Mary E. Arris daughter of James and Hanna Arris was born in Lisbon, Lincoln County, Maine, on Jan. 14th, 1837 and passed away at her home in La Hogue, Ill., New Years eve Dec. 31st, 1912 at 11:55 p.m. aged 75 yrs, 11mo, 16 days.
She moved with her parents to Earlville, Ill., in 1850. In 1855 she was married to John W. Zea at Ottawa, Ill., after which they resided on a farm near Earlville, Ill., until 1868 when they moved to their farm 2 1/2 miles east of Piper City, Ill. In 1872, they moved to La Hogue, Ill., where they have resided until the present time.
Unto this marriage were born 9 children, seven boys, John, Charles, Frank, Harry, James, Sherman and Lester and two girls, Clara and Allie, all of which grew to man and womanhood, and all survive her except Clara and Harry who have prceeded her to the better world.
On Christmas eve 1885 she united with the M.E. church at La Hogue and has always been one of its most faithful workers being interesed in all things that would promote the welfare of His Kingdom.
She was of a charitable disposition, trying to make others comfortable and happy, many times sacrificing her own strength in the effort.
In her death passes away a good neighbor, a kind friend, a loving and affectionate wife and mother.
And standing today under the shadow of her departure we can only say:-
Weep not that her toil is over,
Weep not that her race is run
God grant we may rest as calmly
When our work like her's is done.
It is then we yield with gladness,
Our mother to him to keep,
And rejoice in the sweet assurance
"He giveth his loved one sleep."

She was buried from the M.E. church in La Hogue in the Gillman cemetery Rev. L. D. King was the officiating minister.
Source: Unknown

Charles Ellsworth Zea, son of John W. and Mary E. Zea, was born at Earlville, Ill., Sept. 24, 1861. When he was about 3 years of age, the family moved to a farm in Ford county, Ill., where they resided for a few years from which they moved to La Hogue, Iroquois county, Ill., where Mr. Zea grew to manhood.
On March 18, 1885, he was united in marriage to Susan Laub. to this union four children were born, Ross Zea of Sioux Falls, S.D., Ray Zea of Butterfield, Mrs. B.J. Rempel of Butterfield and Mrs. Elmer Gordon of Chicago. Besides his immediate family Mr. Zea is survived by seven grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. O.A. Schwarz of Chicago; four brothers, Frank E. Zea of Peoria, Ill., James A. Zea of Catlin, Ill., Sherman L. Zea of Mason City, Ia., and Lester M. Zea of La Hogue, Ill., one sister and two brothers preceded him in death.
Mr. Zea farmed near La Hogue, Ill., for a number of years, until in February, 1903, he moved to a farm near Butterfield and has resided in this vicinity since that time. In 1887 Mr. Zea united with the M.E. church at La Hogue, Ill. Shortly after moving to Butterfield he united with the Presbyterian church here and has been a staunch and loyal member. He has served as an elder of the church for a number of years. His fraternal affilliation was the A.F. & A.M., being a member of this order at Gilman, Ill.
He was a patriotic and progressive citizen, always ready to lend a helping hand in the interests for all things, for the benefit of the community in which he resided. He has a host of warm friends who will miss his hand clasps and words of cheering encouragement. The Holy Bible was the rule and guide of his faith, as evidenced by the well worn Bible of his mother, which he read daily and on the flyleaf of this Bible, we find penciled this verse, written in his mother's hand writing and which was a comfort and inspiration to him:
"Holy Bible Book devine,
Precious treasure thou art mine.
Mine to guide me lest I stray,
Mine to guide me day by day."
Source: Butterfield Advocate, Butterfield, MN, Oct. 27, 1932

