The Aidan Shea Foundation continues its mission honoring a special 10 year old boy.

Theresa Shea is a very special mother. Her 10 year old son Aidan, experienced a fatal arteriovenous malformation (AVM), similar to an aneurism which burst in his brain stem. In the course of only 5 days a very healthy and happy little boy had passed away. The suddenness of this tragic circumstance was devastating to the Shea Family and the entire community in Elmhurst who knew this family so well. There is no explaining how this wonderful little boy, and this wonderful family could experience such an excruciatingly painful life event. Among the miraculous things that can occur, Theresa became familiar with Lurie Children’s Hospital and Specialists there who devote themselves to children and their care every day. Despite their own terrible loss, the Sheas were witness to amazing medical professionals performing amazing treatments for children in their care.

Making arrangements for a child is as difficult as anyone can imagine. Marya Gibbons, knowing the Shea Family and the loving generosity of the Elmhurst Community encouraged Theresa Shea to choose a place that meant something important to the family so families who wanted to support Aidan had a place to direct their generosity. By the end of 2018, over $40,000 has been raised by Aidan’s foundation and an annual event continues to add to that generosity.

In honor of their love for their beautiful son, the Sheas made the decision to help others. The Aidan Shea Foundation was established to support Project IGNITE, run by Dr. Marcelo Malakooti, whom the Sheas had met through their experience. :

www.aidansheafoundation.org  (Please visit to receive details about their upcoming event Saturday, November 23, 2019. 

Thanks to the generous support of the Aidan Shea Foundation. We in the IGNITE Innovation program in the PICU at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago have been able to build and grow innovative solutions for our special patients and families whom we serve. The partnership of the Foundation and efforts of the Shea family to assist us in searching for new, creative ways to enhance our care delivery, from virtual reality programs to preserving life-saving resources, has been integral to our development and preservation of our Mission.

Marcelo Malakooti, MD

The Gibbons were so reassuring.


When the Colleen Manion’s Family lost their father, it was very difficult for the family. It was the first time they had to cope with funeral planning in their immediate family. Comforting Colleen’s mom and helping her during the process was very important. “Marya helped us and let us know exactly what we needed to do” is how Colleen describes the planning process.


When the visitation was scheduled, Marya Gibbons made sure the family had some intimate time to themselves for an hour and a half beforehand. “We needed that time for my mother and for all of us. It was special time, and comforting to be able to spend these moments with my dad”.


“Every family has different needs and desires and we’re here to accommodate those in the best way we can. Whatever we can do, we will do”, is how Marya Gibbons frames it. In the case of the Manion Family, it’s precisely what they needed and precisely what happened.


Whether you have an at-need circumstance or are considering pre-planning, the Gibbons Family is here to serve your family. If you have any questions about pre-planning or any aspect of funeral arrangements, please contact us with no obligation at 630-832-0018 or http://www. gibbonsfuneralhome.com

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Gibbons Funeral, Elmhurst: Funeral Services that Fall into Place

“I was checking around. When I talked to Marya, it just clicked.” 

Very proud Veteran and Past Commander with the American Legion, Dante Laudati is a very deliberate person. Having been the care provider for his beloved wife, Dante was aware well in advance that he’d be requiring funeral services, and it was important to him that he chose the right place. He went to a number of places in the Elmhurst area, and decided to make a visit to Gibbons in Elmhurst and meeting Marya Gibbons. As Dante says, “It just clicked”. This was the place. “She was professional, kind, and helpful. She handled everything. All I had to do was show up.”

Dante also put his DD-214 Certificate on file with Gibbons so he can choose a time in the future to make pre-arrangements for himself. As a proud veteran, American Legion member and Past Commander, he proudly displays his pins on his cap. Veterans have earned and are entitled to services for their sacrifice to our nation. Marya and Tucker Gibbons ensure that every Veteran is aware of and receives all of those services and benefits. In Dante’s case, having the services recorded and documented in a Pre-planning session ensures that all of those details will be taken care of in advance. For Marya’s part, she loved working with Mr. Laudati, and listening to his stories about his wife, his family, his service to the country and to the American Legion “He is such an amazing man, matter of fact mixed in with great feeling for his family and his service. Couldn’t help but love the guy right away”, that’s her way of saying it clicked for her too!

Whether you have an at-need circumstance or are considering pre-planning, the Gibbons Family is here to serve your family. If you have any questions about pre-planning or any aspect of funeral arrangements, please contact us with no obligation at 630-832-0018 or www. gibbonsfuneralhome.com

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If you’ve been to Gibbons, you’ve likely met Cookie!

It’s hard for us to come up with a title for Cookie here at Gibbons Funeral Home. Cookie has been here so long, we really feel like we couldn’t operate without him. He handles so many of the important duties here at the funeral home from keeping our environment beautiful, our cars and equipment in tip top condition, running back and forth to get certificates and anything else we need to stay on schedule. He’s kind of our “everything person” these days.

