Zion-Benton News



Obituaries

Margaret M. Moran

Margaret M. Moran, 86, of Zion,  formerly of Waukegan, died  Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, at home.

Margaret was born Dec. 1, 1928, in Glasgow, Scotland. She married John Moran in 1964, in Evanston, Ill. Margaret enjoyed knitting and sewing and also was a doll maker. She also was a volunteer at the Shiloh House in Zion.

She is survived by two sons, Stuart (Saretha Watts) of Zion, and Peter (Linda) Bowler of Kenosha, Wis.; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a brother, David McMillan of Scotland; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Moran, two brothers; one sister; and father and mother.

Funeral services are private.

Please sign the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com.

William ‘Bill’ Newman Harrison

William "Bill" Newman Harrison,  90, a  long-time resident of Zion,  went to be with his Lord on Thursday, Jan.  22, 2015.

Bill was born to Ella and William P. Harrison in Newport, R.I.  on March 20, 1924. He came to Zion in 1946 after being stationed at Great Lakes Naval Base where he met his future bride, Dorothy M. Bartholomew. They were married for 69 years.

Bill is survived by his wife and their three children, Lane (Sheryl), Lisa, Leigh (Robin); 12 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren, two nieces and Marty and David Lloyd.

A Home Going celebration will be held at Christ Community Church  on Saturday, Jan. 31, from 1 until 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to CAMP ZION in care of CCC - 2500 Dowie Memorial Drive, Zion, IL 60099.

Please visit the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com

David Terrence Wagner

David Terrence Wagner, 47, of Winthrop Harbor, formerly of Zion, died Saturday,Jan. 17, 2015, at home.

He was born March 20, 1967, in Oak Lawn, Ill. and was a graduate of Zion-Benton Township High School. David married Cindy Feltner on March 1, 1986, in Waukegan. He was a former employee of Harry Alter in Gurnee and Motorola in Palatine. David was a loving and devoted husband, father and brother. He was a special man with a big heart, unique in his own special way. He was a funny man and everyone that met him loved him.

Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Cindy; children, Jonathan Wagner, David Wagner and Stephanie Wagner, all of Winthrop Harbor; sisters, Mary Chris Wagner of Beach Park, Diane (Alan) Divoky of Fox Lake, Maureen (Rick) Urbina of Waukegan, Donna (Richard) Cecil of Winthrop Harbor, and Trisha (Brad) Walters of Beach Park; brother-in-law, Brian (Beth) Feltner of Carey, Ill.; sister-in-law, Tammy (Rob) Peterson, of Milwaukee, Wis.; mother-in-law, Rita Feltner, of Winthrop Harbor; special family, Terri Feltner; Wanda and Mark Oelke; and Scott and Monica Wagner. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Terrence and Shirley Wagner.

Visitation will be held at Congdon Funeral Home, 3012 Sheridan Road, Zion, from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 30. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Northshore Garden of Memories, North Chicago. Please sign the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com.

David J. Crooks

David J. Crooks, 63, of Winthrop Harbor, died Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, at Vista Medical Center East.

He was born Oct. 27, 1951 in Waukegan and graduated from Zion-Benton Township High School in 1969. David retired from the Lake County Health Department in 2009 after 25 years employment as a purchasing manager.

Survivors include his wife Carrie; daughter, Jayme Crooks of Chicago; stepdaughter, Christian Laura Johnston of Marengo, Ill.; mother, Shirley Radcliff; sisters, Shirene (Keith) Rittenhouse and Deborah Crooks, all of Porter, Texas; and one niece and two nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Lynn Crooks.

Funeral services are private for the family. Please visit the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com

 

James ‘JD’ Niemier


James “JD” Niemier, 53, of Zion,  died Thursday,  Jan. 15, 2015 at Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan.

James was born July 8, 1961 in South Bend, Ind. and graduated from Washington High School. He served with the United States Navy and retired after 22 ½ years. While serving with the Navy, he was stationed at Great Lakes in North Chicago as a recruit training commander. Prior to working at Great Lakes, James was stationed at PMRF Barking Sands, Hawaii for three years, HSL 37 Barbers Point, Hawaii for another three years, and among many other locations, USS Midway for 2 ½ years. James was a veteran of the Persian Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm). Throughout his military career, he received many medals such as, armed forces expeditionary medal, good conduct medal, Kuwait liberation medal, and many more. He was a member of the Punishers LEMC Illinois North and held the position of Master Sgt. at Arms.

He is survived by his wife, Jan Eileen (nee McArthur); children, Alaina Lyndsey (fiancé Greg Guerrier) Niemier, Adam James (Jasmine) Niemier, and Ashley Layne (Mike) Walters; sister Karen Gooding; and many nieces and nephews.

James was preceded in death by his parents, Frank J. And Bonnie M. Niemier.

"Fair Winds and Following Seas."

Visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 23, from 5 until 7 p.m. at Congdon Funeral Home,  3012 Sheridan Road, Zion. A memorial service will follow at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Please visit the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com

Helen Ray

In loving memory of our mother,

Helen Ray

July 11, 1932--Jan. 14, 2015

 

Gone is the mother loved by all.

