Mary A. Pheifer, 90, of Gilman passed away on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. She was born on June 4, 1930 in Chicago, the daughter of John Henry and Edna (Bethel) Phelps.
She married George L. Pheifer Jr. on August 24, 1947 in Oak Lawn, and he preceded her in death on May 8, 1966. She was also preceded in death by her parents; six brothers; four sisters; and one son, George Pheifer III.
Mary is survived by two sons, Terry (Jo) Pheifer of Crescent City and Dennis Pheifer of Gilman; three daughters, Linda (Mark) DiBello of Stelle, Barbara Hendron of Clifton, and Sandra (John) Barnes of Gilman; daughter-in-law, Crestita Pheifer of Gilman; 14 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Pheifer attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Gilman. She was a former restaurant business owner in Gilman, an avid fisherman, enjoyed crafting, and loved cooking for her family. Mary was an accomplished bingo player.
Private visitation and funeral services will be held at Knapp-Redenius Funeral Home in Gilman. Burial will follow at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Gilman. Mary's grandchildren will serve as her pallbearers.
The family requests no flowers or memorial gifts.
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