Judy Teubert is from the neighborhood. In Chicago, people are likely ask what neighborhood and what parish you come from moments into meeting you. Judy is from St. Pascal’s, a parish we’ve served for generations. 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 for Judy, and being from the community, it’s likely their families have connected and intersected often throughout the years. There’s also some greater pride and responsibility with assisting families that you know so well, often families who have likely seen you grow up.
Family is important to the Gibbon’s Family. It’s not often that a person who isn’t directly related to the Gibbons Family is providing service at a Gibbons Funeral Home. Michael Gibbons explains it rather simply, “Judy is family. She’s grown up here. She was a student apprentice here. We were very excited for her to continue her service here. She is part of our family.”
While Judy is a St. Pascal’s graduate and parishioner, she 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.
For nearly 70 years, the Gibbons Family have been honoring a tradition begun by their grandparents, Thomas and Anne Gibbons. Believing the service never really ends for the families they’ve served since opening their first funeral home, they began a tradition of “remembering” the loved ones of those families with a monthly mass at St. Patrick’s Church in Chicago. Every month, a mass is celebrated remembering all the families and loved ones who passed away during that month. A month prior families receive a letter of notice to remind them of the mass of remembrance for the upcoming month of the anniversary of their loved one’s passing. These masses have brought families together for years to celebrate their loved ones together as a community. Lifelong friendships have developed as people have come to know one another through the commonality of celebrating the lives of their loved ones. Many people attend several of the masses each year commemorating different beloved members of their family.
A member of the third generation of the Gibbons Family, Michael, of Gibbon’s Family Funeral Home in Chicago states, “I’m so proud of the tradition started by our grandparents and continuing today. It is a privilege for our family to be trusted into our third generation serving generations of people throughout the Chicago area”. Adding “It’s nice to see people at St.Pat’s where we’re celebrating together happy memories”. Added Rev. Fr. Karl Langsdorf who often is the celebrant at the family masses, “Tommy and Ann Gibbons are smilin’ down on their kids and grandkids for continuing this wonderful tradition they started. I’m sure they’re so proud”.
Firefighters come here for a reason. Gibbons Family Funeral Home knows how to manage the arrangements that can be more ceremonial than many visitations and funerals. There are official rites, religious rites and always very large crowds paying respects to a fallen member of a family they are a part of all of their life. “If the funeral home weren’t good at accommodating these services, word would get around” chuckled Fr. John McNalis, Asst. Chaplin for the Chicago Fire Department. Adding, “The Gibbons Family is outstanding, so that’s the word that’s gotten around, and 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 very proud that so many families choose us for the honor of laying to rest their loved ones”, says Michael Gibbons, adding “We have been and always will be here for them”.
Kathie Warta shares the experience of her family when preparing arrangements for her mother. Her mom suffered from memory loss and was not able to help. The family wished they spent a little bit more time discussing what her mom would have liked before her memory loss occurred. Kathie shares with people in similar circumstances that it is important to have some discussions before these decisions need to be made so the family has the peace of mind of knowing for sure that they are truly honoring the wishes of their loved one. Having those discussions when loss is not imminent makes it easier. Every family will face loss at some time. Fulfilling the wishes of a loved one is enormously rewarding to a family. Whether it is knowing apparel choices, songs, readings, remembrances or other elements offuneral planning, the direction to family members from a loved one creates an expression of love in itself that they can carry out. Families want to know they are honoring and celebrating a life in the manner in which it would be most appreciated.
For just a little while, this is “home” for the families the Gibbons Family serves.
This place needed to feel like home to all of our families. “It was important to my father that people felt this way” says Michael Gibbons. “This was our home. We lived upstairs.”Katie Sweeney confirmed that this warm environment was home for the days they needed it to be. It was so inviting during a difficult time. “It made it a little bit easier here” Katie shares.
At Gibbons Family Funeral Home, we look for every way we can make the process of celebrating the life of your loved one an experience that families can share in an environment that makes it accommodating to your family, your friends and neighbors. It’s among the most meaningful and purposeful thing we do to continue serving generations of families who entrust us with their loved ones when it matters most.
When you come to make arrangements at Gibbons Family Funeral Home, one of our key responsibilities is to understand the life of the person you’ve placed in our care. If you’re loved one is a Veteran, belonged to a special organization or had a deep connection to a particular cause or place, it’s important that we discover those connections. We can accommodate a lot of different types of ceremonies and customs as part of the service. We want to offer you every opportunity to honor your loved one that you would like. Veteran Services, Fraternal Services, Church and Religious Services, Organizational Tributes can all be part of the experience. We’ll listen carefully and we’ll ask if there are any special tributes that would make your services more personal and special. We have had ample experience in making accommodations for special requests and honors.
At the conclusion of the services, we would like you to feel that we did everything we could to help you honor your loved one exactly the way he or she would have appreciated. We promise to work with you to make this tribute a lasting and special one that is remembered for being up to or beyond your expectations. If something makes this moment more special, we’ll do our best to make sure it’s included in the services.
For At-Need Arrangements, Pre-need or any questions at all, we’re here night and day to assist you. Contact us at 773-777-3944 or http://www.gffh.com/