Zion-Benton News


Oscar ‘Lynn’ Lawson

Oscar "Lynn" Lawson, 71, of Beach Park, passed away Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan.

He was born Sept. 16, 1943, in Florence, Ala., and married Linda Kramer on April 20, 1968, in Waukegan. Lynn was a veteran of the United States Army. He was a retired construction worker and worked for a time as a salesman with Kramers Kampers. He loved to fish and was an avid eagle observer who would often travel to a favorite spot in Iowa to pursue this hobby. He will be missed for his smile and his caring ways for others.
He was a man who was willing to help everyone he met. The light of his life were his grandchildren, he was their biggest supporter. You could find him at the BMX track watching his grandsons or sitting in his front yard waving to everyone that passed.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Linda; daughters, Rion Lawson of Winthrop Harbor, and Chelle (Jimy Oversen) Lawson of Beach Park; grandchildren, Kaeli, Dakota, Damien, Dylynn, and Madisen; sisters, Rose (Wayne) Lane of Killen, Ala., Margaret (Charlie) Crosswhite of Lewisburg, Tenn., and Patsy (Peanut) Perry of Loretto, Tenn.; brother, Jerry Lawson of Killen, Ala.; sisters-in-law, Theresa Higgins, Louise (Walter) Karo; brothers-in-law, Ray (Sandy) Kramer, Cliff (Lousie) Kramer, Bill (Faye) Kramer; many nieces, nephews, and other family; and loyal dog, Oreo, who was always by his side.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Rhonda Lawson; parents, Oscar and Lena Lawson Sr.; brother, Kenneth Lawson; and mother-in-law, Mary Kramer.

The family would like to thank Dr.Nho, Dr.Agrawal and Dr.Mehta, who not only was his hematologist but also became a friend. We would also like to thank the staff on the 4th floor at Vista East for all they did to make his last days comfortable.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, Feb. 26, at 6 p.m. at Congdon Funeral Home, 3012 Sheridan Road, Zion. Friends may greet the family from 4 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Interment is private for the family. Please visit the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com

Pearl M. Lind

Pearl Lind, 86, of El Cajon, Calif., peacefully passed away on Feb. 8, 2015.

Pearl Baurle was born March 23, 1928  in Zion.  While working at Great Lakes Naval station, she met her future husband who was serving in the Navy. Pearl and Harold married in 1947. Throughout their 60 years of marriage, they lived in Minnesota, Arizona, Northern and Southern California, where they ministered together in churches. They spent many years with their children growing up in El Centro, Calif., as  Harold served as Pastor of First Baptist Church.  They had four children. Her overflowing love as a mother extended to their spouses and families, becoming both a grandma and great-grandma.

As the wife of a Baptist pastor, Pearl was a gracious hostess, often opening her home to young and old alike. She always had a listening ear and displayed unconditional love, forgiveness, compassion and was a gracious inspiration to those around her. Pearl always embraced her role as Mom to her family and others whom she often cared for and mentored.

Pearl had a passion for her family, her husband and her church friends. She was an avid reader and often shared her reviews and insights with friends and family. She loved to sew and cook, caring for her family in all that she did.

Pearl peacefully stepped into heaven, joining her beloved husband of 60 years of marriage, who passed away in 2008.

Pearl is survived by her children, David, Timothy, Ruthann and Jim, their spouses, and their families, including eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, and her younger brother, Dean Baurle of Minneapolis, Minn.

A private family service is planned. Contributions may be made in her name to Our Daily Bread Ministries 616-974-2210.

Juan M. Zavala

Juan M. Zavala, 35, of Zion, died on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 at home peacefully with his family by his side after a short battle with cancer.

He was born Jan. 26, 1980 in Waukegan. Juan was a member of Our Lady of Humility Church of Beach Park. He was employed at Abbvie. Juan was a true fan of the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Bears. He enjoyed spending time with his children and enjoyed traveling. He loved adventure and his sweets. He had an infectious smile and a witty sense of humor. He will be remembered for his knowledge of trivia and movie quotes as well as song lyrics.

