In Remembrance of Joan J. Gilgallon

Joan J. Gilgallon

Joan J. Gilgallon

Archbald and formerly of Scranton, PA September 3, 1920 ~ December 11, 2013 Date of Service: December 16, 2013

Josephine "Joan" Bio Gilgallon, Archbald, Pennsylvania, formerly of 713 Monroe Avenue, Scranton, Pennsylvania died at the VNA Hospice, Scranton on Wednesday Evening. Joan's daughter Loretta was with her as Joan passed to her eternal rest.

Born in Dunmore, Pennsylvania, daughter of the late Salvatore and Vita Creocenzia Bio, Joan was educated in the Dunmore Public Schools. After graduation, Joan took a job with Pathé in New Jersey as a film editor.

Returning to Scranton in 1942, Joan married her sweetheart, Captain Thomas Gilgallon, United States Army Air Corps on January 3, 1943 and Captain Gilgallon and Joan were stationed in Florida until 1945 when Captain Gilgallon was ordered to Saipan.

Joan returned to Scranton where her daughter Loretta was born. Joan took a job with Scranton Garment, worked there for eight years and retired to become a housewife when husband Thomas became a Police Office with the Scranton Police Department.

Joan was a 9th ward, 4th District Democratic Committee Woman, Member and Officer of the Ladies Auxiliary, Fraternal Order of Police, and a member The Immaculate Conception of Mary Church, Taylor Avenue, Scranton.

Joan loved her soap operas, The Golden Girls, and Raymond.

 Joan is survived by her daughter Loretta Doherty and husband Christopher, Archbald grandchildren, whom she was a great help to; Thomas Doherty and wife Patricia,Dunmore, Patrick and Colin Doherty, Archbald, and Eileen Doherty, Huntersville, North Carolina.Great-grandchildren; Connor and Megan. Nieces and Nephews.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Thomas on April 22, 1973 and a son Gerard, who died at childbirth, brothers Samuel Bio and wife Mary, Andrew and wife Josephine, sisters Carmella Bio, Antoinette and husband Stanley Solack, Rose and husband Louis McLaughlin.

The family would like to thank her caregivers, Fatima, Kathy, and Millie who were patient and caring during her long illness. We would especially like the thank the Nurses, Doctors, and Staff of the VNA Hospice, Scranton for the most excellent, kind, and compasionate care we have ever witnessed during her last, peaceful days before her death.

The funeral will be Monday from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc., 318 East Drinker Street, Dunmore, with mass at 9:30 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, Taylor Avenue and East Gibson Street,
Scranton.  Interment to follow in Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton.

Friends may call Sunday from 3-6 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to Meals on Wheels, 541 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton, Pennslyvania 18503.


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ann (bartley)thomas
Posts: 7
Your Mom
Reply #2 on : Sat December 14, 2013, 14:23:31
Lorrie, so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. What a truly great and remarkable woman. Of course i've thought of your family frequently and wondered if you were still on Monroe Ave. My love and prayers to all of you, especially you and Tommy, who I imagine is quite grown up now as everyone is...Your mom was a lovely lovely woman who made the BEST spaghetti sauce in the world and meatloaf!!! Again, so sorry for your loss, and if you should need me, well I am still around
Ann (Bartley) Thomas 570-585-5678
John Bartley
Posts: 7
Our condolences
Reply #1 on : Sat December 14, 2013, 12:40:25
Loretta & family,
Mrs. Gilgallon was one of the kindest, nicest people I knew as I was growing up. We were all lucky to have her and her family as neighbors. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers.
John Bartley and family.