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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Mary Lou Gigliotti, 90, of 5 Miller Ave., Bradford, PA

Mary Lou Gigliotti

Mary Lou Gigliotti, 90, of 5 Miller Ave., Bradford, passed away Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at the Bradford Regional Medical Center, while surrounded by her husband George, her family, and her friends.

Mary Lou was born on March 4, 1927 in James City, to the late William “Bill” and Catherine “Kate” (Fitzgerald) Irons. She was the oldest daughter of twelve siblings.

Mary Lou was defined by a superior work ethic. After graduating from Otto High School in 1944, she worked for Otto Telephone Company, before embarking on a 62 year career as the business secretary, with the Otto-Torpedo Company in Duke Center. She also did all of the bookkeeping for Gigliotti Builders for nearly 50 years.

She was a former member of the Duke Center E.U.B. Church and was an elementary Sunday school teacher for many years.

Mary Lou loved to bake, garden, style hair, and shop and provide for her family, many friends and those in need of help, but most of all she loved George. Her life was defined by her generous and giving nature. She and George touched countless lives in Western Pennsylvania and beyond.

In addition to her husband George of nearly 60 years, she is survived by three children, Polly (Ray) Phillips of Kane, Bill Rote of Bradford, Tom (Jackie) Gigliotti of Portville NY, and her “adopted” daughter Betty Spindler of Bradford, her sisters, Isie “Peg” Irons of Atlanta, Ruth Boyle of Duke Center, Wanda Livak of Salamanca, Ella “Beth” Kaczmarek of Duke Center, and her brother, James (Mary Lou) Irons of Eldred, one sister-in-law Mary Jane Gigliotti of Bradford and one brother-in-law Gene Gigliotti of Bradford. She loved all children, especially her 16 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews..

Mary Lou was preceded in death by one granddaughter Mary Celeste Phillips, six brothers, William Irons, Rex Irons, Gordon Irons, Gilbert Irons, Thomas Irons and Francis Fitzgerald, and two children, John Gigliotti and Terrie (Gigliotti) Piller.

Friends are invited to call from 4-7 PM, on Monday July 24, 2017 in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., East Main St., and again from 10-11 AM on Tuesday, at 11:00am funeral services will be held with Rev. Calvin J. Cook, Pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Kane, and Rev. Leo Gallina, Interim Pastor of St. Callistus Church in Kane, Co-officiating. Entombment will be in St. Bernard Cemetery Mausoleum.

Memorial contributions, if desired, can be made to St. Bernard School or the Learning Center or the charity of the donor’s choice.

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