Susie Laub Zea was born April 1, 1862, in Canada, and moved with her parents to LaHauge, Ill., in 1865, where the family grew up. Here too, she was married, March 18, 1885, to Charles E. Zea.
The young couple came to Watonwan county exactly 31 years ago. They lived for nine years on a farm east of town, then moved to their long-time home south of Butterfield in 1912. Because of falling strength and hoped for and well earned respite from strenuous toll, they moved into the village three years ago.
These good people were ever active on the side of right and neighborliness. They made their faith count in loyal profession of their Saviour, both by allegiance to His Church and by living His Gospel among men.
There were born of this union: Ross E. Zea of Sioux Falls, S.D.; Ray C. of Butterfield; Myrtle (Mrs. B.J. Rempel) of Butterfield,; Pearl (Mrs. E. E. Gordon) of Chicago.
These all survive her, as do seven grandchildren and a brother, Henry C. Laub, and a sister, Mrs. Emma O'Mara, both of Kankakee, Ill.
"He giveth His beloved sleep."
In Memoriam
In memory of our dear mother who so recently passed on.
What is home without a mother?
All the things the world may send
But when we lost our mother
We lost our dearest friend.
Who wore a crown of patience
For the years she struggled on?
Those hands that rest forever
Were the hands that made our home.
Mother, we are lonely,
How we miss your loving face,
But you left us to remember
None on earth can take your place.
Source: Butterfield Advocate, Butterfield, MN, March 1, 1934

An elderly Sioux Falls couple was killed in a two-car accident Saturday morning near Windom, Minn.
Ross Zea, 78, and his wife, Theresa, 76, of 220 W. 21st St., were killed when their car and a vehicle operated by Mrs. Sheila K. Sheppard, 22, of Coon Rapids, Minn., collided head-on on Highway 60, about eight miles southwest of Windom. Mrs. Sheppard is reported in fair condition at a Mankato, Minn, hospital.
Final rites for Mr. and Mrs. Zea will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Miller Funeral Home.
The Zea were returning to Sioux Falls after visiting relatives in Minnesota. Mr. Zea was driving.
Mr. Zea retired in 1952 after being employed by the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad for 46 years.
He was born April 23, 1887, at La Hogue, Ill. He moved to St. James, Minn., from Illinois in 1897. On July 23, 1909, he was married to Theresa Markel, at St. James.
The couple moved to Sioux Falls in 1921 and returned to St. James in 1936. They returned to Sioux Falls upon Mr. Zea's retirement.
Mrs. Zea was born Nov. 18, 1888, at Westbrook, Minn. She was a past worthy matron of the Eastern Star at St. James.
The Zeas are survived by two sons, Dale and Glen, both of Sioux Falls; a daughter, Mrs. Thomas Allegretti, Port Washington, Long Island, New York, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Mr. Zea is survived by two sister, Mrs. Bernard Rempel, Butterfield, Minn., and Mrs. Pearl Gordon, Chicago.
Mrs. Zea is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Joe Soufal, Elgin, Minn., and Mrs. Agnes Mellum, St. James, and a brother, Joseph Miller, St. James.
Source: Argus Leader, Sioux Falls, SD, date unknown

MISSION, Texas--Glen R. Zea, 86, formerly of Sioux Falls, a retired Farmer/Tri-State employee, died Saturday, Nov. 30, 1996, at the McAllen Medical Center.
Mr. Zea was born Dec. 10, 1909, in St. James, Minn. The family moved to Sioux Falls, where he graduated from Washington High School. He married Cleo O'Rielly on Aug. 16, 1936.
He was employed by Sunshine Markets for several years, then opened his own neighborhood grocery in 1949 at Eleventh Street and Prairie Avenue. He closed his business in 1955, and worked for the Tri-State Candy Company, and Farmer/Tri-State until his retirement. His wife preceded him in death on Dec. 31, 1985.
He married Grace Tune in August of 1989, in Flint, Mich. He has lived in McAllen, Texas, and Flint since that time.
Survivors include two sons, Dennis and Jay, both of Sioux Falls; three stepdaughter: Marsha Jones, Barbara Fielder, and Dixie Walrath; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; 15 step-grandchildren; 22 step-greatgrandchildren; and one sister, Vera Allegretti of Port Washington, N.Y.
Services begin at 11 am Wednesday at the Miller funeral Home in Sioux Falls, with burial service at 10:15 am Wednesday at the Hills of Rest Memorial Park in Sioux Falls.
Visitation begins at 7:30 pm today at the funeral home, with the family present from 7:30 to 8:30 pm.
The family requests that memorials be directed to the Sioux Valley Hospice.
Source: Argus Leader, Sioux Falls, SD, Dec. 3, 1996

