Gladys Mary Krueger


Gladys Mary Krueger, age 92, of Galesburg, died at 6:45 a.m. on Friday, November 18, 2022 at Seminary Manor in Galesburg.

On July 31, 1930, Gladys was born in Tampico, Illinois to John P. and Grace (Houston) Kirst. After graduating high school, Gladys would go on to obtain her bachelor’s degree in nursing. She worked as a Registered Nurse for over thirty-five years in the Sterling and Davenport areas, retiring around 1974. She was married to Carroll Robert Krueger on November 11, 1956, at the Saint Mathews Lutheran Church in Princeton, Illinois. Together they had three daughters and were married for thirty-four wonderful years. Carroll preceded Gladys in death on July 28, 1991.

Left to cherish Gladys’ memory are her three loving daughters: Carole Sue (and Elias) Ramirez of Galesburg, Terri Lynn Hampton of Chickamauga, Georgia, Cynthia Lou (and Clay) Sorrow of Cartersville, Georgia; and four grandchildren: Staci (and Tony) Hutchings of Galesburg, Brenda (and Josh) Secrist of Knoxville, Illinois, Justin (and Emily) Smith of Georgia, and Thomas Hampton of Georgia. Also surviving are four great-grandchildren: Chloe Mae Glidden, Elias Glidden, Landen Shepherd, Lillyan Shepherd; and one great-great-granddaughter, Ruth Eleanor Dunn.

Gladys was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Carroll; seven brothers: Kenny, Art, “Tweet”, Herb, Jim, Bob, and Donnie; one sister, Katherine Hinckley; and two son-in-laws: Tommy Hampton and Earl Smith.

Gladys was of the Catholic faith and regularly attended Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Galesburg. She enjoyed puzzles of all kinds, especially crosswords and word searches. She will be fondly remembered for her razor-sharp wit and great sense of humor. More than anything else, Gladys loved her family and spending quality time with them. She was authentically and wholeheartedly there for those she loved and will forever be missed.

Cremation rites will be accorded. A private family graveside service will be held at Elm Lawn Memorial Park in Princeton, Illinois. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements have been entrusted to Watson Thomas Funeral Home and Crematory, Galesburg.  Online expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at

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