Moline Memories - MHS 66 Friends

Friday, September 14, 2018

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Rest in Peace - Loretta "Punkie" Hallquist - Debbie Hallquist's Mother

 Loretta "Punkie" Hallquist

November 25, 1923-September 3, 2018
EAST MOLINE — Loretta “Punkie” Hallquist, 94, of East Moline, died Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, at Illini Restorative Care, Silvis, with her loving family by her side.
Services are 10 a.m. Monday at Edgewood Baptist Church, Rock Island. Burial is in Rock Island National Cemetery. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Trimble Funeral Home at Trimble Pointe, 701 12th Street, Moline. Memorials may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Loretta Mae Gainey was born Nov. 25, 1923, on the home farm in Warner, Ill., to Guy and Mattie (Miller) Gainey. She graduated from Orion High School in 1941. She married Les “Poike” Hallquist on April 4, 1945. He died July 2, 2014.
Loretta worked at the Airport Inn after high school and then was a bookkeeper for Schmidt Beauty Supply, New York Store, Kaybee Clothing and Hallquist Maytag Repair. She belonged to First Christian Church, Moline, from 1945 until 2017, where she was active with Sunday School, youth groups and C.W.F.
She was an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan, and enjoyed “golf at ‘92’” at Saukie and Indian Bluff. She and Les spent several winters in Florida and Arizona. She was so proud of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren!
Loretta is survived by daughters, Debbie (Joseph) Kaczor, Milan, and Vicki (Daniel) Raney, Moline; five grandchildren, Deena (Troy) Simpson, Leigh (Robert) Medley, Melissa (Chad) Bohonek, Matthew (Andrea) Raney and Nicholas (Tara Nixon) Raney; 12 great-grandchildren; siblings, Gus (Nancy) Gainey, Diz (Betty) Gainey, Gene (Jeannie) Gainey and Evelyn Nichols; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband and a brother, Barney Gainey.
The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Garneau and his staff, and everyone at I.R.C. for their wonderful care.
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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Rest in Peace - Sara Tedell Goembel. Moline Schools. Blackhawk College.
Salem Lutheran Church, Moline

Sara Tedell

Sara R. (Tedell)  Goembel, 69, formerly of Colona, a resident of St. Anthony’s Care Center, Rock Island died there on Friday, August 10, 2018.  Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 15th at Colona United Methodist Church, Colona, IL.  Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo.  Rev. Mark Horn and Rev. Randy Willers will officiate.  Visitation will be from Noon to 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the church.  Memorials may be made to Education Fund for her grandchildren.  Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Geneseo is assisting the family with arrangements.
 Ninth grade, John Deere Junior High

Sara Ruth Tedell was born February 6, 1949 in Moline, IL the daughter of Martin J. Tedell, Jr. and Lillian “Sunny” (Sundquist) Tedell.  She attended Moline schools and graduated from The Villa De Chantal, Rock Island.  She also received an associate’s degree from Blackhawk College, Moline. On Nov. 23, 1974 at Salem Lutheran Church, Moline she married David Goembel.  He died on Dec. 28, 1992.

Sara was a member of Friends Network in Geneseo and Colona United Methodist Church.  She enjoyed collecting plates, playing bingo, baking and loved animals.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Lewis Whittle, Colona; 2 grandsons, Tyler Nelson and Bretton Ferguson; her mother, Sunny Tedell, Moline, brother-in-law, Doug Kaiser, Moline and special friends, Heidi Christianson and Carl Beckman.  She was preceded in death by her father, husband, daughter Ashley, grandson Matthew and sisters, Anne Kaiser and Laura Enloe.

Condolences may be expressed at Sara’s obituary at

Donations may be made to:

Education Fund for Her Grandchildren
C/O Amy Whittle 1 Pondorosa Dr., Colona IL 61241

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary - Jeff and Patty Puck Hall - MHS 66

 Congratulations and God's Blessings for many more.

Jeff and Patty Puck Hall recently celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary.

They went to Garfield, like many MHS notables, but they did not date then, Patty hastens to add.

They celebrated anniversaries with the rest of their kin.

