With her family by her side, Bess Schimek, age 94, passed away peacefully at her residence. Bess was born in Racine on March 4, 1922, daughter of the late Joseph and Emily (nee: Haban) Schimek.

Bess was a proud graduate of Washington Park High School’s “Class of 1940.” Following graduation, travels brought Bess to Chicago, New York, and post-WWII Europe, where she worked as a secretary for US peacetime operations. From Europe, Bess made her home in Hawaii for a few years, before settling in Daly City, California. For the next 30 years, Bess was employed as the head secretary to 5 different directors of San Francisco’s VA Hospital, eventually retiring in 1987.

In retirement, Bess again traveled, embarking on cruises with life long friends that she had made while working in Europe. She also enjoyed regular walks to the San Francisco Zoo on senior days where she’d enjoy the various animals. Coming full circle, Bess returned home to her birthplace of Racine on January 20, 2015, to be close to family, and especially her older brother Harold (97).

Bess will be remembered by her brother, Harold (Shirley) Schimek; nieces/nephews, Jeff (Sandy) Schimek, Adrienne Schimek-Randall- (Dick) White, Penny Airing, Brad (Julie) Schimek; great nieces/great nephews, Josh Schimek, Rachel Schimek (Kris Daul), Amy (Pat) Saltzberry, Garrett (Michelle) Randall, Brent (Jasmine) Schimek, Matt (Kristi) Airing, Janette Aberle, and Mark Hutchison; ten great-great nieces and nephews, Stella and Jackson Schimek, Timothy and Zachary Airing, Alexandra and Brooke and Conner Aberle, Rebecca and Stephanie Saltzberry; cousins, other unknown relatives, and friends.

In addition to her parents, Bess was preceded in death by her siblings Jimmy, Ozzie, Olga, Alice and Florence. Per Bess’s wishes, funeral services were privately held. She was laid to rest with her parents at the Bohemian National Cemetery.

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