Zion-Benton News


Jerry M. Kennedy

Jerry Marshall Kennedy, 72, of Miami Township, Ohio, passed away Friday, Aug. 19, 2016 at Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn.

He was born March 2, 1944 in Smithville, Miss., son of the late Marshall and Laura Reedy Kennedy. He was married to Leona Sue Alsip Kennedy, who survives, for 34 years.

Jerry graduated from Zion-Benton Township High School in 1962 and spent most of his life in Winthrop Harbor. He graduated with his business degree from Southern Illinois University. He was a partner and owner of Mid-America Tire Company in Ohio.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Mike Kennedy, Brad (Nancy) Brannon, Bobbi Kennedy and Heather (Glen) Nielsen; grandchildren, Casey Brannon, Olivia Nielsen, Erin Casellas, Beck Nielsen, RJ Casellas; sister Betty (Tom) McCann; nephews Scott and Eric McCann; and an aunt, Mary Bennett.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 25, at E.C. Nurre Funeral Home, 177 W. Main St. (SR 125), Amelia, Ohio. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Mt. Moriah Cemetery.

Family suggests memorial contributions be made to Life Center, 2875 South James Drive, New Berlin, WI 53151 or American Liver Foundation, 39 Broadway, Suite 2700, New York, New York 10006. Please sign his online tribute wall at ecnurre.com and congdonfuneralhome.com.


Robert W. Middleton

Robert Wayne Middleton, 79, of Winthrop Harbor, died Aug. 21, 2016 at Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan.

Robert was born Feb. 14, 1937 in Tremont, Miss. He is a former resident of Zion. He married Judith Tobin on Nov. 29, 1960. He retired in 1984 as a general contractor. Robert was an avid Cubs, Bears, sports fan and outdoorsman.

He is survived by his wife, Judith; children, Patty (Mitch) Gehrig of Winthrop Harbor, Pamela (Lance) Scott of Pleasant Prairie, Wis., Mike Middleton of St. Petersburg, Fla.; grandchildren, Kristin, Megan, Dillon, Mich Jr., Mikaela and Dahlian; great-grandchildren, Gabriel, Uriah; and siblings, Betty Hudson, Jim Middleton, and Mary Smith.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Homer and Azilee Middleton.
Services will be private for the family. Please visit the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com.


Carol A. Lallaman

Carol A. Lallaman, 80, of Zion, died Aug. 17, 2016 at St. Joseph’s Home for the Aged in Kenosha, Wis.

Carol was born May 17, 1936 in Kenosha, Wis.. She was a long-time resident of Winthrop Harbor, then lived at Carmel House in Zion for many years. She married James Lallaman on May 23, 1959. She worked for A.L. Hansen Manufacturing in Waukegan. She loved being outside, whether it was pulling weeds, tending to the garden or taking care of the animals on the farm. She loved to travel and spent many years touring the United States in an RV with her long-time friend and companion, Joe. Her friends and family will miss her smile and witty humor. Carol was loved by all who met her.

She is survived by her children, Jim (Patty) Lallaman of Winthrop Harbor, Skeeter (Bob) Harju of Purcellville, Va., and Debbie (Greg) Townsley of Winthrop Harbor; grandchildren, Ryan and Robby Harju, Michael and Jimmy Lallaman, Maria Carlson, and Ashton Townsley; one great-grandchild; and a sister Nancy (Ed) Uttech of Kenosha, Wis.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Lallaman; father and mother, Lawrence and Hilda Nelson; brother Buddy Nelson; and long time companion, Joseph Brooks.

Services will be private for the family. Please visit the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com.


Rachel I. (Mintern) LaBelle

Rachel I. (Mintern) LaBelle, 99, of Zion, went to be with the Lord Aug. 22, 2016 at Aurora St. Lukes Hospital in Milwaukee, Wis. 

Rachel was born Jan. 18, 1917 in Zion and was a lifelong resident of Zion.  She attended the Zion Parochial Schools.  She married Stephen W. LaBelle on Aug. 16, 1943 and they enjoyed 59 years together until his death Aug. 29, 2002. She worked for 23 years as secretary at Elmwood School where she touched the lives of so many children and parents. She was a lifelong member of the Christ Community Church (formerly Christian Catholic Church).  She served as a Sunday School teacher, Camp Zion Staff, VBS teacher, youth programs and member of the Zion Passion Play. 

