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Elizabeth J. Randall

Died: Mon., Mar. 18, 2013


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Mar. 22, 2013
Location: Faith Lutheran Church

Funeral Service

10:30 AM Sat., Mar. 23, 2013
Location: Faith Lutheran Church

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            Elizabeth Jane (Janie) Randall of Eldridge, Iowa, a teacher, community volunteer, and homemaker died on Monday, March 18, 2013 at the Clarissa Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf following an extended illness.

            A funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, March 23, 2013 at Faith Lutheran Church in Eldridge.  Visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Friday at the church.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Faith Lutheran Church (www.faithlutheraneldridge.com) the Relay for Life (www.southvalleyrelay.org) or the Eldridge Branch of the Scott County Library (www.scottcountylibrary.org)  Chambers Funeral Home of Eldridge is assisting the family with arrangements.

            Elizabeth was born April 27, 1947 in Washington, DC a twin daughter of Elizabeth Jane (Betty) Spillman and Vincent Carlyle Cooley.

            Elizabeth graduated from Gouverneur (New York) High School in 1965.  She earned her BA in Elementary Education from SUNY Potsdam in 1974 graduating Cum Laude.  She earned her MBA from the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater in 1994 also in Elementary Education.  She was inducted in the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society in Whitewater in 1993.

            Elizabeth married Stephen Randall August 27, 1966 at the First Methodist Church in Gouverneur, New York.

            Elizabeth was inducted into Who's Who in Education in 1994, citied for her accomplishments in education and community service.

            Elizabeth had a passion for reading and the library.  She was a staff member of the Scott County Library.  She served as a lifetime member of the Friends of the Eldridge Library and Past President of the organization.  In addition, Elizabeth has been a member of the International Reading Association for over 30 years.

            She is survived by her husband, Stephen Randall of Eldridge, her children, Mark Randall of Phoenix, Arizona, Todd Randall of San Diego, California and Kimberly (Michael) Sutcliffe of Vancouver, Washington; her twin sister, Julie (Alfred) Klein of Las Vegas, Nevada, her brother  Steve (Suzanne) Cooley of Shady Side, Maryland, her sister, Mary Grant of Hackettstown, New Jersey, her sister, Theresa Cooley-Zgela of Silver Springs, Maryland, her brother, Michael Cooley & his fiancé, Carol of Warrenton, Virginia, her sister, Missy (Steve)  Custead of Frederick, Maryland,  her sister, Anne (Jon) Nagelvoort of Olney, Maryland, her sister-in-law, Margie Cooley of Alexandria, Virginia; and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her brother, Christopher Cooley in 2009 and by her parents. 

            Elizabeth was a member of the Faith Lutheran Church of Eldridge, Iowa and enjoyed performing in the Christmas Cantata.

            Elizabeth loved to travel, work in her flower garden, enjoyed the campouts with the "Thimblecorks", and quilting with the "Thimblettes".  She had a particular fondness for her cats.

            A Celebration of Life will be held in 3 months in Gouverneur, New York for people that could not make the trip to Iowa.



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Missy Custead (sister)
   Posted Wed March 20, 2013
second attempt first one got lost.

There are many hearts that ache for you at this time of loss. . .May the comfort of others give you the strength you'll need to handle the many tomorrows.

With Sympathy,

Joy Keefer
   Posted Wed March 20, 2013
I pray that God is surrounding you with his love and with his mercy. We know that Janie is in the arms of Jesus now. I am so happy to have know her, even if only briefly. I am Cletus Sickler's mother.
With love,
Joy Keefer

Duane and Lynda Miller
   Posted Wed March 20, 2013
We are not sure when we first met Elizabeth, we knew her from seeing her at the library, and being a Friends member of the Library and also at church, she was also in Hannah Bible Study with Lynda.

When the Thimblettes set up “Camp Thimblecork” the place didn’t come alive until Elizabeth came to start the campfire. No one could stoke the flames the way she did. We called her “pyro”.
We are not certain how we can successfully compete in this Saturday night’s trivia competition without the general knowledge that Elizabeth always contributed to the group. Her quiet demeanor was overcome by her subtle wit, which emerged frequently.

We enjoyed having Steve and Elizabeth over to our house for Easter dinners, as part of our “extended family”.

We were cat lovers, and cat sitters for each other. She was always there to help in any way she could.

She will be deeply missed, but she is at peace and will always be in our hearts,

Lynda and Duane Miller

Mike & Judy Ash
   Posted Wed March 20, 2013
We wish to take this opportunity to extend our sincere sympathies to Steve and his family at this time of loss. We know that as a wife and mother, she will be deeply missed.

