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Obituary for Eloise Carolyn Gilbert

Eloise Carolyn Gilbert, of Portland, passed away surrounded by her family on January 17, 2019 at the age of 91. She was born on October 13, 1927 in Portland (Orange Township), the daughter of Frank and Mary (Pline) Fandel. Eloise was a beautician who worked out of her home for 65 plus years. Our mom was a very social person who enjoyed the company of people. She loved to play cards, travel, and most of all “the daily happy hour”. She held a special place in her heart for her 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She is survived by sons, Steve (Kathy) Gilbert, Terry (Phyllis) Gilbert, Jeff (Jean) Gilbert, and Scott (Shawn) Gilbert. She is also survived by her lifelong “best buddy”, sister, Mae Lehman. She is preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Jack Gilbert; brothers, Christy (Helen) Fandel and Hubert Fandel; and sister, Annabelle (Louis) Werner.

Special “thanks” to the Robert Hoppes family for all of their kindness they have shown through the years.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Mike Alber at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Portland. Rite of Committal will be at Portland Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the Lehman Funeral Home, 210 E. Bridge Street, Portland. Arrangements are entrusted to Lehman Funeral Homes. Online condolences may be made at

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