A Salute to a Charter Member of GANA

Wilma Hauser was a charter member of GANA and a current member, I believe. She attended many of our meetings and would apologize if we scheduled a meeting on a Monday as she had a standing commitment on Monday evenings.  Short of serving as an officer, she was as faithful member of Glen Armil Neighborhood Association as we had.  Her obituary is summarized below and it epitomized the quality of residents of our great neighborhood.  Thank you QC Times for providing the obituary.

Funeral services and a Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Wilma Hauser, 87, a resident of Davenport, will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 417 N. Main St., Davenport. Inurnment will be Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. The family will greet friends Tuesday at the Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home, 614 Main St., downtown Davenport from 4-7 pm. Following the visitation, cremation rites will be accorded.

Wilma died unexpectedly Tuesday, July 25, 2017, while snorkeling. She was on a vacation near the Galapagos Islands in South America.

 She was born Wilma Jean Baumgartner on May 21, 1930, to Louis and Marian Baumgartner in Indianapolis, Indiana. She grew up in Detroit and Chicago, and attended college at Stanford University, majoring in journalism. On May 15, 1954, she married David James Hauser, to whom she was married for 55 years until he passed away on Nov. 12, 2009.

Along with raising five children, she worked as secretary to former Davenport Mayor Kathryn Kirschbaum, executive secretary at First Federal Savings and Loan, and as a communications manager for the Congregation of the Humility of St. Mary. She also volunteered extensively throughout the Quad-Cities, including serving on the board of Project Renewal. Every Thanksgiving, she would cook and deliver a turkey for Father Conroy’s Vineyard of Hope in downtown Davenport. She also sang in the choir at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.

About jwelch

Past president, and at-large board member of Glen Armil Neighborhood Association. Recently he served on Davenport Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and the SAU Neighborhood Relations Council. Has held many volunteer positions at his church and has been involved as a Library board member in Wisconsin, President of Reedsburg, Wisconsin Little League. Years ago he traveled to Florida for relief work after Hurricane Andrew and also to Grand Forks, ND after flooding on the Red River devastated the community. Jim has been married to his wife Donna since 1971, has two sons and 5 grandchildren. He has lived in Glen Armil neighborhood since 1983. He has been a school teacher and a painting contractor, but now retired.
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