Zion-Benton News


Audrey B. Orawiec

Audrey B. Orawiec (nee Plume), 85, of Winthrop Harbor, passed away Thursday, March 26, 2015 at her home.

Audrey was born July 18, 1929 in Oxfordshire, England.  She was a long-time member of Our Lady of Humility Church and a member of the Zion Woman’s Club.  She was  a passionate and caring mentor while working with youth and young adults as director of Lamb’s Farm restaurant in Libertyville and most recently as a well-known Para-Professional at Zion-Benton Township High School.  Audrey was a wonderful mother, grandmother and loving sister to her family outside of Illinois.

She is survived by her children Krystyna (Louis) Tricoli, Michael (Regina) Orawiec, Mary Ann Russell, Barb (Ranji Jacob) Rossmann and Tony (Tracy) Orawiec; grandchildren Tina (Louis), Lisa (AJ), Stephani (Jim), Jenny (Salvador); Jennifer (Dan), Kimberly, Jason, Chrissy (Aleks), Jamey, Shanda (Jason), Brandon (Becca), Allyssa, Ashley, and Caitlyn; 28 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; sisters Ann (Maurice) Lee, Jenny (Wayne) Gean and Yvonne (John) Wilson; and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Karol; grandsons Lonnie Russell, and Timmy Rossmann; two sisters Joyce and Jean; and three sisters-in-law Mary Kowalik, Michelle Zaha, and Helene Sinka.

Audrey held her loved ones hands for a short while, but will hold their hearts forever.

A visitation will be held Monday, March 30, from 5 until 9p.m. at the Congdon Funeral Home, 3012 Sheridan Road, Zion, where a prayer service will take place at 8 p.m.  Visitation will begin again at the Congdon Funeral Home at 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 31, then going to Our Lady of Humility Church 10655 Wadsworth Road, Beach Park for a Funeral Mass beginning at 10 a.m.  Interment will follow at Ascension Cemetery in Libertyville. 

Please visit the online guest book at www.congdonfuneralhome.com.


Alma Jean Sparkman

Alma Jean Sparkman, 78, Hays, Kan., died Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at the Via Christi Villages.

She was born Jan. 16, 1937 in Zion, the daughter of Albert E. and Julia J. (Kyndberg) Warren. She received her BS degree in Elementary Education from Bob Jones University and her master’s degree in Elementary Education from Fort Hays State University. While attending Bob Jones University she met her future husband and on June 4, 1959 she married Pastor Lynn L. Sparkman in Zion. Together they founded High Plains Baptist Church in Hays, Kan. She was an elementary school teacher, teaching multiple grades at High Plains Christian School for 20 years. She also did substitute teaching in USD 489. She was well known for her hospitality, and she loved to cook and graciously welcome people into her home. She was very active in community events and loved to travel to see her family, children, and grandchildren.

Survivors include three sons, David (Carrie) Sparkman of Eden Prairie, Minn., Jon (Lisa) Sparkman of Pelham, N.H., and Scot (April) Sparkman of Keyes, Okla.;five brothers, Bill (Sharran) Warren of Winthrop Harbor, Jim (JoNancy) Warren of Zion, Charlie (Dawn) Warren of Beach Park, John (Sue) Warren of Winthrop Harbor, and Ron (Wanda) Warren of Pleasant Prairie, Wis.; 10 grandchildren, Zachary (Kate), Nicole, Lauren, Taylor, Joshua, Rebecca, Austin, Kaeleigh, Grant and Grace.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband who died Dec. 23, 2010.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 28, at the High Plains Baptist Church, 2700 Canterbury Drive, Hays. Burial will be in the Mt. Allen Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, 4:30 until 6:30 p.m., at the Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine St., Hays, Kan., and on Saturday from 10 a.m. until service time at the church.

Memorials are suggested to the High Plains Baptist Church or to Arabic Bible Outreach Ministry, in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be left for the family at haysmemorial.com


Bill A. Adcock Sr.

Bill A. Adcock Sr. ("Pa"), 84, of Beach Park, passed peacefully Tuesday, March 17, 2015 surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Feb. 12, 1931 in Moore County, Tenn. He was a devoted husband of one, father of nine, brother of seven, and most beloved "Pa" of eighty-eight. Billy was a proud patriarch of 88 beginning with nine of his own children who went on to bless him with 79 additions to his family tree.

Bill was a proud patriotic Navy veteran who retired after serving our country for 22 years. He passed his patriotism down to his children to whom he taught the bonds of family and country to be held sacred and remain strong. He was an honest, hard working dedicated family man devoted to all he loved. He was never too busy or distracted to offer love, support, guidance or a helping hand to anyone above all his family. He enjoyed working in his garage listening to his vast collection of county & western music and drinking a Budweiser.

He treasured the opportunities to fish and camp with his children and grandchildren or just visiting with them. He loved the game of baseball and was a longtime Boston Red Sox fan that enjoyed witnessing them break the 87-year curse of the Bambino in ‘04 to become World Series champions. He would watch them become champions two more times. Bill was proud to be a life member of VFW post 7448 in Winthrop Harbor where he could regularly be found surrounded by his many friends and fellow veterans, watching a game, playing some games or just reminiscing.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, three sisters Mary, Dorothy and Bobby Gene, 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. He helped raise one grandson Jason (Joey) Adcock, 28 grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and nine great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death only 33 days earlier by his wife of 61 years, Isabelle, his one true love he was so dedicated to he could not live without. Also a son Billy and his wife Rita, a daughter Beverly, his parents James Lee Adcock and Addie Burrow, one sister Beaula Mae, three brothers, James, Neal and Thomas, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A Memorial will be held at the Winthrop Harbor VFW subsequent to his pending burial in the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia scheduled in mid-June 2015.