Simon “Sam” Robert Shimanski, age 97, of Silver Lake passed away Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake. Father Tony Stubeda will be the Celebrant.
Interment will follow at St. Adalbert Cemetery.
Visitation at the church from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22. A Knights of Columbus Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. A prayer service will take place at 7:30 p.m.
Casket bearers will be Sara Drozdowicz, Tracy Hesbeck, Jesse Jerabek, Carol Schauer, Chris Shimanski, Jason Shimanski, Ryan Anderson, and Aaron Anderson.
Memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Sam Shimanski was born in Hale Township, McLeod County Feb. 3, 1922, the son of John and Mary (Lewandowski) Shimanski.
Sam was united in marriage to Dolores B. Pokornowski at St. Adalbert’s Catholic Church in Silver Lake Sept. 10, 1945. God blessed their marriage with seven children.
They made their home on the Shimanski family farm in Hale Township. Sam retired from farming at the age of 65.
Besides farming, Sam was a self-trained artist, doing truck lettering, sign painting, and also oil paintings on canvas. Most of his oil paintings were donated to silent auctions and benefits.
He enjoyed dancing, traveling, playing cards, and visiting with people.
Sam was fond of playing his button accordion for various occasions. He often played at the Silver Lake Auditorium and at the Pola-Czesky parade on the KC float.
He was a faithful member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake. Sam belonged to, and was a past Grand Knight of Mother Cabrini Council 1841 Knights of Columbus.
Sam is survived by children: Genevieve (Roger) Lhotka, Gladys (Mike) Carter, Robert (Sue) Shimanski, Ronald (Mitzi) Shimanski, Doris Jerabek, and John (Rosie) Shimanski; 21 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren, nine great-great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Dolores Shimanski, March 1, 2015; a daughter, Therese Hlavka; sons-in-law, Frank Hlavka and Dale Jerabek; a daughter-in-law, Lois Shimanski; and by 10 siblings.
The Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to www.mareshfuneralhome.com.