Zion-Benton News


Merle Grace Kyrk

Merle Grace Kyrk, 96, of Zion, died  Monday, May 18, 2015 at Azura Memory Care, Kenosha, Wis.

She was born Jan. 25, 1919 in Zion.  She was a life long member of Memorial United Methodist Church of Zion where was active in various Women’s Groups of the Church throughout the years and worked for many years as the Church secretary. She retired at age 65 from Central Junior High School where she worked as secretary to the principal.

Survivors include two daughters Sharran (Bill) Warren of Winthrop Harbor, and Sandy (Robert) Mitchell of Pleasant Prairie, Wis.; five grandchildren Michael (Julie) Warren, Christopher (Phyllis) Warren, Patricia (Scott) Leick, Kyrsten (Dan) Hitzeman, and Amanda Mitchell; six great-grandchildren Sophia, Elyssa, William, Amber, Dakota, and Aiden; sister-in-law Gardia Hough of Kingman, Ariz.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Charles in 1988; son Charles Robert “Bob” Kyrk in 2008; great-grandson Jonathan Welles; brothers Don (and the late Elaine) Hough and Ken Hough; and her parents Frank and Mary Hough.

Visitation will be Tuesday, May 26, 2015, from 5-7 p.m. at the Congdon Funeral Home, 3012 Sheridan Road, Zion.  A funeral service will follow at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. 

Interment will be Wednesday, May 27, at 11:00 a.m. at Northshore Garden of Memories, North Chicago, meet directly at cemetery.  Memorial donations to Memorial United Methodist Church in her memory has been suggested by the family.   Please sign the online guest book at www.congdonfuneralhome.com

Janet Enlow

Janet Enlow, 78, of Wadsworth, passed away Wednesday,  May 20, 2015 at Highland Park Hospital.

Janet was born Alice Janet Speak Dec. 22 1936 in Rose Hill, Va. to John Patton and Daisy McCreary Speak. 

Janet retired from the Lake County Health Department.  She enjoyed her retirement spending time gardening and growing beautiful flowers, sharing her love of cooking with her family and friends, and was always  a great animal lover. She greatly enjoyed the loving comfort of her cat K.C. and her Lhasa Poo, Joy, who passed away earlier this year.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Howard Wesley Enlow who passed away June 9, 2009.  Janet is also preceded in death by her parents and brother, Ramon Farrell Speak, sister in law Carolyn Speak, and brother in law Dan Fee.

Janet was a loving mother to her sons, Bryan Wesley Enlow of the home, David Lyle Enlow and wife Elizabeth of Gurnee.  In addition to her sons, Janet is also survived by her sister Esther Speak Fee of Mt. Airy, Md, her sister Sue Speak Shrader and husband Don Shrader of Mt. Airy and numerous nephews and nieces. 

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 27, at 11 a.m. at the Congdon Funeral Home, 3012 Sheridan Road, Zion with Pastor Doug Carlson officiating.  Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Memorial Park, Zion.  A visitation will take place from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home.  Please visit the online guest book at www.congdonfuneralhome.com.

Wayne Warren Borden

Wayne Warren Borden, of Sun City, Ariz., died Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at Boswell Medical Center in Sun City.

He was born in Zion, to Warren & Dorothy (Ray) Borden on April 25, 1935. He and his wife, Polly (Peeples) Borden had just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on May 1. Wayne grew up in Zion. He worked most of his life for TWA, moving to work at Phoenix International Airport in 1973. He and Polly lived in Phoenix and moved to Sun City after he retired. Wayne was an avid golfer and a great friend to all who knew him.
Besides his wife Polly, he is survived by four children; Jeffrey Wayne Borden of Dunlap, Ill., Laurayne Kay Borden of Darien, Wis., Teri Layne Tyler of Columbus, Ohio and James Eric Borden of Wadsworth. Also eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; a brother, Richard Leroy Borden of Salome, Ariz. and sister, Barbara Ann (Wayne) Chase of Sun City West, Ariz.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Delores Faye Herrmann, all of Zion.
His love and great sense of humor will never be forgotten by those who knew him. Wayne is presently playing his best round of golf EVER with his dad in Glory. No services are planned.

Robert ‘Bob’ Christenson

Robert "Bob" Christenson, 93, of Stevens Point, Wis., went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, May 4, 2015 while under the care of Aspirus Hospice House in Wausau, Wis..

Bob was born Sept. 19, 1921 in Zion, the son of Louis and Ida (Hollingshead) Christenson. He served his country in the Army Air Corps in the South Pacific during World War II. At one point he was a Morse code instructor and later in life enjoyed creating Morse code puzzles and letters for his sons and grandsons. Bob married Nan Spencer in 1947 in Antigo, Wis. He worked for Johnson Outboard for 36 years before retirement.

Bob had a servant's heart. He was an active participant in his church, always willing to take on new projects and challenges. After retirement he was very active in volunteer services including Meals on Wheels, Interfaith Caregivers, Special Olympics and the American Red Cross. He enjoyed gardening, woodworking, general tinkering, traveling with his wife and sharing his love of music.

Bob is survived by his wife of 68 years Nan, and their three children: Robert (Ellen) Christenson; Judy (Roy) Pierce; and Penny (Tim) Zahl. 15 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren, one brother Les Christenson and daughter-in-law Luanne Christenson. He was preceded in death by a daughter Susan and a son Don.

Services for Bob were held May 16 at the Church of the Intercession, 1417 Church St. in Stevens Point, Wis. The Rev. Jane Johnson officiated. A private burial will be in Bryant, Wis. at a later date.

