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Blanche Lavin

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Blanche A. Lavin, 91, of East Moline, passed away Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at Genesis Medical Center, Davenport.

A Mass of Christian Burial was Monday, March 8, 2021 at Christ the King Church, Moline.  Burial was at St. Mary’s Cemetery, East Moline. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to

Blanche was born September 24, 1929 in Perry County, IN, the daughter of Francis and Frances (Strobel) Harpenau. She married Joseph M. Lavin on May 12, 1951 at St. Mark’s Church in Tell City, IN. He preceded her in death on July 1, 2013.

Her greatest joy was her family and raising her children. She had worked at Uptown Variety, Hasty Tasty and Carol’s Dairy all of Moline.

Blanche was a member of Christ the King Church, Moline. She enjoyed fishing, crocheting, playing bingo and euchere. Blanche liked going to the casino, watching Wheel of Fortune and Lawrence Welk.

Survivors include her children, Larry (Kathy) Lavin, Cambridge, Stephen (Cathy) Lavin, Washington, PA, Lynda Lavin, Moline, Jeffrey (Mary) Lavin, Peoria, AZ, Nancy Lavin, East Moline and Joseph (Christine) Lavin, Moline; son-in-law, John Quick, Moline; 13 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; sisters, Doris Werne, Ferdinand, IN and Jeannie Gill, Sullivan, IN and brother, Donald Harpenau, Chrisney, IN. She was preceded in death by her son, Timothy Lavin, daughter, Victoria Quick and sisters, Marguerite Biever and Betty Werne. Condolences may be left at

Posted online on March 05, 2021