Zion-Benton News


Ellen E. Lohr-Herman

Ellen E. Lohr-Herman (nee Stonelake), 96, of Zion, died Oct. 16, 2016 at Rolling Hills Manor in Zion.

Ellen was born Jan. 11, 1920 in Menahga, Minn. She worked for Illinois Bell Telephone Company and then later worked for Warwick Electronics. During World War II, she met and married Donald Lohr. They were wed for 42 years and had two children, Dr. Dennis Lohr and a daughter, Diane Lohr-Patterson. Later she married a dear friend, Harry Herman, and they had many happy years together until his death. Ellen was a member of Women’s Republican Club of Benton Township and Dunesland Garden Club and enjoyed gardening, bird watching and traveling.

Survivors include her children, Dennis (Nita) Lohr of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Diane Patterson of San Diego, Calif.; brother, Marvin (Jeanine) Stonelake of Homer Glen; brother-in-law, Herbert Pikka of Wakefield, Mich. and other dear family members.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Donald Lohr and Harry Herman; siblings, Raymond (Lois) Stonelake, Janet Stonelake, Harvey (Phyllis) Stonelake, John (Barbara) Stonelake and Betty Pikka.

A visitation will take place Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 6 until 8 p.m. at Congdon Funeral Home, 3012 Sheridan Road, Zion. Interment will take place on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 10 a.m. at Mt. Olivet Memorial Park, 1436 Kenosha Road, Zion. Please visit the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com.

Ash Chloe Lauseng

Ash Chloe Lauseng, 9, of Zion, left us early on Saturday after a long battle with epilepsy to join her grandfather, Antonio Donile, and cousin, Mercedes Wisniewski, in heaven.

Ash was a brilliant, charismatic, charming and ambitious girl. She was kind and comical with a heart of gold. Ash was awarded Student of the Month multiple times at her school, Beulah Park Elementary, most recently in September 2016. Ash was a straight A student, she loved school and anyone involved in her education. Ash was always the brightest person in the room. She had a perfect smile and a laugh that could make you melt. Ash very seldom had a bad day. If she was having a bad day you could simply cheer her up by simply making a funny face. Ash enjoyed video games, writing, art, swimming and playing dress up.

She is survived by her parents, Aaron and Tara (Jones) Lauseng; brother, Aaron Lauseng Jr. and sister, Patricia Jones; grandparents, William Lauseng, Patricia Donile, Bill and Barb Jones and Susan Lauseng; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Services will be held Saturday, Oct. 15, at 2 p.m. at Congdon Funeral Home, 3012 Sheridan Road, Zion. Friends may greet the family at noon until the time of service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Epilepsy Foundation in memory of Ash Chloe Lauseng.


Carina C. Peterson

Carina Peterson, 46, of Kenosha, Wis., passed away Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, at Froedtert Memorial Hospital in Milwaukee, Wis., surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Bremen, Ind. on Dec. 12, 1969, she was the daughter of James Ernsberger and the late Catherine (Klingerman) Ernsberger. After graduating from Bremen High School she received a bachelor’s degree from Illinois Wesleyan University.

She worked for the Kenosha Unified School District in the Community and School Relations office as a Parent Liaison and previously held management and other positions in insurance and retail.

Carina was an active volunteer in a variety of causes. Most recently her focus was on the Kenosha Orchestra Boosters Program and the Tremper Golden Strings group. She was an avid knitter and could nearly always be found with a project in-the-works.
Carina taught many others to knit and loved weekly coffee sessions with her knitters’ groups. She touched and improved so many lives and was always happy to step-up and help or lead others.

In 1993, Carina married Andy Peterson. They were blessed with 23 happy years together and two daughters, Robin and Riley. She was loving and devoted to her children, family, and friends.
Carina is survived by her husband, Andy Peterson; two daughters, Robin and Riley; father, Jim Ernsberger; and a brother, Jim “Jamie” (Pam) Ernsberger.

A visitation for Carina will be held Thursday, Oct. 20, at Proko Funeral Home, 5111 60th St., Kenosha, Wis., from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.
and on Friday, Oct. 21, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. Interment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, remembrance donations should be made in Carina’s name to “Kathy’s House” in Milwaukee (kathys-house.org) to support their wonderful mission to provide temporary housing for traveling families whose loved ones are being treated at local hospitals.

Visit and sign Carina’s Online Memorial Book at: prokofuneralhome.com


Elaine C. Stark

Elaine Carol Stark, 83, of Zion, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 15.

She was born Sept. 22, 1933 in Watertown, Wis., to Rudolf and Selma Degner. Elaine married Myron Ralph Stark on Sept. 15, 1951 in Ixonia, Wis., together they raised six children. Elaine was a devoted member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Zion, where she was active in the ladies guild and choir. Elaine enjoyed weekend and holiday visits with her family sharing meals and playing cards. She enjoyed cooking and baking for her beloved family and friends. Elaine was a faithful wife, loving mother and grandmother; a faithful church member; and a loving and faithful friend to those around her.

Elaine is survived by her children, Joanne (Ronald) Green, James (Karen) Stark, Gerald (Cathy) Stark and Lori (John) Tedesco; daughters-in-law Kathleen Stark, Christina Pope, Stacey Ewing, and Tiina Palmaki; 13 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Myron; two sons, Robert and Timothy Stark; and a granddaughter Christy Ann Green.

A funeral service was held Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Zion. Interment followed at Mt. Olivet Memorial Park, Zion. Memorial donations may be made to Our Saviors Lutheran Church, 1800 23rd St., Zion, IL 60099.

Please visit the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com.

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