She loved to spend time knitting but even more she loved spending time with her family especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She was a member of the Zion Senior Citizens and took many trips with her husband Steve and on her own.  She was also a member of the Zion Red Hat Club and enjoyed various activities and went on many outings with them.

Rachel is survived by her children, Dick (Fran) LaBelle of Summerfield, Fla., Doug (Deb) LaBelle of Kenosha, Wis., Lorry (Pat) LaBelle of West Chicago and David (Jill) LaBelle of Winthrop Harbor. Grandchildren Jennifer, Jeffrey (Neve), Michael (Cindi) LaBelle, Lynn (Brian) Weeks, Krista (Michael DeCarmine) LaBelle, Karin (Daniel Schwalbe) LaBelle, Mark (April) LaBelle, Kimberly (Ben) Ackert, Amy (Paul) Rhody, Janine (Tommy) Brown. Great-grandchildren Mia LaBelle, Eleanor LaBelle DeCarmine, Benjamin and Tallulah Schwalbe LaBelle, Tristan, Stephen and Kaitlin LaBelle, Miranda (Addison) Boyer, Clara, Nickolas, Rachel, Jacob and Jane Ackert and Gavin Rhody, Cody, Brendan and Ashley LaBelle, Dylan Weeks and great-great grandchild Abriana LaBelle. Step-grandchildren Larry Hallgren, Dawn (Kenny) Swindle, Patti (Rick) Oumiette, Pam (John) Abbio, Kristin (Mark) Heiny, Stacey Wright and step-great grandchildren Tyler and Troy Swindle, Trentin, Brennin and Makara Heiny. Also Carrie (Nathan) Denlinger, Rylan Tyler and Myra Denglinger who called her grandma. Also by many nieces, nephews and cousins including Esther Leech, her first-born cousin.

She was preceded in death by her husband Stephen LaBelle, her parents Michael J. and Ester M. (Butler) Mintern, brothers Ernie and Harold Mintern, sisters Muriel (Mintern) Maynard and Ethel (Mintern) Blaisdell.  

Visitation will be held Thursday, Aug. 25, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Christ Community Church, 2500 Dowie Memorial Drive in Zion.  The funeral service will be Friday, Aug. 26, at Christ Community Church in Zion with visitation from 10 a.m. and the service at 11 a.m. Interment to follow at Mt. Olivet Memorial Park in Zion.  In lieu of flowers, donations to Camp Zion would be appreciated.  Please visit the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com.


Kathel H. Suttie

Kathel Hire Suttie, 85, of Antioch, formerly of Zion, died Aug. 12, 2016 at home.

Kathel was born Dec. 13, 1930 in Zion. She graduated valedictorian of the class of 1948 at Zion-Benton Township High School. She graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University with a bachelor’s degree in piano performance. She married Burton Eugene Suttie at Grace Missionary Church on June 20, 1950 and they recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary. Kathel worked for the First Savings and Loan Association of Zion and served on the Z-BTHS board. She was an organist at Grace Missionary Church in Zion for over 25 years, and taught piano and organ through the Zion Conservatory of Music. She studied organ under Dr. Richard Enright of Northwestern University. She also played organ for the First Baptist Church in Waukegan, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Waukegan, and served as choir director and organist at First Presbyterian Church in Park Ridge.

She is survived by her husband, Burton Suttie; daughters, Karen Lynn (Wayne) Schreck of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Kay Adele (David) Fuller of Barrington; Karen’s children, Dierdre Sarah (Benjamin) Woodruff, and Benjamin Allen (Lindsay) Schreck; Dierdre’s children, Britain Tennyson, Judah Allen, and Arabella Emerson Woodruff; Benjamin’s children, Lincoln Benjamin and Milo Harrison Schreck; Kay’s children, Janelle Kay (Peter) Rimmereid, and Jennifer Lynn (Gregory) Sorensen; Janelle’s children, Adelle Lynn, Micah David, Ellsie Joy Rimmereid; and Jenny’s child, Sadie Grace Sorensen; sisters, Alyce Fielden (Cleburn) McIlhany and Janet Pearl Serdar of Zion.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother Richard and Elsie Hire; sibling Edith Jean (and the late Arnold) Studebaker; and brother-in-law Kenneth Serdar.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. at Congdon Funeral Home, 3012 Sheridan Road, Zion. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Zion Conservatory of Music, 2500 Dowie Memorial Drive, Zion, IL 60099. Please visit the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com.

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