|August 22, 1925 - August 14, 2010|
|East Moline, Illinois|
|Visitation: 4:00-8:00p.m., Tuesday August 17, 2010 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Rock Island|
|Funeral Service: 1:30p.m., Wednesday August 18, 2010 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Rock Island|
|Interment: , at Riverside Cemetery, Moline, Illinois |
|Lillian R. Ekstam, 84, of East Moline, formerly of Rock Island, passed away Saturday August 14, 2010 at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf.|
A funeral mass will be said at 1:30p.m., Wednesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Rock Island. Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00p.m., Tuesday at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Rock Island, with a rosary recited at 4:00p.m. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Moline. Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Church, Rock Island, Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House or Rock Island Humane Society.
Lillian was born on August 22, 1925 in Rock island, the daughter of Fred G. and Anna (Baltzer) Voelcker. She married Jerome R. Ekstam on August 19, 1943 in Houston, TX. He preceded her in death.
Mrs. Ekstam was a life member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Rock Island, where she was active in the church and Altar Society. She was also a member of Twentieth Century Women’s Club, and volunteered actively with Meals on Wheels for 20 years at the John Deere Classic for 10 years.
Survivors include her children and spouses, Linda K. Durkee-Quigley, Surprise, AZ; Jerome R. Ekstam and fiancée, Julie Kauzlarich, Coal Valley, Sally and Don Welvaert, Moline, Jeffrey W. and Jennifer Ekstam, Marble Hill, MO., Kendall Ekstam and his wife Tammy Boggio, Germantown Hills, IL, Dean A. and Robyn Ekstam, Morton; 21 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; sister, Elizabeth Golick, Texas; daughter in law, Diana Ekstam, Oglesby and son in law, Harlan Kundel, Davenport.
She was preceded in death by her son, David Ekstam; daughter, Ann Kundel; siblings, Marguerite Paul, George Voelcker and Donald Voelcker.
Lillian, I hope you know how very much you are loved and admired for the lasting values and decency you have inspired in the hearts of so many people.
TODAY I LOST THE MOST PRECIOUS WOMAN IN MY LIFE, MY MOM. Her beauty was so deep , she left something special with every person she would meet. Wise, warm and embracing with a smile that would light up the room. I can't put into words how rewarded I was to be her daughter. Tomorrow we will see life so differently without her but so happy she is at peace. I love you Mom you are forever the light of my life.
-- Linda Durkee-Quigley
I have such fond memories of you from my childhood. Thank you for being you and forgiving me for bailing on you when you babysat.
Love you and miss you!
-- Daniel Voelcker
please accept our heartfelt sympathy in your time of great sorrow.only those who have lost a mother can know the depths of your feelings.much love.
-- Collin and Hallie Clougherty
I just wanted to express how deeply sorry I am. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Lillian was a truly wonderful and loving person. She will be missed terribly. God Bless you all..
-- Melanie Jones
Dear Sally,Don and Family,
We remember that beautiful smile and the beautiful person your Mother was.
Reading her obiturary we remember all that she did, all she created and she endured..what a life! I loved her and her spirit and I can only imagine the void you must be feeling. Know that we are there in thought and prayer.
Patty & Jack
-- Patty and Jack Carlson
My sympathy to the family of Lil---I knew Lil when pastor of St Mary's several years ago...she was one of the many great St Mary's ladies...a treasure by all means...May the Lord rest her in peace..
Msgr James Ramer
-- Msgr James Ramer
We were so sorry to hear about your Grandma. We know she was and still is such a special lady in your lives. I am so thrilled that I had the honor of meeting your Grandma at the bridal shower. She was just so sweet and such a character. Jill, I know that your Grandma Lillian and your Mom will always have a very special place in your heart. Hugs and kisses to all of you.
Lee Ann and Doug
-- Lee Ann Bulman
We are so sorry to hear of Lillian's passing. She had such a gentle and kind heart for everyone. She will truely be missed. We remember the block parties in the old court of Heritage. Love to all!!
