Gladys L. Pillischafske
Gladys L. Pillischafske
  • October 28, 1932 - December 26, 2017
  • Chillicothe, Illinois

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Gladys L. Pillischafske, 85, of Chillicothe, Illinois formerly of Bartonville, passed away on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. She was born on October 28, 1932 in Peoria, Illinois to Arthur C. and Ellen M. (White) Cook. She married Donald W. Pillischafske on December 30, 1951 in Peoria. He preceded her in death on August 26, 1985 in Peoria. She is also preceded in death by one son, Stephen D. Pillischafske, one grandson, Robert E. Stecken and one brother, Dale J. Cook.

She is survived by two daughters, Diana (Dale) Pittenger of Dunlap, Illinois and Deborah (Larry) Stecken of Chillicothe, Illinois; one daughter in law, Peggy (Keith) Buchan of Utica, Illinois; 13 grandchildren, Valerie Gruber, Adam Gruber, Daniel (Karie) Stecken, Alex (Sara) Pillischafske, Paige (Hernan) Black, Stephanie Vires, Taylor (Casey) Doremus, Kathryn Pillischafske, Dawn Porter, Tim (Heather) Pittenger, Scott(Honey) Stecken, Stacey(Jeff) Doerr and Susan(Rob) Hirt; 12 great grandchildren and one great great grandson. She also is survived by three sisters, Rosalyn (Robert) Hill of Metamora, Illinois, Kathleen (Robert) Maushard and Eileen (James) Tucker both of Peoria and one sister in law, Patricia Kargacin of Pekin, Illinois.

Gladys worked as a bookkeeper for Omar Bakery, Peoria Insulation Company, Johnston Bookkeeping Service and was the office manager of Midwest Liquor Sales and lastly was the Director of the Peoria Area Blind Center. She volunteered at the Church Mouse and Wildlife Prairie Park as a buyer for the Country Store. She was a Girl Scout Leader for several years and a member of the PTA and volunteered at Bartonville Grade School. She was a 53 year member of the Bethel Lutheran Church in Bartonville where she was on various committees including the Lydia Circle, Trust Fund Committee and a Sunday School Teacher.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 30, 2017 at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Bartonville. The Rev. Raymond Barclay will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Friday at the Davison Fulton Woodland Chapel in Peoria and one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church. Burial will be in the St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Bartonville. Memorials may be made to the Lydia Circle, LYO or to the Trust Fund all at Bethel Lutheran Church. You may create an online condolence at