Emil "George" Giese
October 14, 1924 - November 22, 2020
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In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to:

Misericordia Heart of Mercy

6300 N. Ridge Ave.

Chicago, IL 60660

St. Peter Catholic Parish Chapel
8144 Niles Center Rd. (lower level of school)
Skokie, IL 60077
847-673-1492 | Map

Attendance at the Funeral Mass at St. Peter Catholic Parish Chapel (lower level of school), in Skokie, will be by invitation only (face masks and social distancing required).


Emil “George” Giese, age 96, of Skokie, former resident of Chicago for 79 years, peacefully entered eternal rest on November 22, 2020, at his home, surrounded by his family. Beloved husband of Bernadette for 74 wonderful years. Loving father of Jeanette (Tom) Schneider, Alice Simon, Raymond (Debbie), Thomas, CPD Ret. (Debby), Helen, the late David,…

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Margaret Guthrie left a message on November 29, 2020:
Dear Aunt Bernadette and Cousins, to see the love and deep respect and honor for Uncle George is so incredible. Thank you to Helen for sending a photo plus the description and Chicago PD twitter feed. Lots of love to you all❣
Dennis L. Breo left a message on November 29, 2020:
Capt. Giese was one of the Chicago Police Dept. heroes who played a key role in capturing and convicting Richard Speck, thanks to his wonderful ability to identify fingerprints, and, more importantly, explain them to a jury. His important role in solving these infamous murders is celebrated in the book, “The crime of the century, “ which I co-authored with chief prosecutor, William J. Martin. I know that Bill always had the greatest admiration and respect for Emil’s abilities and dedication and we tried to report that in our book. Condolences to the family in celebration of a life well lived and well loved. Dennis L. Breo
Matt Schneider left a message on November 28, 2020:
It is so nice to see all of these great tributes to a great man who lived a great life. You left a legacy that most of us can only dream of having and it’s hard to imagine a world without you in it. I will always cherish the countless memories I have of you and many things you taught me since I was old enough to remember. I love and miss you grandpa.
Hans-Georg Müller left a message on November 27, 2020:
Heartfelt condolences to the family
Frank Fagiano left a message on November 27, 2020:
I worked for your Dad as a patrolman in the '70's at Town Hall. He was my Watch Commander/Captain. In my 35 years as a Police Officer, I have never met a nicer man. He never yelled or screamed at anybody as other bosses did. He was always a gentleman and was kind to all. I would look forward to seeing him at the Captain's Association meetings/dinners. He will be missed. I'm very sorry for your loss.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Jim and Mary Teister left a message on November 26, 2020:
Our sincerest condolences to the Giese Family on the passing of Emil. He was always known to us as Uncle George throughout all of his years. There are many memories of him way back when the Giese Family lived on Olive St and the Teisters lived on Bryn Mawr St. He was someone who we always loved and looked up to as a very strong person. He lived a long and bountiful life, and is now with our departed Family in heaven. We will miss him in this life, but be rejoined again in the next. We are sorry we will not be at his funeral, but will keep him in our prayers.
Teresa Spoon left a message on November 26, 2020:
Proud to have been able to call you my grandpa for all these years. I hope you have all the fine wine you can drink in heaven! Because of you, we all will remember who we are ❤️ RIP Grandpa Giese, we love you
Ann Long left a message on November 26, 2020:
Our sincere heartfelt condolences to Bernadette and her children for the loss of their dear George. He was a very kind and gentle man who had a very kind and helpful family and the world will be a little sadder place to live without him. Our prayers and love during this difficult time. Ann and Dan (Italy)
Christopher Grant left a message on November 26, 2020:
On behalf of the entire Grant Clan, our sincerest condolences to everyone in the Giese family. Your Dad would always kick me out of his chair in the living room across from the TV on Olive Street when I would be over at the house, in a kind way of course. Always enjoyed talking with your Dad and can never forget the great Town Hall Christmas parties when John invited everyone :)
