex (born 02-26-13).  Parents are Ryan and Sarah Peterson.
Published in the Argus/Dispatch on May 3rd, 2014

Another QCS member and friend, Brad Mott, will be missed at our future events! Brad was especially active in Digital SIG and Windows SIG. His obituary is available at http://www.wheelanpressly.com/. Our condolences to his loved ones.

Published in the Argus/Dispatch on November 24th, 2013

The 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 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, 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 as well.

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 friends.

Wednesday, February 28th, 2013: SOME HAPPY NEWS!!!

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 at QCS!

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,
http://esterdahlmortuary.com/.

Here's 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... Our sympathies!

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, 2011.

Follow this link to the Kathryn Felsman obituary at www.wendtfuneralhome.com

OUR CONDOLENCES to the family and friends of Carlisle "Ki" Evans, who died Tuesday, May 31, 2011, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf.

Ki and his wife, Barb, were both QCS members and attended many meetings and SIGs in past years.

Link to his obituary at Wheelan-Pressly:
http://www.wheelanpressly.com./obit-display.php?rec_id=1306959072_27214

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

John D. 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 Photography, Moline.

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. Merano, Springfield.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Beverly and brother, James Michael Sweeney.

Link to the DeRoo Funeral Home website for a more complete biography.

Sincere 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, is deceased.
We 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.

Online condolences may be left for the family at wheelan pressly.com where his obituary has been posted.

The 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 great-grandchildren.

They are members of Good Shepherd Church, Rock Island.

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 in Special 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 Moline.

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, East Moline.

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 Moline.

Our sympathies are extended to QCS member, Dorothy Darland, on the loss of her husband.

Link to the Wheelan-Pressly obituary for Richard Darland

Our condolences to long-time QCS member, Carole Laws, on the loss of her daughter,
Lisa Menne,
on May 26, 2009 in Shakopee, Minnesota.

Link to the QConline obituary for Lisa Menne

Sad news about a long-time QCS member...

Q-C 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 Colorado Springs.

Harper was the longtime supervisor of grounds maintenance at Deere & Co., retiring in 1981, and an internationally known conifer expert.

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 varieties.

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 University’s 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 Bickelhaupt’s director.

“Chub had 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. 

Harper also 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 Society.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna, in 2004. They had been married for 55 years.

**The obituary will be published in local papers at a later date. Funeral arrangements are pending at Wendt's in Moline.

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Note from an old friend and QCS member:

We've recently received a note from former QCS member, Gary Stanley. Excerpts from his monthly magazine "Cyber News" have appeared in our QBits newsletters.

Newer 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 Directors.

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!

We also 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.

To learn more about Gary and to view his spectacular photography, visit his three links at right.

Stanley Computing
Photo Web Site
Blog

 

QCS extends 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.

Link to the Beverly Sweeney obituary at Wendt Brothers Funeral Home

 

QCS member news:

Mrs. Pamela Sanders Langston celebrates her 85th birthday!

Published in the Quad-City Times Newspaper
Sunday, July 27, 2008

Photo: Pamela S. Langston and Caleb Langston

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 in Wellingborough, 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 & (Joseph) DeLorenzo.

From your 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.

From your great-grandchildren, Jordan Langston, Lillian Wigant, Caitlyn Needham, Kelsey White & Ashton White

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Congratulations to QCS Member, Carol Laws!

See her Prize-winning Photo from the 2008 APCUG contest.
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Lifetime Achievement Award: Roy E. Harrington
March 2008

Mr. 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 Community.

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 Deere’s farm equipment history and three books introducing young readers to farm machinery.

Mr. Harrington's international commitment included being an Agricultural Engineering 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, International Director, 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 engineer.

Link to this article on the QCESC site: QuadCity Enginnering and Science Council

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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., Silvis.

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, Hannah Andrews.

Mr. Rabe retired from the Arsenal and Mrs. Rabe has been a homemaker.

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