Francess Simpson, 101, Phillips, died in the Rivers Edge Care and Rehab Center of the Park Manor Nursing Home in Park Falls on Sunday, June 10, 2018. She was born on May 10, 1917, to Josef, and Frantiska (Domansky) Salek in her parents log house located on Highway 111 in the Township of Harmony, Phillips, Wisconsin. She attended Hillside School in Harmony from the first through eight grades. Her father died when she was four years and two months old. Her widowed mother cared for young Francess and her seven siblings on the farm which provided her family with plenty to eat. They cultivated a large garden, raised dairy cows, hogs, chickens, geese, ducks, and had an abundance of wild deer. At the age of 16 Francess left home to work at a boarding house in Phillips that had a tavern on the main level. At the age of 17 Francess met Edwin Simpson, her future husband. They courted for about one year and were married on May 17, 1935, in Phillips. They lived with his parents for a short time, and then built a wood frame home on the current family farm on Carpenter Creek Road. Edwin passed away in September of 1965. She sold the cattle at that time and went to work at the Phillips Plastics factory, and continued to work there until the time of her retirement in 1979. She is a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Phillips. In her free time she enjoyed feeding birds and wildlife, and enjoying Nature, especially the flowering crabapple tree in her front yard.
She is survived by four children, Edwin Jr. (Vivian), Phillips, Lee (Brenda), New Orleans, LA, Sharon Simpson, Oak Forest, IL, and Kenneth (Susanne), Phillips; by many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews; and by two sister-in-law, Florence Simpson and Amelia Salek. In addition to her husband she is preceded in death by one daughter, Annette Nowicki; by four brothers, Frank and Joseph Salek (twins), John Salek, and James Salek; and by three sisters, Marie, Anna, and Elizabeth.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, June 16, at the First Baptist Church in Phillips with Pastor Keith Hurlbut officiating. Interment will be in the Lakeside Cemetery in Phillips. Friends may call at the Heindl Funeral Home in Phillips on Friday, June 15, after 5:00 P.M. and at the First Baptist Church on Saturday from 10:00 A.M. until the time of services.
Those wishing to offer an expression of sympathy in Francess Simpson's name may make a memorial contribution to the First Baptist Church Building Fund. The First Baptist Church was dear to Francess's heart, it was her church for her entire life.
The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to the nurses, caregivers, and staff at Park Manor Rehabilitation in Park Falls, Wisconsin. They gave exceptional care to and had sweet compassion for Francess. Her last days were filled with loving care, dignity, and respect.