- March 20, 2012
- Bella Vista, Arkansas
of George's Passing
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“Thanks, George, for your friendship. Your warmth, smile, acceptance and wonderful sense of humor will be remembered.
1 of 14 | Posted by: Sarah Gowan
I'm so sorry you've lost your precious Dad. George and my Dad (Bernie) were inseparable friends for many, many years. I first met George...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Marianne and Randy Schroeder - IA
“Margaret...I'm sorry I was not able to attend the visitation for your Dad. He was such a warm and compassionate man, both of your parents were. The...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Mary Ann Zack - Davenport, IA
I am so sorry for your loss. I remember your Dad's great smile and kind way. His legacy lives on in you and your family.
4 of 14 | Posted by: Nancy Adams Guilfoy - St. Louis, MO
“Dear Maragaret, I'm so saddened by the passing of your father. He was a wonderful man; gracious and kind and will be greatly missed.He lives on...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Sheryl Cowherd Turner - Peoria, IL
I remember visiting with your dad at the Wesslings. He was always so positive and had a great sense of humor. Be sure that you are in...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Mike Tandy
“Margaret, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers...
7 of 14 | Posted by: Kathy Connell - Rock Island, IL
“I will always be grateful for the many hours of volleyball played in his backyard on Sunday afternoons. He welcomed all with an infectious smile. ...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Tom O'Connor - Coralville, IA
“Dear Margaret, I'm so very sorry to hear about your dad's death. I want you to know that my thoughts are with you. He must have been an amazing man...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Annie Johnson - Davenport, IA
Your Dad and Mom are rare souls, consistently they shed tons of light and understanding upon us as we struggled to find ourselves in the...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: George Price - Eugene, OR
“My sincere condolences on George's passing.
11 of 14 | Posted by: Bob Brus - Bolingbrook, IL
“On behalf of Concordia Retirement Community in Bella Vista, AR, we send to George's family our condolences and love. George was larger than life...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Patti Poulides - Bella Vista, AR
“Margaret, I am so sorry for the loss of your father. He was so lucky to have such a kind, loving and caring daughter.
Debi and Ed Golz
13 of 14 | Posted by: Debi McCarthy-Golz - Rock Island, IL
“Margaret , My condolences to you and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
14 of 14 | Posted by: Linda - Moline, IL
Memorial funeral services to celebrate the life of George F. Carelly, 92, a resident of Bella Vista, Arkansas, formerly of Davenport, will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 24, 2012 at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport. Honoring his wishes the rite of cremation was accorded. Private burial will be in National Cemetery, Rock Island Arsenal. Visitation will be Saturday at the funeral home from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00. George died on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf.
George Francis Carelly was born October 29, 1919 in Elgin, Illinois a son of Peter and Rose (Hatkinsen) Carelly. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Air Force during WWII in the European Theater as a navigator. George was united in marriage to Isabelle "June" Kennedy, October 25, 1941. Together they celebrated almost 64 years of marriage until her death October 12, 2005 in Bella Vista, Arkansas.
He had worked for the Catholic Messenger, the newspaper for the Diocese of Davenport. George was a member of the Lion's Club, and an active member at the Concordia Retirement Center. When asked what he wanted to be remembered for, he said, "to be someone that joined in, and always tried to look on the bright side of things, and to bring that out in others." He always believed there was a good side to any situation.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf.
Survivors include a son, Michael (Cindy) Carelly of Chicago, a daughter, Margaret (Denny) DeSmet of East Moline; 3 grandchildren; Joshua (Carrie) Harker, Eric Harker and Jenna Harker; 6 step granddaughters; 5 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife June, and three daughters Carol, Susan, and Patricia Harker. May they rest in peace.