STERLING – Lois Elaine (Buerkman-Matteson) Besse, 87, of Sterling, passed away Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. She worked at Merchants Credit Bureau in Rock Island.
Lois was born on Dec. 12, 1925, in Moline, the daughter of Elsie Madaline (Dowling) Buerkman and Carl Allen Buerkman. She married First Lieutenant Thurlow W. Matteson of the Army in December 1945, in Davenport, Iowa. He preceded her in death on April 27, 1957. She then married William S. Besse of Fenton on Aug. 13, 1960, in Rock Island.
She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Sterling, where she served as deacon.
Survivors include three sons, Steven (Laura) Matteson of Sugar Grove, Gary (Denise) Matteson of Davenport, and Scott W. (Lora) Besse of Freeport, Iowa; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday and the service at 11 a.m. Thursday at Schilling Funeral Home in Sterling, with the Rev. Paul Perkins officiating.
A memorial has been established.
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