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Benjamin Joseph Simecka

April 9, 2014

     Benjamin Joseph Simecka, 88, passed away on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at the Rolling Hills Manor in Topeka.  He was born May 23, 1925 in Delia, Kansas, the son of Joseph and Mary (Cander) Simecka. Ben graduated from Delia High School in 1943 and farmed on the “Home Place” until retirement.  On June 1, 1949 he was united in marriage to Norma Jean Fechner who preceded him on January 30, 2006.

     Survivors include two daughters, Sheryl Gudenkauf (Mike), Topeka; Michelle Simecka, Montana; four sons, Joe Simecka (Coleen), Silver Lake; Dave Simecka, Delia; Mark Simecka (Tonya), Ozawkie; Bennie Simecka (Mary), Olathe; 9 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, an additional great grandson expected July 2014. One sister, Josephine (Simecka) Constant survives.  Ben was preceded in death by 2 grandchildren, 3 brothers & 3 sisters.

     A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 AM Saturday, April 26, 2014 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Rossville.   Private inurnment will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in St. Marys. Memorial Contributions may be made to Midland Hospice, Topeka or Delia Sacred Heart Oratory in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 W Maple St., St Marys, KS, 66536.  Online condolences may be sent to www.piperfuneralhome.com.

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14 thoughts on “Benjamin Joseph Simecka

  1. When I started to high school Ben was one grade a head. He played a saxophone and Wanda Keller and I both played clarinets. we formed a trio and made much beautiful music on many occasions. It brings back many happy memories. My condolences to all the family for a very special person. Laverne Zlatnik

  2. What memories! I first remember Uncle Ben when I was about 5 or 6 years old as I stayed with my grandma and grandpa so much. Ben was just finishing high school then. Then he met Norma and would bring her to the farm on the weekend — Sitting at the kitchen table & holding her on his lap. Then the beautiful wedding in Topeka. Then the children being born and growing up. The family and my husband & daughter spent so many weekends boating and camping — the kids learning to water ski — What fun. He was a “special” friend to my husband. Loving memories. Mary

  3. Simecka Family:
    Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your wonderful Dad. He was a very honorable, respected and joyful man. Always wore a smile! He and Norma are celebrating their reunion in heaven. Please know that we have you all in our prayers and may comfort and wonderful memories fill your hearts.

  4. Too many good people have left us lately, I could always count on Bennie to pull my school bus out,when I got stuck in mud or snow. Those were the good old days!
    May all of Bennie’s children know that we love them and share in their loss. Our Love . sympathy and prayers

    Joe & Pauline Conley

  5. Ben is now with Norma. Our deepest of sympathy in the passing of Ben. May he rest in peace.
    The Stum’s ~ Bonita (Sis) & Wilbur Stum,Jr.

  6. My condolences to all my Simecka cousins and their families. Rest in peace Uncle Ben and happiness together again with Aunt Norma.

  7. To Ben’s Extended Family –
    Please accept my sympathies. Ben was one of my favorite people. I remember our conversations at the Simecka reunions. He was always good at making people laugh. He wanted to visit his brother, Raphael, in Desert Springs and we had planned for him to fly to Vegas and then I would drive him to Desert Springs. I was looking forward to doing that, but, unfortunately, he wasn’t able to make it.

  8. Simecka family,

    This has been a rough past couple of months for the pillars of the Delia community. My dad, George, Shorty Thompson, and now Ben. As I had mentioned to Mary, Norma and Ben were an important part of my growing up in Delia. I would like to think that mom, dad, Norma, Ben, Shorty, and Helen as well as all the Delia clan that have left before us are remembering all of the good times and are together again.

    Rest in peace Ben.

    Rene DeBacker Bryant

  9. another good man gone to his eternal home…may the memories of his life, live forever in our hearts. Rest in Peace Uncle Ben
    Hugs & Kisses to all my Simecka family …..

  10. I had the honor of bringing Holy Communion to Ben while he lived at the Atria. He was a kind soul and talked proudly of his family. Thank you Simecka’s for sharing your dad with us, may God give you peace and eternal rest grant unto Ben o Lord and may perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and all the souls of the faithfully departed through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

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