Zion-Benton News


Carolyn Dreyer Switzer

Carolyn Dreyer Switzer, 87, of Beach Park, was surrounded by beloved family and friends when she went home to heaven on Feb. 2, 2016.

Carolyn was born on April 1, 1928 in Zion. Her parents, Joseph Lester Crow and Catherine Louise (Schmidt) Crow raised her to honor God.  Carolyn showed an amazing love for Jesus, her family and friends (and everyone she met was a friend!).  She never earned a degree, but she was a gifted teacher who lived a lifetime of influence leading Bible studies, Child Evangelism Fellowship Bible clubs, Grief Share, serving as a chaplain at Camp Zion, and speaking at women’s events.  She and her husband David were missionaries with TEAM missions in Venezuela for three years.  She was a lifetime active member of Christ Community Church.

Carolyn is survived by her daughters, Judy (David) Cook, Nancy Pickering, Cheryl (Carl) Williamson; her stepchildren Jan (Jim) Brooks, Betty Switzer, John (Kathy) Switzer; her grandchildren, Matthew (Susie) Cook, Christine (Bryan) Hunt, Kati (Glen) Brickwood, Alex (Kelci) Pickering, Michael (Beth) Pickering, Noah Williamson, Carolyn Williamson, William Williamson, Josiah Williamson, Ted (Gretchen) Brooks, Heather (Jon) Welsch, Bob (Michelle) Brooks, Christopher (Mary) Brooks, Brian (Tiffany) Switzer, Stefan (Erika) Switzer, Amanda Switzer; her sisters Lorna Thorn, Fay Schmalfuss; her brother, Winson (Ermilee) Crow; and many great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents, Lester and Catherine Crow; her son, Jimmy Dreyer; her beloved husband Melvin Dreyer on Oct. 6, 1966; her beloved husband David Switzer on Feb. 12, 1997; her grandson, Ryan Pickering; and her stepson, Thomas Switzer.

A visitation will be held  Sunday, Feb. 7, from 2 until 5 p.m. at Christ Community Church, 2500 Dowie Memorial Drive, Zion.  Funeral Services will be held  Monday, Feb. 8,  at 11 a.m. at the church with Pastor Ken Langley officiating.  Interment will be private at Mt. Olivet Memorial Park, Zion.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Camp Zion (campzion.org), or Child Evangelism Fellowship (cefofneil.org).  Please visit the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com.

Richard Meyer

Richard Meyer, 78, of Fulton, Miss. and Winthrop Harbor, died Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, Miss.

He was born June 23, 1937, in Quincy, Ill., a son of Raymond and Virginia (Stork) Meyer. He married Joanne River Schmidt on Feb. 20, 1976, in Las Vegas, Nev. She preceded him in death Jan. 4, 2011.

Richard graduated from Quincy High School in 1956 and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army on Feb. 28, 1966. He was an appliance service technician for Petropoulos Bros. in Gurnee for many years before his retirement.

Survivors include his brother, Donald (Glenadene) Meyer of Quincy; five step-granddaughters, Amanda (Jordan) Engle, Chastity, Tiffany, Shelby and Cheyenne Frost, all of Alabama, and three nephews, Michael Meyer of California, Paul Meyer of Quincy and Dean Meyer of North Carolina.

He was preceded in death by his wife and his parents.

Services: Cremation was accorded. A memorial service will be held in Quincy at a later date. Condolences may be expressed online at whig.com.

Paul H. Anderson

Paul H. Anderson, 86, of Atlantic Mine, Mich., passed away Friday morning Jan. 29, 2016, at the Cypress Manor Nursing Home in Hancock, Mich. where he had been a patient for three months.

He was born on Nov. 28, 1929, in Gay, Mich., a son of the late John E. and Ellen (Lytikainen) Anderson. As a child, he attended the Gay School and was a graduate of the Lake Linden High School. He was a veteran having served with the Central Intelligence Corp in Germany for nine years.

On March 29, 1958, he was united in marriage to the former Helen Oja in Pelkie, Mich. The couple moved to Zion and Paul was employed with Johnson Motors.They then moved to L’Anse, Mich., and he commuted to Northern Michigan University to receive a teaching degree. They moved to Winthrop Harbor, where he taught sixth and eighth grade at Westfield Junior High School, retiring in 1990 after 23 years. He also helped preach at the First Apostolic Lutheran Church. On Sept. 28, 2012, after celebrating 54 years together Helen preceded Paul in death.