Survivors include his wife Brooke; children Gavin, Zavier and Oaklie Zavala all at home; father and mother Manny and Dora Zavala of Waukegan; his mother-in-law Janis (Dan) Kreul of Winthrop Harbor; one brother Manuel (Uyen) Zavala of Denver, Colo. and their children Lily and Aiden Zavala; his sister-in-law Lauren Lawler of Zion; and paternal grandparents Moises and Teresa Zavala of Waukegan; many aunts, uncles, and cousins; and special friend Angie Hughes. He will be missed dearly by all.

He was preceded in death by maternal grandparents Juan and Cleofas Villalobos; uncles Porfirio Zavala, Johnny Villalobos and Pedro Montalvo; aunts Lydia Franco and Marie Villalobos; and his father-in-law John Lawler.

Visitation will be Sunday, Feb. 15,  from 5 until 8 p.m. at the Congdon Funeral Home, 3012 Sheridan Road, Zion. Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, Feb. 16,  at 10 a.m., at Our Lady of Humility Church, 10655 W Wadsworth Road, Beach Park.

 Please sign the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com

Pamela L. (Stilley) Humphres

Pamela L. Humphres, 60, of Winthrop Harbor, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 surrounded by her loved ones.

She was born in Equality, Ill. on Sept. 4, 1954. In 1955, her family moved to Winthrop Habor where she lived her entire life. She worked at Kmart, Dunkin Donuts, Harbor Foods and the Winthrop Harbor Recreation Department, where she was still employed.

She found great joy in working for our village. She made sure all of our town events were perfect for the kids and families of our community. She was president of the Winthrop Harbor Recreation Board. She was on the Toys For Our Tots Board. She wanted to make sure that no child went without at Christmas. She was awarded Village of Winthrop Harbor Citizen of the Year in 1997 and got to be the parade marshall for the Memorial Day Parade.

She loved kids, the color purple, carnival glass, birds, Barbies, shopping, Dunkin Donuts coffee, looking for deer and going out to eat.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandma, daughter, sister and friend. She was a stay-at-home mom when her kids were little, always there for them. She was a PTA member and was always involved in the schools. She spent the last several years being the caregiver of her husband and mother. She was always close to her brother. She was the most amazing grandma. She spent all her spare time with her grandkids. She is the true definition of selfless.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill Stilley and Thelma Ash.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Gary Humphres of Winthrop Harbor; her children, Gary Humphres, Tanya (Shawn ) DeBoey and Chad Humphres; grandchildren, Serena, Seth, Tristan and Loreli DeBoey; her brother, Ken (Lynn) Stilley and many cousins.

She was a pillar of the community and will be missed by many.

A celebration of Pam’s life will be held Saturday, Feb. 21, from 4-7 p.m. at the Winthrop Harbor Community Center, 1520 Seventh St. This will be a time of fellowship, food and remembrance of Pam’s wonderful life. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Winthrop Harbor Summer Fair fireworks in Pam’s honor would be greatly appreciated. Please make checks payable to Tanya DeBoey and write ‘fireworks’ on the memo line.

Melanie Lynn Hunter

Melanie Lynn Hunter, 28, of Chicago, departed this life on Wednesday, Feb.11,2015.

She was born Nov. 18, 1986 in Chicago. She was the only child born to Randy Hunter and Frances Puckett Hunter. Melanie was baptized in 1994 at Second Baptist Church in Kenosha, Wis., under the leadership of Pastor Olen Arrington, Jr. She served in the Baptist Youth Fellowship and the Youth Choir.

Melanie was educated in the Zion school system. She graduated from Zion-Benton Township High School in 2005. She began her higher education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, later transferring to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she received a bachelor’s of arts degree in public relations and communication in 2009. She had started preparation to complete her master's degree.
She was employed by Lafarge North America, Inc., as a supply planning analyst.

