Steven Schimonitz - August 02, 2009Steven Schimonitz was born on March 27, 1929 at Sutherland, Neb. He was the second of six children born to Stephen and Martha Mary Ecker Schimonitz.
He grew up on the family farm south of Paxton, Neb. and attended rural elementary school at District 16.
Steve attended high school at North Platte St. Patrick and graduated in 1947. He returned to the farm until 1951 when he joined the United States Army during the Korean War. He was stationed in Germany and served with the Army Medical Corp until his discharge in 1953.
Steve was married to Grace Zwiener of Spalding, Neb. at the Paxton St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on April 4, 1959. The family moved to a farm north of Elsie, Neb. in 1974 where Steve lived the rest of his life.
He had been dealing with heart problems for the past few years and died at home Sunday night, Aug. 2, 2009 at the age of 80. He had enjoyed the weekend visiting many family members at the annual Schimonitz family reunion at Lake McConaughy.
Steve spent his entire life farming and driving a truck for several different companies.
He was a member of St. Patrick’s Church in his youth and a member of the Resurrection Church in Elsie for 40 years.
He joined the Elsie American Legion Post 206 in 1955. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping and appreciated taking his grandchildren on many of these activities.
In addition to his parents, Steve was preceded in death by one sister, Betty Porter.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Grace; four sons, Douglas of Grant, Neb., Bernard and wife Sara of rural Elsie, Edward of Ogallala, Neb., and David and wife Lisa of Paxton; eight grandchildren, Danielle, Garrett, Tyler, Cade, Remington, Joe, Brookelyn and Mason Schimonitz; two sisters, Mary and husband Charlie Bierma of Omaha and Barbara Jean and husband Jack Swantkoski of Phillips, Neb.; two brothers, Kenneth of Sutherland and Louis and wife Francis of North Platte; many other relatives and friends.
Rosary was recited on Thurs. Aug. 6 at Paxton St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.
Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, Aug. 7 at St. Patrick’s Church with Father Bryan Ernest and Father Mark Pfeiffer officiating.
Burial was in the Ft. McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell.
Online condolences may be sent to www.bullocklongfuneralhome.com.
Bullock Long Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.