Zion-Benton News


Donnie Pearson

Donnie Pearson, 61, of Zion, died Monday, April 25, 2016 at Glen Lake Terrace Nursing Home in Waukegan.

Donnie was born April 8, 1955 in Waukegan. He attended Zion-Benton Township High School. He was an avid Chicago Bears and Cubs fan and enjoyed rock music. Donnie enjoyed riding his bike around town.

He is survived by his siblings, Paul (Debbie) Pearson of Zion, and Anita (Ray Cudworth) Hopkins of Zion; and several aunts, uncles and nephews.

Donnie was preceded in death by his parents, Uvil and Lurlie Pearson; and nephew Michael Pearson.

Private services will be held at a later date. Please visit the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com


Marjorie I. Amerighi

Marjorie I. Amerighi, 93, of Winthrop Harbor, passed into eternity holding Jesus' hand, and with loved ones beside her at her home on Saturday, April 23, 2016.

She was born in Kokomo, Ind., on Nov. 1, 1922. Marge married the love of her life, John Amerighi, on March 28, 1942; and they had 53 wonderful years together. Marge was a self-taught artist; and her beautiful paintings grace the homes of her family, friends and her church. John and Marge were crafters, working together in wood and other crafts and attending many craft shows. They had been seasonal campers for many years; and made wonderful friends while at their summer home in Pardeeville, Wis. and in Winthrop Harbor, where they built their home in 1947. Marge continued to live there for 21 years after John's passing to their forever home in 1995.

Marge is survived by her loving daughter Sandra Heathcote of Winthrop Harbor, daughter-in-law Jayne Amerighi of Winthrop Harbor; four grandchildren: Doug Heathcote of Sutton, Mass., Tracy (Tony) Orawiec of Beach Park, Tara (Billy) Morley of Winthrop Harbor, and Ryan (April) Amerighi of Beach Park; nine great-grandchildren: Brandon (Becca) Orawiec, Allyssa Orawiec, Ashley Orawiec, Caitlyn Orawiec, Will, Brenna and Gianna Morley, and Reese and Cole Amerighi; a brother James Dealer, and a dear friend John Mansfield and daughter Taylor.

She was preceded in death by her husband John and son Steve Amerighi, son-in-law Ed Heathcote; her parents, Beulah and Carl Degler, sister Martha McIntosh, and brother Charles Degler.

A service celebrating her life will be held Saturday, April 30, at the Winthrop Harbor United Methodist Church, with visitation from 10-11 :30 a.m., followed by the service and burial at Mt. Olivet Memorial Park, Zion. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her name may be made to the Winthrop Harbor United Methodist Church, 600 College Ave., where Marge was a faithful and active member for many years. Please visit the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com.


Stuart Allen McCreary

Stuart Allen McCreary, 78,  died April 20, 2016 at his home in Zion. 

The son of Stuart Nelson and Alice Marie McCreary nee Dumbald, he was born June 22, 1937 in Rush Tower (rural Festus), Mo. After graduating from St. Louis Christian College, Allen ministered at churches in Higdon, Mo., Zion,  Belle, Mo.  and was chaplain at Meadowmere Assisted Living in Kenosha, Wis. In 1960, he moved to Zion and became involved in various organizations and civil groups. He was manager of the Zion Chamber of Commerce, owner/operator of Joe Mole Shoe Repair, Vice President of Sales for Valeer Industries, and was a self-employed salesman. Allen was an avid reader and enjoyed studying and learning his whole life. He bowled on several leagues, but his passion was golf. He was part of the Good Fellowship League (now the Monday night league) through the Shiloh Golf Course for over 35 years.

Allen is survived by his wife, Virginia; seven children, Stuart Ross (Renee), Suzanne Marie (Van) Vuyovich, Paula Joy, Mary Ann (Scott) Tufts, Sandra Jean (Barry) Lamb, Deborah Lynn (Dan) Gillies, and Melissa Ruth (Keith) Richards; four brothers, Stanley, Mike, Dennis, Tim; 23 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a very large extended family.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Gail Audrey nee Baker, daughter, Pamela Gail, brother, Neal Patrick, and his parents.

A memorial service will be held  Saturday, April 23,  at 11 a.m. at North Point Church, 900 Lewis Ave., Winthrop Harbor. Flowers can be sent to the church. Allen will be laid to rest during a private service at Mt. Olivet Memorial Park, Zion.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to: St. Louis Christian College, 1360 Grandview Dr. Florissant, MO 63033 or to The Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214. Please visit the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com.

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