Jeanette Siminski was kind, loving and compassionate.
“She was really confident in what she did,” said Fred Siminski, her husband of 40 years. “She was a loving person.”
Siminski, 60, of Hebron, loved being a mom, raising and taking care of her children and family and spending time with them.
Siminski also enjoyed cooking, creating meals and trying new recipes. In 2011 she won second place in the Taste of Homes cooking contest.
She was a cashier at the Valparaiso Wiseway, now Strack & Van Til, for 18 years. Fred Siminski said his wife's checkout line was always long with customers who wanted to chat.
“She loved what she did,” he said. “Jeanette’s loyal customers would wait in line just to see her. She greeted them with a smile and would say ‘How are you?’”
Siminski had genuine concern for her customers and their children, giving the youngsters suckers.
Siminski taught her four children to treat other people like they wanted to be treated and to be respectful. She instilled her creative talents in them.
Her husband fondly recalls annual weeklong family fishing trips to Wisconsin. Two years ago she caught the biggest fish, dubbed “Luther.”
Siminski made beautiful wedding and baby albums for her friends and family. She made little teddy bears out of her late father's clothes for each of her three grandchildren to remember him by.
A CCD teacher five years, Siminski’s faith was important to her. She prayed the rosary daily asking God to protect her family.
Fred Siminski said he misses his wife’s beautiful smile, calming voice, companionship and her wonderful meals.