“My Dad was in the Marines 50 Years Ago. It Was What He Was So Proud Of”

Mr. Murphy had been a Veteran for 50 years by the time he passed away at age 74. Like many veterans, he didn’t talk often about his service, but often did share how proud he was of serving his country. His time in the US Marine Corps earned him the benefits every Veteran is entitled to. Like so many families, the Murphy’s were not aware of the benefits he earned and qualified for. It simply didn’t come up until Michael Gibbons at Gibbons Family Funeral Home in Chicago asked daughter Barbara, if her father had served. “Once Michael was aware my father served in the Marine Corps, the Gibbons took care of everything, letting us know what to bring in (discharge papers; DD-214) “

“It was a wonderful thing to see my father honored for his service. We were surprised and thrilled to be fully informed of his Veteran benefits. We’re grateful Michael asked us”,  Barbara says, adding ” There was an amazing moment during the service, where 2 Marines were folding the American Flag. From our perspective and vantage point, the flag simply hovered over my father. It took our breath away, and made us even more proud of this Marine for Life.” 

A grateful nation thanks you for your service Mr. Murphy. A grateful family knows what these benefits mean to Veterans and Families. A family of professional Funeral Directors make sure families receive all the benefits that are so unselfishly earned. 

Veterans are entitled to a number of services including burial at no charge at a National Cemetery, our closest being Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois. For additional information about Military benefits and honors, Pre-planning, At need planning or any questions you may have, contact us, 24 hours a day at Gibbons Family Funeral Home 773-777-3944 or visit www.gffh.com

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First Responders get a first response from the Gibbons Family

CFD Lt. Leonard passed away in North Carolina while receiving treatment. It was time for him to be brought home to the Northwest side of Chicago. Michael Gibbons worked with a funeral home in North Carolina to bring Lt. Leonard home, working with his son John Leonard in Chicago. John knew his father was coming home for his celebration of life. 

What John didn’t know was that Michael Gibbons would drive the hearse directly onto the tarmac at the airport and be greeted by Fire Trucks with their ladders crossed and dozens of CFD members in Dress Uniforms standing at attention honoring the arrival of their brother FireFighter, John’s dad. Engine Lights lit, CFD provided a motorcade to Gibbons Family Funeral Home on Irving Park Road. 

“It was something we didn’t know about, didn’t expect and really very cool”, recalls John Leonard, regarding his father’s arrival.

The Gibbons knew. Because First Responders have a special place at Gibbons Family Funeral Home and always have. “Our history is rich with tradition with CFD and CPD, taking care of the families of the men and women who serve the City of Chicago” says Michael Gibbons. Both the Chicago Fire Department and Chicago Police Department consider their fellow officers as family, and that tradition starts from the first day of service onto when a member dies, be it on duty, off duty or in retirement. The moment when they say farewell to a fallen brother or sister and send them home is a triumphant tribute.

For the Gibbons Family, it is an honor and a privilege to be among the people who serve as First Responders. There’s no effort too great to take special care of the people who protect us every day.

To discuss at-need or pre-planning or any questions you may have, contact Gibbons Family Funeral Home at 773-777-3944 or gffh.com We’re here 24 hours a day, every day of the year for our families.

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Judy Teubert Bryant  is from the neighborhood. 

Born here. Went to school here. Lots of jobs, from babysitting to local shop jobs here. Her love of dance and working and being a student in a local dance studio was here. She was a student, then an intern, then a professional Funeral Director at Gibbons Family Funeral Home, in the neighborhood. She got married to her husband Mike, of the CPD in the neighborhood. And now, Judy and Mike are  the brand new parents of twin boys. So, for Judy, the circle of life is happening in real time in her neighborhood in Chicago, St. Pascal’s parish. Any real Chicagoan knows what parish they reside in; Catholic or any other faith.  It’s a Chicago thing. 

Another Chicago thing is the Gibbons Family Funeral Home. 3 generations of Gibbons have grown up and lived alongside the good folks and first responders who have called this area home for those same 3 generations. Family is important to the Gibbon’s Family.  Michael Gibbons explains it simply, “Judy is family. She’s grown up here. She was a student and apprentice here. She feels and we feel, she belongs here with her family’s deep roots in this community. Make no mistake, she is absolutely part of our family.”

Judy is a St. Pascal’s graduate and parishioner, husband Mike an alumni of St. Patrick’s. Judy spent years playing basketball in the gyms of Our Lady of Victory, St. Robert Bellarmine, St. Francis Borgia, St. Bartholomew and Immaculate Conception in Edison Park, to name a few. “Gaining the trust and confidence of the people in the neighborhoods of the northwest side of Chicago and serving them now is a remarkable privilege”, says Judy,  She has always wanted to help the people she grew up with. It’s a special thing to be able to help people in their time of greatest need. 

A lot has happened since we did this video of our bright eyed, friendly and always smiling Judy, who was studying for her license, engaged to a handsome neighborhood fellow. Now, she’s Married, Licensed and a new mother of twin boys. And it all happened here, in this very special neighborhood.  

To discuss at-need or pre-planning or any questions you may have, contact Judy Teubert at Gibbons Family Funeral Home at 773-777-3944 or gffh.com We’re here 24 hours a day, every day of the year for our families.

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Remembering Our Faithfully Departed Souls. The Lives We Celebrated in March 2022

Remembering Our Faithfully Departed Souls. The Lives We Celebrated in March 2022

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WHEN YOUR LOVED ONE IS CALLED HOME, IT’S ONLY NATURAL TO COME TO GIBBONS FAMILY FUNERAL HOME 

It’s natural for people to “feel at home” at Gibbons Family Funeral Home. As Michael Gibbons, a third generation member of his family to own and operate the Funeral Home, states, “My father always wanted our building to feel like home, and it was our home. We lived upstairs, and the people who came here were our friends and neighbors. It was our honor to open our home to them.” 

