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.
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.
According to Chicago Tribune writer Bill Jauss, the last words spoken by Sports Writer and Television personality Bill Gleason to his ink-stained friends were “You guys had a great time”.
Bill was bigger than life and humble as pie at the same time. Awarded the Silver Star for his service in France with the US Army, he went on to live a sports enthusiast’s dream as a Sportswriter for the Chicago American, South Bend Tribune, Daily Southtown and the Chicago Sun Times. He also helped create “The Sportswriters” radio talk show which evolved into the nationally syndicated “Sportswriters on TV” He also authored 3 books.
Bill and Mary Ellen Gleason chose Gibbons Funeral Home to handle his arrangements. Bill was a stickler for doing things right and he knew the Gibbons Family would do precisely what he wanted. Mary Ellen, an Elmhurst native whose family has chosen Gibbons for generations tells the story of the kind and loving treatment she received for Bill’s arrangements and a tale of a number of years ago when the Gibbons Family went above and beyond the call of duty to offer additional comfort to their family. Mary Ellen said it best, “My family never got over the love and care provided by the Gibbons Family”.