Zion-Benton News


Alma E. Sheppard

Alma E. Sheppard, 69, of Racine, Wis., died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014.

Alma was born in Rumsey-Louisville, Ky. on Dec. 23, 1944 to Walter C. and Margaret E. Johnson. She married Jack J. Sheppard who preceded her in death.      

Alma lived for her family and is survived by her son, Joey Patz; daughter, Edie Cole; stepdaughter, Char Kirk; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She is further survived by her four sisters, Diane Johnson, Mary Johnson, Bessie Zadler and Pam Andrade; and her brother, Lawrence Johnson.

Funeral services for Alma will be held at Purath-Strand Funeral Home & Crematory, 3915 Douglas Ave., Racine, Wis., on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. followed by interment at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 5 until 8 p.m.


Carolyn Frederica Hertzberg

Carolyn Frederica Hertzberg, 95, of Winthrop Harbor, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 in Springdale, Ark., which was also the date of her wedding anniversary.

She was born June 3, 1919 in Kenosha, Wis. to Fred and Elsie Johnson Wenzel, Sr.

Carolyn actively gave of herself throughout her life to various churches, civic organizations and other involvements. She was a member of Lakeside Chapel in Clearwater, Fla., where she was baptized and actively involved in the Salt and Light homeless ministry. She was also a founding supporter of Skyword Ministries, the Christian Protestant chapel ministry of Chicago O’Hare and Midway airports.

Carolyn was elected as Village Clerk of Winthrop Harbor for repeated terms of service. She also served as executive assistant to the principals of Spring Bluff and Westfield schools in Winthrop Harbor. At the same time, she assisted her husband, Harold, for 40 years in their family business at Illinois Beach State Park in Zion.

During her life, Carolyn served in several volunteer leadership roles including president of the Lake County (IL) Republican Women; president of the Winthrop Harbor Parent-Teacher Association for multiple terms; Area Coordinator for Cerebral Palsy; an officer with the Zion-Benton High School Athletic Boosters; and as an active volunteer with the Cub Scouts and Little League.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold, in 1993, two sisters, Adele Turner and Elizabeth Jurca, and one brother, Fred Wenzel, Jr.

She is survived by two sons, Hutz Hertzberg and wife Lynne of Chicago, Todd Hertzberg of Fayetteville, Ark.; five grandchildren, Holly, Melissa, Jesse, Jack and Hiley Hertzberg; and several nieces and nephews including Mary Bitle, and Rick and Lance Turner.

The memorial service will be 11 a.m. Friday, Dec.19, at Grace Missionary Church, 1415 27th St., Zion. Memorial contributions may be made to Skyword Ministries (The Christian Protestant chaplaincy of Chicago O'Hare and Midway Airports), P. O. Box 68, Deerfield IL 60015-0068.

Arrangements are with Heritage Funeral Home in Springdale, Ark. Online guest book at heritageofnwa.com.