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Dolcy J. "Dolly" (Balest) Gibbons

Born: Sun., Sep. 15, 1929
Died: Sat., Jul. 8, 2017


3:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., Jul. 11, 2017
Location: Ashville

Funeral Mass

11:00 AM Wed., Jul. 12, 2017
Location: St. Thomas Catholic Church

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Dolcy J. “Dolly” Gibbons 87, Ashville, passed away July 8, 2017 at home surrounded by her loving family. Born September 15, 1929 in Dean, daughter of the late John and Armanda (Borio) Balest. Preceded in death by husband, Don on August 11, 2003, infant son, Joseph in 1963, and these sisters and brother: Rose Reiter, Clare Chirdon, William, Minerva Passonetti, Alice Baldori, Pearl Chirdon and identical twin Dorothy Cole. Survived by children: Dan (Flora Harris) of Ashville, Fred (Diane Myers) of Gallitzin, and Bernice Shumac (George) of Ashville, grandchildren: Ben (Angela), Jennifer Renaldi (Neil), Melissa Gibbons (Terrill Andrews), Marlena Hajdu (Dan), Ryan, Kelly Lieb (Matt), Eric Shumac (Cristy), and Michael Shumac. Great grandchildren: Andrew, Abbey, Sydney, Caden, Jack, Aidan, Isabella, Nick, Kaylin, Alex, Ian, Seth, Damian and Theo. Last member of her immediate family. Also survived by brother in law, Donald “Skip” Cole of Altoona and numerous nieces and nephews who she loved very much. Dolly enjoyed family time, going out to eat, especially with her nieces, and shopping. Life member of Ashville VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Member of Altar Rosary Society and St. Thomas Catholic Church, Ashville where funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM Wednesday, Rev. Robert Reese, Celebrant. Committal, St. Thomas Cemetery. Friends will be received from 3 to 8 PM Tuesday at the Gibbons Funeral Home, 1688 Liberty St., Ashville, PA 16613 where a Vigil Service will be held Tuesday. Family suggests contributions be made to St. Thomas Catholic Church, Ashville in Dolly’s memory. www.gibbonsfhashvillecoalport.com


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E.Jean Zangara
   Posted Sun July 09, 2017
Dan, Fred, Bernie & Family,

My deepest sympathy for the loss of your mother. I wish I could make the trip, but my health wont allow me. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

E. Jean Zangara (Your Niece)

Shirley Ann Balest Grim
   Posted Mon July 10, 2017
With love and sadness and remembering a beautiful lady that I knew as Aunt Dolly, the
youngest sister of my father, William Balest. My sister Arlene and I spent many days with
her and Aunt Dot as children at the old family home. With sympathy for her family,
Shirley Balest Grim

Shirley Watts
   Posted Mon July 10, 2017
My deepest sympathy to the Gibbons family. Dolcy was a sweet beautiful lady. My prayers are with everyone.

Shirley Watts

Debbie Zangara Mulhern & Family
   Posted Mon July 10, 2017
Dear Dan, Fred, Bernie & Family
Our sincere deepest sympathy. You are in our hearts, thoughts and many prayers. I cannot begin to tell you of all the wonderful memories of Aunt Dolly that I hold so close to me. The many trips to Buffalo with Uncle Don throughout the years were filled with such joy and many laughs. Aunt Dolly is and always has been a class act and will be deeply missed. Much love to all of you at this most difficult time.

David Miller
   Posted Tue July 11, 2017
Danny and Family. Tammie and I are sending our condolences. We were very sorry to hear about your Mother. You have our deepest sympathy.

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