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Gilberto Rolón

GILBERTO ROLÓN Gilberto Rolón, 78, went into his eternal rest October 7, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer. Mr. Rolón was born January 28, 1935 in Aibonito, Puerto Rico. He was the son of the late Tomas and the currently living Catalina Rolón. Formerly of Philadelphia, he had lived in Lansdale for 50 years. He was employed for 40 years at the former Ford Electronics, Lansdale, retiring in 1996. Mr. Rolón was also a well-noted singer, songwriter and radio announcer. He had professionally recorded three albums, most recently in 2005. He was a radio announcer at the Spanish radio station WTEL (860 AM) in Philadelphia for 15 years. Mr. Rolón wrote a newspaper column in the Spanish newspaper of Philadelphia, La Actualidad, entitled, "Microfono escundidio" (Hidden microphone). He appeared several times on the ABC television show Puerto Rican Panorama. Mr. Rolón was an avid Phillies fan who enjoyed going to games with his sons. Mr. Rolón most recently attended Zion Igelsia de Dios Church in Philadelphia where he had been active in music and drama ministries. He is survived by nine children, Gilberto Jr Rolón. and his wife Iris of Colmar, Thomas Rolón of Lansdale, Ronald Rolón and his wife Roxane of Harleysville, Patricia Quagliarello and her husband Daniel of Plymouth Meeting, Melissa Kaiser and her husband Timothy of Folcroft, Yanire Rolón of Philadelphia, Eleana Rolón-Claudio and her husband Hector of Puerto Rico, Melody Rolón of Ambler and Yessenia Rolón-Chicas of Woodbidge, VA; twelve grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. The family would like to thank Dr. Barbara Burtness and the staff of Fox Chase Cancer Center for their many years of care and support; the staff and administration at Gwynedd Square nursing facility and especially to our mother, Patria Ocasio and her husband Rafael, who have unselfishly been his primary care givers during his illness. Relatives and friends are invited to Gilberto's viewing from 6 to 9PM, Thursday, October 10 at Huff & Lakjer Funeral Home, 701 Derstine Ave., Lansdale. The funeral service will be held 10:30AM, Friday, October 11 at the Family Worship Center, 1000 Troxel Rd., Lansdale. Interment will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery, North Wales.

Published in The Reporter on Oct. 8, 2013
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