Your smile is now at rest.

You, mother, will sleep in peace

in Heaven up above, protected

by God’s love.

We miss and love you very much.

you’re always in our hearts and lives.

Barb, Danny, John and family

 

Ilene Janis Henry

Ilene Janis Henry, nee Gillman, 73, passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by her family, on Jan. 17, 2015, after a long battle with ovarian cancer.

 She was born May 21, 1941 in Middletown, Ohio. She married the love of her life, Jim Henry, on July 17, 1967 and devoted her life to her family. Ilene was an avid gardener and loved flowers!

She is survived by her husband; Jim Henry; four daughters, Anita Oliver, Theresa Weger, Pamela (Charles) Luplow and Angela Ohm; one stepson, Don Henry; 11 grandchildren, Andrea (Arthur) Holt-Batalia, Julie Oliver, Jessica, William and Melissa Weger, Katie, Charles, Erik and Daniel Luplow, Joseph and Laura Ilene Ohm;  14 step-grandchildren; Jim (Amanda), Jason (Amanda), George (Annie), Lloyd (Jessica), Emmett (Hannah), Sherman, Carriebeth, Jerry (Audrey), Noah, September, Jesse, Franklin, and Malachi Henry, and Delaine (Joseph) Albert; seven great-grandchildren, Tyler, Brayleigh and Henry Holt-Batalia, Chloe Magnuson, Erik Luplow Jr., Mason and Marleigh Ohm; 22 step-great-grandchildren; four sisters, Phoebe (Ray) Moses, Ethel Townsend, Virginia Owens and Kathie (John) Schweikart; countless nieces, nephews and cousins, and her beloved dog, Rosie.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lon Gillman and Lamberta Domingo; her brother and sister-in-law Lon (Joyce) Gillman; her brother-in-law Wayne Townsend; her step-daughter-in-law Carol Henry; one great-granddaughter Chelsea Weger, and many beloved pets.

Visitation will be Tuesday, Jan. 20, 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 with the Rev. Tim Bycroft officiating. Interment will follow at Highland Memorial Park, Libertyville. Donations to the family would be appreciated. Please sign the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com

Esther Jean Poulsen

Esther Jean Poulsen, 86, of Zion, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 at Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan.

She was born Feb. 6, 1928 in Conklin, Mich. Esther retired from the Zion Public Library District. She was an active lifelong member at Christ Community Church. Esther enjoyed spending time with close friends, and would help them in any way that she could. As everyone knows, when Esther’s train approached your station, whether she hopped off or you hop on life's journey was going to be enjoyed.

Esther is survived by her children, Irene Poulsen of Baltimore, Md. and Tim Poulsen of Beach Park; grandchildren, Nicole Poulsen of Greenfield, Wis. and Eric (Angela) Poulsen of Kenosha, Wis.; great-grandchildren, Eliana and Eli Poulsen; sister-in-law, Bernadine Allen of Seminole, Fla.; nephew, Brian Larson of Carlisle, Mass.; three nieces, Kathy Allen, Carol Allen of Grayslak and, Lisa (Paul) Neiweem of Gurnee.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Poulsen; parents, Claude and Hazel Bishop; and sister Inez Larson.

Visitation will be held Saturday, Jan. 24, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Christ Community Church, 2500 Dowie Memorial Drive, Zion. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. at the church. Interment will be private for the family at Northshore Garden of Memories, North Chicago. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Camp Zion would greatly be appreciated. Please visit the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com

John ‘JT’ Lawler

John "JT" Lawler , 61, of North Chicago, passed away suddenly on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in his home.

John was born July 31, 1953, to Joseph and Lillian (nee, Hoban) Lawler in Chicago and was raised in Winthrop Harbor, where he remained a resident until 1990. He graduated from Zion-Benton Township High School Class of 1971. He was a brother to seven siblings, Lee Gates, Pat (Mary) Lawler, Mike Lawler, Fran (Dan) McCormick, Dorothy (Larry) Fowler, Larry Lawler, and Mark (Brenda) Lawler.

John will be remembered by many for his bright blue eyes, his great memory of events and quick wit, but most of all his sense of humor. True Story.

He will be sadly missed by his daughters, Brooke (Juan) Zavala and Lauren Lawler; three grandkids, Gavin, Zavier and Oaklie Zavala; and granddogs. He is also survived by a good friend, Shelton Reid.

John was welcomed with arms wide open by his daughter, Erin Michelle; parents, Joseph and Lillian; and brother-in-law, Jim Gates. JT will be missed dearly by numerous family members and friends.

A visitation will be held Thursday, Jan. 22, from 5-8 p.m at Congdon Funeral Home, 3012 Sheridan Road, Zion. A Funeral Mass will be held Friday, Jan. 23, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Humility, 10655 Wadsworth Road, Beach Park.Interment is private for the family. Please sign the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com.