Cookie is part of the Gibbons Family. And the Gibbons Family is part of Cookie’s family. The children have all grown up together, and Cookie is as familiar a sight around the funeral home as anyone else. He knows all of the neighbors, commuters, and people milling about in busy downtown Elmhurst, and they all know him. It’s not at all uncommon to hear people screaming hello to Cookie from down the street when he’s stopping the traffic to get the processions started or waving to every person who passes by. The families at the funeral home know him to be the wonderful man who helps them bring their personal memories or food and bakery items in. He’s there no matter what they need. Tall stool? Call Cookie, he’s got it.

Cookie calls Marya and Tucker Gibbons “the best”. They use the same term for him. Most lovable guy there is. Come and see Cookie.

Whether you have an at-need circumstance or are considering pre-planning, the Gibbons Family is here to serve your family. If you have any questions about pre-planning or any aspect of funeral arrangements, please contact us with no obligation at 630-832-0018 or www. gibbonsfuneralhome.com

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Gift of Hope; A Life Giving Gift

Gift of Hope is a not for profit organization that coordinates the donation of organ and tissue, to save lives through those loving donations. That coordination includes; physicians, nurses, transplant centers and funeral directors. The most important people in the process are the families themselves. The loving and generous donations come from the families and the people who make it known they wish to be donors.

Barbara Dolan and Anna Michiels explain the mission of Gift of Hope and how that mission saves lives and offers comfort to families dealing with loss on one side and the gift of life on the other. Barbara explains that the “heroism” of the families, especially those who have lost somebody very young, for extending this gift at a sad and vulnerable time. Anna works directly with funeral directors, who are very much part of the process in assisting in the gifts.

Important decisions are never easy, and this one may be the most difficult there is. And those families and people who choose are heroes whose legacy of life continues through the most grateful people one can imagine.

To contact Gift of Hope, go to https://www.giftofhope.org/

Whether you have an at-need circumstance or are considering pre-planning, the Gibbons Family is here to serve your family. If you have any questions about pre-planning or any aspect of funeral arrangements, please contact us with no obligation at 630-832-0018 or www. gibbonsfuneralhome.com

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Our Family turned to the Gibbons Family for both our parents’ funerals





“My father passed away in 1998, and my mother 20 years later. I have 8 siblings. All of us were in full agreement that the Gibbons Family would take care of our mom”, is how Therese Fitzpatrick describes the feelings of her family when their mother passed away.

Further, Therese described in detail the professionalism and compassionate care and comfort provided by Tucker and Marya Gibbons. “Marya didn’t blink when one of my siblings proposed having all 21 grandchildren serve as pall bearers.  She simply treated it as an entirely normal request. We knew it wasn’t. But she simply went along with our request and worked it out”. She added, “Tucker and Marya knew when to advise us and when to step back and let us process through our grief. Everything they did was done beautifully and with such grace and dignity”. Not every arrangement involves 8 people offering input, but when that happens, the Gibbons understand and accommodate everyone.

There was no question where this family needed to go. Because the Gibbons Family is Family.

Whether you have an at-need circumstance or are considering pre-planning, the Gibbons Family is here to serve your family. If you have any questions about pre-planning or any aspect of funeral arrangements, please contact us with no obligation at 630-832-0018 or www. gibbonsfuneralhome.com


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Our Faith Communities are partners in our commitment to our families.

Perhaps one of the kindest and most concise things a person could say, is what Fr. Tom Paul says. “The Gibbons have a deep understanding of how they fit into the lives of the people of Elmhurst and our neighboring communities.” Tom (Tucker) Gibbons repeats his father’s words when he says, “We are blessed to be in the middle of several wonderful faith communities in Elmhurst, Bensenville, Villa Park, Berkeley, Oak Brook, Oakbrook Terrace, and so many others.”

It’s our mission to not only make our home available to families to celebrate the lives of their loved ones, but to see it through all the way through to religious rites and funeral services at the cemeteries or memorial services. We work closely with the clergy, ministers, grief counselors, bereavement ministries in all of our faith communities to make sure we are all seamlessly and professionally taking care of every detail for our families. When Visitation Deacon Tony Spatafore says, “When Gibbons are involved, we know everything is going to be taken care of”, or Pastoral Assoicate Patti Riggs says, “They make our job much easier”, that means the world to us. Because their assistance and guidance are vital in making sure our families experience a dignified and beautiful service.

Our combined ministry is a partnership we treasure. We love our community and we love the faith communities within. We’re all in this together.

Whether you have an at-need circumstance or are considering pre-planning, the Gibbons Family is here to serve your family. If you have any questions about pre-planning or any aspect of funeral arrangements, please contact us with no obligation at 630-832-0018 or www. gibbonsfuneralhome.com

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