I just learned of Gibby's passing. He was such a huge influence on my life and development as a musician and teacher. Gibby trusted me with countless musical and career opportunities that defined my early life in arts administration and education. His knowledge of music, art, the humanities and his passion for challenging young people to discover the world is something I carry with me, as an educator, into my high school music classroom. Words can't thank you enough Gibby. You live on in my heart, my classroom and my students.
I was especially blessed to have known Gibby. He blessed and made an impact in so many lives. May he rest in peace.
Go, Silent Friend
My condolences go out to Gibby's family, friends, colleagues, and students. I'm deeply saddened by the loss of a great musician, teacher, and friend. He taught me a lot about music and lead to me to believe I had the knowledge and passion to follow my dream to continue my education and become a musician. I miss him dearly and wish that he could have seen my college senior piano recital just days after his passing. He will forever be in my heart and prayers. Rest in paradise Gibby. <3
It was such a pleasure to be able to continue knowing Gibby after our time at NIU. I always admired his interest in and his enthusiasm for so many different performing arts. He was always interested in learning something more. And I was amazed at how much he was able to do these past few years in spite of all the problems. Both were inspiring. After one of his last posts I thought to myself wouldn't it be nice if I had a group to have breakfast with one day a month like Gibby.
My most heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family of Gibby. I was a playmate of his when we lived on 51st & Damen. We would ride our bikes together to Western ave. Also his sister Carol taught me the piano for about a year & when Carol wasn't available Beverly would sub. When your dad would be sleeping we would go across the street to Paradise hall to practice where my mother Dolores Fasuga would waitress. The last I saw Gibby was when his band played at a wedding I attended. We chatted a bit & I realized he still had that sweet innocent smile of his that I remembered since childhood. I hope your memories of him will be some comfort to all of his family. With sympathy Kitty Diamond .....Fred &Dolores Fasuga's daughter.
To Susan, Carole, and Gibby's other family members whom I have not met: I send condolences to each of you in our common loss of a great friend, teacher, and musician. Gibby has always been a bright spot in my life since first meeting at an MTNA conference about 20 years ago. Subsequent annual conferences brought us together to share music. Once in the home of Gibby's sister, Carole, I overheard her say to him "Do you know what joy you bring to my life?" All of us who knew Gibby could ask the same question of him. We all will miss Gibby's knowledge, wisdom, and dedication to music and to those with whom he shared his gifts --students,faculty,family,friends. I am grateful to have been among those friends. Sincerely, Ruth Holmes
Gibby was one of our dearest friends.
Robert adored accompanying Gibby on the saxophone each and every holiday. Our weekend in Chicago at the holidays was always highlighted with the music they made together. We will hold our respect and love for him in our hearts for all the days of our lives. Thank you for loving him for all these years.
Though we celebrate his life and thank God for our friendship we are mourning for our friend who had to leave us all too soon. Love, Jane and Robert
Gibby was a fantastic music professor, and a wonderful man. He taught me piano lessons two summers ago, along with other music courses over the years and I had a blast learning from him. I am very sad to hear of his passing, and send tons of love to his friends and family.
Gibby was a great music theory teacher and was very passionate about music. I always learned a lot from his music classes. He was also very generous providing the class with donuts for every holiday. Gibby's family has my deepest sympathy. Stanley A. Monokoski will be deeply missed.
Susan and Amy. I am so sorry. Gibby was a charming, talented and Lovely man. My thoughts are with you. Susan Tatnall
On behalf of the Shimko Family, it is of deep sorrow to hear of Gibby's passing. I wish I would have known. I would have attended the service in a heartbeat. I have such fond memories of him at our DuBois Reunions. He always had a smile. He will be sorely missed. God Bless. Love, Kristy
My condolences to all of Gibby's family. I played the accordion with the Ultratones back in the 60's. I was very sorry to learn of his death.
