One death in your family is a lot to cope with; Joe and Regina Hughes of Elmhurst experienced 3 deaths in a very short window of time. First Joe’s father, then his grandmother and then Regina’s father, a very unexpected loss. They had never planned funeral services before, and suddenly they were deeply involved in planning three services with different wishes in each case. The Gibbons Family helped them. Regina explains that these experiences were made so much easier because of their professional assistance and friendship. “The budget issues were put at ease immediately. That saved us time, energy and emotional stress.” Regina stated, adding, “our only concern was to honor all of these special people in our family’s lives and put everything else aside”. No one can know for sure when the need for funeral services will arise. What you can know; is we’ll be there for you at Gibbons Funeral Home.
The Gibbons Family lives, works and plays in Elmhurst. This is the third generation of the family now providing service to Elmhurst, Oak Brook, Bensenville, Villa Park and other neighboring communities. Tom and Marya have 6 children involved in every activity at schools, parks and elsewhere in town. They both belong to City and Parish service organizations. They are blessed to meet a lot of people around town. It’s very common that when the time of need arises, the Gibbons already have a connection with the family needing their assistance. The relationship with the families change levels profoundly and forever when the neighbors you know from school, baseball, dancing or the grocery store are pressed into service to help you through a very difficult time. It’s an honor and a privilege to serve our communities and become an even more important relationship in your lives.
If you ask Deacon Tony Spatafore of Visitation Catholic Church in Elmhurst why he encouraged his mother to have her funeral arrangements pre-planned, he’d tell you, “I wanted to celebrate my mother’s life. I didn’t want to get bogged down with all kinds of paperwork”. He added that it was a relief off of his shoulders to know that this very important process was taken care of with his mother’s input. When the time eventually came, Tony, an only child, didn’t have all of the sudden decisions to make when honoring his mom was the only thing that really mattered to him and his family. “It made all the difference in the world”. He highly recommends families consider Pre-Planned Funeral Arrangements.
In the case of Wally Cadogan, he and his brother Robert spoke about Robert’s wishes for his funeral arrangements. Wally honored Robert as a brother, a husband and a father. The United States of America, along with his family, honored Robert as a Veteran. As a Veteran, Robert was entitled to a full military service from the President of the United States and a grateful nation. Wally described the service as “outstanding”.
Robert shared with his brother that he preferred Cremation, with his remains to be interred at Abraham Lincoln Cemetery alongside his wife who passed before Robert. Wally turned to Marya Gibbons to assist with the arrangements to see that his brother’s wishes were followed. Wally knew what to do, but not how to do it. “The Gibbons Family walked me through it step by step”, states Wally. He went so far as to write a note to the Gibbons Family afterwards to thank them on behalf of the family for being patient and thorough and for taking care of every detail. The Gibbons Family response is “While we love to receive these notes, it’s not necessary to thank us for honoring your loved one. It’s our privilege to do so”.
When Rob Zoromski’s mom passed away, he already knew he should call Gibbons Funeral Home Elmhurst. He knew because she told him to. She also told her son that she wanted to be buried with his father in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It was February and over 100 inches of snow fell in the cemetery in Northern Michigan. Gibbons handled the arrangements for the full 76 days it took until Rob’s mom could finally be in her final resting place next to his dad. Rob, from Villa Park, stated “14 hours after my mom passed I was at Gibbons talking with Marya. She held my hand through the entire process and made it a lot easier”. In this case it meant being there for over 2 months until the service was concluded. To Marya and Tom Gibbons, it meant doing what Rob’s mom wanted. And that’s what they do.