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December 31, 2013

Monica 'Cuppy' Wilber

Monica ‘Cuppy’ Wilber

FRANKLIN — It is with deep sadness that the family of Monica Wilber announces her passing on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, following a brief illness, at the age of 59 years.

Monica was born in Troy, of parents Robert and Jane Gibeault of Stillwater and attended Stillwater High School.

Monica’s purpose in life was caring for and healing others. Besides being a caring mother to her children, she often helped other children with their troubles. She worked as a home health care aide and nurse’s aide for Delaware County Public Health and as an aide for Catskill Area Hospice for more than 20 years. She volunteered briefly as an EMT trainee with the Franklin Emergency Squad. She was a help and inspiration to many, many people and she touched them with her kindness and love. Monica enjoyed her flower gardens, riding motorcycles and cooking favorite family recipes.

She was a member of Franklin Garden Club and Christian Motorcycle Association (CMA). She loved her pet dog, Roxy and their daily walks. Monica enjoyed making crafts, knitting and designing her jewelry line. She established her business, “Spiritual Creations” selling jewelry and offering Reiki healing and loved to take part in craft shows, design classes and spiritual retreats.

She attended Sacred Heart Catholic church of Sidney and was a member of the Sacred Heart Rosary Society and served as a Eucharistic minister.

Monica will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Tom of 43 years; and her son, Tom Jr., wife, Lucia and a very special only grandson, Diego Wilber of Virginia Beach, Va.; and daughter, Melanie and husband, Sasha Sandow of Nyack. She is also survived by her sister, Mary Marchand of Franklin; brother, Robert Daniel (Debra) Gibeault of Stillwater; brother-in-law, Mark (Cindy) Wilber of Kirkwood; nephews and nieces.

An ecumenical funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 3, at Franklin United Methodist Church with the Rev. John Hill and the Rev. Gordon Polenz officiating. Burial will be in the Ouleout Valley Cemetery, Franklin.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 2, at the Kenneth L. Bennett Funeral Home, 425 Main St., Franklin. The family will be in attendance.

Monica’s family wishes memorial contributions be made to Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820.

Condolences to the family may be made online at

Arrangements are by the Kenneth L. Bennett Funeral Home, Franklin.   

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