Barbara “Barb” A. Giese, age 61, of Maple Park, IL, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, January 9, 2021.

She was born January 29, 1959, in DeKalb, IL, to loving parents, Morton and Shirley Snyder.

Barb grew up in the Maple Park area and attended local schools. She graduated from Kaneland High School. She continued her education at Northern Illinois University where she received a bachelor’s degree in Science and Aurora University, where she received a degree in Nursing.

She was united in marriage to James Allen Giese and they were blessed with three children, Michael, Laura and Anne Marie. Though they eventually took separate paths, the loving bonds they shared with the children never left. 

Barb was a 13-year veteran of Delnor Hospital before working for the Kaneland District, first as an elementary nurse and eventually becoming a high school nurse and later the District Nurse for Kaneland District 302. Each student was loved and treated like her own. Her ministrations were kind and gentle but her intuition helped to save many lives over her storied tenure.

Barb was a dedicated and loving mother, not only to her children, but all the children she was honored to care for as they travelled through the educational system. She had a strong spirit and an iron work ethic that conquered every obstacle that had the misfortune to fall into her path. Barb always made sure to put others before herself and always seemed to be moving. If she ever paused for any amount of time, it was only because she was on to the next project, trip, or task. One of her favorite pastimes was upgrading her home that always shone with love and pride. Barb was frugal in nature and always looked to save a penny before she spent one, unless it was on someone else. She enjoyed traveling and tried to cross off destinations on her bucket list. Loved by everyone, Barb leaves broken hearts and thousands of tears, but the memories she made with all those she loved, outnumbers them all. They will live on for generations after the last tear has been shed.

She now leaves her three children: Michael Giese, Laura Giese and Anne Marie Giese; one beautiful granddaughter, Sofia Giese; two brothers: Bob Snyder and Bill (Sharon) Snyder; her mother, Shirley Snyder; three nieces and nephews: Keith (Erica) Snyder, Jenny (Brad) Rusin and Olivia Snyder; and a family of friends that span the generations.

She now joins her father, Morton and two brothers: Larry Snyder and Dan Snyder, who preceded her in death.

Visitation will be at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, Maple Park, Saturday, January 16, 2021, from 11-1and only five people will be allowed to enter at a time. Please dress for the weather as there is no place to shelter in line.  Mass will follow at 1 p.m. Fr. Ariel Valencia, pastor of the church, will officiate with interment at the St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Maple Park, IL.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Barb’s name. Checks may be made to the “Barbara A. Giese Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the same address, the Conley Funeral Home Facebook Page, or at where you can see her full life story.

11 thoughts on “BARBARA “Barb” GIESE

  1. Prayers to the family. Barb was a loving mother to her children. I knew her as a dedicated parent at Kaneland John Stewart and school nurse. My sincere sympathies to you all.

  2. I share my sincere condolences with Barb’s family and close fiends – Barb will be missed. It was an honor to work with Barb in Kaneland Schools. Barb’s dedication and commitment to the safety and wellness our our Kaneland students was evident and maintained her top priority. May the family share wonderful memories over the coming weeks as you gather to celebrate Barb’s life. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

    1. To Band’s family– I am truly so sorry to hear this. She was a great person and neighbor to have and known through the years I lived on Pleasant St. Rd. In Maple Park. When my mom passed away, I offered her my mom and my pugs ( Clemine and Annie). It was very hard decision to make. Barb told me I could come by and visit them anytime I wanted to. Thanks Barb for that generous offer. My brother’s daughters went to Kaneland like we all did. I heard a lot of great things Barb did. Keep in mind she did what she loved doing. Keep her memories close to your heart and in your mind. She won’t be too far away from you. She loved you all. You were very dear to her and special. She will be truly missed. This is not a good bye. It’s I will see you later.. Thanks for everything, Barb while you were here with all of us for a short period. May you rest in peace..

  3. I have been honored to work with Barb at Kaneland School District. My condolences to the Giese family. Mary Marten

  4. I was blessed with not only working with Barb, but sharing the thrift and estate sale shopping bug with her. I would see that gentle smile when she saw me. She was fierce in what she did, but once you got to know her you knew it was because she cared so much for what she was doing. I will miss you my dear. Rest In Peace. Prayers for strength for her family who will live with her in their hearts going forward.

    1. May the peace of Christ guard the hearts and minds of those who knew and loved Barb. God’s salvation comes in His time, but we naturally question unexpected loss. I’m sorry for your loss & you are in my prayers. 🦋

  5. I worked with Barb at Delnor and in her role as school nurse. When I think of Barb I remember her smiling and how she could make others laugh. I enjoyed working with her. Rest in peace. My sympathies to your children and family.

  6. We are saddened with the passing of Mrs. Giese. Her kindness and compassion will truly be missed.
    Our prayers go to her family and friends during this difficult time.

  7. Our family wishes to pass on our sincere condolences to Barb’s loved ones. She cared for all of our children at some time or another in the nurses office at Kaneland and was always so kind with her healing nature and smile. My son who has diabetes especially remembers how Barb helped him manage his disease at school and is very honored to have known her. May you know she touched the lives of so many & we all are keeping you in our thoughts as you grieve her untimely passing. Peace & May good memories help you get through these difficult days.

  8. I was shocked and saddened to hear of Barb’s sudden passing. We worked together several years at Kaneland School District. Barb was an extremely hard working and dedicated School Nurse who cared deeply for both her students and her family. She will be missed by many people. My prayers and condolences to her family.

  9. May Barb rest in peace. We were classmates at Aurora University. She had a kind, compassionate spirit and always wore a smile.

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