Zion-Benton News


Patricia Ann Bubb Henrikson

Patricia Ann Bubb Henrikson, affectionately called Pat, died at 75 from a stroke in her home on Monday, June 15, 2015 in  Beach Park.

Pat was born on March 8, 1940 in Waukegan to Joseph and Mary Bubb. She graduated from Lake Forest High School in 1958 and went on to MacMurray College earning a B.A. in English Literature in 1962, an M.A. in Theological Studies from Northwestern University (Garrett) in 1968 and a MAT in Education from Northwestern University in1971.

Pat spent her childhood in Lake Bluff, but adventure drew her many places in Illinois and Camden, N.J., settling in Beach Park.

Pat was a teacher with a passion for literacy and theology. She taught many places thoughout her life including; Senn High School, Chicago, Camden High School, Camden N.J., Carman School, Waukegan, Holy Rosary School, Kenosha, Wis., Northwood Junior High School, Highland Park, Oakdale School, Waukegan. She was Christian Education Director at Shore Center in Evanston and used her knowledge at Cokesbury Bookstore, Park Ridge. She volunteered with Planned Parenthood Lake Bluff/Lake Forest Chapter, Waukegan and was a church school teacher at Grace United Methodist Church, Lake Bluff.

Pat is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Paul Giannetto of Northbrook; her nieces, Denisa Incrocci and Paula Kolar; and six grandnieces/nephews, Ashley Thomas, Paul and Marielle Siebert, Brandon and Alyssa Incrocci, and Allyson Kolar.

A Memorial visitation will be held July 9 from 3-6 p.m. at Congdon Funeral Home, 3012 Sheridan Road, Zion. Burial is private. All are welcome to celebrate Pat's life and passion to help people. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Habitat for Humanity Lake County in her name, 3545 N MLK Jr Ave., Waukegan, IL 60085 or https://secure.volunteermatrix.com/habitatlc.org/donate/donateonline.php

In her later years she worked for the Jewel-Osco in Zion.

Ira Jay Krause

Ira Jay Krause, 86, of Zion, died Sunday, June 28, 2015 with his friends and family by his side.


Ira Jay Krause EOM was born on Oct. 27, 1928 in Lackawanna, N.Y.  to Cortland Luther Krause and Ruth Alice Ames Krause. After graduating from high school, he served in the Navy Reserves and the U.S. Army, before attending and graduating from the University of Buffalo with a degree in Pharmacy. He worked in research for Abbott Laboratories, where he met Maxine Storey; they married on June 21, 1958 in Zion. She was his loving wife for 54 years until her death on June 2, 2012. Ira also worked as a retail pharmacist and for the Veteran's Administration as a hospital pharmacist.


He is survived by his brother Arthur and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.


He was preceded in death by his wife Maxine; brothers Cortland Jr. and William.


A visitation will be held Wednesday, July 1 from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Congdon Funeral Home, 3012 Sheridan Road, Zion. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will take place at Mt. Olivet Memorial Park, Zion. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Camp Zion would be appreciated.


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

Roy Rowland Brooks

Roy Rowland Brooks, 95, passed away on Sunday, June 7, 2015.

He was born on March 3, 1920 in Zion and lived in Zion until last year when he moved to Minnesota to be closer to family. He attended parochial school in Zion and graduated from Waukegan High School in 1938. He served our country during World War II in the U.S. Navy. While stationed in Jacksonville, Fla. he married Margaret Ray in 1943.

They were married for over 66 years. He built a home on Ezekiel, raised four children and lived there for 63 years. Roy was a member of Zion Bible Church for over 65 years.

He served on the Board, taught Sunday School, drove the Sunday School bus and was always involved in painting, repairing and mowing over the years. Roy worked for Nosco as a printer, retiring in 1986. After retiring he golfed nearly every day and had two “hole in ones.” He had a garden every year– tomatoes being his favorite - until he was in his 90s.

Survivors include, sons Rob Brooks of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Tom (Debbie) Brooks of Denver, Colo., daughter Janet (Ed) Erickson of Minneapolis, Minn. and son Steve Brooks of Rockville, Md.; grandchildren Christy (Armando) Santiago, Becky (Eric) Sowder.
Sarah (Jerrod) Buys and Katherine (Mike) Malander; 14 great-grandchildren, brother Robert (Eleanor) Brooks and nieces and nephews.

Roy was preceded in death by his wife Margaret, father and mother Ross and Marie Brooks and siblings Walter Brooks, Dorothy McFarland and Harry Brooks.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 18, at 3 p.m. at Congdon Funeral Home, 3012 Sheridan Road, Zion, IL, with the Rev. Dan Diehl, officiating. Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Please visit the online guest book at .congdonfuneralhome.com.


Mary Ellen Wilton Owsichek

Mary Ellen Wilton Owsichek, 84 of Winthrop Harbor,passed away at Vista Hospital Thursday, June 18, 2015.

Mary was born March 1, 1931 in Kenosha, Wis. She was married to Stanley Owsichek of Kenosha. She was employed by Brosk Office Supply and Sears Roebuck Company of Kenosha for 33 years as a teletype operator, telephone sales, and counter service. Mary enjoyed reading, walking, fishing, and loved all animals, especially all dogs.

Mary is survived by her sister Martha M. Evans, brothers-in-law Hayden G. Evans of Winthrop Harbor, Edwin Heithe of Torrence, Calif.; five nephews, Patrick M. Feldshau, Edward R. (Julie) Feldshau, Nathan J. (Kelly) Evans, Patrick (Carrie) Clark and Chris Clark; two great-nephews; four great-nieces; two great-great-nephews; and two great-great-nieces.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley; her mother Helen Barden Wilton; father Roy L. Wilton; sister Margaret M. Wilton Heithe; and two nephews Mike and Mark Clark.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 11 at 4 p.m. at Congdon Funeral Home, 3012 Sheridan Road, Zion. A visitation will be held from 2 p.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Winthrop Harbor Lions Club, P.O. Box 222, Winthrop Harbor, IL 60096. Please visit the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com.