Gladys Mattox
Gladys Mattox

Obituary of Gladys Mattox

Gladys I. Mattox, late of Shorewood, passed away peacefully just months short of her 100th birthday on Thursday, May 10, 2018 in her home while surrounded by the love of her family.  She was born on September 29, 1918 in South Wilmington, IL, the daughter of the late Arthur and Rosella (nee Christensen) Steffes. Gladys grew up on her parent’s “Circle S Farmstead” near Minooka in Grundy County, she was one of 13 children. After her marriage she moved to Joliet, IL where she lived for more than 25 years, until they moved to Shorewood where she has been residing for the past 35 years.

Gladys retired from Caterpillar Inc. following 25 years of service, where she worked along with her late husband. Gladys was very active with the Disabled American Veterans, was a member of Joliet Moose Lodge, the Troy Township Seniors, and Caterpillar Retiree Club.  She was an avid Cubs fan, a lover of country music, and always enjoyed a fun game of euchre.  Gladys was known to many as “Grama” and was a fabulous cook.  She was famous for her BLT sandwiches, meatloaf, pork chops and French toast. Her kitchen was always open to all family and friends.

Gladys is survived by her three children, Sandra Kehring, Patricia Schneider, and Edward Mattox, all of Shorewood; her eight grandchildren, John (Michelle) Schneider, Shannon (Joe) Sak, James Schneider, Brooke (Joel) Shupe, Amanda (Rick) McCauley, Stacia (Alex) Papasavas, Brenton (Eileen) Mattox, and Ryan Mattox; 12 great grandchildren; and her sister Betty (the late Jack) Kinsella of Minooka. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

She is preceded by her loving husband, Eddie Mattox (1994) following 44 years of marriage; her parents, her grandson, Michael Schneider (2009); and her 11 siblings.

The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to Gladys’ niece and caregiver, Susan (nee Steffes) Davidson, for all the love and compassion she gave her in the later years.

Funeral Services for Gladys I. Mattox will be held on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at 9:15 a.m. from the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 3200 Black at Essington Rds., Joliet, IL to Holy Family Catholic Church of Shorewood for Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:00 a.m.  Interment will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park.  Memorials in her name to the Disabled American Veterans, 2122 W. Taylor St., Suite 104, Chicago, IL 60612, would be appreciated.  Visitation will be held on Monday from 4-8 p.m.  For more information, please call 815-741-5500 or visit her Memorial Tribute at