Zion-Benton News


Shirley Mink

Shirley Mink, 76, of Zion, passed away Jan. 10, 2017 at Rolling Hills Manor in Zion.

Shirley was born April 12, 1940, in Itawamba County, Miss. On Sept. 15, 1956, she married the love of her life, Charles Mink in Fulton, Miss. Together they moved to Zion, in 1960, where they raised their children and built their lives. In 1997, Shirley retired from Cherry Electric in Waukegan to pursue being a full-time Grandma. Shirley was a devoted grandmother and family was very important to her. She also enjoyed gardening, her flowers and baking.

Survivors include her daughter, Renae (Refugio) Figueroa; daughter-in-law, Sandy Mink; close friend whom she considered a daughter, Erin Turner; grandchildren, Vern (Maggie) Ford, Jody Walker, Austin Mink, Daniel and Diana Figueroa; great-grandchildren, Ryan, Adalynn and Lydia Ford; brothers Bertie Wayne Wood and Larry Joe Wood; sister, Laree (Jerry) Parker; sister-in-law, Vernel Johnson; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; son, James Mink; daughter, Teresa Ford; parents Oliver and Florence Wood; brothers, Ralph Wood, and Claude Wood; and sister Wilma Jean Wiggington.

Funeral services were held Jan. 16 at Congdon Funeral Home, Zion. Interment followed at Mt. Olivet Memorial Park, Zion. Please visit the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com.

Sandra J. ‘Sandy’ Kurtz

Sandra J. “Sandy” Kurtz, (nee McCoy), 75, of Winthrop Harbor died at home, Jan. 5, 2017.

Sandy was born at home, Jan. 10, 1941, in Valley, Wis.. She married Roger L. Kurtz in Waukegan in 1961. She attended North Point Church in Winthrop Harbor. After attending business college, Sandy worked for North Shore Gas, Star Industries, Reliance Universal, Johnson Outboards and Zion State Bank (later Premier Bank, First Of America Bank and National City Bank). She was a member of Winthrop Harbor Fire Auxiliary for 25 years, Zion-Benton Women of the Moose for 30 years, as well as Zion State Bank Club, Moose Breakfast Club and Golden Oldies Moose Lodge.

Sandy is survived by her daughter, Korine (David) Custer; grandson, Cameron Custer; brother, Palmer (Fern) McCoy; niece, Carol (Scott) Heding; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by her husband Roger Kurtz; parents, Dyke and Helen McCoy; sister Rosemary Holak; sisters-in-law Violet Papesh and Lois Miller; mother and father-in-law Darle and Rhoda Kurtz; and grandparents Elmer and Elizabeth McCoy.

Per Sandy’s request, services will be private for the family. She had a good life with many wonderful friends. Thank you to all who graced her life. Private entombment will be at Mt. Olivet Memorial Park, Zion. Memorial contributions to Winthrop Harbor Fire & Rescue Department have been suggested. Please sign the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com

Richard D. Hall

Richard D. Hall, 74, of Springfield, formerly of Rhinelander, Wis. and Zion,, passed away at 4:50 p.m. Friday, Jan, 6, 2017 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. 

He was born in Rhinelander, Wis. on Feb. 18, 1942 the son of Ronald H. and Minnie (Bowman) Hall.  Richard proudly served in the United States Marine Corp earning the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnamese Service Medal with two Stars, the Vietnamese Campaign Service Medal with device, the Good Conduct Medal with two stars, a Combat Action Ribbon, the Rifle Marksman Badge and Pistol Expert Badge.  After his honorable discharge, he then served another three years in the U.S. Army Reserves.  

Richard retired in 1999 as the Building and Grounds Director of Zion-Benton Township High School.  He was a member of the Association of Energy Engineers and served as a Chapter President.  He had a passion for golf, fishing and enjoyed traveling.  He was a member of Hope Presbyterian Church. 

Richard married LaCleta Mansker in Waukegan, on  Aug. 29, 1980 and she survives.  He is also survived by his son, Brent (Hannah) Hall of Kenosha, Wis., three grandchildren; Madison, Olivia and Logan, special “adopted” daughters, Sarah Kelly Rogenbuck of Bad Ax, Mich., Angela Carlisle Hudson of Danville, Va., and Pamela Hastings Perlmutter of St. Louis, Mo., his sister, Barbara Raske of Bull Head City, Ariz. his brother Douglas “Chuck” Hall of Rhinelander, Wis. and special friends, Donald and Bill Taft both of Zion. 

His parents, a brother-in-law, Frank Raske and sister-in-law Shirley Hall preceded him in death. 

The Hall family will greet family and friends at Hope Presbyterian Church, 2211 Wabash Ave., Springfield, IL on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 from 9 a.m. until time of ceremonies there at 10 a.m.  Pastor Chuck Goodman will officiate.  Burial will be in the Ebenezer Cemetery, Rockwood, Ill. 

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may direct memorial contributions to the Hope Presbyterian Church or the family.  Please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at bischfuneralhome.com where tributes and condolences may be left for the family. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Bisch Funeral Home West; 217-544-5424 .


Jeffrey S. LaLond

Jeffrey Scott LaLond, 46, of Winthrop Harbor, journeyed home to be with the Lord on Jan. 6, 2017.

Jeff was born Feb. 23, 1970, in Waukegan, to Mike and Pat LaLond.  He worked as a chemical operator for 25 years,  most recently at Ivanhoe Industries, in Zion.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, a brother, Michael LaLond (Betty); sister, Michelle McCann (John); seven children, Tasha, Anthony, Devon, Destiny, Conner, Peter and Maggie; four grandchildren, Justine, Leah, Niyya and Cara, grandmother Edna Myers and many other loving family members and friends. 

Visitation will take place on Thursday, Jan. 12,  from 10 a.m. until noon, at Congdon Funeral Home, 3012 Sheridan Road, Zion. A funeral service will follow at noon at the funeral home. Please visit the online guest book at www.congdonfuneralhome.com.


Elinor R. Ostrander

Elinor Ruth Ostrander, 94, of Gurnee, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 at The Grove at the Lake Nursing Home in Zion.

Elinor was born Sept. 9, 1922 in Zion. She attended Zion grade schools, graduated from Waukegan Township High School and lived in Waukegan her entire adult life, moving to Gurnee three years ago. She and her husband Robert Ostrander, owned and operated Crystal Greetings in Waukegan. After retiring, Elinor managed Greenwood Pastry in Waukegan. Both she and her husband were avid golfers and were longtime active members of Glen Flora Country Club.

Survivors include her two children William (Carol) Ostrander of Crystal Lake, and Patrick (Donna) Ostrander of Winthrop Harbor; nine grandchildren Ann Ostrander, Jennifer Stockton, Leigh Ostrander, Matthew Ostrander, Stephanie Bauer, Valerie Proctor, Eric Ostrander, Robert Ostrander and Hannah Ostrander; six great-grandchildren Lexi McGruder, Jasmine Stockton, Ellie Proctor, Olivia Proctor, Stephen Crane and Kaylie Crane; one brother Robert (Joan) Biastock of Mountain Home, Ark.; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Ostrander; one son Donald Ostrander; one brother Milton Biastock; one sister Dorothy McElroy; and her parents Henry and Verna Biastock.

A cemetery graveside service will be held Monday, Jan. 9, at 11 a.m., at Pineview Cemetery, Beach Road, Beach Park.  Memorial donations to First United Methodist Church, 128 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Waukegan, have been suggested.  Please sign the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com


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