|Eleanor C. "Punky" Hunter|
|December 15, 1928 - March 24, 2012|
|East Moline, Illinois|
|Visitation: 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday March 27, 2012 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island, Ill.|
|Mass of Christian Burial: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday March 28, 2012 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 2208 4th Ave., Rock Island, Ill.|
|Vigil Service: Rosary 4:00 p.m. Tuesday March 27, 2012 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island, Ill.|
|Interment: Wednesday March 28, 2012 at Calvary Cemetery, Rock Island, Ill. |
|Eleanor C. “Punky” Hunter, 83, of East Moline, formerly of Rock Island, died Saturday, March 24, 2012 at her home.|
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Rock Island. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, Rock Island. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 – 7th Ave., Rock Island, where a rosary will be recited at 4 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Quad City Animal Welfare Center, Milan.
Eleanor Cozad Hunter, a lifelong resident of the Quad Cities, was born on December 15, 1928, in Rock Island, the daughter of Walter Archer and Eleanor (Healy) Archer. She was preceded in death by her father Walter, while she was still an infant. Her mother married Harry W. Cozad, of Rock Island, who legally adopted her and she became a beloved member of a large extended family. She married William A. Hunter Jr. on October 1, 1955 in Rock Island, and they had six children. He died December 3, 1999.
Mrs. Hunter was a student at the Villa de Chantal in Rock Island and Marymount College in Tarrytown New York. Her first job was working for Josephson’s Jewelers. She also worked as a secretary for Bendix Aviation in Davenport and since has always had a love and interest for aviation.
Eleanor was a member of the Junior Board of Rock Island and was named Queen of the Junior Board’s annual Mardi Gras Ball. Eleanor loved raising a family, her pets, needlepoint, gardening, travel, music and cooking.
Survivors include, daughters, Mary Murray and Amy Swindig, Phoenix, Az., Cathleen (James) Sherman, Evergreen Park, Ill., Joanne (Richard) Higgins, Rock Island; grandchildren, Christine Ambrosio, Eileen Ambrosio, William T. Hunter II, Steven Swindig, Elizabeth (Benjamin) DeBisschop, Colleen (Ryan) Estand, Thomas VanDeWalle, Claire Sherman and Margaret Higgins; four great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Ruthmary Mangelsdorf, Bettendorf; and many nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind a lifelong friend since childhood, Mary Ann (Huber) Oakes, Davenport. Eleanor was preceded in death by her, parents; husband, William; daughter, Ann Elizabeth Hunter in 1963; son, William Thomas Hunter in 1995; brothers, Richard W. Cozad, Harry J. Cozad, Thomas M. Cozad, Bernard “Bud” Cozad and Jack F. Mangelsdorf; and her sister, Mary “Libby” (Cozad) Getz.
Online condolences may be left at www.wheelanpressly.com.
Expressing deepest sympathy, your Mother was our dear neighbor here at Summit Ridge,
Barb and Russell
-- Barbara Wilson
May you rest in peace Punky, thank you for being such an amazing friend to my mom and you were part of our family! My thoughts go to your family.
-- Mimi Oakes-Coenen
My mother - Sally Hronek Kennedy, Punky and Mary Ann Oakes - Huey were the best of friends since the age of 8. A special friendship that endeared until the passing of my other last year. Punky was always concerned for others never thinking about herself. She was a classy lady and will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. My deepest sympathies to Punky's family.
-- Candace Kennedy
Our deepest sympathy goes to all the family.
Suzie and Terry Eihl
-- Suzanne and Terry Eihl
My most sincere sympathy to all your family. My memories of my friendship with Punky go back many years. Spending the day cooking in her wonderful home , having Bill entertaining us with his beautiful piano offerings, and enjoying the repast with some excellent wine at the end of the day. Punky and all of her family are an extraordinary group and I am with them in my prayers at this sad time. My kindest regards, Anita
-- Anita Eyestone