Gibby had to have the biggest heart for music and those he taught music to. As a person who has loved learning, it was a joy to learn from such a talented and compassionate teacher. As a person who loved music, it was such an honor to know and learn from someone who was so passionate about what he loved.
You were the kindest, most talented, most giving, most supportive and most fun person I've ever known. I can't believe you're gone - such a huge loss to all who knew you and the whole Waubonsee family. I loved when we talked peace, Shakespeare, and travel. You taught me The Global Village, introduced me to YES magazine, gave me a gorgeous Shakespeare print, secured tickets for many plays, encouraged me in everything. You were so bright but always very humble. My heart leaped when I saw you at the Peace Pole dedication! You'd be sick, then got to travel with your sister, but still wanted to be on campus teaching students and focusing on others. I love the memory of you playing your original composition for the WCC Vision statement celebration on the Auditorium stage. My deepest condolences to Susan and all your sisters and all who knew you. You were the best there is. I feel fortunate that I was able to know you.
My condolences to Linda and the whole Monokoski family. Growing up on 40th across from Club Mono, Gibby was a celebrity in the neighborhood. He was everyone's big brother and I know your loss is great. God bless you at this sad time and be strong in the memory of the good times with your brother.
Gibby You Will Always be with me! Thank You so much for teaching me so much! Old time Jazz, Accordion, Dixieland, Traditional and keeping me up with current music. You were the best! at teaching what I wanted to learn. All the best to Family & Friends. Thank You! Gibby I will miss you! Dave Skirmont
I knew Gibby through my very good friend,
Victoria Gillio. Gibby was always so full of
life and love. His spirit for all things
musical was contagious. He lived life to the
fullest and we will all miss him. My
deepest condolences go to his wife, Susan,
and his sisters and their families.
Karen Parenti Kanzia
Gibby, you are one of the kindest, most supportive people I have ever met. You made an incredible impact on my life and I will never forget that. May you be at peace!
I took Music Theory classes from Gibby many many years ago - he was such an inspiration - his love of music was contagious. I also was in the steel band so knew Gibby for many years. I feel like he had an impact on my life and he will be missed. My condolences to his family.
You were the kind of professor who makes people weep over the end of Mr. Holland's Opus. My heart goes out to your family, friends, and all of us who passed through your classroom. Thank you.
Many hugs and prayers/thoughts go out to my family at Waubonsee Community College and to Gibby's family. May he shine down and grace us with musical gifts!
You will be missed by all of us here at Citibank in St. Charles.
Sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort provide you with strength during this time. 2Cor. 1:3
There is a big void at the Wednesday breakfasts. Who'll have all the music facts the 3 Js can't remember? Godspeed Gibby.
Congratulations on a life well lived! You have left a significant imprint on so many lives, and have touched so many of us with your intellect, talent, caring, friendship and wit. You are already sorely missed...your spirit will last for many more lifetimes!
Your passion for music and teaching it to others will be forever appreciated. You have touched so many lives and I am personally thankful for your friendship. I especially enjoyed our conversations about world-wide travels. You have been a great inspiration to me to enjoy every aspect of life!
He was a wonderful instructor and friend to all when I worked at WCC
You were a quiet but strong presence on campus. I was heart broken to hear of your passing. I feel for the new students who will not know of your amazing musical soul but your memory will live on with people who were lucky to know you.
To Susan and Gibby's sisters: Thanks for sharing this magnificent, magnanimous, and musical guy with the rest of the Fox Valley. He always had a song in his heart and shall forever be an inspiration to others. Peace and comfort, Jim and Nancy Hopp
Gibby's devotion to students, love of all types of music, and sense of humor will long be remembered! My deepest sympathy to his family on this loss.
Carol J. Viola
You, and your music, will live on in all the people you have taught through those many years. May God bless and keep you.
"Until we meet again,I wish you well,
I hope your light shines easily,
And until we meet again, it doesn't matter how
On Athol side, we'll see you further on."
Thanks for all the MCBonsee memories!