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Barbara (Denney) Mallder

May 25, 1941 ~ September 12, 2021 (age 80)

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Barbara D. Mallder, 80, of Rock Island, died at home surrounded by her family on Sunday, September 12, 2021.  Services are 10:00 am Saturday, September 18, 2021 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 E. 4th Ave., Milan, IL.  Visitation will be from 5-7 pm Friday, September 17, 2021 at the funeral home.  Burial will take place at Memorial Park Cemetery, Rock Island.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in care of Trinity United Methodist Church, Milan or your favorite charity.

Barbara Denney was born May 25, 1941 in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, a daughter of Harold B. Denney and Emma Jane Sickles Denney. She married Willard D. “Willy” Mallder on October 18, 1964 in Uniontown, Penn.

Barbara worked as a telephone operator for GTE Phone Company in Tampa, Fla. early in her career.  She later worked ten years as a library aid and cashier for the Rock Island/Milan School District 41.  Barbara was also an amazing homemaker, loving wife and mother.

Barbara was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Milan, where she served in many different capacities.  Barbara was also a member of Churches United of the Quad City Area – Women’s Group. She was a terrific baker, who was well known for her many delicious cookies.  

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Willard Mallder, Rock Island; daughters (and spouses), Sue (Robert) Wilkens, Anchorage, Alaska and Shelly (Patrick) Koch, Flower Mound, Texas; grandson, Logan Wilkens; sister, Betty Pastorius, Ridgeley, W. Virginia; cousin, Jean Bankhead, Gainesville, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, an aunt and uncle who helped raise her, Tom and Helen Spaw, grandson, Calvin Wilkens, brother, Harry Denney and cousins, Wendell and Harold Spaw.

Online condolences at


September 17, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory Milan
201 E. 4th Avenue
Milan, IL 61264

Funeral Service
September 18, 2021

10:00 AM
Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory Milan
201 E. 4th Avenue
Milan, IL 61264


Rock Island Memorial Park Cemetery
4205 30th St
Rock Island, IL 61201

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