Cleo M. Zea, 69, of 2917 S. Summit Ave., died Tuesday in Mission, Texas.
Cleo O'Reilly was born July 30, 1916, in Draper. She married Glen Zea Aug. 16, 1936, in Parker.
She had lived in Sioux Falls since 1957.
Mrs. Zea was a member of Shirts and Skirts, and the Dakota Bandits Square Dance Clubs. Survivors include her husband; two sons: Dennis and Jay, both of Sioux Falls; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Services will begin at 11 am Saturday in Miller Funeral Home. Burial will be in Hills of Rest Memorial Park.
Visiting will begin at noon today in the funeral home.
Source: Argus Leader, Sioux Falls, SD, Jan. 3, 1986

Funeral services for Raymond C. Zea, who died Wednesday, March 31, were held Friday afternoon at three o'clock from the Butterfield Presbyterian church, with Rev. Darrell Davis officiating, and the Butterfield VFW Post conducting the military services. Interment was made in the Butterfield cemetery.
The pallbearers were P.J. Dempsey Jr., A. Friesen, Leonard Anderson, Harry Miller, Martin Holte and Alvin Lubenow.
Mr. Zea, a conductor on the Omaha Railway, died of a heart attack while driving to work at St. James Wednesday morning around 4:30. He was near the city limits of St. James when stricken, and had driven his car to the shoulder of the highway, where he was found dead at 6am.
Raymond Clifford Zea was born at LaHogue, Ill., on May 23, 1890, the son of Charles and Susan Zea. He grew to manhood in that community and then moved to St. James, where on October 3, 1922, he was united in marriage to Mary Lorenz of St. James. The family resided there until nine years ago, when they came to Butterfield. For the past 35 years Mr. Zea was employed by the Omaha railway, and at the time of death was a conductor for the railway.
To this union twelve children were born, ten of whom besides his wife, survive: Mrs. Harry Sender of Manhattan, Kansas, and the following at home: Leon R., Charles F. 15, Donald and Darrell, 13 year-old twins, Harry 12, Ethel 10, Kathleen 7, Florence 5, and David 4.
He is also survived by a brother, Ross Zea of St. James; and two sisters, Mrs. B.J. Rempel of Butterfield and Mrs. E.E. Gordon of Chicago, Ill.
Mr. Zea was a veteran of the First World War, and a member of the Butterfield Presbyterian church and the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen.
Source: Butterfield Advocate, Butterfield, MN, April 7, 1949

ST. JAMES--St. James resident Mary Zea, 96, died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2000, at Pleasant View Good Samaritan Center, St. James.
Services are 10:30 am Thursday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in St. James, The Revs. Martin J. Lopahs and Troy D. Jacobs officiating. Burial is in Butterfield City Cemetery.
Visitation is 4 to 8 pm Wednesday and 7:30 to 8:30 am Thurdsay at Sturm Funeral Home, St. James, and continues one hour before services Thursday at the church. Memorials are preferred to St. Paul's School.
Mrs. Zea was born June 18, 1904, to Frederick and Friedricka (Mausling) Lorenz at Long Lake Township, Watonwan County. She attended St. Paul's Parochial School and married Raymond C. Zea Oct. 3, 1922, at St. Paul. She had lived in Butterfield before moving to St. James in 1970. She was a member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Butterfield VFW Auxiliary. She enjoyed traveling, needlework, dominos, crossword puzzles and reading.
Mrs. Zea is survived by three daughters, Althea Sender of Wamego, Kan., Kathleen Shuck and her husband, Robert, of Catlett, Va., and Florence Allen of Chatfield; four sons and their wives, Charles and Kathleen of Madelia, Darrell and Norma of Lakefield, Harry and Deanna of Hanska, and David and Linda of Rochester; 32 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
She was prceded in death by her husband, two dughters, including one in infancy, two sons, four brothers and four sisters.
Source: The Free Press, Mankato, MN, September 12, 2000