Alice Summers

Alice Summers, 87, of Waukegan, passed away on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan.

Alice was born July 12, 1927 in International Falls, Minn. She loved to travel, fish and camp.

Alice is survived by her children, Sandra Lampien of Sun City Central, Fla., Diane Summers of Tampa, Fla. and Larry Summers of Racine, Wis.; grandchildren, Beth (Rob) Taskett and Gary and Cindy Lampien; seven great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and other family.

She was preceded in death by her husband Rufus “Russ”; parents Alfred and Dinah St. Pierre; 11 siblings; son-in-law Charles “Al” Lampien; and long-time companion, Ron Engle.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 16 at 4 p.m. at Congdon Funeral Home, 3012 Sheridan Road, Zion. Please visit the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com.

Cathy S. Lyon

Cathy S. Lyon, 66, of Zion, died on Monday, May 11, 2015 at Vista East Medical Center in Waukegan.

She was born Aug. 19, 1948 in Red Bay, Ala. and had lived in Zion all of her life. She was a member of New Song Ministries of Zion. Cathy worked as a teacher’s assistant and Librarian at Shiloh Park School in Zion, retiring in 2009.

Survivors include her husband of 46 years Jim; children James Lyon Jr. of Chicago, Monica (Nathan) Henke of Winthrop Harbor, and Michael Lyon of Chicago; two grandchildren C.J. Henke and Alyssa Henke; one sister Wanda (Larry) Koenders of Gurdon, Ark.; one brother Justin (Star) Strickland of Zion; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Walter and Nolyer Strickland.
Visitation will be Thursday, May 14, from 5 until 8 p.m. at New Song Ministries, 3014 31st St., Zion. Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 15, at 10 a.m. at New Song Ministries with Pastor David Adams officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Memorial Park, Zion.

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

Denny ‘Dean’ Cadell

Denny “Dean” Caddell, 70, of Beach Park, died Saturday, May 9, 2015 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born March 25, 1945 to Billie Jean and Calvin Caddell in Oak Ridge, Tenn. He graduated from high school on May 23, 1963 in Odessa, Texas. He had lived in Lake County, since the early 1980s except for working at the U.S. Naval Base in Yokuska, Japan for approximately two years as a civilian employee. He served in the U.S. Navy, primarily aboard World War II class and nuclear class submarines and as a Navy diver during the Vietnam War and the Cold War. He was honorably discharged after 10 years of service in the U.S. Navy attaining the rank of 1st Class Petty Officer. After leaving military service he was employed at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center and retired in 2001 after serving as the Public Works superintendent since 1986. Upon his retirement he received the Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award and many other commendations throughout his career with the Department of Defense. He also served as past Post Commander, VFW Post 2997.

Dean is survived by his wife, Susan, of over 28 years; children Wendy (Dean) McBride of Silver Lake, Wis., Brian (Laura) Lehman of Zion, Denise (Scott) Sabourin of Kirkland, Wash., and Bridget (Jon) Ward of Lindenhurst; five grandchildren Kayleigh (Daniel) Withers, Zachary and Nina Lehman, and Jacob and Jessica Ward; four great-grandchildren Brieanna, Grace, Caleb and Micah Withers; and his mother Billie Jean Renfro of Brownfield, Texas. He will also be so very missed by his canine sweetheart, Tasha.

Dean was preceded in death by his first wife Mary; his father Calvin Caddell and his stepfather David Renfro.

Visitation will be Friday, May 15, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the Congdon Funeral Home, 3012 Sheridan Road, Zion. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Memorial donations to the Wounded Warrior Project (www.wounded warriorproject.org/donate) has been suggested. Please sign the online guest book at www.congdonfuneralhome.com.


Geneva O. Rowland

Geneva O. Rowland, 82, of Winthrop Harbor, went to be with her Lord on Sunday, May 10, 2015, at home.

She was born Sept. 18, 1932, in Red Bay, Ala., and was a long time member of the Church of God of Prophecy in Zion. Geneva was retired from GBC in Northbrook. God came first in her life and she also adored her children and grandchildren. She loved to paint, read her Bible, walk and spend time with her family and friends.

Survivors include her children, Jack (Diane) Roland of Salem, Wis., Robin Rowland of Winthrop Harbor, Robert Dale Rowland of Winthrop Harbor, Mike (Sandra) Rowland of Zion and Karen Shelton of Winthrop Harbor; grandchildren, Jason (Kelly), Derek (Nora), Nicole, Trevor (Taylor), Trisha, Justin, Jena and Val; two great-grandchildren; brothers, Rowland (Bobbi) Shelton of Michigan, Randall (Heather) Shelton of Zion, Curtis (Sarah) Shelton of Mississippi; sister, Mary (Ned) Olmstead of South Carolina; sisters-in-law, Shirley, Thelma and Mary Helen Shelton; numerous nieces, nephews and other family.

She was preceded in death by her father, J.G. Shelton; mother, Cora Shelton; grandson, David Rowland; sister, Clara Shelton; brothers, Ray, James Maynard and Jimmy Shelton; and nephew, Tommy Shelton.

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, May 14, at 7 p.m. at Congdon Funeral Home, 3012 Sheridan Road, Zion. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 p.m. until the service at the funeral home. Geneva's final resting place will be at Ramble Creek Cemetery, Big Sandy, Tenn. Memorial donations are suggested either to St. Jude's Children's Hospital or Feed the Children. Please visit the online guest book at www.congdonfuneralhome.com.