Zion-Benton News


Howard Dean Pearson

Howard Dean Pearson, departed this life on Wednesday, March 30, 2014 in Denver, Colo.

He was born Dec. 3, 1956 in Milwaukee, Wis. to Lonzo H. Pearson, Sr. and Josei Mae Harris. He was raised surrounded by his brothers, Lonzo Jr., Cornelius and his sister Portia. He was loving nicknamed “Sweet Water.” Growing up, Howard loved sports. He played baseball, basketball and football. He was educated at Manual High School in Denver. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on April 15, 1976. While serving his country, he earned a Marksman (rifle) ribbon. He served with honor and distinction and was honorably discharged. Howard worked in both Illinois and Colorado. He enjoyed being his own boss and setting his own hours. He owned and operated Pearson Unlimited.

A man of faith and belief in the Lord, Howard was a member of Marantha Church of God in Christ in Denver. He served his church and the Lord under the Pastoral leadership of his uncle, the late Elder Leon H. Kelly, Sr.

Howard was a loving man who enjoyed life and those he encircled. He enjoyed listening to music, playing dominoes, Pokeno, watching sports and an occasional game of dice. His closest friends, Pastor George L. Roberts, Bobby Lyles, Robert “Pee Wee” Paul Davis, Dewey & Jewel Wilson and Colfax Avenue will miss his sense of humor, his being straightforward and outspoken. He carried an illuminating smile that would light any room he entered. He will also be remembered for the swagger in his walk. He will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to know this kind and wonderful man. To know Howard was to love him.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Josie Martinnillie; his father Lonzo Pearson, Sr.; his stepdad Lorenzo Martinnillie and a brother, Lonzo H. Pearson, Jr.

Those left to cherish his memory and mourn his loss include his sister, Portia (Stephen) Alexander of Aurora, Colo.; a brother, Cornelius Pearson of Denver, one niece, Portia B. Pearson; one great-niece Kalayah M. Griggs; nephews, Donde O. Collier, Michael Collier and Lonzo Pearson III; his cousin, the Rev. Leon H. Kelly, Jr. and his family; his devoted friend, Madelyn Richardson, Lori Richardson, Sharon (Thomas) Huiett and Art (Junnie) Richardson and a host of other relatives and many friends.


George ‘JR’ Dodd

George "JR" Dodd, 86, of Beach Park, died Friday, April 11, 2014 at Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan.

He was born Feb. 24, 1928 in El Dorado, ll.L and came to Waukegan upon being Honorably Discharged from the United States Navy during World War II. For several years he drove race cars at Waukegan Speedway, Wilmot Speedway, and Lake Geneva Raceway, and he was founder and original board member of I.R.A. (Interstate Racing Association).

Survivors include children Darrell Dodd of Beach Park, Rose (Tim) Secketa of Waukegan, Roy (Joyce) Dodd of Zion, Wendell Dodd of Beach Park, Kathy (Jeff) Hutson of Kenosha, Wis., Carla (Ralph) Nickel of Kenosha, Donald (Jenny) Dodd of Kenosha and Donna Urbanik of Gurnee; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and sister Wanda Lawrence of Zion.

He was preceded in death by his wife Myrtle; granddaughter Christine Urbanik; sister Mary Hafford Kennedy; brother Bobby Dodd Sr. and his parents George and Goldie Dodd.

Visitation will be Thursday, April 17, 5-8 p.m. at the Congdon Funeral Home, 3012 Sheridan Road, Zion. Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 18, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Memorial Park, Zion. Please sign the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com


Rose M. Hogan

Rose M. Hogan, 90, of Zion, died Friday, April 11, 2014 at Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan.

Rose was born July 1, 1923 and raised in Baltimore, Md., then later became a long time resident of Wadsworth She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church all her married life and was actively involved in religious education. She was a pioneer in the Benet Lake, Wis. Charismatic movement and was an active member throughout her life. During World War II, Rose worked as a rivet backer at an airplane factory. In her free time, she liked gardening, crocheting blankets for family members, cooking, canning and most of all, spending time with her family.

Rose is survived by her children, David (Jirushaya) Hogan, Catherine (Jack) Monroe, Timothy (Brenda) Hogan, Patricia (Raymond) Wood, John (Amy) Hogan, Maureen (Tim, dec'd) Jost, and Alva (Bonnie) Caldwell; 17 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Deacon Clifford Hogan; son, Matthew Hogan; 2 grandsons, Adam Wood and Joseph Monroe; and her parents.

A Mass was held April 16 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Wadsworth. Interment followed at Ascension Cemetery, Libertyville. Memorial donations to good Samaritan Fund at St. Patrick's Church or Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814 have been suggested. Please sign the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com.


Karen L. Levin

Karen L. Levin (nee Jones), 67, of Winthrop Harbor, died Thursday, April 10, 2014 at home with her family by her side.

Karen was born Sept. 26, 1947 in Huntsville, Ala. She attended Waukegan schools and graduated from Waukegan High School in 1966. Karen married Ron C. Levin in November 1977. She enjoyed working in printing throughout her working career, having worked for Munder Color for 14 years in Zion, and then for Vista Hospital running the print shop. Karen and Ron enjoyed many happy and fun years with family and friends at their summer place in Pardeeville, Wis. Karen loved and will miss her loving husband and of course all of his joking around. She loved and enjoyed all of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be missed.

Karen is survived by her husband Ron; one son Christopher Pavelski; stepson Ronald (Kris) D. Levin; stepdaughter Renee Kooi; eight grandchildren Joey Pavelski, Heather Garvin, Makenzie Kooi, Maddie Kooi, Devin Kooi, Logan Levin, Hannah Levin and Megan Levin; three great-grandchildren; sister and best friend Pat (Dick) Naber; brother Ronald (Karen) Jones; and sister Brenda (Jerry) Lansbury.

She was preceded in death by her parents Elsie and Johnnie Jones; and her mother and father-in-law Marge and Herman Levin.

A visitation will be held on Monday, April 14 from 5 until 8 p.m. at the Congdon Funeral Home, 3012 Sheridan Road, Zion. Funeral services will take place on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Tim Bycroft of Northpoint Church, officiating. Entombment will follow at Mt. Olivet Memorial Park, Zion. Please sign the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com

Tom J. Prater

Tom J. Prater, 59, of Zion, died Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan.

He was born May 17, 1954 in Waukegan. Tom was a member of First Baptist Church of Winthrop Harbor. He worked for Ocean Spray Cranberry Co. in Kenosha, Wis., retiring after 35 years and later drove for USA Taxi in Zion. He enjoyed bowling, was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and a Chicago Bears fan, and recently began enjoying scooters and motor bikes.

Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Brenda; children Laura (Justin Zickovich) Prater and Tammy (Robert Witherspoon) Prater both of Zion, and Billy Prater and Bruce Prater both of Kenosha, Wis.; three grandchildren Justin T. Zickovich, Devin Coofer and Trayvon Witherspoon; and siblings Ruby Prater, Mary Bowman, Tina (Roger) Swann, John Prater, Joe Prater, Jack Prater and Jimmy (Margaret) Prater Jr.

He was preceded in death by one sister Alice Prater; and his parents James Sr. and Emojean Prater.

Visitation will be Saturday, April 19, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 3001 Ninth Street, Winthrop Harbor, followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. with Dr. Michael Brown officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Memorial Park, Zion. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the family have been suggested. Please sign the online guestbook at congdonfuneralhome.com.