Gladys Marie Trefzger

July 1, 1929October 3, 2020

PEORIA - Gladys Moody Trefzger, 91, of Peoria, Illinois died on Saturday, October 3, 2020. As had been her wish, she left us from the comfort of her home. Never a smoker, in July of 2019, she was diagnosed with lung cancer. She was stoic and stubborn through and through.

Gladys was born in Joliet, Illinois, on July 1, 1929 to Hobart and Alice Lanphier Moody. She was named for her aunt Gladys Carlson who lived to be 105. In 1933, her family moved to 501 N. Glendale in Peoria. While attending Irving Grade School, on behalf of "The War" effort, she was the captain of teams that won for collecting the most tin cans. She was a member of the Woodruff High School graduating class of 1947. During her senior year, she ran an elevator at the Hotel Pere Marquette.

On June 5, 1948, she married Charles Joseph Trefzger, Jr. He preceded her in death on July 11, 2015. Gladys is survived by her children Sharon (the late Michael) Corn, Joe (Connie) Trefzger, and Beth Trefzger; her grandchildren Amanda (Andy Terven) and Ronald Trefzger; her sisters Mary (the late Henry) Almasy and Rita Karns; her brother-in-law John (the late Marilyn) Trefzger; two first cousins; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brother Bob (the late Patricia) Moody, her sister Billie (the late John) Kimball, and her brother-in-law Tom (the late Betty) Trefzger.

Beginning in 1961, one hundred years after Trefzger's Bakery was founded, Gladys helped in the transition to selling bakery goods exclusively through area Kroger Stores. In 1977, the bakery store at 3504 N. Prospect Road was reopened. Gladys ran the store and was in charge of quality control. She was literally and figuratively the President of the company. In days leading up to holidays, it was routine for Joe and Gladys to increase their 12 to 16-hour work day to 20 hours so that, along with the extra hard work of Tom and all the other loyal employees, as many orders as humanly possible could be filled. In 1993, they sold the bakery and began a long and active retirement. Gladys loved it that she could "do something or nothing" every day. Some of her favorite things were caffeine pills; salt; politics; anticipating what she was going to eat tomorrow; checking the weekly print ads of every store in town; and spending hours, coupons in hand, roaming the aisles of Krogers and Walgreens. 11% off at Menards could not be missed! For family gatherings, it would have been a disaster to run out of anything; so there was always way too much food. She took great pride in shoveling her own snow, cutting her own grass, and tending to her large garden. Forty tomato plants were just right. She also thoroughly enjoyed feeding the backyard critters because "they don't have any money." Her squirrels took their peanut butter and crackers directly from her out-stretched hand at the back door.

Our family would like to thank Dr. Thomas Kouri and his nurses Lisa, Sarah, and Ariel for their wonderful, expert, and compassionate care, and Lysa, who always cheerfully greeted Mom by name at check-in. For almost 35 years, Gladys viewed Dr. Kouri as her trusted physician and friend. Thanks also to the entire staff of Harbor Light Hospice for their dedication and kindness in caring for our mother. Brooke's help and guidance was exceptional on our saddest day.

Long before the pandemic, Gladys had requested that there be no services. Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel in Peoria is handling cremation arrangements. Interment will be at the Parkview Cemetery Mausoleum at a later date.

If you would like to honor Gladys' memory, a donation in her name to Harbor Light Hospice at 3000 N. Main St., Unit C, East Peoria, Illinois 61611 will be gratefully received.


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October 21, 2020

Gladys & Joe's youngest child, Beth, was my Woodruff High classmate & 1978 Prom Date. We have remained close friends for 40+ years since. Beth reflects her mother's best qualities ~ especially the honesty & loyalty she inherited from Gladys.
I'll never forget a particular evening when several of our WHS classmates were watching the early years of Saturday Night Live at their home on Prospect. For some reason, I kept going in & out between their house and my car, with the front door slamming behind me each time. Finally, I heard a piercing voice from the upstairs bedroom; it was Gladys yelling: "Face - if you slam that door ONE more time, I'm coming down there to personally though you out into the traffic!"
The door didn't slam again that night!
With much affection, Jeffrey Johnson

Lynn Bergstrom

October 12, 2020

When bing cherries were in season, Gladys made sure the refrigerator crisper was filled, never to be without! Cherry cokes were important but nothing could compare to the love and devotion she had for her children and how proud she and Joe were of them. Gladys couldn't figure out how all 3 were born with scholastic aptitude as well as common sense but was greatful for it! After having decided to go on Weight Watchers years ago with Joe, they successfully achieved their desired weight. When a wedding anniversary was upcoming, knowing how much Gladys enjoyed Fannie May chocolate, Joe decided Gladys needed a home delivery in pounds equivalent to the number of years married! They were quite a team for years and it was truly a pleasure growing up in the east bluff neighborhood when everyone found a way to get along and have fun. We loved you, Gladys. Rest in peace. You lived life each day to the fullest.

Lysa Howell

October 11, 2020

My condolences to the family your mother was truly a welcomed light on this earth I will miss her beautiful smile praying for you all.

Ronald Moore

October 11, 2020

The Moore family acquaintance goes way back to when our daughter Lynn (Moore) Egan and Beth were in school together. The girls had some great times together and the Moore family purchased many products from the bakery. We are so sorry for your loss of a great person. Ron and Dixie Moore

Vicki Murray

October 11, 2020

Dear Beth and family:
I am so sad to hear of your mom’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. She was a sweet lady and will be missed by many.

Much love,

Vicki Murray

Dot Bergstrom

October 11, 2020

Such a great gal, and how fortunate to have been neighbor parents. 3-great kids, Sharon, Joe (butch) and Beth will certainly miss their Mom who was always ready to relate a funny happening. She did a good job in living her life and will be missed.

Ann Vipond

October 11, 2020

Beth and family,

Thoughts and prayers with each. Met your mother many years ago and always thought what a pretty lady and that she was. And Beth, know you provided a safe and loving environment for her.
Ann (Dugan)Vipond

Beth Bussan

October 11, 2020

Dear Beth and ‘ Mrs.Trefzger ‘ Family,
My very sincere sympathies to you Beth and everyone! I so have memories of your Mother from my regular visits to Trefzger’s for my weekly bakery goods. Your Mom was always busy-busy! Even though I was not a long time Peoria person, she seemed to recognize and remember customers!! Your Mother will be missed, but you have so many amazing memories!
You are in my thoughts and prayers,
Beth Bussan

Denise Johnson

October 11, 2020

A lovely soul, Gladys was. I attended Betty's visitation. Gladys would visit Betty and Tom often at LHV, and the 2 of us would have the best conversations. My heart breaks.

Mindy See

October 10, 2020

So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. The obituary was great and really was a wonderful tribute to your mother. You will be in my thoughts and prayers, Beth.


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