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Scott Michael Shimanski

April 2, 1955 — May 24, 2024


On May 24, 2024, Scott Michael Shimanski, beloved husband, brother, uncle, and friend, ended his earthly journey. Born April 2, 1955, in Madison, WI, Scott was the middle son of Tom and Gloria Shimanski. He grew up on Madison’s west side with his brothers Gregg and Charley, attending Edgewood Grade School and High School, and later the University of Wisconsin, where he earned a degree in economics.

Scott's childhood was filled with a passion for sports, which he played with his brothers and school friends, often attending Milwaukee Braves games with his dad. His summers were spent visiting doting relatives, particularly in Westby. A gifted athlete, Scott excelled in golf, winning the WISAA High School State Championship in 1973 and competing in prestigious tournaments nationwide. He also starred in baseball, basketball, and enjoyed running, and biking in his later years. He was a favorite of local sports writer Glenn Miller, and a junior champion at Nakoma, Blackhawk, and Maple Bluff Country Clubs. His biggest baseball triumph? Baffling his brother Gregg with his ferocious wiffle ball curveball.

Deeply devoted to his high school friends, Scott was a kind, patient listener known for his humor and generosity. They cherished his adventurous spirit, unique dance moves, and decades long friendships.

In high school, Scott started a house painting business, often working long summer days with his brother Charley. This laid the foundation for his construction career. In 1992, he co-founded Associated Housewrights, a design-build company, and became a key figure in National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) of Madison, promoting professionalism, education, and ethics. Scott was instrumental in launching the NARI of Madison Tour of Remodeled Homes, which quickly became a premier event for local contractors. Many a home in Madison is more beautiful because of his vision for its potential.

Scott married Jody Whelden in 1990. They shared 20 years together, during which Scott's craftsmanship and care made their home beautiful. He was a playful and dedicated uncle, known for "dome" kisses on his bald head and as “Uncle Buster Bed” for his tickle fests. His lively humor brightened family gatherings and his love for golf and furniture building continued to touch the lives of friends and family.


After his marriage to Jody ended, Scott fell into years of deep depression that no amount of love, support, counseling, nor medication seemed to lift. His diagnosis of bipolar disorder shed new light on his struggle with profound depression. The years that followed became a learning journey for Scott and his village, as everyone strove to understand his diagnosis and how to best support him. Despite his challenges, Scott remained beloved for his kindness and generosity.

Scott found love later in life with Sherri Hansen, who brought him great joy and comfort in his final years. Their time together was filled with adventure, both near and far. They traveled to France and Belgium shortly after their wedding, and recently to Missouri for a breathtaking experience of the eclipse. Not only was Scott deeply devoted to Sherri, he was also devoted to their sweet dog, Emma. They shared a deep love, cut short by Scott’s struggle with bipolar disorder. He selflessly helped many during his life. Scott's kind, gentle essence and deep generosity towards others, as well as his endearing smile will be deeply missed.

Scott is survived by his wife, Sherri Hansen, brothers Gregg and Charley (Christiane Leitinger), nieces Sarabeth, Emily, Isabel, and Eva Sophia, nephew Ben, and countless friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gloria and Tom Shimanski.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, June 21st at Holy Wisdom Monastery in Middleton, WI, at 11 am with visitation starting at 9:30. The service will be live-streamed and may be accessed at https:// . A luncheon will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Dane County in Scott’s name ( If you or a loved one are thinking of suicide, call the Dane County Crisis line at 608-280-2600 or text/call 988.


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