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.
When Kathy Gidcumb thinks of her dad, she thinks of his service and just how important his service was to him. Tom Revane went on to marry, raise a family and serve his community, his parish and was a proud member of the Knights of Columbus. “When you speak to a family about funeral arrangements for a Veteran, it becomes clear that being a proud Veteran is part and parcel of who they are”, states Marya Gibbons. Added Thomas A. Gibbons Jr., “That moment where you present the flag to a family and state ‘On behalf of the President of the United States and a grateful nation’, the gravity of the service and sacrifice made by the men and women who served is impossible to misunderstand”. With Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery nearby, a veteran and a spouse can be buried at no charge for the burial expenses. Because the Lincoln National Cemetery was opened rather recently, many veterans and families are unaware of this earned benefit. For details, contact Tom or Marya Gibbons at 630.832.0018 or click here.
Kathy Gidcumb says it best, “It really was done, just lovely”.
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”.