Paul was a member of the First Apostolic Lutheran Church of Houghton and Atlantic Mine. He enjoyed visiting with family and friends and telling many stories and spending summers at the camp in Little Betsy. He also was a member of VFW Post #6165 of Chassell.

Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife Helen, his daughter Pamela, his brothers Edwin, Hubert, Norman, Waino and Wesley; and his sisters Lila Malgren and Doris Larson.

Surviving are his children John (Ronda) Anderson of Beach Park, and their children Lana (David) Oliver, Ian, Jodi, and Luke; Beth (Carl) Torola of Calumet and their children Selina (Kurt) Johnson, Mallory, Marisa, Carl, Pamela, Rosemary, Warren, Brannon and Lowell; Ruth (Kyle Kerkering) Laho of Bristol, Wis. and her children Alan (Heather), Matthew (Nora), Dustin, Megan (Steve) Hallstrom, Nolan, Jessie and Bubba; Brenda (Richard) Henry of Winthrop Harbor, and their children Olivia, Richard Paul and Emma. His great-grandchildren Kadi, Keira, Grady, Felix, Kaisa, Niko, Adalynn, Elli, Amerae, Jayce, Kayne and Brayden. His brother Reuben Anderson, a resident patient of the Houghton County Medical Care Facility; four sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services for Paul were held Feb. 4 at the First Apostolic Lutheran Church of Houghton, Mich. with David Taivalkoski officiating. Spring burial will be in the Pelkie Cemetery.

To send condolences to the family please visit memorialchapel.net.

The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes have been assisting the family with the arrangements.

Brenda M. Powers

Brenda Marie Powers, 49, of Kenosha, Wis., died Feb. 1, 2016 at United Health System in Kenosha, Wis.

Brenda was born Nov. 19, 1966 in Waukegan. She grew up in Waukegan attending First United Methodist Church until she moved to Kenosha 13 years ago. She attended Mother of God School, graduated from Waukegan West High School, attended Gateway Technical College and took court reporting classes in Madison, Wis. She enjoyed fishing and boating with her family in Fremont, Wis. and loved her three dogs, Doobie, Ruby and Momo.

Brenda is survived by her husband, Bob Powers; children, Alec, Carly, and Eric Machak, all of Kenosha; mother, Marjorie Marshall of Winthrop Harbor; brother, Bill (Leandra) Marshall of Winthrop Harbor; sister-in-law, Tina M.F. Powers of Kenosha; aunts, Candy Quist of Stevens Point, Wis. and Randy Cenni of Pleasant Prairie, Wis.; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, William J. Marshall; and grandparents, Martin and Olga King.

A visitation will be held Friday, Feb. 5, from 5 until 8 p.m. at Christ Community Church, 2500 Dowie Memorial Drive, Zion, and again on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 10 until 11 a.m. A funeral service will follow on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 11 a.m. at the church. Memorial donations to Safe Harbor Humane Society in Kenosha or Shriners Hospitals for Children in Chicago would be appreciated. Please visit the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com

Ada Fay Taylor

Ada Fay Taylor, 89, of Orlando, Fla., formerly of Beach Park, went to be with the Lord on Jan. 28, 2016.

Ada was born Oct. 30, 1926 in Princeton, Ind. to William L. and Anna B. Wilson. She married Irvin H. Taylor on Dec. 24, 1949 in Paducah, Ky. The family moved to Beach Park in 1958 and Ada later retired to Orlando, Fla. Ada was a loving wife and mother. She loved to shop, dance and vacation with her daughters.

She is survived by daughters, Sue (Bruce) Wimmer, Nancy (Kelly) McAnally, and Mary (Mike) Darrow; grandchildren Shelly (Chris) Carlson, Jeanne (Rocko) Onan, Patrick (Giovanna) McAnally, Kelly (Shane) Clark, Jeffrey (Jessie) Jorgensen, and Kristin (Joe) Szostak; and great-grandchildren, Taylor McAnally, Conner McAnally, Sarah Clark, Chloe Carlson, Kaitlyn McAnally, Ethan Onan and Lucas Onan. Special thanks and gratitude to daughter Nancy for her loving caregiving.

She was preceded in death by her husband Irvin Taylor; father and mother William Levi Wilson and Anna Bell (nee Eickelberger) Wilson; and her brothers Dave and Jack Wilson.

