His Service in the Navy was very important.

Maureen Engbretson and her husband Steve share their experience of arranging services for Steve’s father, a US Navy Veteran. Because of his service in the Navy, Mr.  Engbretson and his wife earned the right to be buried at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL. The graves and burial fees are free of charge to Veteran’s and their spouses at National Cemeteries. Every Veteran is entitled to this benefit, though many aren’t aware of this earned benefit. Thomas and Marya Gibbons make it a practice to frequently remind Veteran’s and their families that this earned benefit is available to them.

Moreover, Maureen explains how Marya Gibbons went above and beyond to see that the Engbretsons could bear witness to the entire service through to the interment. “When I asked her if we could do this and explained how important it was to us, she said she’d find out, and do everything she could to ensure we could be there”. She added, “Like everything else the Gibbons Family did on our behalf, they came through. Our family was able to be there through to the final respects at their final resting place”. Maureen and Steve are honored that his parents are honored for the service and sacrifice his dad made for his country. He rests among the American heroes he served with, before and after.

Maureen calls Marya’s extra help “The Personal Touch” Marya calls it “The Honor every Veteran deserves”.

For Veteran Death and Burial Benefits, contact us at 630-832-0018 or www.gibbonsfuneralhome.com. For at-need services, pre-planning or any questions or concern you may have, we’re ready to help.

Call or visit us any time, day or night at 630-832-0018 or http://www.gibbonsfuneralhome.com/

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Nothing is quite as humbling as the Thank You notes we receive.

After a funeral service, families continue to be overwhelmed with tasks that need to be completed in a timely manner. Often this is a very important part of the grieving process. Among those important tasks is sending letters of thanks to the people who honored their loved one with their attendance at the visitation, the funeral, gifts of flowers or contributions to memorials or letters of comfort that come from a geographical distance, when no emotional or sentimental distance exists.

When we receive a unique acknowledgement that we made things a little easier at an especially difficult time, it’s a reminder to us as to how blessed we are to be involved in the lives of families at the time we are. It’s a reminder of our responsibility to lift and help carry the burden of a very difficult circumstance. It’s a reminder of what an honor it truly is to be the family that receives a call when a family has experienced a loss.

We’re here. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We stand ready to help families with Pre-Planning, At-Need Planning, Visitations, Funerals, Cremations, Memorial Services or any of the Funeral Services a family desires.

Call or visit us any time, day or night at 630-832-0018 or http://www.gibbonsfuneralhome.com/

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Celebrating the Lives of the Loved Ones We’ve Served for Nearly 70 Years

“I am imperfect in many things, nevertheless I want my brethren and kinsfolk to know my nature so that they may be able to perceive my soul’s desire”- St. Patrick

For nearly 70 years the Gibbons Family has invited the families of the loved ones who they’ve served to a memorial mass at the historic Old St. Patrick’s Church in Chicago. Families are notified a month in advance of the mass celebrating their loved one in the month of their actual passing. If your loved one passed away in May, you’ll receive notice every April of the mass of remembrance celebrating your loved one and all of the loved ones the Gibbons Family have made arrangements for in that month. Many people receive several notifications each year of different family members and loved ones who will be celebrated in the month of their passing.

Thomas Gibbons and Anne Gibbons (affectionately known as Grandpa and Granny Gibbons) started this tradition to honor the families they had the honor to serve and to help the fledgling church community of St. Patrick’s which had fallen on hard times decades ago. Tom and Rita continued the tradition as the parish saw a remarkable resurgence over time. As Fr. Karl Langsdorf shares in this beautiful video highlighting the beauty and architecture of Old St. Pat’s Church, Tommy and Anne Gibbons are smiling down on their grandchildren Thomas “Tucker”, Marya, Colleen, Michael and Patrick for continuing this beautiful tradition that has brought people together for nearly 7 decades to remember and celebrate their families.

Contact us at 630-832-0018 or www.gibbonsfuneralhome.com for at-need services, pre-planning or any question or concern you may have. We are available any time of day or night.

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Veterans Get Special Care Here

 

Robert Cadogan served his country. His brother Wally knew how important it was to Robert to have his service to his country be a part of his final arrangements. Robert expressed to Wally his preference for Cremation, and his remains were interred in a place of honor at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois beside his wife, who had passed before Robert. The tradition of a military service includes the American Flag being presented to the family with the condolences of the President of the United States and the thanks of a Grateful Nation. Wally described Gibbons Funeral Home military service as “outstanding”.

 

Wally was guided by Marya Gibbons to assist in the arrangements, see that his brother’s wishes were honored, and that all of the services Robert earned as a Veteran were secured for the family. Wally stated that the Gibbons Family walked him through the process step by step and ensured every detail was addressed. Afterwards he wrote a note to express his gratitude for “taking such good care of my brother”. Marya replied that “it’s wonderful to receive these notes, but the honor is truly ours to be able to take care of Veterans and their families. It’s a privilege for us”.

 

Contact us at 630-832-0018 or www.gibbonsfuneralhome.com for at-need services, pre-planning or any question or concern you may have. We are available any time of day or night.

 

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The Gibbons Family treated us like family.

“When my dad passed away, I called Marya Gibbons at 11 at night. In less than an hour, a gentleman arrived and treated my father and us with such respect, such class, such dignity. He treated my dad like he was taking care of his own father,” said Steve Engebretson. He gently added that everything that followed was just as respectful, just as dignified and just like family. They just made everything so much easier.”

 

When you lose a loved one, the world can seem upside down and it’s hard to figure out what to do first when there’s suddenly so much to do in so short of a time. The Gibbons family is there to take care of everything that must be done so you can do what’s most important; comfort your family and friends and have your opportunity to grieve and celebrate the life of you loved one. Our family knows exactly what your family needs, and we’ll be there for you anytime, day or night, every day of the year. We promise.

 

Contact us at 630-832-0018 or www.gibbonsfuneralhome.com for at-need services, pre-planning or any question or concern you may have. We’re ready to help.

 

Whenever our family can assist yours.

 

To reach out to the Gibbons Family:

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Pre-planning can be an investment strategy that removes many burdens.

 

 

Robert Spahn is a Financial Advisor. As part of his advisory services he has seen the increase in peoplepre-planning and even pre-funding their funeral services as part of their financial planning strategy. It eases a burden on the family, in terms of a loved one making choices for themselves and having them available at the time of their passing. In cases where pre-funding has occurred, it has also acted as a measure against inflation. Nationally, the cost of funeral arrangements is reported to be doubling over the course of 12 years. At Gibbons, the funeral home arrangements cost is honored at the time the pre-funding occurs. That policy is held independently by a separate insurance entity. If a family has moved, the pre-planning funding policy can be transferred to another funeral home.

 

People have always been a bit uncomfortable discussing life insurance, wills or funeral planning. “As a financial planner, I highly recommend that people address these concerns when they’re younger” says Mr. Spahn.

 

Whether you have pre-planned, would be interested in pre-planning or you have an at-need circumstance, 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

 

We’re here 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Whenever our family can assist yours.

 

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Archbishop Blesses Cardinal Francis George’s Grave Stone

Archbishop blesses Cardinal George's Grave Stone

Archbishop Blesses Cardinal Francis George’s gravestone at All Saints Cemetery. http://ow.ly/4mZoSG ^CL