|Gloria J Ward
Born: March 15, 1939 Died: May 23, 2019
Gloria J. Ward, 80, of Dwight, passed away Thursday afternoon, May 23, 2019 at Joliet Area Community Hospice Home.
Born March 15, 1939 in Joliet, the daughter of Silas G. and Berniece (Hauge) Peterson. She was the seventh child who
helped her parents with all of the farm and household chores without complaining. She helped her dad train horses and ride
them too. She graduated from Lincoln-Way High School in 1957. At the age of 19 she found her first job in Chicago. Gloria
married Jerry L. Ward on February 25, 1961 at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Morris.
She is survived by her husband, Jerry; daughter, Pamela J. Milton and son, Richard L. Ward, both of Dwight; four
grandchildren, Alice M. McGlauaghlin of Benton Harbor, MI, Miranda K. Blavevich of Diamond, Marlena A. Dowell of
Braidwood and Michael V. Dowell; seven great grandchildren; sister, Geri Morrow of Morris; several nieces and nephews, plus
two family dogs, Zoey and Sammy.
Preceding her in death were her parents; three sisters, Anna Mae Glass, Marion Kewley and Berniece T. Nietzer-Kamisky;
three brothers, Silas G. Peterson Jr., Charles E. Peterson and Peter J. Peterson; her in-laws, Donald and Mardella Ward;
son-in-law, Jerry Michael Milton; two granddaughters, Wendy Sue Milton and Helen Marie Milton in infancy.
Graveside services will be held Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 11:00 am at Saratoga Cemetery with Rev. Laura
Fruland Funeral Home, 121 W. Jefferson St., in Morris is in charge of arrangements. For more information, call the funeral
home at 815-942-0700.