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Bertha Dowd Lassen

October 30, 1933 — May 12, 2022

Bertha Dowd Lassen, 88, of Moline, Illinois, died Thursday, May 12, 2022, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf, Iowa.

Private burial is in Rock Island National Cemetery, under the direction of Trimble Funeral Home & Crematory. Memorials may be made to First Tee Quad Cities or Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House.

Bertha Mae Dowd was born October 30, 1933, in Bessville, Missouri, to Harold and Olive (Watts) Dowd. She married Marvin Lassen on June 11, 1955, in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. He died November 1, 2021. She worked at State Bank in Poplar Bluff, for many years.

She was a member of Riverside United Methodist Church, Moline, Rock Island Arsenal Golf Club and Officer’s Wives Club, Quail Village Golf Club in Naples, Florida, and Moline Public Auxiliary. She was active with her daughters’ PTA and Girl Scouts, and was a proud Army wife. She was an avid golfer with a hole-in-one at the age of 74 and a 1999 Quail Village Golf Club championship to her credit. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, who loved cooking, entertaining and gardening.

Survivors include daughters, Shirley (Ronald) Gusta of Eldridge, Iowa, and Deborah (Neil Ealy) Lassen-Ealy of Moline; grandchildren, Aaron Michael Gusta, Eva (Matt) Schmid, and Louis “Alex” (Jade) Dondanville; great-grandson, Bennett Schmid; and extended family, Jeff (Leigh) Gusta and their children, Austin (Callie) Gusta and Aidan Gusta, James (Jennifer) Ealy and their children, Alyssa and Zander, and Tara (Tiffany) Ealy and their children, Bentley and Avery. She was preceded in death by her husband, granddaughter, Elise Lassen Dondanville; and siblings, Marvin Dowd, Katherine Turner, and Bonna Combs.

Special thanks to everyone at Overlook Village, Genesis VNA and Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House for their compassionate care.

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