Moline Memories - MHS 66 Friends

Monday, July 3, 2017

Rest in Peace - Cindy Shipley Meers

Cynthia Jean Meers, 66, of Moline, died Thursday, June 29, 2017, in Select Specialty Hospital, Davenport.
Services are 11 a.m. Monday in the Horizon Room at Trimble Funeral Home at Trimble Point, 701 12th St., Moline, with the Rev. Craig Jan-McMahon officiating. Burial is at Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shipley Scholarship Fund at Moline High School.
The former Cynthia Jean Shipley was born Aug. 8, 1950, in Ottumwa, Iowa, to Howard Eugene and Barbara Pherigo Shipley. She graduated from Moline High School in 1968 and then from Northeast Missouri State and married Bruce Meers on Feb. 7, 1976, in Moline. She was a substitute teacher for Moline School District No. 40 for nearly 30 years.
Cindy lived life happily and full of laughter. Those who knew her can hear that laughter still. Her family and grandchildren gave her the most joy of all. With each new grandbaby, GoGo would be full of snuggles, kisses and gentle arms to fall asleep. Cindy loved her summer travels with family and friends to the mountains of Grand Teton National Park to see her cowboy, Bruce, and also vacationing with friends at the white sand beaches of Florida. A life long Moliner, Cindy took pride in supporting all things Moline, from Garfield Elementary PTA, to a lifetime of Homecoming Parades and attending countless athletic events, where she was always ready to stand, clap and cheer, "We are Moliners." Even though long ago, Cindy always held dear the time spent with Moline the track and field team and her dad, Coach Shipley. Cindy's hobbies included a passion for reading, with an extensive collection of murder mystery novels, taking her grandkids to the movies, with theatre popcorn of course, and getting the best bargains around while shopping for her family.
Cindy is survived by her husband, Bruce; three children and spouses, Christopher and Aubrey Meers, Moline, Robin and Jeffrey Dubrow, Atlanta, and Becca and Dustin Peterson, Moline; five grandchildren, Payden Meers, Ben and Jack Dubrow and Abe and Margaret Peterson; her father, Gene Shipley, Moline; her brother, Michael Shipley, Panama; and best friends, Mari Lehnherr and Pat Shannon. Cindy was preceded in death by her mother, Barbara Shipley.
A special thank you to her caregivers and friends at Select Specialty Hospital for the love and dignity shown to her in the final stages of life. Cindy's family invites friends to share stories and condolences at

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Happy Birthday Jeff Hall

Jeff Hall and Patty Puck met at Garfield Grade School,
but Patty hastens to add they were not dating at that time.


Family gathered for the birthday party.
Shocking fact - Jeff never took gym at Moline High.
He lettered in sports instead: basketball, football, track, hockey, lacrosse, and croquet.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Happy 49th Weddinjg Anniversary - Steven and Susan Ogle Quick

 On their anniversary. Steve said, "We won't just drive through today. I will take you inside for lunch." Awww.


GJ - My wife and I enjoyed being with Steve and Susan at Lago's, at the previous get-together. Steve retired as a full colonel, a distinguished record.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Liz Copeland's Christmas Cat - Clancy

Clancy is simply the most photogenic cat around. He clearly loves to wear costumes and to post for his staff.

Liz Copeland, MHS68, is an exceptional photographer. Her mother was a favorite teacher at Garfield Elementary School.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Rest in Peace, Toby McGriff. May the Angels Lead You to Paradise

Toby and Stephanie McGriff

Robert A. "Toby" McGriff, 68, of Moline, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, at Genesis Medical Center, Silvis.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Pius X Church, Rock Island. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Rafferty Funeral Home, 2111 1st St. A, Moline, with a Christian wake service at 3:30 p.m. Entombment will be at St. Mary's Cemetery, East Moline. A memorial fund has been established.
Toby was born July 27, 1948, in Watervliet, Mich., the son of Robert L. and Ann Lee McGriff. He married Stephanie K. Ybarra on Oct. 25, 1969, in Silvis.
Toby worked as the band director at Grand Ridge Elementary School, Grand Ridge, Ill., and a vice president at the former Ringle Express, Coal Valley. He retired as an admissions and career adviser at Partners in Job Training with Rock Island County.
Toby was a member of the Moline Jaycees, where he served as past president and a state vice president, as well as earning recognition as a United States Jaycee Senator. He was a member of the Bettendorf Park Band, was a former lector at St. Mary's Church, Moline, and a canter and choir member at Sacred Heart Church, Moline. He read for APRIS at WVIK Radio, was an avid Chicago Bears and NASCAR fan and loved his dog, Max.
Survivors include his wife, Stephanie; daughter, Heather Hamilton, Waterloo, Iowa; sister, Beth Ann (Tim) Leaf, Lutz, Fla.; 17 nieces and nephews; and 11 great-nieces and -nephews. He was preceded in death by son-in-law, Mike Hamilton; and sisters, Janet Hoag and Joette McGriff.
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When we were planning for the MHS 66 50th Reunion, seeing Toby was #1. My wife and I knew he had been in and out of the hospital and living at Rosewood Care. He told us our dog Sassy would be welcome at Rosewood, so that made it especially fun to take her for the visit. 
My wife and I had a long visit with Toby. We went back to 7th grade band at John Deere, as I recall, and MHS Band for another three years. He met my wife Chris when I took her to a concert at Blackhawk Community College. So Toby was a family friend, for 50 years.
Band friendships were a natural. We had an enormous room where people congregated after school. That bandroom was on the way out to the parking lot, so Toby often gave me a ride home, even when I forgot about driving my father's car to school. When I remembered, halfway home, Toby frowned and turned  around his little Corvair. He was great about it, but questioned me closely after that, when I needed a ride. "Are you sure you didn't drive today?"
Doubtless all of us have pleasant memories of Toby, always cheerful, enduring incredible suffering with his health problems, infections, and surgeries. Apart from relating some facts, nothing in his conversation suggested that his life was something other than ordinary. He loved to talk about his family and dog. It was difficult to leave.
 Toby is sitting in front of the tubas.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Rest in Peace, Susan Mathias Hargrave - MHS 66

Susan Mathias Hargrave

Susan Hargrave, 68, of Coal Valley, IL, died Thursday, December 8, 2016, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf, IA.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 15, 2016, at Salem Lutheran Church, 1724 15th Street, Moline.  Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd., 6601 38th Avenue, Moline.  Per her wishes, cremation rites have been accorded.  Memorials may be made to Salem Lutheran Church.

Susan was born on March 17, 1948, in Moline, IL, the daughter of Charles and Betty Ashley Mathias.  She married Jeffrey Hargrave on May 13, 1972, in Moline, IL.  She worked for John Deere Industrial Midwest Sales.  She went on to work as the secretary to the superintendent of East Moline School District.

Susan was very active with Salem Lutheran Church and involved with Serenity Circle of the church.  Family meant everything to her.

Survivors include her husband, Jeff; daughter, Christine Hargrave, Bettendorf, IA; son, Brent (Meghan) Hargrave, Yorkville, IL; 3 grandchildren, Madison Woods, Mason Woods, and Kelly Hargrave; brother, Rick (Terry) Mathias, Coal Valley, IL.