Peter T. Coyne left a message on November 25, 2020:
R.I.P. Mr. Giese My sincere heartfelt condolences to Tom, Debbie, Alice, and all of the family. Your fond memories of a man who lead a complete life will help you through these difficult times. Warm Regards, Peter
Mark & Mary Gums left a message on November 25, 2020:
Our sincere condolences on the loss of your husband and father. Amazing long life he had. From your pew neighbors who always waved back, at 7am Mass at St. Peter.
Mary Ellen Pollard (cousin) left a message on November 25, 2020:
In memory of Emil "George" Giese, Mary Ellen Pollard (cousin) lit a candle
Dennis Connelly left a message on November 25, 2020:
I wish to convey my deepest condolences to the Giese family on their loss. Mr. Giese was a fantastic gentleman who was revered by so many people. My father had the pleasure of working with Mr. Giese as patrolmen on the old Chicago Park District Police before they merged with the CPD. My father spoke very highly of Mr. Giese and he once told me he knew Mr. Giese would rise through the ranks of the CPD. I know the Giese children very well and I want to tell them I am so sorry for the loss of their father. May God bless Mr. Giese and his family as well during this trying time.
Charles & Toni Gricius left a message on November 25, 2020:
Our prayers are with the Giese Family and our deepest sympathy
Dave Sandlund Retired CPD left a message on November 25, 2020:
Rest in a well deserved peace I am proud to have worked for you .
Tom Gricius left a message on November 25, 2020:
My deepest condolences to the whole Giese family, truly a great man.
Ellen Waxberg left a message on November 25, 2020:
Bernadette and Family-I was so saddened to hear of Georges' passing and my heart goes out to you. I respected his intelligence, humor and honesty. I will always remember him as a friend and wonderful neighbor. I will truly miss him. I would like to know when the streaming service will be held, so please include me with that information. With my deepest sympathy, Ellen Waxberg 5000 Oakton #401 [email protected]
Mike & Cheri Olenski and Chester Olenski left a message on November 24, 2020:
Alice, Ray, Tommy and family, Cheri and I would like to express our deepest condolences to you on the loss of the patriarch of your family. I have known Emil for most of my life and have always had a deep respect for him. He was always a gentleman. I remember him at the Amvet post many times and had very nice conversations with him. He would be sitting there with his glass of wine. He had a long and interesting life. Our thoughts are with all of you.
Sgt Andy Murcia, Ret. left a message on November 24, 2020:
I worked under Capt. Giese at 023 District, CPD . Capt. was one of the best bosses I had on the CPD. He was always fair in all his duties with all of the officers on his watch. As a Catholic myself, I was very impressed with his faith in Jesus. As a leader, I found him to be an excellent role model for us officers. I had just married a young actress, Ann Jillian, and upon meeting him, she also admired Capt.Giese. Though I resigned to manage my wife's career, we stayed in touch via Capt Giese’s daughter, Helen.. We will continue to keep Capt Giese in our daily prayers, and we send our loving, heartfelt condolences to all those in the Captain’s family. I am confident that Capt. Giese is in Paradise with Jesus, and I pray we will all meet again. RIP. Love always, Andy & Ann Jillian Murcia
Phil Mannion left a message on November 24, 2020:
My condolences to his family. I worked for him in the mid 70’s. He was kind enough to take our entire tact team onto his watch. He was a gentleman and will be missed.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Bill Alfredo Debbie's Brother left a message on November 24, 2020:
It is with sadness for the whole family. George was a man of many accomplishments. Proud to have known him.
Sandy (Grundy) Valesh & Kevin Grundy left a message on November 24, 2020:
Georgette and family, Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. How great that you had your Dad with you for so long. So many memories to last a lifetime. Sending thoughts and prayers. XOXO
Virginia Shearin left a message on November 24, 2020:
I was so sorry to learn of the passing of Mr. Giese. I remember going to your house once and Mr. Giese was watching hockey on television. I think that is the first time I saw a hockey game. Please accept my condolences. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Mark and Pam Fournier left a message on November 24, 2020:
