Zion-Benton News


Rear Adm. Sayre Archie Schwarztrauber

Rear Adm. Sayre Archie Schwarztrauber, 85, died April 8, 2015.

He was born in Zion, June 23, 1929, and was high school valedictorian there in 1947. He earned a BS from Maryville College, Tenn. in 1951; an MA in 1964; and a PhD in 1970 from American University, Washington, D.C. He was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy in 1952 and retired as Rear Admiral (0-8) in 1983.

Archie commanded the guided missile destroyer, Decatur, and Flotilla of 250 river patrol boats (PBRs) in Vietnam. He was aide to chairman JCS; Deputy Chief of Staff, SACLANT (NATO); Director, Inter-American Defense College of U.S.-Spanish combined staff, Madrid.

He was decorated with Defense, Distinguished, and Meritorious Service Medals; two Legion of Merit, Spanish Gran Cruz De Merito, and 21 others. He was also recipient of Navy League’s Alfred Thayer Mahan Award. He is a member of SAR, MENSA, Phi Kappa Phi and numerous military, literary, and professional organizations.

Following Navy retirement, he was commissioned Rear Admiral, US Maritime Service; President, Maine Maritime Academy: editor, Massachusetts Maritime Magazine; Secretary of the Navy Advisory Committee, amateur genealogist and author of “Three- Mile Limit of Territorial Seas” and numerous articles, essays, and reviews in professional journals.

Married since 1953 to Beryl Stewart of Haworth, N.J., an elementary teacher; they have four incredible children, Sayre, Jr., Beryl Ann, Heidi and Holly. They have 11 grandchildren and are awaiting a great-grandchild.

A service or remembrance and celebration was held Longboat Key, Fla. Funeral services will be held later in Massachusetts. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice.


Barbara Jean Osborne

Barbara Jean Osborne, 53, of Kenosha, Wis., left this world and entered the kingdom of her Lord and Savior on Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015 at her home.

Barbara was born in Waukegan at St. Therese Medical Center to Henry Earl Osborne Sr. and Betty Jean Osborne on Sept. 28, 1961. She grew up in Zion and graduated from Zion-Benton Township High School in 1980. She studied business management at Eastern University.

Barbara was a very compassionate and loving mother of two. She was always the life of the party. Always smiling, laughing and joking around. She had a very close relationship with her siblings.

Barbara leaves to carry on her legacy two sons, Damon D. Osborne, 28, and Joshua J. Osborne, 20, both of Kenosha; three brothers Henry E. Osborne Jr. of Jackson, Miss., Michael J. Osborne of Round Lake and David B. Osborne of Zion; two sisters Betty J. Osborne of Racine, Wis. and Wilma Osborne of Gurnee; one sister-in-law Debra A. Osborne of Waukegan; three grandkids Damon A. Osborne, Jr., 5, Stephan J. Osborne, 2, and Landen N. Osborne, 5 months. Barbara also leaves to cherish in her memory a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends, also her beloved dog Daisy.
Barbara is preceded in death by her parents Henry and Betty Osborne.

Barbara was a beautiful person inside and out, and will forever be in our hearts.
Funeral services for Barbara will be held Friday, April 17 at 11 a.m. at the First Corinthian MB Church, 1529 Elizabeth Ave., North Chicago. Visitation will be held Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church.

Bruch Funeral Home, 3503 Roosevelt Road, Kenosha, Wis.

Visit Barbara's Online Memorial Book at bruchfuneralhome.net


Clara M. Trulock (nee Buh)

Clara M. Trulock (nee Buh), 86, of Beach Park, was called home Sunday, April 12, 2015, while surrounded by loved ones. Psalm 4:8 In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.

Heaven gained an angel as Clara (GG) went to be with the Lord and join the love of her life Eddie after 20 years. Clara touched so many lives with the light and love of God shining brightly through her smile, her laughter, her words, her touch. She loved the Lord with all her heart and taught her family to love, trust, and know Jesus through her example. She treasured her family as a precious gift from God. She was devoted to being the best wife, sister, mother, grandmother and GG she could be. Our family was blessed with such an amazing example of what a Proverbs 31 woman is. She was truly an amazing, beautiful gift and we are thankful to have had her in our lives for so many years. She will forever be in our hearts as we continue to strive to be like her. ALL OUR LOVE ALL OUR LIVES!

Clara is survived by her daughters, Debbie Trulock, Patti (John) Thompson and Tami Powles; grandchildren Dawn Wrath (Jayson), Stephanie (Donnie) Graves, Brianna (Mike) Stanley, Shannon (Kevin) Hein, and Eric Powles (Jenn); greatgrandchildren
Harmony, Savannah, Mykalah, Kevin, Donnie, Avrie, Jalayna, Ivy, Alyssa, Jaxon, Dozey, Jocelyn, Bella, Amaya and Myly; one brother William (Marge) Buh, and one sister, Patti (Dan) Herold.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years Edward, her parents William and Effi e Buh, one sister Shirley Ashmus and great-grandson Christopher Groomes.

A private service will be held for the family. Please visit the online guest book at www.congdonfuneralhome.com


Barbara Jane Sikich

Barbara Jane Sikich, 63, of Zion, passed away on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Hospice Alliance in Pleasant Prairie, Wis.

She was born May 28, 1951 in Waukegan and remained a lifetime area resident.

Barbara was a lifetime member of the Croatian Cultural Center, Croatian Lodge 848 and was a preschool teacher at Paul K. Kennedy Child Care Center for 30 years.

She is survived by her siblings, Patricia Sikich of Waukegan, Millie (Chris) Biedron of Waukegan, Pete (Julie) Sikich of Waukegan, Beverly (Dan) Turkowski of Waukegan, Ed (Deb) Sikich of Beach Park; stepdaughters, Kristin (Mark) Heiny of Winthrop Harbor, Stacey Wright of Winthrop Harbor; nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and grandchildren.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Pete and Mary Sikich and significant other, Sam Taylor.

Funeral services will be at noon on Saturday, April 18, at Peterson & Patch Funeral Home 408 N. Sheridan Road, Waukegan. Private interment will be at Mt. Olivet Memorial Park in Zion. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to time of service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations in her name may be made to Paul K. Kennedy Child Care Center, 3001 Green Bay Road, Great Lakes, IL 60064. 

Please sign our online guest book at petersonpatchfuneralhome.com


Ivan Lestan

Ivan Lestan, 81, of Winthrop Harbor passed away Thursday, April 9, 2015.

Ivan was born April 8, 1934 in Nova Gorica, Slovenia.  He married Juliana Bevcar on Feb. 11, 1956 near Aversa, Italy.  He was a generous man and the people that worked for him loved him.  Ivan loved engineering and automation, and enjoyed tinkering in the machine shop in his basement.  His three grandchildren were his greatest joy.

 He is survived by his children Caterina Peterson, of Pleasant Prairie, Wis., Elizabeth (James) Delaney of Winthrop Harbor, and Tony (Jona) Lestan of Waterford, Wis.; grandchildren Thomas and Charles Lestan of Waterford, Wis., and Catherine Delaney of Winthrop Harbor; and a special friend Joanne Todzy.  The family would like to thank Dr. Tien Cheng for his friendship and continued care over the years.

 He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Juliana; father and mother Franz and Antonia Lestan; and the uncle who raised him, Tony Zivec.

 A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, April 13 at Our Lady of Humility Church, 10655 W. Wadsworth Road, Beach Park.  Interment followed at Mt. Olivet Memorial Park, Zion