Our Staff Members:Geils Funeral Home in Bensenville and Wood Dale, IL is a locally owned business that is licensed, bonded, certified and insured for your protection and peace of mind. Our slogan is “Family owned and operated since 1898; five generations of community service… a Geils’ tradition.” For more than 100 years, we have provided caring funeral services to families in Bensenville, Wood Dale, Itasca and across the Chicagoland area.
During the difficult period of bereavement, you can count on us to help you with all aspects of funeral planning. We will make the process comfortable and respectful for you. Our compassionate staff is dedicated to aiding clients of all ethnic and religious backgrounds.
Funeral planning is not an easy task. You can confidently allow us the opportunity of honoring your family’s wishes. We believe we have created a peaceful and comfortable atmosphere where you and your family can celebrate and remember the life of your loved one in peace. Pre-Planned Funerals
Geils Funeral Home started in 1898 in the small farming town of Bensenville, Illinois. For years, J.C. Geils, the first generation of directors, had been conducting a mortuary out of his York street residence and accomplished many great things there. He one day dreamed of opening a formal establishment to call his own. On Saturday, July 25, 1930, Mr. J.C. Geils opened this long awaited establishment. It seemed certain that his professional skill, aided by skilled assistants and members of the family he served would be kept with the standard required for such a funeral home. This family run funeral home on York Street has been there ever since.
Leonard H. Geils, second generation director, was born November 11, 1894. In 1924, Mr. Geils went on to graduate from Worsham’s Training School and remained an active director until his passing in 1977.
Born in Bensenville, John W. Geils graduated from Bensenville Community High School in the mid-1940s. After a stint in the Army, John worked in his early 20’s as a conductor for the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad, also known as the Milwaukee Road. By his late 20’s, however, John had gone to mortuary trade school and joined his father, Leonard, in the family’s funeral home business, becoming the third generation of Geils’ in the trade.
In addition to working with his father, John operated an ambulance company, known as Geils Funeral Home Ambulance Service, until his family sold it in the early 1960’s
John’s father died in 1977. In the mid-1980’s, John opened a funeral home in Wood Dale and closed another location in Itasca.
Upon his passing in 2009, John left the funeral home to his wife Blanche (nee Dohe) and both sons, John C. and James W. John C. took a different route and did not join his family in this trade business, but rather John’s younger son, James W., did and became the fourth generation director in the Geils family. Mr James W. Geils still actively operates both funeral homes in Bensenville and Wood Dale, IL today.
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- Thank you Jim for all you did for our family during this difficult week regarding my Grandmother, Aura's passing. Your follow up and care you took will be greatly appreciated for the rest of our lives. The service and burial were beautiful and thank you for helping us put it all together to honor one terrific Lady. Both your locations are beautiful and we held our grandmas service at your Wood Dale location. Thank you so much.
- I want to express my appreciation of this business. I recently just lost my father, and the staff at Giles Funeral Home helped me with all the arrangements. Jimmy Giles compassionately organized every step of a wake and funeral that properly honored my father. He even placed the obituary in the paper for us. Having them take care of the details allowed me to spend time with my family, and for that I cannot thank him enough. Giles Funeral Home showed compassion and gave my family a dignified service for my father. Thank you again for a beautiful memorial.
- My parents passed away just months apart and Geils was a God send during a difficult time. This was our fourth experience with Geils over the past 30 years and I have nothing but praise for them.