June 10, 1922 – March 10, 2015
Florence S. Schimert, a retired buyer in the ladies’ fashion industry, died Tuesday in her Williamsville home after a long illness. She was 92.
Born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, she moved as a child with her family to U.S. She graduated from Maple Heights High School in Maple Heights, Ohio in 1940. Prior to marrying Dr. George Schimert in 1956, the former Florence Smyth enjoyed a decade-long career with Halle Brothers Department Store in Cleveland and Baltimore, beginning as an assistant and retiring as a senior fashion buyer.
In the late 1950s, she and her husband moved to Korea, where he began the first open heart surgical program in Asia. Because of her husband’s work, she resided in several places including St. Thomas, Virgin Islands and East Boothbay, Maine.
Mrs. Schimert’s business acumen was integral to the success of her husband’s medical practice, George Schimert MD PC, where she served as secretary and treasurer from 1970 to 1991, and vice president for the couple’s charter sailing yacht company in the Caribbean, Vixen II Corporation, from 1979 to 1991.
Her husband of 44 years, a world-renowned cardiac surgeon who developed the open-heart surgery program at Buffalo General Hospital, died in December 2000.
She was a longtime member who served on the board of directors in 1970s for the Twentieth Century Club of Buffalo, one of the first private clubs for women in the U.S. founded in 1894 to advance the interests of education, literature and art. She was an active parent volunteer with the Lakeshore Swim Club.
Survivors include five sons, James, George, Thomas, John and Paul; three daughters, Florence Krieter, Elizabeth Stone and Kathleen; 21 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday in the Chapel of Forest Lawn Cemetery, Delaware and West Delavan avenues.