In Memory of

Bibs Schmillen

December 2, 1928 - September 30, 2015
Bibiana 'Bibs', the 11th of 13 children born to Vincent and Julia (Pekarek) Vanis, was born on a farm near Ulysses, NE on December 2, 1928. She attended country school in grades K-8, and graduated from High School in David City, NE. She attended Nebraska University School of Nursing in Omaha, NE, and worked as Head Nurse there. She married Bill Schmillen at St. Mary's Church in David City on April 14, 1951. They made their home in Cherokee, IA. Bibs worked as a floor nurse at Sioux Valley Hospital in Cherokee until the birth of her first child, at which time she made the decision to be a full-time mother and homemaker. She went on to raise 7 children. She was an active member of the I.C. Church, joyfully volunteering her time in countless capacities, including secretary for the CCD Program for many years, and as a member of the Ladies Guild, the Catholic Daughters and Bible Study groups. Bibs loved being with her family and friends, and especially looked forward to the annual family reunion. She enjoyed cooking, crossword puzzles, reading, gardening, and embroidery work. Following a brief illness, Bibs passed away at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center on Wednesday, September 30, 2015, at the age of 86. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, her parents, five sisters and six brothers. Survivors include one brother, Fritz (Fred) Vanis of Seward, NE; her children: Jane (Dennis) Guletz of Breckenridge, CO, Jack (Coleen) Schmillen of Iowa City, IA, Bob (Cheryl) Schmillen of Granite Falls, MN, Joe Schmillen of Cherokee, Julie (Dan) Martin of Madison, WI, Dave (Georgann) Schmillen of Okoboji, IA, and Andy (Dana) Schmillen of Omaha, NE; 15 grandchildren: Matthew, David, Maribeth, BaiZhu, Aaron (Sarah), Allison (Grant), Derek, Jackie, Andrew (Mari), Cristina, Breanna, Betsey, Anna, Drew and John; 2 great-grandchildren, Noah and Owen; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. It was Bibs' desire that memorials be directed to the CCD Faith Formation Program at I.C. Church.
10:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Cherokee.
Father Dan Guenther
Jack Schmillen Bob Schmillen Joe Schmillen Dave Schmillen Andy Schmillen Dan Martin Denny Guletz
3:00 until 7:00 p.m., Friday, Oct. 2, 2015 at Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee. The Catholic Daughters will conduct a rosary at the funeral home at 4:00 p.m. The family will be present from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m., and a prayer service will follow the visitation at 7:00 p.m.
Organist-Charlotte Groves Soloist-Jackie Schmillen I.C. Funeral Choir
Mt. Calvary Cemtery,Cherokee


Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Dear Jane and Family,
Please know that many are praying with you all now and in the times ahead as you find comfort and gratitude in the many loving memories of your mom. Blessings to you all. ”
- Mark V. Cunningham
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. I knew both your Mom and Dad thru the pharmacy. They were the type of patients I treasured. I truly enjoyed seeing Bibs in the store and often talked with Bill on the phone. They were indeed very special people and Bibs will be missed.”
- Dawn Ruehle
Monday, October 5, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Our sincere condolences in the loss of your loved one.”
- Jeff & Queta Fishman
Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Andy - my condolences on the loss of your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.”
- Bill Goedken
Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Our heartfelt sympathies to the extended Schmillen family.”
- The Scott Stratton family
Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“To the Schmillen "Kids"
Bibs was a wonderful neighbor for the few years we lived next door. It was a joy to chat over the back fence or in one of our living rooms. And fun to go to the farmers market with her. She was a sweet lady and will be missed by many.
God surly welcomed her with open arms.”
- Fred and Arlene Hollenbeck
Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Andy & Family,

Our sincere condolences in your loss. ”
- Tom & Janet Whitson
Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Like many I'm sure there is wonder about where the 'Bibs' name came from. So I checked online and learned the meaning of Bibs' full name Bibiana, is internationally and culturally well known and one of those translations is 'Lady'. That fits so well all I saw and experienced over and over in this wonderful, full of life
woman, surely to be missed deeply by family and friends, like me. I join you all in prayer and mourning and will remember her at the Altar of the Lord she so often approached - in Thanksgiving and Praise! ”
- Fr. Gene E. Sitzmann
Friday, October 2, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Jack, Coleen and Bai Zhu, I'm sorry to hear of Bib's passing. She had the most beautiful smile and kind heart. I know she will be missed by everyone she meet. Please know the whole Schmillen family are in my thoughts and prayers. Peace be with you all. Love you!”
- Kim Amosson
Friday, October 2, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“I am so sorry to hear of Bibs passing. My parents(Staver and Mary Hyndman) were close friends for a number of years. I went to school with the Schmillen children. All wonderful people! So glad my sister(Jane Hyndman Klein)were able to stop in to visit the Summer Schmillen family get together. Bibs and Bill were always smiling and just wonderful people. Very selfless and cared for all. Prayers for your Schmillen family...maybe our parents got together in heaven and are dancing to Glenn Miller. " ) Prayers and thinking of you, Jean Hyndman McKinney

- Jean A. (Hyndman) McKinney
Friday, October 2, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Sincere sympathy to the Schmillen family. We recently got to see Aunt Bibs as she came to Dad's (Ed Wiemold)wake in December. May your memories help you through the grief. Prayers going out.”
- Arlette & Lance Van Wyhe
Friday, October 2, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Bibs will be missed by all who knew her! May God be with you at this sad time! Lynette & Pat Hyndman”
- Lynette & Pat Hyndman
Friday, October 2, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“I was so sorry to hear about your mother's passing today. I wish I could make it down to Cherokee, but couldn't make it work.

My deepest sympathy to the Schmillen family and all who knew and loved her.
- Emma L. Phelan
Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Schmillen family. Even though we didn't meet Bibs, we know she must have been an amazing lady because her family that we know are such kind and caring people. May the very special memories she's created give you strength at this time. Mothers/grandmothers are so very dear!”
- Wayne and Diana Koppen
Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“On behalf of the Simmons family, we send our deepest sympathy to your family. Your parents were both such good friends to ours in their younger college years. Looking through old photos I know they shared many laughs together, and are once again in heaven sharing smiles. Sending you all our prayers. Bill, Maureen Simmons & Russ & Linette Simmons Ostermann ”
- Linette L. Ostermann
Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Bev & I are saddened by the death of a special lady. It was are good fortune to become acquainted Andy's parents during his basketball career at Northwestern College. Please know that we are in prayer for the entire family during these rather difficult times - a loss of a wonderful lady.”
- Les & Bev Douma
Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“To all my cousins and families. So sorry to hear of my Ant Bibs passing. Lynn and I were so lucky to have a great visit with her last fall in her home. She was a very thoughtful and caring Women. All are prayers go out to family and friends. Tom & Lynn ”
- Thomas W. Schmillen
Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“I am so sorry. She was an incredibly kind woman! How proud she was of having such an amazing loving family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.”
- Becky Paulsen
Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“We have been honored and blessed to have known your Mom, our Aunt Bibs. She was truly a blessing in our lives and we will miss her. Our condolences from the Eugene & Eleanor Rezac Family
- Lea Mazanec
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“I was so sad to hear of Bibs passing. I am sure she was welcomed by the love of her life. Prayers sent to all of her family.”
- Jerome and Patsy
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