PS - Moline Memories will note all anniversaries of any length. Just send an email to if you think you have been overlooked. Photos - new or old - are ideal.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Rest in Peace - Richard Lee Medd - Jim Medd's Father

 Richard Lee Medd

Richard Lee Medd, 92, of Moline, Illinois, died June 15, 2018 following complications of a massive stroke.  His beloved wife of 73 years, Alberta (Bert) Medd, was still able to hold his hand and his heart until his last day.  As Richard (Dick) passed from one stage of life into another at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf, memories from his many years were being shared across generations and geographical lines.  His stories will continue to be told with joy and admiration by his four children, Gary Medd (Jean) of Davenport, James Medd (Sandy) of Nashville, Judy Schuler (Jere) of Cincinnati, Rich Medd (Stacey) of Coralville; ten grandchildren, David Medd, Cynthia Sanger, Christy Medd, Kori Medd, Grant Kilgard, Wayne Kilgard, Celia Schnupp, Gabriel Medd, Kellie Coy, and Jason Schuler; twenty-four great grandchildren; brother, Robert (Nancy) Medd of Iowa City; and all those who were lucky enough to be his family member, colleague, or friend.  Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Mildred Medd, and his brothers, William, Ralph, and Ronald Medd.
                Dick will be honored with pride each time we: rake if there are leaves, play if there is a piano, listen if there is music, pay if there is a bill, pick up if there is a phone call, invent if there is an idea, indulge if there is a Blizzard, and leave if it is time to go home.
                Richard Medd was a pioneer in the Dairy Queen franchise, helping to develop, protect and promote the DQ brand nationally, and spread soft serve ice cream and jobs across the Midwest and the eastern part of the United States.  Although his accomplishments as a businessman (Dairy Queen, Medd-O-Lane Dairy), World War II Army Air Corps Veteran (B-29 navigator), musician (pianist and trombonist), and thirty-second degree Mason were numerous, Dick was best at being a husband, dad, and grandpa.  We will celebrate all he was and all he continues to be at a visitation from 4 pm to 7 pm on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport.  A Celebration of Life service will be held at 10 am on Friday, June 22, 2018 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport with burial at National Cemetery, Rock Island to follow.  Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport, or to the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf. 

Saturday, June 16, 2018

From Schoolhouse to Apartment House - Garfield School

Groundbreaking for Garfield Arms Apartment Building

Garfield Elementary School was constructed in 1901, with an addition built in 1955. In 2015, the Moline-Coal Valley School District closed the school, sending students to Hamilton and Lincoln-Irving elementary schools.
That same year, Gorman & Company, of Oregon, Wisconsin, bought the school for $75,000. When completed, the renovated building will offer 52 one-bedroom and five two-bedroom apartments for low- and moderate-income seniors earning between 30-60 percent of area median income.
 "I liked the old Gashouse Gang Garfield better."
Jim Kron turned away, so they could not see the tears.
We loved Mrs. Park.
I can remember most of the faces and half of the names. Let's see.

Front row from left: Linda Hicks, Greg Jackson, Kathleen Wilcox, unknown boy, unknown girl, John Schneck, Ann Pascall.
Middle row: George Small, unknown girl, unknown boy, unknown boy, Billie Seasland, unknown girl, Jim McCandless, Jenal Vencus.
Back row: Terry Thompson, Tamara Gustus, Bonnie ?, Steve Warren, then Jeff Hall on the far right, Cathy Pobanz next to him. The rest are unknown at the moment.

The school's corridors will be brought back to their original condition with restored ceilings. Classrooms will be renovated into apartments, and the gym space will be converted to house common space and amenities, including a multipurpose room, a kitchen and a fitness center.
A three-story wood-framed addition also will be added to the east side of the existing building.
The redevelopment will be constructed to Enterprise Green Communities and Energy Star standards, using energy efficient appliances and mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems designed to reduce overall operating expenses.
New roofs will be completed at both wings, and new energy efficient storm windows will be provided at the inside of the existing windows.
Financing partners for the project include the Illinois Housing Development Authority, JPMorgan Chase, RBC Capital Markets and Greater Metropolitan Area housing Authority of Rock Island County.
Guy Johnson stopped by to take some pictures of the old classic. We still remember the new addition, which is now about 65 years old.

 Like other teachers, Miss Dickson spent her own money on the class.

Liz Copeland's mom was a favorite teacher among many great ones.

 Mrs. Forsyth was another teacher everyone remembered with great affection.


This classroom project is where an engineer's career was born.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Rest in Peace - April Graham Fritz

 No one would debate whether April was one of the smartest students we knew at Moline High. Her achievements in helping to fight cancer are consistent with her talents and dedication in school.

April Fritz passed away at her home in Reno, Nevada on September 12, 2017.

April Christine Graham was born in Rochester, Minnesota on November 19, 1948. She grew up in Moline, Illinois and attended local schools there. In high school, she participated in debate, the literary magazine, and the school orchestra. She was an accomplished cellist.

April graduated from Knox College in 1970 with honors in English literature. She was also inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. At Knox, she met Bob Fritz. They were married in October of 1971. April spent 28 years as an Army spouse after Bob was recalled to active duty in 1976.

While living in Milwaukee in 1972, April was accepted for a position in the medical records department at Columbia Hospital. She soon came to specialize in tumor registry and earned certification as both a registered health information technician (RHIT) and as a certified tumor registrar (CTR). She is a past president of the Wisconsin Cancer Registrars Association and the National Tumor Registrars Association.

