Zion-Benton News


Brenda Kay Prater

Brenda Kay Prater, 59, of Zion, died May 16, 2016 at home her home in Zion.

Brenda was born Nov. 22, 1956 in Waukegan. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Winthrop Harbo. She recently began enjoying scooters and motor bikes.
Survivors include her children, Laura (Justin Zickovich) Prater and Tammy (Robert) Witherspoon both of Zion,and Billy Prater and Bruce Prater both of Kenosha, Wis.; grandchildren, Justin T. Zickovich, Devin Coofer, Trayvon Witherspoon, Aubree Zickovich, Riley Zickovich, and Peyton Zickovich; brother Robbie Proctor; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 34 years, Tom Prater; her parents, Daniel Proctor and Alma Hickman; stepfather, Jerry Hickman; and siblings, Jack Proctor and Carrie Hyndman.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 31, 2016 from 10 until 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 3001 Ninth Street, Winthrop Harbor, followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. with Pastor Major Dalton officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Memorial Park, Zion. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the family have been suggested. Please visit the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com.

Oveal ‘Andy’ Anderson

Oveal "Andy" Anderson, 84, of Waukegan, died May 10, 2016 at home with his family by his side.

He was born in Red Bay, Ala.. He moved to Waukegan area and lived on Green Bay Road for over 60 years. Oveal and Regina formerly owned and operated Ma and Pa’s Corner Store and Citgo in Waukegan. He was a member of Teamsters 301 Union. He was a truck driver and mechanic for RC Cola. In his free time, Oveal enjoyed driving and building race cars. He was a wonderful caring and giving man who will be missed by many.

Survivors include his children, Thomas Anderson, Cheryl (Michael) Green, and Lori (John) Davis; seven grandchildren, Kelly, Crystal and Andrew Green, Gary, Joseph and Jacob Halas, and Jeffrey Krueger Jr.; seven great-grandchildren; and four siblings, Lavara Nix, Joyce Schwengler, Shirley Mintern and Nelda Nelson.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Regina (nee Files); daughter, Deanna Anderson; parents, Vollie and Evia Anderson; and six siblings.

A visitation will be held Saturday, May 28, from 10 until 11 a.m. at Congdon Funeral Home, 3012 Sheridan Road., Zion . A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. with Pastor Dan Stanford officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Memorial Park, Zion. Please visit the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com.


Evelyn ‘Sue’ Hull

Evelyn “Sue” Hull, 46, passed away unexpectedly at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago on Friday, May 6, 2016.

Evelyn was born on Dec. 11, 1969 at Victory Memorial Hospital in Waukegan to the late Earl and Eleanor Hull. She grew up and attended schools in Zion. She was a proud homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her family. Evelyn loved listening to music, using Facebook, playing board games and cards.

She was a loving mother to one daughter, Amanda (Russell) Dennison of Zion. In addition to her daughter, she is survived by her husband, Bennie M. Dennison, Jr.; her sisters, Ellen Smith of Kenosha, Wis. and Elaine (Larry) Robinson of Crystal Lake; along with seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and countless nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, Edward Hull and Everett Hull, a sister, Earlene DeMoss and two brothers-in-law, Leo DeMoss and Clem Smith, whom she loved like they were her real brothers. She was also preceded in death by her great-grandson, DiorJay Hudson.

There will be a private service to celebrate Evelyn’s life at a later date.

Genevieve ‘Jean’ H. Beetschen

Genevieve ‘Jean’ H. Beetschen, 85,  of Pleasant Prairie, Wis., formerly of Wadsworth,  passed away on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at St. Luke's Hospital, Milwaukee Wis.

She was born Genevieve Helen Mateja on Aug.  2, 1930 at St. Therese Hospital, Waukegan to  Helen and Joseph Mateja of North Chicago. She graduated from Holy Rosary Grade School and Holy Child High School. She wed William D. Beetschen at Holy Rosary Church, North Chicago on July 4, 1954. Together, they raised three children. She was employed at Park Theater, North Chicago, US Steel-Cyclone Fence Division, North Chicago, Coonahan Door Company, North Chicago, Jobs, Inc. Waukegan, co-owner of Regal Press Printers, North Chicago, Illinois Beach Resort and Conference Center, Beach Park, and the Lake County Assessor's Office, Waukegan. 

Jean was a member of St. Patrick’s Church, a former member of Holy Rosary and Holy Family Church,  and occasionally attended Journey Church in Kenosha, Wis. She was a faithful television parishioner of the Heart of the Nation Catholic Church Service, Milwaukee. She was a former member of the Holy Family Church Altar and Rosary Society, Holy Child Alumni Club, North Chicago Jaycee's Ladies Auxiliary, St. Patrick's Church Funeral Luncheon Committee and St. Patrick's Shamrocks. She was also a former den mother with North Chicago Cub Scout Pack 26, and was very active in all social activities at Prairie Villa Senior Residence.

Jean especially loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, old movies, and listening to her fire and police scanner 24/7. She had deep affection for angels and continued to collect angel figurines right up until the day before she passed. 
Jean is survived by her three children; William J. (Therese) Beetschen, Kenosha, Wis.,  Shari A. Kordecki, Kenosha, and Dean (Kelly) Beetschen, Prairie Du Sac, Wis.; six grandchildren; Samantha, Cassandra, David, Derek, Halley, Tanner; nine great-grandchildren; Caeli, Caia, Amy, Kyla, Ryan, Brayden, Collyn, Alexa and Haley.
She was preceded in death by her husband William (1983), her parents Joseph (1975) and Helen (1980), her twin brother  Joseph (1931) and her best friend for over 60 years, Joan Thompson (2016). 

The family would like to say how much they appreciated the care and concern shown by Dr. Fullin, Dr. Haiter, Kenosha Aurora Cancer Center, St. Catherine's ER and Hospital Staff, Kenosha Volunteer Transportation and most especially Dr. Neil Shepler, Will, Andrea, Missy, and all of the folks at Dr. Shepler's office. ‘You all made mom feel cared for every time she needed you.

Visitation will be held  Saturday, May 21,  9  to 11 a.m. with a service at 11 a.m.  at Gurnee Salata Funeral Home, 4190 Old Grand Ave., Gurnee. Burial will be at Ascension Cemetery, Libertyville.

Donations in Jean's memory would be appreciated to Pleasant Prairie Fire & Rescue, 8044 88th Ave., Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158 or Heart of the Nation Church, 1126 S 70th St # N601, West Allis, WI 53214.


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