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.
â€œShe was a beautiful person inside and out,â€ said Stuart Stone, second assistant chief of the Glen Ellyn Volunteer Fire Department, who has known the Giesches since 1948.
â€œBoth Thor (her late husband) and Phyllis cared about the community and they gave back a lot over the years,â€ 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.