Zion-Benton News


Arlene E. Wolf

Arlene E. Wolf, 93, died peacefully Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 at Serenades Memory Care in The Villages, Fla.

She was born in Spencer, Wis. on Dec. 24, 1920, the daughter of Carl and Evelyn (Heiser) Orgish. She grew up and attended schools in Kenosha, Wis. and was a graduate of Kenosha High School. On June 8, 1940, Arlene married Bernard Wolf. They enjoyed 63 years of marriage and lived in Zion and Orlando, Fla. Arlene was employed at Sears in both Waukegan and Orlando. She enjoyed traveling with Bernard and visiting with her family and friends.

Arlene is survived by her four children, Judith (James) Creaser, Carol Arnold, Robert Wolf (Pat Edwards) and Donna (Charles) McCue; 13 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Arlene was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard; her son, Gerald Wolf; her brothers, Donald and Kenneth Orgish; her grandchildren, Ryan and Brenda Wolf and Gary Creaser; her great-grandson, William Arnold; her son-in-law, James Arnold; and her daughter-in-law, Joanne Wolf.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, Aug. 23 at noon at the Piasecki-Althaus Funeral Home, 3720 39th Ave., Kenosha, Wis. Interment will follow in St. James Cemetery. A visitation for Arlene will be held at the funeral home on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial remembrances to the charity of one's choice would be appreciated.

Online condolences at piasecki-althaus.com


Arnetta L. Brookshire

Arnetta L. Brookshire, 82, of Park City, and formerly a 45-year resident of Beach Park, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, at her daughter’s home in Wildwood.

She was born Sept. 20, 1931, in Marion, Kans., and married David Eugene Brookshire, Sr., on June 2, 1949, in Pond Creek, Okla. Arnetta was a member of North Point Church in Winthrop Harbor. She enjoyed gardening, ceramics, sewing baby quilts, and was extremely gifted at crocheting.

Survivors include her children, Connie Brookshire of Little Elm, Texas, Mahala (George) Couch of Wildwood, and David Brookshire Jr. of Winthrop Harbor; grandchildren, Sally (Nathan) Morton, Karen Couch, Julia (Gerson) Espinoza, and David (Eboni) Catalan; great-grandchildren, Charles Morton, Matthew Morton, Andres Espinoza, Gerson Espinoza Jr., Davin Espinoza, Quentin Dixon, Jada Dixon, Juliana Catalan, Levi Catalan, Jocelyn Catalan; sister, Carmen (Erik) Wood of Oregon; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband David Eugene in 1997; brothers, David and Samuel Haas; and parents, Samuel Haas and Ruth Dickinson.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, Aug. 21 at 10:30 a.m. at the Congdon Funeral Home, 3012 Sheridan Road, Zion. Interment will follow at Pineview Memorial Park, Beach Park. Memorial donations are suggested to the American Cancer Society. Please visit the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com


David S. Koetz

David S. Koetz, 72, of Winthrop Harbor, died suddenly Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.
David regularly attended Christ Community Church in Zion, was active in the choir in previous years and volunteered his mechanical abilities when needed. He worked as a Union Plumber for 23 years, then a Union Pipefitter for another 23 years. He enjoyed working with his tools from his basement workshop and helping repair things for other people. You could always count on him to find a solution to a mechanical problem. He was very social and known for always telling jokes and had a routine of spending time at several coffee shops in Zion and Winthrop Harbor with other retired buddies. He was a Mason and belonged to the Shrine Club.

Survivors include his wife, Helen; children, Kevin Koetz, Steven (Robin) Koetz and Lorinda Koetz; stepchildren, William (Pam) Volmary and John (Lisa) Volmary; and several grandchildren and step-grandchildren. Also surviving are sisters, Opal (Bob) Spanton, Anne (Ken) Miller, Kimberly Kim; brothers, Ozzie and Harry Koetz; brother-in-law, Dan Habecker; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Marguerite Koetz; stepmother, Wiladene Koetz; son, David Koetz Jr.; sisters, Holly Habecker, Alice Lynn Koetz and brother Daniel Koetz.

Visitation will be Monday, Aug. 25,from 9 until 11 a.m. at Christ Community Church, 2500 Dowie Memorial Dr., Zion, followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. with Pastor Ken Langley officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Camp Zion ministry of Christ Community Church would be appreciated. Per Dave's choice his body was donated to Medical Science. Please sign the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com.


John Lyman Leech

John Lyman Leech (Jack) was called home to our Lord Sunday evening Aug. 10, 2014 in Sarasota, Fla.

He was born May 23, 1924, to John and Marion Leech (deceased) in Zion. He was younger brother to Jean Davis (deceased) and older brother to Audrey Neave (deceased).

Jack was a dedicated and loving husband of 69 years to Eleanor Leech. Together they were members of Laurel Oak country Club, where they enjoyed golf, playing bridge and dining. Jack had a beautiful voice and loved to sing, especially hymns at Grace Baptist Church. He had many friends from his Sunday School class. Faith in Jesus Christ was one of the many blessings he passed on to his family.

John received a bachelor’s degree at the University of Illinois, a master’s degree at Cal Tech, and also studied at Northwestern. He attended Officer Candidate School at the University of Notre Dame for the United States Navy, which he served during World War II.

John worked for Atlantic Refining Company, Monsanto Chemical Company, and Universal Oil Products, where he attained the level of corporate president before retiring in 1981 and moving to Florida.

He was a generous and wonderful father to Bobbie Dean and her husband Jim, Beverly Sprague, who was called home before him, and her husband Arthur (Buzz), and Marti Fox and her husband Bob. He was a proud and kind Papa to Mick Dean, Kelly Rhodes, Molly Kays, Jasper Fox and Sadie Fox. He was also an adoring Great-Papa to Lilly Dean, Kai Rhodes and Rylie Kays.

In lieu of flowers, Jack’s family has requested that donations be made on his behalf to Tidewell Hospice or Zion Christian Catholic Camp.

A memorial service will be held at Grace Baptist Church, 8000 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, Fla. at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22.


Timothy Howard Morse

Timothy Howard Morse went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014.

He was born Sept. 17, 1952 in Waukegan, the son of J. Lowell Morse and Betty Lou Davis Morse. Timothy graduated from the College of Lake County in Grayslake and Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis. He spent about 20 years at Great Lakes Naval Base as a musician and contracted vendor. He was music director for Forrestal Village Chapel in Naval Housing. In addition he had played organ and piano at Zion Faith Home and Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Chicago. He ran the soup kitchen at Our Lady of Lourdes for over 15 years. Besides music, his hobbies included genealogy. He was the 12th generation from pilgrim Edward and editor for Edward O’Doty Society.

Timothy is survived by two brothers Andrew Scott Morse and Todd Neal (Christine) Morse; sister-in-law Hazel Morse; four nieces Dana, Dawn, Celeste and Angel Morse; numerous grand-nieces and grand-nephews; and his beloved dog Lady McDuff.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an older brother, David Bruce Morse.

A visitation will be held Monday, Aug. 25, from 10 until 11 a.m. at the Zion Faith Home, 2820 Eshcol Ave, Zion. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations have been suggested to the Zion Faith Home or Our Lady of Lourdes, 4641 N. Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60640.

Please visit the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com.