Active senior didn’t get old
Posted Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Around the Arlington Heights Senior
Center, Jack E. Schimpf wore many hats. From board member and
active fundraiser, to greeter, ambassador and volunteer, he did
That’s why officials are struggling to
envision a future without him. They learned last week that Mr.
Schimpf had died. Immediately they began to think of ways to
memorialize his service.
Mr. Schimpf died Thursday (March 1, 2007).
The 47-year Arlington Heights resident was 84.
“He was very active here and just
beloved,” said Karen Hanson, the Senior Center’s director.
Officially, Mr. Schimpf was a sitting
member of the Senior Center’s fundraising arm, called the
Arlington Heights Senior Center Inc., as well as the village of
Arlington Heights’ Senior Citizen Commission.
Unofficially, center officials pointed to
Mr. Schimpf’s imprint on nearly every aspect of the bustling
center that draws up to 600 people a day.
More than 10 years ago, he served on its
design commission when the village began the planning stages to
move the center to its current location in 1998.
“Jack made sure that the basic
infrastructure was in place for future needs,” Hanson said.
“Like the woodworking shop, he wanted to make sure it was in
place for when we had the funds to open it.”
As a fundraiser, Mr. Schimpf actively
worked to organize the center’s sale of holiday wreaths, its
golf outing and, more recently, its pancake breakfast, which he
had patterned after a successful one run by the Fraternal Order
“He must have sold more than 100 tickets
to ours, every year,” said Larry Nowak, a retired Arlington
Heights police officer. “He just enjoyed getting people
Funds raised for the senior center helped
provide a variety of enhancements, from new television sets and
kitchen equipment to more wheelchairs for the lending closet.
Senior Center officials acknowledged Mr.
Schimpf's efforts in 2001, when they nominated him for an
Arlington Heights Heart of Gold award, which he won in the Adult
In 1995, Mr. Schimpf was the Volunteer of
the Year of the Suburban Area on Aging.
Mr. Schimpf grew up in Freeport, and met
his wife, of 60 years, Miriam, at Freeport High School.
During World War II, he was a bombardier
with the Army Air Corps when he was shot down over Germany. He
ultimately spent nine months as a prisoner of war in Stalag Luft
I in Barth, Germany, on the Baltic Sea.
In his business career, he served as a
buyer and manager with Marshall Field & Co. before becoming a
sales representative for Chatham Manufacturing, based in North
Besides his wife, Mr. Schimpf is survived
by his son, David, and daughter, Christine (Jeff) McAllister, as
well as four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
A memorial service is planned for Mr.
Schimpf at 1 p.m. March 17 at First United Methodist Church,
1903 E. Euclid Ave. in Arlington Heights.