Melanie was goal oriented and accomplished. God's grace allowed her to plan her life goals many years in advance. Embracing a more excellent way, much has been accomplished. She enjoyed having great conversations that were filled with humor and wit. She was an avid reader and enjoyed traveling. Her sweet, joyful and inspiring spirit touched the lives of all who knew her. We will truly miss her.

Melanie was preceded in death by her grandparents, William and Catherine Puckett and Fines Fears; aunt, Jacqueline Puckett Moore; uncles, Donnie, Ronnie, Spencer and Kirby Puckett.

Melanie leaves to cherish loving memories of her life and carry on her warm spirit, her loving and devoted mother, Frances Puckett Hunter, Zion; father, Randy Hunter, Chicago ; grandmother, Ethel Fears, Chicago.; sister, Polly Hunter Lynton, Houston, Texas; aunts, June (Tommy) Sinkfield, Kenosha, Wis.; Barbara Harris, O'Fallon, Mo.; uncles, William (Claudette) Puckett, Sr. and George Moore, both of Zion; Cannon Fears, Downers Grove ; Phines (Jacqueline) Fears, Chicago; cousins, host of relatives and friends.

Melanie's sweet and gentle smile will sorely be missed.

Isabelle H. Adcock

Isabelle H. Adcock, 84, of Beach Park, passed peacefully Feb. 12, 2015 surrounded by her loving family in Lake Forest.

She was born April 18, 1930 in Freetown, Mass. She was a devoted wife of one, mother of nine, sister of five, and most beloved "Nana" of 88. She always spoke with pride of her Massachusetts heritage and background. She kept in daily contact with her large family over the phone offering support, advice, opinions, consoling or just to say hi and let you know that she cared. She loved to play cards or Yahtzee with her large family at every gathering. In the summer time she loved to go rummaging. She taught her family all the determination and drive needed to lead through life. Not to follow others but blaze their own trail and make their own way with the confidence that she would be there for support.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory her husband of 61 years Bill Adcock, a sister Viola (Frank) Tomkiewicz, a daughter Jakie (Bear) Wilkerson in Spotsylvania, Va., a son Bob (Pat) Costa in New Bedford, Mass, a daughter Joann Costa in Union Grove, Ala, a daughter Gale (Mike) Salita in Clymer, Pa. a daughter Dorothy Adcock in Beach Park, a son Bill (Gail) in Burlington, Wis., a son Tim (Patty) in Winthrop Harbor, a daughter Stacy (Rich) Peters in Beach Park, 28 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren, nine great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her son Billy and his wife Rita, her daughter Beverly, her parents Elmer and Catherine Raymond, her sisters Beatrice, Etta, Elmie, and one brother Ronnie, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life was held at the Winthrop Harbor VFW on Feb. 14.
Please sign the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com

Alice LaMarr Marshall

Alice LaMarr Marshall of Zion, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother passed away Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015 after a brief battle with cancer.

She was born in Wyandotte, Mich. and later moved to Sarasota, Fla. She attended Florida State University studying to be a teacher. She married and started a family.
Her husband’s job took her to Rhode Island, Virginia, California and finally to Zion, where she lived for 40 years.

She was a civil rights activist, middle school teacher, pre-school teacher, published author and researcher for historical literature. Her passion for history led her to be a very active member of the Zion Historical Society. She served on the Landmark Commission. She was member of the Potawatomi Trails Pow Wow Committee. She was a devoted Democrat and worked for over 30 years as an Election Judge. Alice was also a devout Christian her entire life, working with various church groups and teaching Bible Studies.

Alice is survived by her daughter Laura Marshall, son Michael (Brenda) Marshall, grandchildren, Joshua, Andrew and Madison, great-grandchildren Jayden and Jada , the Coleman family: Michael, Diane, Noah and Devin, and the Gosse family: Donald, Dawn, Laura and Payton and many dear friends.

It was Alice’s wish be cremated and to have a special celebration in the spring honoring her life. She has always been an active member of the Zion community and was proud to call Zion her home.

Arrangements entrusted to Cremation Society of Illinois. For information call 800-622-8358.