Kathy (Sienkiewicz), Steve and Emily Willis
   Posted Thu March 21, 2013
Our love and prayers go out to you in your time of sorrow. May you remember all the good times you had with Elizabeth and know she will not have to suffer anymore. She is now with her maker in Heaven and loved ones who have pasted before her. You will forever be in our hearts and in our thoughts. You are loved by so many and we will keep your memory alive. Kathy (Sienkiewicz), Steve and Emily Willis

Cletus Sickler
   Posted Thu March 21, 2013
The first time I met Janie she noticed my quilting books and said "Quilting is something I've always want to do." Over the years we have laughed about that since I share not only my love of quilting but the quilting bug.
We became such good friends we could even finish each other's sentences.
She is a hero because of the way she faced what life threw her way and an inspiration for me battled my own challenges.
I treasure the time we were able to spend together.
Much love for Steve, Mark, Todd, Kim and the rest of the family.

Ann Miller
   Posted Fri March 22, 2013
I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Elizabeth on the occasions when I came in to pester the Tech. Services folks at the Library. Though I didn't see her often, she made quite an impression. My condolences to her friends, family, and co-workers who will definitely feel her loss.

Kay Whittaker Church
   Posted Fri March 22, 2013
I graduated with Jane and Steve.
Jane always had a winning smile and was a friend to everyone it seemed.
Thankful to know that Jane is no longer suffering and is at peace.
Prayers go out to Steve and Family.

Michael Sutcliffe
   Posted Fri March 22, 2013
When I first met Janie, I was impressed by her seamless blend of quiet dignity, warm compassion, and her bright, gentle sense of humor. As I got to know her better, I found that the source of these characteristics was a person genuinely interested in those around her. She had a rare patience and wisdom that made her a perceptive, caring listener.

Last December, Kim and I visited Janie and Steve and together took a trip north to a museum on the Mississippi. What I think I’ll remember best of my Mother-in-Law is something I remember about this trip. She recognized my interest and unfamiliarity with the area and narrated its history and idiosyncrasies. She made sure that we not only had a wonderful visit and experience, but also that we understood the significance of the places we passed and the complexities of the people who lived there. Janie had a wonderfully encyclopedic, eclectic knowledge, and she spoke with a voice tuned towards helping and honoring those around her.

Janie made me feel welcome into a new family, showed me the beauty of parts of the country that felt foreign to me, and taught me more about understanding the cats I live with than I’d learned in years of living with them. I see her already in the wisdom in the books on my shelf, in the stillness and warmth of my cat lounging in the sun, in the dots on the map on my wall, yet most of all, I see her in the lives that she touched and in the children she raised to be confidant, intelligent, compassionate people.

My thoughts and love are there with all of you.

Ed and Carol (Rich) Myers
   Posted Fri March 22, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with Janie's family. We will all miss her.
Such great memories from our days in school, church and summers.
Love and prayers
Ed and Carol Rich Myers

Linda (Miles) Gardner
   Posted Fri March 22, 2013
Steve, I was literally shocked when I read of your loss in today's paper. I did not know that Janie was "ill". I will always have wonderful memories of Janie as we both grew up in Hailesboro and were classmates throughout our school years. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Do cherish your fondest memories! Hoefully, I'll be able to attend your Gouverneur Memorial Service.
Charlie and Linda (Miles) Gardner

Jim Randall
   Posted Fri March 22, 2013
Steve, sorry to read about your loss.

Jerry & Sally Filiatrault
   Posted Wed April 03, 2013
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die." John 11:25,26. He who has prepared us for this very thing(death) is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.2Cor5:5.
These verses give us comfort knowing Janie's battle is over and she is with the Lord now.
This verse is for you: "I can do all things in Him who strengthens me. Phil 4:13.
Thinking of you and your family and our hearts are broken over your sorrow.
May you take comfort knowing prayers are being said for you and your family and we are remembering wonderful memories of Janie. (one in particular comes to mind when Jerry was visiting and Janie kept saying I am going to feed the baby now--And Jerry said well I can feed the baby for you and finally Jerry got the idea(Janie said no I have to feed the baby and finally left the room.)
Hoping to see you when you come up and know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Jerry and Sally Filiatrault

George W. Sickler
   Posted Thu July 11, 2013
I was so saddened to just hear of Janie's passing. She and her family were such a fun and delightfully great bunch of people to know and share experiences with during our years in New Holland, Pa., in the 1970s and early '80s.

My heart goes out to Steve and the kids, Kim and Todd.

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