Glen Ellyn’s Giesche Shoes loses ‘matriarch’

From The Daily Herald

The matriarch of Giesche Shoes stores in Glen Ellyn and Geneva is being remembered by family and friends as a gracious, personable woman who loved meeting people, serving the community and traveling.

Phyllis R. Giesche died Thursday at her Lombard home from complications of Parkinson’s disease. She was 86.

“She was a beautiful person inside and out,” said Stuart Stone, second assistant chief of the Glen Ellyn Volunteer Fire Department, who has known the Giesches since 1948.

“Both Thor (her late husband) and Phyllis cared about the community and they gave back a lot over the years,” he said.

Born in Chicago, Phyllis studied liberal arts at Knox College and married Thor Giesche in 1944.

She loved traveling, playing bridge and ballroom dancing, her son Gary said.