Wednesday, November 3, 2010


AGE: 82

ADDRESS: 860 Vega Lane, Medford City of Medford Resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 11:15 A.M. Monday, November 1 at her residence

TIME & PLACE OF FUNERAL: 10:30 A.M. Monday, November 8 at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford

OFFICIATING: Father Gerard Willger and Deacon Joseph Stefancin

PLACE OF BURIAL: Mt. Olive Cemetery in Westboro

VISITATION AT: 3:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Sunday, November 7 at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford where there will be a 7:30 P.M. Rosary Service and also from 9:00 A.M. until 10:15 A.M. Monday, November 8 at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: September 3, 1928 in Chicago, IL

EDUCATION: Attended Chicago Public Schools

MARRIAGE INFORMATION: August 29, 1947 in Chicago, IL to Joseph “Pep” L. Simek, Sr. and he survives

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After school she worked at a WWII Defense Factory in Chicago where she assembled walkie talkies for 3 years. Then her family moved to the Westboro area where she worked as a maid at Fayette Motel in Medford for about 1 year. Her family then moved to the Edgar area where she worked at the Edgar Basket Factory where she made laundry baskets by hand until August of 1947 when she and Pep then moved to Chicago. Frances then worked at Spiegel’s Catalog Company at nights processing orders for 1 ½ years. She then sold Tupperware at home parties until they moved to the Medford area in 1960. Frances then sold Avon for 3 ½ years. Then in July 1962 she became one of the four founding members of Tombstone Pizza of Medford. Frances was the manager of the production area until the business was sold and upon her retirement in 1986. After her retirement Frances began her Philanthropic Services with donations to the Medford Public Library, the Medford Fire Department, Holy Rosary School and helped numerous, numerous individuals in the community. She was an avid golfer and bowler. She enjoyed traveling, sewing, needlework, baking, cooking and interior design.

MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford; Past Member of the Klossner-Dietzler VFW Post #5729, Medford

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Joseph “Pep” L. Simek, Sr. of Medford

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Joseph Jr. (Donna) Simek of San Diego, CA, Lauren (Fiancée Dennis Caruso) Simek of Jim Falls and Richard (Ann) Simek of Tucson, AZ

# OF GRANDCHILDREN: 4 Shannon Achtel of San Diego, CA, Quaid (Jenny) Simek of Tucson, AZ, Seth (Nicole) Simek of Los Angeles, CA and Landin (Tina) Simek of Austin, TX


SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: 4 Sisters: Rita Seymour, Alice Sillars, Patsy (Neil) Tracy and Anne Bishop all of Wausau
2 Brothers: Ed (Noni) Bishop of California and John Bishop of Cherokee Village, Arkansas
Also survived my numerous Nieces, Nephews, Other Relatives and Many, Many Friends

DECEASED BROTHERS/SISTERS: Laura, Margie, Marie, Bob, Tom and a brother Paul in infancy


PALLBEARERS: Seth, Quaid, Landin, Jeff and Tony Simek and William Noziska Jr.

OTHER INFORMATION: The family requests no flowers, please, and to make any memorial donations to the Medford Area Fire Department, 639 S. 2nd Street, Medford
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