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Gladys Traum

July 8, 1937 — May 22, 2023

On Monday, May 22, 2023, Gladys (Glady) (Gram) Traum peacefully passed away after a short illness. She had been surrounded by her family and friends days prior, and was able to share her love with them.

A Memorial Service will be held at Trimble Methodist Church, 1424-27th St., Sioux City, Iowa, on Saturday, June 3, 2023. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at 10:00 am, with the service beginning at 11:00 am. Those wishing to join the service virtually may do so by following this link:  A private family graveside service will be held later in the day.

Gladys was born on July 8, 1937, in Sioux City, Iowa, to Irene Couture Gregg and Melvin K. Gregg. She attended Sacred Heart, St. Boniface, and Heelan High School in Sioux City.

On January 29, 1954, she was united in marriage to Clifford K. Traum in Elk Point, SD.

They were blessed with three children: Constance Traum, Penny Traum Perez, and Todd Traum.

She worked alongside Cliff in operating their two businesses: Traum Ambulance Service and Traum Security Systems in Sioux City. Clifford passed away February 10, 2010, and Gladys continued working at Traum Security until she retired in 2013.

Gladys was a long-time member of the Order of Eastern Star (Silver Azure Chapter) and

Daughters of the Nile – Hathor Temple No. 38. She was a 60+ year member of Trimble Methodist Church and served on many committees. She was always involved in her children’s and grandchildren’s lives and her home was their gathering place. Many of those children and young adults came to know her simply as “Gram”.

If you asked her what her biggest accomplishment in life would be she would respond with, “My family”. Her favorite roles were Mom, Gram, Sister, Aunt and Friend. She loved to feed people; there was always room at her kitchen table and the coffee pot was always on. Chocolate chip cookies or a Texas Cake were at the ready. Her favorite pastime was playing Words with Friends, Scrabble, Bananagrams, and Canasta with her friend, Mary.

Glady not only loved her faith, but lived it. She shared a smile and a hug with everyone. To meet her was to love her and become a part of her family. She ‘adopted’ many and loved unconditionally. She left us with the thought that she would be sending us all reminders that she is with us. When you find a coin, see a Cardinal, butterfly, or a yellow rose…she is sending her love.

Those left to share her legacy are her children:

Constance K. Traum (Larry Finley)

Penny Traum Perez (Mark Perez)

Todd Traum


                        Courtney (Nate) Lubs

                        Tiffani (Blake) Mullins

                        Jackie Traum

                        R. ‘Nick’ Traum

                        Lisa (Greg) McCann

                        Renee (Michael) Lyon


                        Sam Lubs

                        Charlie Lubs

                        Tallulah Woods

                        Georgia Woods

                        Keegan (Mackenzie) Lyon

                        Michaela Lyon

                        Emma McCann

                        James McCann

Great-Great Grandchild:     

                        Ethan Lyon


Sisters:           Valerie Dryden

                        Melodee Johnson

Brothers:        Shane Gregg

                        Jack Leslie (Jeane)

Cousins:        Gary Nielsen, LauraLee Jones, Frances Hughes, and her Gregg Cousins.

Brother-in-law & Sister in law:        

                        Keith & Ona Traum

Many Nieces & Nephews that she loved as her own.

Special People in her life:

                        Jim (Paula) Cornelia and family,

                        Her 8 Byrne ‘Daughters’ and their families,

                        Carole Ard, Kelsey Mullins, Sue Berry and all her many extended “chosen family”.

Predeceased by:

Her husband Cliff of 56 years, Her In-laws: Fred & Ruth Traum, Her Parents: Mel & Irene, Step-Parents: Dee Gregg, Jack Leslie, Sr., Best Friend: Mary Byrne (The Ethel to her Lucy)


Honorary Pallbearers:


            R. ‘Nick’ Traum

            Sam Lubs                  

            Charlie Lubs

            Jim Cornelia              

            Matt Swift


In lieu of flowers, Gladys requested that Memorials be directed to Trimble Church.

The family offers their heartfelt thanks to the staff at Unity Point/St. Luke’s, especially Floor 3A, for the compassionate and loving care offered not only to Gladys, but to her family as well.

The family would like to announce that Trimble parking and seating may be a challenge for a large turnout, but it was her wish that her services be held at the church she so dearly loved.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Gladys Traum, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services

Memorial Service

Saturday, June 3, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

Trimble United Methodist Church

1424 27th St, Sioux City, IA 51104

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