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Lois Joy Seymour Wilson

Lois Joy Seymour Wilson (nee Hangebrauck), passed away on Feb. 14, 2017, surrounded by the majority of her loving family.

Lois was a lifelong Waukegan resident.  While family and friends left the city she was raised in, she remained there, raised her family as a divorced single mother of four sons.  She has stayed in this home, where her sons made so many improvements.

She was able to support her family as a result of her 43-year career at Chicago Title where she retired as an Assistant Vice President.  In addition she worked 22 years at the Genesee and Academy Theaters as bookkeeper.  She was active with the Affiliate Committee of the Lake County Board of Realtors.

Lois met her second husband, Harry Wilson in 1982, expanding her family, and gaining her beloved first daughter and their family.   Her greatest accomplishment and joy of her life always was her family.  Her family gave her the most love and happiness.  The loss of her two youngest sons, Douglas and Kevin, devastated her and she never ever recovered from that loss or the loss of other family members.

 She is survived by her sons, Michael Seymour and Stephen (Betty aka Sue) Seymour; daughter-in-law, Robin Seymour; and a beloved stepdaughter, Pam (John) Weber.  Lois was blessed with 12 grandchildren, Dennis Johnson, Steve (Angie) Seymour, Tracy Favor, Kelly Seymour, Julia Zalubowski, Angela (Ramon) Moreno, Brian Seymour, Kim Seymour, Devin Seymour, Jordan Seymour, Grayson Seymour and Jessica Seymour.  She enjoyed 13 great-grandchildren, Olivia, Gabi, Jaleigh, Gabriella, Nicholas, Allexis, Samantha, Maya, Aaron, Evan, Charlie, Rachel, and Joel.

She is also survived by her brother, Cal (Sammye) Hangebrauck; and many extremely special nieces and nephews, including Ken, Kathy, Larry and Vicki Rundquist, Linda (Hugo) Paar, Sharon and Chuck Lowrance, Don (Victoria) Wilson and Karen Brauck.  One special first cousin, Jan Boettle and her closest friends Karen Hansen, Elmer Knoll, Tina and Cliff Nighsonger, Elaine Grant, Judy Laukauskas, Judy March, and ElderCare representative Janine Zarembay.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Del and Esther Hangebrauck; her first husband, Robert Seymour; a loving companion, Michael Rosko Jr.; her second husband, Harry Wilson; sons, Douglas Seymour and Kevin Seymour; daughters-in-law, Karen Seymour and Dianne Seymour; and her beloved sister, Pearl Rundquist; brother-in-law, Walter Rundquist; brother, Cliff Brauck; and her four lifelong friends, Jackie Henderson Cash, Mary Lou Knoll, Lucy Clark and Joyce Servais.

At her request, there will be no service or visitation.  Lois wants to thank those who stayed in touch, visited, and sent flowers when she could enjoy them.  Especially the visits.  Memorials can be made to Memorial United Methodist Church, 2935 Sheridan Road, Zion IL 60099, or Save a Pet, P.O. Box 266, Grayslake, IL 60030, or ElderCare, 410 Grand Ave., Waukegan IL 60085. Visit  and sign Lois’ Online Memorial Book at: prokofuneralhome.com
Proko Funeral Home & Crematory, 5111-60th St., Kenosha, WI  53144; 262- 654-3533

Emily M. Dupree

Emily M. DuPree (nee Perez), age 79, of Beach Park,  died Feb. 13, 2017 at home surrounded by her family.

Emily was born Aug. 14, 1937 in Waukegan, to Edward and Rosa Perez.  She married Donald DuPree on Feb. 11, 1956 at Our Lady of Humility Church in Zion.  Emily was a charter member of Our Lady of Humility Church and remained active as the church organist and in many other roles throughout the years.  Emily worked in the activity department of Crown Manor Nursing Home in Zion for 25 years.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Don DuPree; children, Jim (Kim) DuPree of Beach Park and Jane (Jon) Oye of Waukegan; grandchildren, Justin and Jessica DuPree; Matthew, Abigail and Andrew Oye; siblings, Theresa Gorman of Waukegan, Jennie Adams of Zion, Dolores Karner of New Berlin, Wis., Rosie (Bill) Jones of Wildwood, Eddie (Audrey) Perez of Winthrop Harbor and Richard (Elizabeth) Perez of Beach Park.

Emily was preceded in death by her father and mother; daughter, Anna DuPree; siblings, Julia Prickett, Angelo Perez, Joe Perez, Helen Murillo, and Linda Garcia.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, Feb. 18, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Humility Church, 10655 W. Wadsworth Road, Zion.  Interment will be private for the family.  Visitation will be held on Friday, Feb. 17,  from 4 until 7 p.m. at the Congdon Funeral Home, 3012 Sheridan Road, Zion.  Memorial donations may be made to the ALS Association.  Please visit the online guest book at congdonfuneralhome.com.

Reba G. Gates

Reba G. Gates
, 92, went to be with the Lord on February 17, 2017.
She was born October 2, 1924 in Marion County, AL to David E. Harris and Minnie Mae (Jeffreys) Harris. She moved to Zion, IL in 1950 and worked at Warwick Mfg. in Zion and also Zion-Benton Township High School in Zion, retiring in 1994. On July 2, 1966 she married Irving Gates in Zion. Reba loved her flowers and vegetable gardens which she shared with everyone who by.

Survivors include two brothers Ernest (Wilma) Harris of Vina, AL and Bill (Gayle) Harris; one sister Thelma Shelton of Zion, IL; many nieces and nephews; and special friends Robin, Rita, Mary, Paula, and Bonnie.

She was preceded in death by her husband Irving Gates; her parents; one brother Bernice Harris; one sister Dean Kunz; and two brother-in-laws John Kunz and James G. Shelton.

Visitation will be Wednesday, February 22, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. Until 11:00 a.m. At the CONGDON FUNERAL HOME, 3012 Sheridan Road, Zion, IL. A funeral will follow at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Zachary Snider of Zion Assembly Church Of God officiating. Interment will follow at South Bristol Cemetery, Bristol, WI. In lieu of flowers memorial donations to St. Jude Research Hospital, Memphis, TN 38101 have been suggested. Please visit the online guest book at www.congdonfuneralhome.com.

Rebecca Jean Lard

Rebecca Jean Lard (nee Jackola), 58, of Glendale, Ariz. passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 26, 2017 at home. She was born Jan. 2, 1959 in Waukegan and raised in Winthrop Harbor.

Rebecca was a Registered Nurse for 30 years, finishing her career with Hospice of the Valley. She loved her children, grandchildren, birds and especially her dogs. She enjoyed painting, drawing and reading. Camping with her family was her favorite.

Survivors include her children, Marsha Dokken, Matthew Davidson, Michelle Davidson, Michael Davidson; grandchildren, Nicholas, Ashley, Donesia, Cortney, Damien, Haley, Jacob, Dezalynn; one great-grandchild, Mileena; father, Paul Jackola; siblings, Kathryn (Thomas) Cooper, Robert (Jodi) Jackola, Sharon (Timothy) Wynn, Bruce (Debbie) Jackola, Laura Stigall, Russell (Angie) Jackola, Ronald (Jan) Jackola and Kimberly (Thomas) Nowotarski; many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.

Visitation and funeral service were held Feb. 2, at Best Funeral Services, 9380 West Peoria Ave., Peoria, AZ 85345. Donations can be made to Hospice of the Valley, Phoenix, Ariz.; www.hov.org

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