A funeral service will be held Friday, Feb.5, at 6 p.m. at Congdon Funeral Home, 3012 Sheridan Road, Zion. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Interment will be private for the family at Mt. Olivet Memorial Park, Zion. Memorial donations to the Salvation Army or the Alzheimers Association have been suggested. Please visit the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com.


Maurice M. Stam

Maurice M. Stam, Sr., 87 of Hawkins, Wis., passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at his home. He was born on Feb. 16, 1928 in Minneapolis, Minn. to Harvey and Lydia (Mitchell) Stamm.

Maurice married Rose Krauter in Terre Haute, Ind. on May 19, 1979. He lived in Zion and Waukegan prior to moving to Rusk County, Wis. in 1993. He served in the US Navy and then enlisted in the US Army/Air Force. He was a member of South Lawrence Mennonite Church in Ingram, Wis., was a member of American Legion Post 865 in Zion and American Legion Post 64 in Ladysmith, Wis.

He is survived by his wife Rose, two sons; Corey and Jessica Goerdt Morrow of Brookings, S.D. and Jeffrey and Lucy Morrow of Waukegan, one stepdaughter Mary Hash of Hawkins, five grandchildren; Christina and Joe Klein, Alexandra Morrow-Stam, Richard Morrow, David Hash and Savanna Hash, three great-grandchildren; Charlie and Violet Klein and Eponine Larsen and one brother; Glendon Stam of Oregon.

Maurice was preceded in death by his parents, two sons; Maurice M. Stam, Jr. and Michael D. Stam and four brothers; Merle Stamm, Myron Stamm, Bennie Stamm, Sr. and David Stam.

Funeral services were held Feb.3 at the South Lawrence Mennonite Church, Ingram Wis. with Alvin Stoll and Matt Zacharias officiating. Military Honors were provided by the Ladysmith Veterans Association. Burial will be at a later date in the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner.

In lieu of flowers the family has asked donations be made in his name to Rusk County Shop with a Cop, 311 Miner Ave, Suite L100 Ladysmith WI, 54848. Please visit the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com

Tensa M. Fields

Tensa M. Fields (nee Brauns-Altoff) of West Bend, Wis. peacefully joined her Heavenly Father, and the love of her life, C. Myron Fields, on Jan. 30,, 2016 in Rhinelander, Wis. with family by her side. She was under the care of Ministry Homecare Hospice Services. 

Tensa was born on June 22, 1918 in Milwaukee, Wis. She met Myron at a church dance in 1934 and they were married in Milwaukee on Nov. 6, 1937. Tensa and Myron's marriage spanned a wonderful 60 years, its Earthly end coming with Myron's death in 1997. Great relief is taken by their family in knowing they are reunited.

After family, friends and her church, playing cards was Tensa's great passion. She was a prolific knitter and a loyal fan of the Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers. Tensa retired from the United States Census Bureau in 1983. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Hortense Keller and brother Hort Brauns.

She is survived by son Dr. Gary (Carmen) of Wadsworth, daughter Janet Winnicki (Kenneth) of Rhinelander and son Douglas (Roxana Reitz) of Withee, Wis. Grandchildren Gregg (Julie) of Lakewood, Timm (Margaret) of Libertyville, Kristynn (William)Schmitt of Wadsworth; Lynn (Gregory) Strowig of Franklin, Wis., Kenneth (Marna) Winnicki of Rhinelander, Wis., Steven Winnicki of Madison, Wis.; Cassandra Mayek of Joplin, Mo. and Asa Fields of Bend, Ore. Great-grandchildren Alexandria and Meghan Fields; Colin and Emma Fields; Lukas, Gabriel and Samuel Schmitt; Katherine Strowig; Makenna and Abishea Winnicki; Joey Rosedale, Jessica and James Finegan,  Darian and Alyssa Wightman.  Tensa is also survived by other family and many dear friends.

The Funeral Service will be held on Friday, Feb. 5 at 11 a.m. at Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church, 323 S. Fifth Ave, West Bend, with Pastor Wes Falk presiding.  The visitation will be held at the church on Friday, Feb. 5,  from 10 a.m. until the time of Service at 11a.m. Entombment at Wisconsin Memorial Park in Brookfield, Wis.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Cedar Ridge Community (Cedar Community Foundation, Inc., 113 Cedar Ridge Drive, West Bend), Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church in West Bend or Ministry Homecare Hospice Services,1864 N Stevens St, Rhinelander, WI 54501, are appreciated.

The Phillip Funeral Home is assisting the family; phillipfuneralhome.com 262-338-2050