Katherine "Kay" (Chesney) Schimanskey

March 7, 1932September 19, 2020

Katherine “Kay” Chesney Schimanskey, a longtime resident of Wethersfield, passed away on September 19, 2020. Kay was born in Hartford on March 7, 1932 to James and Helen Chesney, a wonderful fun loving Scottish family where all were welcome. She attended elementary school in Hartford and moved to West Hartford in 1944. Kay graduated from William H. Hall High School in 1950 and served on the reunion comittee for many years. After graduation, Kay worked at the Connecticut Bank & Trust where she made many friends. After marrying and raising her family, she went to work at the Aetna Life & Casualty Co. and, after 23 years, retired as superintendent of the Loss Control department. In 1983, she married the love of her life, Joe Schimanskey. Throughout their retirement, Kay and Joe loved spending winters in Florida, golfing every chance they got, and traveling with their friends especially the Dobsons, Nobles, Battaglias and Lenzes. Kay was always proud of her Scottish heritage and kept in touch with her many cousins in Scotland on Facebook. Kay strengthened these links to her heritage within her community by serving as a longtime member of Ellen Douglas Lodge, Daughters of Scotia where she served as a past chief daughter and financial secretary. She was a member of the Stanley Women’s Golf League and, years later, would still meet “the Gals” for lunch! She treasured these moments and memories. Kay and Joe loved living at Orchard Brook condominiums and found a new family of friends there. She loved her neighbors and treated them as family and always said “I live in the best building in OB!” Kay’s family would like to thank these dear neighbors for their kindness and care over these last months. Kay would tell anyone that the best times of her life were spent with her family: her four sons, wonderful daughters-in-’love’, eight grandchildren and their spouses, and three great grandchildren. She fondly called her sons the comedians but, having grown up with three older brothers, could hold her own with this gang! Kay is survived by her loving sons and daughters-in-law: Robert McOmber and Marlene Belliveau, Stephen and Carol McOmber, Jeffrey and Corinne McOmber, and Neil and Kelly McOmber; her much loved grandchildren, Dr. Chesney McOmber and Michael Beckwith, Mary McOmber and Michael Littlejohn, Jackie McOmber and Chris Dasilva, Drew McOmber, Scott McOmber, James McOmber, Jason and Yvette Schimanskey, and Kristen Schimanskey; and her great grandchildren Riley Sophia Schimanskey, Tadhgan and Saoirse McOmber, and Eleanor McOmber DaSilva. She will also be missed by her longtime friend Ginger Genua, the Sunday morning “breakfast group”, and the Class of ‘50 women, where many laughs were shared. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Joseph F. Shimanskey; her parents and her beloved brothers Robert G. Chesney, the Reverend Daniel M. Chesney, and James Chesney Jr.; her infant son Douglas Grant McOmber; and former husband Charles A. McOmber. The family will welcome friends to socially distant calling hours by car on Thursday (September 24) from 4-6 p.m. at the D’Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Blvd., Wethersfield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday (September 25) at 10 a.m. at Christ the King Parish (Corpus Christi Church), 601 Silas Deane Hwy., Wethersfield. Guests are asked to please proceed directly to the church to attend according to CDC guidelines, wear a face covering, and practice social distancing. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Memorial Park, Rocky Hill. In lieu of flowers, donations in Kay’s memory may be made to the St. Francis Foundation, Attn: Palliative Care, 95 Woodland Street, 2nd Floor, Hartford, CT 06105.


  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, September 25, 2020


  • Burial

    Friday, September 25, 2020


Katherine "Kay" (Chesney) Schimanskey

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Wendy Robertson

September 25, 2020

When I was working in CT, stopping by and spending time with Kay and Joe, she was always there and glad to see me for some reason or other. I'd call to invite them to dinner and Kay would always say - no, come over here!
Cousin Norman

Condolences from the Robertson Families

Nan Kostigovs

September 24, 2020

I remember Kay visiting Kilbirnie a long time ago. But the clearest memory I have is her dad Uncle Jimmy coming over for my wedding 45 years ago so special memories. Was so good to be in touch with Kay again will miss her xx

Peter Matarangas

September 24, 2020

Dear Family,
We met Kay and Joe when they moved to Orchard Brook in the 1980's. They were a wonderful couple, so full of love and laughter. Our family spent many happy times with both of them. They were an asset to the OB community and an inspiration to everyone who knew them. Kay loved her family and spoke about you all the time.
She will be remembered and sorely missed.
Our deepest and most heartfelt condolences to all of you.
Pete & Luanne Matarangas

Pat Branciforte

September 22, 2020

I met Kay at Stanley Golf course about 25 years ago and enjoyed many rounds of golf with the Ladies Group and playing with her and Gloria. Our friendship continued for all these years with lots of laughs, birthday lunches, phone visits, etc. May she Rest In Peace reunited with Joe!

Patricia Metzner

September 22, 2020

My interaction with Kay when we were neighbors was limited by an age difference - but my sister and I loved to eavesdrop on the occasional parties when she was at Hall. I believe I ended up marrying one of the guests who was Class of 50 from Kingswood. I'm grateful to facebook for the reconnect and so glad to see what a full and beautiful life she had.

Kathleen McGuire

September 22, 2020

Kay was a great lady. I worked very close with her at Mother Aetna and we worked hand and hand to process wire transfers on large claim settlements. She was classy, funny and knew her job well. Yes she loved Orchard Brook so much and her family.

Kathleen Hudson

September 22, 2020

I was so saddened to see that Kay has passed. I worked for her at the Aetna and couldn’t have asked for a better boss, mentor and friend. She was a firecracker and loved to laugh. I have such fond memories of her. In the days, weeks and months to come take solace in the fact that she was loved by many.

Martha Mador

September 22, 2020

Kay was one of a kind for sure. Her wit and humor were her hallmarks; her devotion and love of her heritage and family were steadfast and enduring. At first, we knew her as our daughter's mother in-law but she quickly became much more than that as a fellow grandparent and friend. She will be sorely missed and remembered fondly whenever we gather with her sons and their families. Deservedly so.
Martha and Jean Mador

Carol Lawrence

September 22, 2020

Our deepest sympathy to Kay’s family. She was a great golf buddy and just a warm wonderful person. Had many fun rounds of golf with Kay and have great memories of all the fun at our table at the Scotch rounds. I will miss Kay at breakfast at Bob’s on Sunday mornings. So glad we were blessed to have her in our life.

Valerie BLAIR

September 21, 2020

Have great memories when I came over 1970 to visit and stayed with Kay and the boys for a few day have some great photos and have never forgot how Kay looked after me and we went shopping as we girls love to shop.
Love and prayers to all the family will be thinking of you all 💞🙏


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