Mary L. (Scarpace) GilboOctober 9, 1930 ~ August 5, 2017 (age 86)
Obituary of Mary Louise Scarpace Gilbo
Resided at Lee House Apartments, Main Street, Port Henry, NY
Passed away on Saturday, August 5th, 2017 at UVMHN, Burlington, VT
She was born in Detroit, Michigan on October 9, 1930, the daughter of Frank & Myrtle (Bilby)
Mary retired from the Town Clerk’s Office of Moriah after working for many years. In her earlier
years she enjoyed working at Davis’s Clothing Store and Village Bazaar.
She was a graduate of Holy Redeemer High School and was one of the first women in
Michigan to receive a Business Scholarship.
She was a member of The Town of Moriah Senior Citizen’s Club. She enjoyed Bingo, playing
cards and trips to the casino. She also enjoyed golf & bowling. One of her favorite things was
planning family meals and holiday events. She received an iPad as a gift and then was able to
follow her children & grandchildren on Facebook.
She loved sports and everything Michigan - Detroit Tigers, Lions, Pistons and Michigan
Wolverines. She met the love of her life while rooting on her brother “Sonny” and his
teammates with the Triple A Baseball affiliate of the Brooklyn Dodgers in Wausau, Wisconsin.
It was a blind date with a “good guy who would not get serious”. Eight months later she would
marry this guy, Walter Henry Gilbo, Sr on February 24, 1951 in Detroit, Michigan.
Mary was predeceased by her husband Walter, her parents and brother Frank Scarpace, Jr,
sister-in-law Marilyn Scarpace, niece Toni Scarpace, her mother and father-in-law, Stanley and
Josephine Gilbo, Sr, Brother & Sister In-laws, Gerald & Dorothy (Gilbo) Shpur, Stanley & Betty
Gilbo, Oakley & Betty Gilbo, Richard & Florence Gilbo, Red & Terry (Gilbo) Baker, Ben & Judy
(Gilbo) Snow, brother-in-law Rufus (Jap) Hanchett.
Those left behind to cherish her memory are her brother, William (Pal) & Arlene Scarpace,
sister-in-law, Martha Scarpace, brother & sister-in-law Joseph and Mary Gilbo, sister-in-law
Jayne (Gilbo) Hanchett, two sons, Walter (Bud) and Michele of Moriah, Frank and Erin of Port
Henry, three daughters, Suzanne and Jon Rebideau of Ellenburg Depot, Gayle Gebo of Port
Henry and Nancy LaCroix of Williston, VT. Eight Grandchildren, Rian Rebideau Patnaude &
Brett of Colchester, VT, Keith & Jessica Gilbo of Plattsburgh, Steven Gilbo of Indianapolis, IN,
Cassandra, Jacob & Ally LaCroix of Williston, VT, Kade & Logan Gilbo of Port Henry and 2
great-grandchildren and many nieces & nephews.
A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, August 9th at 11 am at St.
Patrick's Church in Port Henry. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery followed by a
Celebration of Mary’s Life at the Town of Moriah County Club.
Arrangements are entrusted to Harland Funeral Home, Port Henry, NY.