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Gail (Warner) Pfeifer
June 26, 1940 ~ January 20, 2024 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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We are sad to announce the passing of our Mom, Gail Warner Pfeifer on January 20, 2024, at the age of 83. Born on June 26, 1940, at Madigan Hospital, Fort Lewis, Washington, Mom was an Army brat and spent her youth moving around the country, living in Washington, Oregon, Maryland, Hawaii, and Illinois. She was the daughter to Maj. Gaile Warner and Margaret Baumgartner Warner, and an older sister and often innocent victim to her ornery younger brother, Msgt Hal Warner. World War Two had a significant impact on Mom as her dad and most of her uncles were overseas, she commented once that when she was little, the only men she knew were young boys or old men. She lost an uncle (Lt. Sebastian Baumgartner) in World War Two, and another in the Korean War (Major Hal Warner).
Mom had a culture shock when Grandpa Warner decided to retire in the late 1950’s and return to his home in Broadlands, Illinois. Her first three years of high school had been at Roosevelt High in Honolulu, Hawaii; however, she graduated in 1959 from ABL High School in Broadlands. She was a talented swimmer and diver who trained in Hawaii, unfortunately Broadlands didn’t have much in the way of aquatics.
After graduation she worked at the Courier Newspaper in Champaign and eventually met Ed Pfeifer, who she married in 1961. Over their 43-year marriage they had four children, Brad (Lisa), Chris, Melissa, and Patrick. The early years of their marriage were hectic and stressful, with the passing of her dad shortly after he retired, raising four kids, and worrying about her brother serving multiple tours in Vietnam. Mom stayed home to take care of the kids and make a home for all of us, she returned to work when her youngest started school. Mom loved to travel, and our vacations to Washington State to visit Grandma Warner are a significant memory for the family. We would visit with family and friends in most of the states between here and there. Mom would make sure that we visited every historical site between Champaign and Seattle, regardless of our lack of enthusiasm.
Mom was very well read and had a terrific love for history, especially British history. Mom was a talented cook, painter, and seamstress. She was the type of person who was gifted with intelligence and creativity, she just made things seem easy, except for anything technical or mechanical, she was quickly and repeatedly overwhelmed by cell phones, computers, and drive through car washes.
Gail is preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brother. She is survived by her four children (Brad, Chris, Melissa, and Pat), five grandchildren. As well as countless cousins, sisters in law, nieces, and nephews. At this time there will be no visitation or service, A memorial service will be held at a later date. In memory of Mom, we ask that you take the time to read a book, make a nice meal for your family, visit some place you have not been before, and make sure your elbows are off the table when you eat.