-- Connie & Rick Buffington
Kendall, Tammy, Dean and Robyn:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of loss. We love you all, God Bless.
-- Lee and Angi Triplett
i am sorry to here of your mothers death.
you and your family have our deepest sympathy.
sammie and jim borst
-- sammie borst
Sally and Linda, you have my deepest sympathy on the loss of your wonderful mother. I can't imagine what it feels like to lose your mother but please know that she will always be with you and loved you so much.
-- Nancy Causemaker
From the day I met Terry, he told me about this wonderful woman; the only woman he put up on a pedestal. When I met you, I knew why he spoke so highly of you! I feel very fortunate to have had you in my life for the past 10yrs. Our long "candid" talks and your loving advice has made a huge difference in my life. Thank you Lillian for Terry... Thank you Lillian for YOU! XO Tina
-- Tina Durkee
And now Lillian, your smile will light up His heavenly kingdom. Until we meet again, our prayers and love are with you and yours.
-- Cousins Robert and Gayle Voelcker
I am so sorry that we have lost Lillian, she always had a smile on her face. My prayers are with you all and I wish I could be there to offer my support. My love to all of you.
-- Pat Lake
Sending you prayers of comfort and love. Although we never met the deceased, I can see where Linda gets her beautiful smile and light. Hoping you will take peace in knowing that your mom is enfolded in the arms of unconditional love. Our prayers will be with your family.
-- Ron, Mary and Paige Miske
My sympathy to all of the Ekstam Family, which I always felt was an extended family of mine. I loved your mother very much. She was an elegant, beautiful, wonderful woman. She will be greatly missed.
-- Kathleen J. Murphy
Dear Jerry and Julie
So very sorry to hear about your Mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love Melody & Rick
-- Rick and Melody VanOteghem
Kendall, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I hope the your Mom is at peace now and is in a better place.
-- david barnes
To the Ekstam: You have our most sincere condolences on the passing of your mother. Though we never met her on this side, we look forward to meeting her in Heaven. If Kendall's character is representative of Mrs. Ekstam's grace and beauty, we would have liked to have known her.
-- Kerry and Karen Petersen
Kendall and Tammy,
Sorry to hear of the loss of your mom, Kendall. Would have loved to have known her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Kendall, thanks much again for being with us on the passing of my father last month.
-- Steve and Marie Binkin
LInda our heart felt sympathy for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
-- cheryl stoneberg
To the Ekstam family. My prayers are with you. I had the joy of sitting in her company. We spent many hours speaking of "Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ". The many blessing God provides. Lillians eyes twinkled and her smile contagious. It was an honor to meet her. I met her while working at Help at Home. joni hawkins
-- Joni Hawkins
So many great memories with the "Ekstam" family, David one of my best friends. Thoughts are with you all. She was one great lady! Hugs to you all. Stuart and Nancy Mott
-- stuart mott
Sally, Don & Family We want to pass along our fondest thoughts and prayers. We will keep you in our prayers. Bob & Donna
-- Bob & Donna Osborne
To Linda and family. My deepest sympathy for the loss of your mom. I know how special she was and how many people loved her. I’m sure my dad, Pete, and his two sisters, Louise and Rosemary, (Carl and Rose’s children) had a great time growing up with her in Rock Island. What a great legacy she has left.
-- Kevin Voelcker
There was a light shining upon you, I will miss the true love that I could see shining in your eyes and your wonderful smile. Thank you for being my Grandmother and my Friend. True love never fails us. You helped me to understand the true meaning of our purpose here and with gentle nudges guided me in the proper direction. You did not judge when others did. True love never dies, I will love you for the rest of my life. Your love and your mothers love flows through me like a swelling river. The memories and lessons learned will never be forgotten, but delivered to my children and my Grandchildren. I love you!
-- "Your Grandson"