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Louis was born November 1, 1944 to Richard and Mary Ellen (Mahoney) Giblin. Mary Ellen reported that he was in fact due on October 31 (Halloween) but he loved November 1 because it meant he had All Saints Day off (Holy Angels Catholic School) to eat all the Halloween candy he collected. He also liked to say he was St. Louis because of the day he was born.

Louis’ early days at Holy Angels were not very productive and goofing off was his school routine. After school when Louis was in third or fourth grade he was informed that he needed to clean the house every day before he could play. He vacuumed and swept the floors in the tiny house on Brown Street. Around fourth grade Louis got a job delivering the newspaper to earn some money. He would deliver the daily paper and once a week collect payment. At home a brother, Richard was born followed by two boys who were stillborn. After the boys came a girl, Mary Pat. She was followed by another girl, Theresa (Teri). At the age of 11 Louis became Teri’s godfather. Louis said that Teri’s birth made a huge difference in his life because the family was forced to move out of the two bedroom bungalow on Brown Street to Chicago St. The family joined St. Margaret Mary Church and School, where Louis was enrolled in the eighth grade. The youngest brother Danny was born after they were living in the Chicago Ave. house.

Sister Tarasita was the eighth grade teacher at St. Margaret Mary. She evaluated Louis and was appalled to learn that he could barely read. Sr. Tarasita made it her mission to bring Louis up to grade. After school she tutored him and sent him to remedial classes held at the University of Omaha. She also informed Louis that he would take the Creighton Prep entrance exam and pass. Louis started high school at Creighton Prep with a $100 bond from his great aunt Alice. He was able to be on the football team his freshman year which resulted in his lifelong love of the game and the Green Bay Packers. He also started working at Hinky Dinky grocery store. During the summer he worked on road construction to get enough money for his tuition. Playing football had to be scraped to allow time for work. At home he was still cleaning and when he obtained his driver’s license he was told to take Teri and Danny for rides to the park. Outside of the $100 from his great aunt, Louis earned all the money needed for his time at Creighton Prep including the $30 for his graduation pictures.

Louis went to Creighton University with just $3 in his pocket but obtained a third shift job baking bread. He went to classes after work. Louis finished his BA degree in three years and went to work at the Omaha National Trust. He immediately started work on his MBA. When he finished his MBA Louis was hired by a Trust company in Chicago where he moved to a high-rise apartment on Lake Shore. Three years later he moved to Detroit for another banking job of nine months before coming to Milwaukee to work as a CFA (Certified Financial Analyst. charter member) at MGIC. Louis would spend the rest of his life in Wisconsin.

While at MGIC he married Janis (Schoblocher) on May 20, 1977 and moved to Oak Creek, WI from Waukesha. They joined St. Stephen Parish where he would be a lay distributer and lector as well as a Parish Trustee. During his time at MGIC Louis was a volunteer at Old St. Mary’s where he would evict any stragglers after Mass and lock up the church every day. After MGIC Louis became a stock broker for Smith Barney.

Marijo joined the family in 1988. A few years later they joined St. Matthew Parish.

Louis obtained a MBA in The Executive Program from the University of Chicago. Next was a MBC from the Business Communications Department at Northwestern. Lastly, Louis obtained a Doctor of Juris Prudence from IIT Chicago Kent Law School.

Additionally Louis earned certificates for completion of The Dale Carnegie Sales Course, Princeton University Investment Management Workshop and many others.

Louis belonged to many organizations: Wisconsin Bar, Federal Bar, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International, New York Society of Security Analysts, Catholic Alumni Club, American Host, North Atlantic Cultural Exchange League, DANK, MENSA, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts (parent volunteer), and St. Vincent de Paul plus many others. He was on the Creighton National Alumni Board, the United Way Board of Directors, Chairman of the Board of Regents of the Financial Analysists Society Research Seminar, and the Oak Creek Housing Authority.

Retirement for Louis was spent doing Sudoku, listening to over 500 Great Courses, classical music, watching Green Bay Packer Games and time in Door County.

Louis is survived by the love of his life and wife of 43 years, Dr. Janis Giblin (nee Schoblocher), daughter Marijo Zielinski, son-in-law Jacob Zielinski, brother Richard Giblin, sister Mary Pat Roy, brother-in-law John Roy, nephew J.t. Ganzer and his dog Sugar.

Louis will now be joining his beloved grandparents, Gran and Pop Mahoney, parents, Richard and Mary Ellen Giblin, sister Teri Giblin, and brother Danny Giblin. Also waiting for him are his canine friends: Snowball, Liebchen, Snowflake, Frosty, and that special guy dog Birch.

Louis was a highly intelligent person who never stopped learning. He was mentally sharp right until the end and he would not have wanted it any other way!


  1. Mary Mueller & family June 10, 2020 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    So sorry to hear about Louis Sympathy from our family
    Mary Mueller & family

  2. Ellen June 19, 2020 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    Our family sends sympathy to your family at this time. You have much to hold unto from a life well lived & so loved by you.
    Prayers for comfort & solace. Ellen Rennes

  3. Mary Pat Roy July 10, 2020 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    My dear brother, Louis, how I miss you. I remember your smile, your laugh, and so many, many wonderful memories. I love you. Rest in peace.

    Mary Pat

  4. Dr John Grant August 5, 2020 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    He had some real dental phobias because childhood Trauma . He told me he would kill the doctor if he wasn’t already dead. I didn’t know until today he loved candy so much. I did a lot of dental work on Him over many years With much handholding. I gave him a Northwestern Rose Bowl Sweatshirt from 1996 which he wore to every Appointment. He was a nice man . I’ll miss him. Dr John Grant Northwestern Class of 70 and Marquette Dental School Class of 74.Retired 2018.

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