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Carol J. Inman

Carol J. Inman died peacefully April 17, 2017 after a full and happy life.

Carol was a pioneer and attended the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Albert H. Inman and sadly, son John R. (Virginia).

She will be missed by her children, James H., Kay L. (Alvin Brown), Jeffrey S. (Debra) and her grandchildren, Jonathan, Jeremy, Jenifer, Tristan, Andrea, Laura, Morgan and August as well as her 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson.

A memorial for Carol will be held on April 29 at 3 p.m. Visitation begins at 2 p.m. Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 3104 29th St., Zion.


Charles R. Fairbanks

Charles R. “Chuck” Fairbanks, 72, of Winthrop Harbor, passed away peacefully on April 19, 2017, at home with his family by his side.

He was born May 5, 1944 in White Earth, Minn., and attended Detroit Lakes School in Detroit Lakes, Minn. Charles married Sandra Matthews on March 24, 1966 in Waukegan. He served in the United States Army from 1964 until 1967 and is a Vietnam veteran. He retired from Abbott Laboratories in North Chicago. Charles enjoyed camping with his family and was a handyman and car enthusiast.

He is survived by his children, Bill (Lisa) Fairbanks, Nancy Fairbanks, Douglas Fairbanks, Michelle (Jim) Caldwell and Mark (Kimberley Stripe) Fairbanks, all of Winthrop Harbor; grandchildren, Jacob and Elijah Fairbanks of Winthrop Harbor, Rachael Zbynski Fairbanks of Winthrop Harbor, Kayla Renney, Richard Tow and Cody Tow of Minnesota; siblings, Joann (Don) Peters, Thomas (Susie) Fairbanks, Betty Chevalier, Paulette (Larry) Molin, Vicky (Roger) Sternberg, Karen Fairbanks, Margaret (Steve) Eischens , Tim (Bobby) Fairbanks, Pam (Ron) Fairbanks.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Sandy; parents Thomas and Nancy, beloved step-mom Marie; daughter Vicki; brothers Joseph, Robert, Virgil and James; sister Verna, infant sister Veronica, and Florence who died in infancy.

A memorial service with Military Honors will be held Thursday, May 11, at 5 p.m. at the Congdon Funeral Home, 3012 Sheridan Road, Zion. A visitation will be held on Thursday, May 11, from 3 p.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home.
Interment will be private for the family at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to: Prostate Cancer Foundation at 1250 Fourth St., Santa Monica, CA, 90401 or online at PCF.org in memory of Charles Fairbanks would be appreciated.
Please visit the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com.


Edna Ezell-Brewer

On April 23, Edna “Greatma” Ezell-Brewer, 84, of Winthrop Harbor, went to sleep for her final rest.

Edna was born March 16, 1933 to Henry and Minnie Jones in Tupelo, Miss. In 1950, she married Cecil Ezell, and until death did they part in 1996. Cecil and Edna had four children; Henry Ray, Mary, Nancy Ann and Cecil Ray Jr. Cecil served as a volunteer firefighter in Winthrop Harbor, Edna served as treasurer for the Ladies Auxiliary and excelled in her career as a Real Estate Broker.

Edna also excelled in Grandmothering, thus earning a promotion to the title of “Greatma” to seven “greatkids” Daniel (Dannielle) Swim, Charity Willenburg, Kevin Krueger, Rebecca Teschler, Sylvia (James Walldan) Volakis, Edna Volakis and Mykal Volakis. Greatma was a Great-Greatma to Shawn, Haley, Corey, Madison and Jacob Swim, Dylan May and Morgan Maksimovic, Kayla Robinson, Robert and Cody Hadley, Vincent Teschler and Summer Krueger. Edna always held very dear to her heart her surviving sister Maybell, brother Odell, sister-in-law Kathy Jones and many nieces and nephews.

In 2006, Greatma married Norman Brewer Jr. and they remained together until his passing in 2013.

Edna was always one to far surpass expectations and will forever be remembered as a Greatma that was tough as nails.

Visitation will be held Thursday, April 27, from 5 until 7 p.m., at Congdon Funeral Home, 3012 Sheridan Road, Zion, and Friday, April 28, from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Benton Greenwood Cemetery. Please sign the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com.


Milda P. Listander

Milda P. Listander, 98, of Highland Park  and recently of Winthrop Harbor, died Friday, April 14, 2017. She was born Jan. 2, 1919 in Latvia.

Loving mother to Gary (Sharon) Listander of Winthrop Harbor, and Edward (Marilyn) Listander of Round Rock Texas; grandchildren Gerhard, Lance and Shana; and great-grandchild Gwen.

She was preceded in death by her husband Gerhard and mother Bertha Plume.
Services will be private for the family. Please visit the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com.


Violet M. Snodie

Violet Mavis Snodie, age 83, died on April 17, 2017 in Waukegan.

Violet was born on March 15, 1934 to Aileen and Niilo Uusimaki in Winola, Mich. She married James Andrew Snodie Sr. on May 7, 1956. She spent most of her life as a military wife and homemaker. She was an active school volunteer when her children attended school as well as participating in the electoral process as an election judge. In her later years, she volunteered her time with Catholic Charities at the Waukegan Park Place Senior Center, where she had received several letters of appreciation for her hard work and dedication to her fellow seniors and coworkers. She was also a member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Waukegan.

She is survived be her children, James A. Snodie of Waukegan, Rose E. Busch of Waukegan, Susan Snodie of Racine, Wis., Joseph (Linda) Snodie of Beach Park, Lori (Herman) Mueller of Waukegan, Theodore L. Snodie of Beach Park, Nancy Snodie of Beach Park and Andrew Snodie of Beach Park; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son, Robert Snodie; and her husband of 60 years, James A. Snodie Sr.

Graveside committal services will be held Friday, April 28, at 10 a.m. at Pine View Memorial Park, Beach Park. A memorial service will follow at 11:30 a.m. at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 2720 N. McAree Road, Waukegan. Please visit the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com.

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