Katie Sweeney agrees whole-heartedly, as she explains how her mother and generations of her family discussed the importance of choosing the place that not only ‘felt like home’, but was home to families and friends in the neighborhood and even beyond. She uses words and feelings like ‘comfort’ and ‘warmth’ to describe how, she, her mom, her grandma, her entire family felt about the Gibbons Family and their home. 

To be certain; this feeling of home is no accident at Gibbons.. It’s the result of strong effort, design and commitment from 3 Generations of the Gibbons Family serving even more generations of yours. So to Katie and so many other of our treasured families; It’s an honor. 

For Tom Gibbons, the most important thing you could do for a family grieving was to provide a space for them that ‘felt like home’. As a little boy growing up above the funeral home, it was natural for Michael Gibbons to think of the space this way because it was home to his family.

For any questions you may have about At-need services or pre-planning, don’t hesitate to contact us. 773-777-3944 or www.gffh.com

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PRE-PLANNING; IT’S SO MUCH EASIER IF YOUR LOVED ONE TELLS YOU THEIR WISHES 

Kathie Warta and her family were with their mom. They knew she had a good life and she was surrounded by people who loved her dearly. So dearly, Kathie has a bit of regret that they did not discuss what her mom would have wanted. She wanted to do everything her faithful mom would have wanted. She wished she discussed these desires when her mom was most alert. She had full arrangements and wonderful services. It’s just a little voice and reminder to Kathie to quietly advise friends and family to have the discussions that help you know for sure that you’re including everything your loved one wanted. From clothing, to jewelry, to readings, songs, flowers, anything and everything. Suddenly, you experience the ‘trauma of loss’, and in only a few short days, you have big decisions, little decisions, detailed decisions, so many decisions to make. A discussion and some plans written down could reduce the burden and doubts so much. 

The Funeral Directors and Staff at Gibbons Family Funeral Home makes this process available and as simple as possible. Noting everything on paper is a huge help to loved ones who must finalize arrangements, often during an emotionally difficult time. “Having things officially written down removes any doubt” says Michael Gibbons, adding, “families feel great relief in knowing exactly what their loved one wished”. 

Even an option to pre-pay through a separate, independent financial instrument is available. This policy is transferable if locations or circumstances change. Financial Planning professionals have been adding this to client portfolios for many years to counteract inflation and rising costs.

Gibbons Family Funeral Home is here 24/7/365 to serve you for Pre-Planning, At-Need, or simply answer any questions you have, with no obligation.
For any questions you may have about At-need services or pre-planning, don’t hesitate to contact us. 773-777-3944 or http://www.gffh.com

ONCE A MARINE, YOU LIVE AND DIE A MARINE. MY DAD DIED AS A VERY PROUD MARINE 

Mr. Murphy had been a Veteran for 50 years by the time he passed away at age 74. Like many veterans, he didn’t talk often about his service, but often did share how proud he was of serving his country. His time in the US Marine Corps earned him the benefits every Veteran is entitled to. Like many families, the Murphy’s were not aware of the benefits he earned and qualified for. It simply didn’t come up until Michael Gibbons at Gibbons Family Funeral Home in Chicago asked daughter Barbara, if her father had served. “Once Michael was aware my father served in the Marine Corps, the Gibbons took care of everything, letting us know what to bring in (discharge papers; DD-214) “

“It was a wonderful and pleasant thing to see my father honored for his service. We were so happy to be fully informed of what benefits he had earned those many years ago. We’re so grateful Michael asked us”, said Barbara, adding ” There was an amazing moment during the service, where 2 young Marines were ceremonially removing and folding the American Flag. From my perspective and vantage point, it appeared the flag was hovering above my father. It took my breath away, and made me appreciate him even more.” 

A grateful nation thanks you for your service. A grateful family knows what these benefits mean to Veterans and Familes. A grateful and professional Funeral Director makes sure families are aware of all the benefits their loved one earned. 

Veterans are entitled to many services including burial at no charge at a National Cemetery like the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois. For additional information about Military benefits and honors, Pre-planning, At need planning or any questions you may have, contact us, 24 hours a day at Gibbons Family Funeral Home 773-777-3944 or visit www.gffh.com

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Remembering the First Responders; our Heroes 

There’s a very good reason the families of Police Officers, Firefighters, Municipal workers and the hard-working class of the northwest side of Chicago choose Gibbons Family Funeral Home to help them with their funeral arrangements more often than not. It feels right. The place. The people and the tradition of helping send our heroes home in a way that befits their service to the world and our communities. 

These services include a bit more ceremony than some others to allow the rank-and-file friends who are referred to, and treated as, “family”, to pay their final respects. It’s important that a funeral home understands the ceremony and tradition. The Gibbons do. When a member of the first responder family passes, on duty or off, retired or not, a huge debt of gratitude is in order. There are official rites, religious rites and nearly always very large crowds paying respects to a fallen member of the extended fellow officer and servant family of these heroes. 

“If the funeral home was not good at accommodating these services, word would get around quickly” chuckled Fr. John McNalis, Asst. Chaplin for the Chicago Fire Department. He adds,  “The Gibbons Family is outstanding, and that word that’s gotten around. They take care of a lot of our members”. Our heroic First Responders and Veterans deserve the special treatment they’ve earned with their public service.

“My family is honored and fully understands the privilege of taking care of first responder families”,  says Michael Gibbons, adding “We want them to know and feel like we will always be here for them”.

For any questions you may have about at-need services or pre-planning, don’t hesitate to contact us. 773-777-3944 or www.gffh.com

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