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OBITUARY

Phyllis J. Glazier

August 7, 1952May 13, 2020

Phyllis J. Glazier, age 67, of Peoria, passed away peacefully at her home on May 13, 2020, surrounded by family.

She was born on August 7, 1952, in Morrison, Illinois, to Joyce (Broers) and Gordon Bennett. She married Stanley K. Glazier on August 19, 1972. He survives. Also surviving are her father, Gordon Bennett of Lyndon, Illinois; two sisters, Susan (Tom) Walatka of Davenport, Iowa, and Gloria Verhulst of Lyndon, Illinois; one brother, Dale (Bonnie) Bennett of Orion, Missouri; two sons, Joshua (Andrea) Glazier of Bloomington, Illinois, and Jonathan Glazier of Peoria, Illinois; one daughter, Stacy (Ron) Crabtree of Peoria, Illinois; five grandsons; 11 nieces and nephews; and countless others who considered her a “second mom.” Her mother, Joyce Bennett, of Prophetstown, Illinois, preceded her in death.

Phyllis graduated valedictorian from Prophetstown High School in 1970. She received her Bachelor’s degree in education from Illinois State University in 1973, and her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from Bradley University in 2004. For ten years, Phyllis taught and coached at Georgetowne Middle School in Marquette Heights, Illinois. While at Georgetowne, she created and directed a student assistance program to help students in the areas of decision making and conflict. Continuing her passion to help at-risk youth, Phyllis served as a juvenile probation officer in Woodford County for three years, during which time she also developed and taught a curriculum for parents on parenting challenging teens. In 2002, Phyllis transitioned to work as an alternative school teacher, and subsequently served as director of the Marshall-Putnam-Woodford Regional Safe School Program for eight years. In 2012, she was appointed as the Regional Superintendent of Schools for Marshall, Putnam and Woodford Counties until she retired in 2017. Phyllis was known for her passion and enthusiasm. Her peers described her as a true advocate for connecting students to learning and finding resources at any cost to find a student a second chance.

More than her career achievements, Phyllis’s greatest gifts were her large heart and caring nature for all that made her acquaintance. Phyllis loved Jesus and loved to study the Bible, both in private and in fellowship. Phyllis loved to spend time with her friends and family, especially her grandsons. Whether it was playing with toy cars, fishing, paintball, or shooting hoops, she was up for anything that meant time with her family. Phyllis and Stan were the #1 fans of her son’s bands, Yellow Madman and Chasing Rachel, following the bands wherever they performed. Following a diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease in 2008, Phyllis developed a love for boxing thanks to Rock Steady Boxing, a nonprofit dedicated to giving people with Parkinson’s disease hope by improving their quality of life through a non-contact boxing based fitness curriculum. Phyllis’s boxing colleagues coined her “The Terminator.”

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Rock Steady Boxing Peoria.

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Gwen Garver

May 15, 2020

Phyllis was a kind and compassionate leader at the ROE. I admired her knowledge, dedication and humanity in the education of our children. My deepest condolences to the family. You are all in my prayers.
Gwen Garver, BMP Director of Special Education

John Streit

May 15, 2020

My sympathy to all of Phyllis' family. Phyllis was the Regional Superintendent of Schools when I became an administrator at Roanoke-Benson. She was always so kind and helpful, often calling me just to check in and see if she could assist in any way. She will be missed.

William Novotney

May 15, 2020

The family has my sympathy for the loss of Phyllis, wife and mother.She was a hard working teacher, tenacious and conscientious with much empathy to educating children. William Novotney, Retired Regional Superintendent, Lasalle County

Teresa Gauger

May 15, 2020

Stan, my deepest sympathy to you and your family. Sending prayers for comfort during this difficult time.
Teresa Gauger
El Paso

Amanda Webb

May 14, 2020

Phyllis was my 8th grade science teacher when I was at Georgetowne. I was fortunate enough to reconnect with her when I began teaching at the Tazewell County Regional Safe School. She was always so kind and funny. My prayers are with your family.

Brian Hoelscher

May 14, 2020

Nancy and I send our deepest condolences. Phyllis was a wonderful person, mom, and educator. The Glazier family is in our prayers.

Erin Thompson

May 14, 2020

Phyllis was one of my favorite “second Mom’s” always inviting me in with her calming voice and warm smile. She brought so much joy to everyone around her and I loved walking into their house and receiving a hug from her as. catching up. She was so supportive, the “cool” Mom always out at Josh’s shows, and a truly a blessing to be around. I’ll miss seeing her when I would come back home to visit, but I know she’s up there in heaven with my Dad and they are waiting for us, Jon! Love you Glazier fam, praying for peace, comfort, and lots of memories to be shared about Mom. — Erin

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