Obituaries

Gordon J. Irons, Joseph F. Cibula, Gayla L. Arlia

Gordon J. Irons, 89, of Rew, passed away, Thursday, October 28th, 2010 at the Lakeview Senior Care & Living Center in Smethport.

Born December 12, 1920, in Wetmore Twp, he was a son of the late William Ellis and Katherine (Fitzgerald) Irons.

On July 12, 1943 at the First United Methodist Church in Bradford he married Elizabeth “Betsy” (Armstrong) Irons who survives.

Mr. Irons was a 1939 graduate of Otto High School. On February 4, 1942 he enlisted in the United States Navy he served during WW II in the Atlantic Convoy Duty and the Pacific Theater, he was honorably discharged on October 23, 1945. He worked as the Foster Township Road Supervisor from 1952 to 1956. In 1956 he went to work for Kendall Refining and in 1983 retired as a maintenance supervisor.

He was a member of Rew United Methodist Church, a member and Past Master of the North Star Lodge #555 F&AM, Coudersport Consistory, Zem Zem Shriners of Erie, Tuna Valley York Rite College #76, Bradford Royal Arch Chapter #260, Commander #58 Knights Templer, Bradford Council #43, R.&S.M., and the McKean County Shrine Club. He was a charter member of the Zippo Archery Club and Smethport County Club.

Surviving in addition to his wife Betsy of 67 years is, a daughter, Diana Lynn Irons of Martha Vineyard, Mass, one son, Gordon D. Irons of Smethport, five sisters: Mary Lou (George) Gigliotti of Bradford, Ruth Boyle of Duke Center; Lowanda Livak of Salamanca, Isie Iona “Peg” Irons of Atlanta, GA, Ella Elizabeth (Robert)  Kaczmarek of Duke Center, four brothers: Gilbert (Pricilla) Irons of Duke Center, Francis Fitzgerald of Sheffield, Thomas (Barb) Irons of Bradford, and James (Mary Lou)  Irons of Eldred, three grandchildren: Jeremiah Armstrong Brown, Naomi Elizabeth Brown and Reuben Fitzgerald Brown, three great grandchildren: Michael John Maynard, Christian Anthony Flanders and Violet Elizabeth Southwick, and thirty five nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, William Irons and Rex Irons.

Family will be receiving friends on Monday November 1, 2010 from 4:00pm to 7:00PM in the  Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. East Main St. where funeral and committal services will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday, November 2nd, with Rev. Fred Moore, pastor of Rew United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Grimes Cemetery, Port Allegany.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the North Star Lodge #555, or Shriners Crippled Children Hospital 1645 8th St. Erie, PA 16505.

On line condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

Joseph F. Cibula, Sr., 79, of Cyclone, passed away, Friday, October 29th, 2010 at his residence after a long illness.

Born July 6, 1931, in Westline, he was a son of the late Nicholas L. and Julia (Olostiak) Cibula.

On April 4, 1959  in Rockville, MD he married Patricia Ann (Douglas) Cibula who survives.

Mr. Cibula attended schools in Custer City and graduated from Bradford High School in 1950. On August 19, 1950 he enlisted in the United States Air Force served during the Korean War and was honorably discharged as a Staff/Sgt on September 2, 1953. He attended the University of Miami and later resided in the Washington D.C. and Maryland area for many years, where he worked as a commercial artist and realtor, establishing his own business. After his retirement he returned to the Bradford Area.

He was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church and Pine Acres County Club.

In addition to his wife Patricia, he is survived by a daughter, Jane Cibula of Cyclone and a son, Joseph (Melissa) Cibula, Jr. of Frederick, MD, a sister, Helen Cunningham of Los Angeles, CA, 3 grandchildren; Ryan Cibula, Lindsey Cibula and Jack Cibula and 17 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sons: Nicholas Joseph Cibula and David Thomas Cibula, 3 brothers, Frank, John and Michael Cibula, 3 sisters, Margaret Cibula, Susan Cibula and Mary Horner and a nephew Frank Cibula, Jr.

At the family’s request there will be no visitation. Friends are invited to attend funeral and committal services at St. Bernard Mausoleum Chapel on Monday, November 1st, 2010 at 11:00am with Rev. Leo Gallina, pastor of St. Bernard Church officiating.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Memorial contributions if desired may be made to St. Bernard Church PO Box 2394 Bradford, PA 16701 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105-1942.

Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

Gayla L. Arlia, 58, of 2077 W. 83rd St. Cleveland, OH, passed away Wednesday, October 27th, 2010 at her residence, surrounded by her loving family.

Born April 19, 1952, in Olean she was daughter of Elden and Audrey (Burlingame) Hewett. She attended school in Bolivar NY, and later graduated from College in Ohio.

On July 27, 1971 Phoenix AZ, she married Orlando L. Arlia who survives.

She worked in the Mortgage Department at Ameritrust Bank, National City Bank and was the Supervisor of Tellers at US Bank before she retired.

She was a member of St. Colman Catholic Church in Cleveland.

Surviving in addition to her husband are three daughters: Brenda (Jim) Pennington, Amelia (Ken Miles) Arlia, Christina (Basil Jones) Arlia, two sons: Orlando Arlia Jr., and Shawn Arlia, three sisters: Paula Doxey, Debbie Knight, and  Marcia Metz, one brother, Clifford Hewett, 15 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Family will be receiving friends on Monday November 1, 2010 from 2-4 pm & 7-9pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. South Ave., where a Prayer Service will be held Tuesday at 9:30am, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am in St. Bernard Church with Rev. Leo Gallina, pastor, as celebrant. Committal services and burial will follow in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Memorial contributions if desired may be made to American Cancer Society  McKean Co. Unit  PO Box  67 Bradford, PA 16701 or charity of the donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com


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