Simon "Sam" Robert Shimanski

February 3, 1922 ~ August 15, 2019 (age 97)


Visitation:  Thursday, August 22, 2019 from 5 - 8 PM at Holy Family Catholic Church.  Knights of Columbus Rosary at 7 PM and Parish Prayers at 7:30 PM.

Mass of Christian Burial:  Friday, August 23, 2019 at 10:30 AM at Holy Family Catholic Church.

Interment:  St. Adalbert Cemetery, Silver Lake, MN

Simon “Sam” Robert Shimanski, age 97, of Silver Lake passed away on Thursday, August 15, 2019.

He was born in Hale Township, McLeod County February 3, 1922 the son of John & Mary (Lewandowski) Shimanski.

Sam was united in marriage to Dolores B. Pokornowski at St. Adalbert’s Catholic Church in Silver Lake on September 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 sixty-five .

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 K.C. 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.


Survived by children: Genevieve (Roger) Lhotka, Gladys (Mike) Carter, Robert (Sue) Shimanski, Ronald (Mitzi) Shimanski, Doris Jerabek and John (Rosie) Shimanski; twenty-one grandchildren, forty great grandchildren, nine great, great grandchildren; many other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his loving wife Dolores Shimanski on March 1, 2015, a daughter Therese Hlavka, sons-in-law Frank Hlavka and Dale Jerabek, a daughter-in-law Lois Shimanski and by ten siblings.


A Mass of Christian Burial for Simon “Sam” Shimanski will be held on Friday, August 23rd, 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 5-8 P.M. on Thursday, August 22nd.  A Knights of Columbus Rosary will be recited at 7:00 P.M.  A Prayer service will be held 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.


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August 22, 2019

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Holy Family Catholic Church
720 West Main Street
Silver Lake, Minnesota 55381

Mass of Christian Burial
August 23, 2019

10:30 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church (Silver Lake)

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