Dear Aunt Bernadette and all of our cousins, We will surely miss our Uncle George he was always there for the family.He took great care of Grandma and Grandpa, our Mom{Eleanor} and our Uncle Bob and his family. We will remember him always and our sincere condolences to all of you! XOXOXO
Jack Corcoran left a message on November 24, 2020:
My Prayers and the prayers of my son Rob are with you and your family in the time of your Loss. Mr, Giese was a wonderful caring person loved by many.
Ben C Caccavale left a message on November 24, 2020:
I met Commander Giese by working with his son Tom as police officers I dont think I ever met a man that I had more respect for. He was a true gentleman and trooper. I still get the chills when he would tell us the story of how he was responsible for the Richard Speck trial. We all lost a true man of men. My heart goes out to his family and friends R.I.P. Boss
Judy & Jim Tracey left a message on November 24, 2020:
We send our deepest condolences to the Giese families. May he Rest In Peace.
Karin Behrmann left a message on November 24, 2020:
Tom, my deepest condolences to you and your family. Prayers and blessings.
Gerry left a message on November 24, 2020:
Imagine a world where all mankind possessed the extraordinary characteristics of Emil Giese. Earned the respect and admiration from all who knew him... we are better for it. A journey of perpetual faith, integrity and dignity. Prayers of courage, comfort and strength to his amazing wife Bernadette and entire family. Peaceful rest, Sir!
Karen and Dan Parrilli left a message on November 24, 2020:
Dearest Bernadette, Helen and Giese Family, Please accept our deepest sympathy on your loss of George. EGG was a cherished friend and neighbor. We mourn his passing. He is unforgettable, a man of faith, family and friendship. His captivating stories, friendly greetings and jokes were always shared with a smile. His handshakes were legendary. His vise grip handshake always included “am I hurting you”? The answer was yes, my hand still hurts. We will enjoy a glass of red wine in his honor and memory. We will keep you all in our thoughts as you travel this difficult road. With love, Karen and Dan
Stephen m duffy left a message on November 24, 2020:
To the Giese family, and to especially Jeanette, I extend my sincere condolences and prayers. He was a good man and helped to raise a wonderful family.
Kevin Bolger left a message on November 24, 2020:
When I was a cadet I worked for him. He knew the program was being dissolved. He asked me to be a fingerprint tech and I accepted. Shortly after ,the cadets were disbanded. I had a job , in the department and stayed until I started the academy. He was a class act, a straight shooter and took care of his own. A devout catholic and a devout family man. I ran into him later as a lawyer. I went to 019 to get a relative out. He heard my name and came out of the office to warmly greet me. I was shocked he even remembered me. I will forever be indebted to him for his guidance and friendship. RIP boss
Joseph Lucido left a message on November 24, 2020:
MY Deepest Sympathy to the Giese Family May He Rest In Peace
MaryCatherine S Reilly left a message on November 24, 2020:
John, So sorry to hear of your Fathers passing. Sending you good thoughts and prayers. What a fantastic legacy your Father has left behind. I really enjoyed reading about his career sounds like he was a very smart man and CPD was fortunate to have him! Godspeed!!
Marty and Becky Conroy left a message on November 24, 2020:
Jeanette, so sorry to hear this. Your dad sounds like an amazing man who really enjoyed his life and lived it to the fullest. Praying for comfort for the entire family.
Robert E Schwind left a message on November 24, 2020:
Cap was a good, fair man and an excellent boss who always put the interest of his men first. Worked for him in 020 and he was a true gentleman. Will keep you in my prayers, boss.
Patrick Heraty left a message on November 24, 2020:
The Heraty family extends our deepest condolences on you loss.
Mr. & Mrs. Chris Laughlin And Family left a message on November 24, 2020:
To The Giese Family, Our Sincere Sympathy And Prayers Are With You At This Most Difficult Time. May Your Memories Bring You Comfort. The Laughlin Family
Haben Funeral Home & Crematory left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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