She eventually went to work for ELM Services where she traveled around the country training customers on the company’s cancer data software system. In 1995, she accepted a position with the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program at the National Cancer Institute where she focused on data management and training. She was also the lead author of the International Classification of Disease for Oncology when the World Health Organization published a new edition in 2000.

Upon retiring from the NCI, April founded her company, A.Fritz and Associates and began offering training courses for registrars. April excelled in the classroom where she was able to organize and convey complex information to hundreds of students over the years. She had a wonderfully wry sense of humor. She published several books, including a two-volume desk reference for tumor registrars, which is also being used as a textbook at a number of colleges in their cancer information management programs.

April was a sought-after speaker for state and national tumor registry conferences. She also participated in training events around the world, including Australia, Japan, Singapore, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Kingdom.

Cancer was more than a matter of classification and statistics to April. She was a 25-year survivor of breast cancer and had been fighting pancreatic cancer for the last three and a half years.

April enjoyed travel, ballet, classical music, reading, cooking for and entertaining friends, and spending time with her rescued dogs. She also was on the Board of Directors of Golden Retriever Rescue, Education and Training (GRREAT) in Maryland for many years and edited their newsletter.

She is survived by her husband, Col. Robert G. Fritz and her sister, Robin Graham of East Moline, Illinois. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that memorial donations be made to the NCRA Education Foundation. The family is working with NCRA to create a scholarship or educational program in April’s name with the details being announced at the NCRA Annual Meeting in May.

Checks with “April Fritz Memorial” in the memo line may be sent to the NCRA Educational Fund, 1330 Braddock Place, Suite 520, Alexandria, VA 22314 or you may make an online donation in April’s memory at Be sure to type April’s name in the “in memory of” block. ___________

Joint Statement by the
National Cancer Registrars Association and the
North American Association of Central Cancer Registries
in Memory of April Fritz, RHIT, CTR

April Fritz's name is interwoven throughout the story of cancer surveillance. We lost April yesterday to cancer, the disease to which she devoted her life's work. As an employee in both the public and private sectors and as a volunteer to many nonprofits, April played a pivotal role advancing cancer surveillance and, in turn, improving public health. Both NCRA and NAACCR benefited from April's devotion and both organizations recognized her work and dedication with their highest honors.

Please join us in remembering April by keeping her family in your thoughts and continuing your hard work along the path that April helped build. We will continue to share information about formal remembrance events as they become known.

Betsy Kohler, MPH, CTR
Executive Director, NAACCR

Lori Swain, MS
Executive Director, NCRA


About A.Fritz and Associates
 Our company was founded by April Fritz. BA, RHIT, CTR (1949-2017) in 2005.
After a more than three decades as a trainer of hospital-based registrars and a decade as the manager of education and training for the SEER program, April Fritz identified not only the important issues in cancer registry education, but brought together a group of skilled individuals who can deliver training on a variety of subjects in workshops large and small.  Ou r associates are comfortable in a variety of formats, including single or multiple-day presentations in front of groups, more comprehensive training programs lasting five days or longer, online classroom settings, videoconferencing, and newer technologies such as webcasting and webconferencing.   
April is  the author of The Cancer Registry CASEbook: Coding, Abstracting, Staging and Exercises.  This book provides comprehensive, illustrated, site-specific information and practica for beginner and intermediate level cancer registrars. Here are more details.
  Until the spring of 2006, April was the Manager of Data Quality for the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Program of the National Cancer Institute in Rockville, Maryland. Prior to her federal service, she was employed by several hospitals and a cancer registry software vendor.

April developed the Principles of Oncology for Cancer Registry Professionals training program in 1992.  She  made presentations to dozens of cancer registry organizations and has been a consultant to many cancer organizations, including theCommission on Cancer, the American Joint Committee on CancerSNOMED InternationalInternational Agency for Research on Cancer, and the American Veterinary Medical Association

April combined her registry technical knowledge with skill and experience as a writer.  She served on the editorial committees of numerous international standard registry references, including the
In addition to the standard registry references, she helped develop  a variety of tools for cancer registrars as part of the SEER Program, such as
  • SEER*Rx, the cancer registrar’s interactive antineoplastic drug database
  • Abstracting and Coding Guide for the Hematopoietic Diseases
  • The Brain Book, Abstracting & Coding Guidelines for Primary Central Nervous System Tumors 
  • Single versus Subsequent Primaries of Lymphatic and Hematopoietic Diseases
  • The Registrar's Key to Abstracting
  • Professional Review for Cancer Registrars (Florida Cancer Registrars Association CTR exam preparation manual)

April was a past president of the  National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA), and was active in state and national professional organizations.  Professional honors include the Distinguished Member and Education awards from the National Cancer Registrars Association, the Distinguished Service Award from the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries, and service awards from the National Cancer Institute.